Guernsey 2014

Guernsey 2014

Guernsey 2014

This “vaguely functional” postcard, as Monica puts it, comes from her, obviously. First of all, let me state that I love this postcard, as I always like postcards that are very specific to a period. In this case, 2o14. But not any 2014, a Guernsey 2014. What is a Guernsey 2014, you might ask, well, 2014 in Guernsey works as follows:

A Guernsey 2014 is characterised by having a dozen months. Each of these months will have 31 days every other month, except for that weird thing that happens in July and August, both of which have 31 days. The months that fall between those months will each have 30 days, except for February, which has 28 days. The Guernsey 2014 starts on 1 January 2014 at 00:00:00 and ends on 31 December 2014 at 23:59:59, and 00:00:00 marks the start of the Guernsey 2015.

Thank you Monica for sharing with me, the secret of a Guernsey 2014!

Eye Miss You Too

Guernsey

Guernsey

What can I say about this postcard? I’m quite speechless really. It sure is a fun addition to my collection from Monica. Monica explained the pun to me but I have to say that I still don’t quite get it really. On the back of the postcard, Monica merely wrote: “Eye don’t understand” but explained it to me later but I must confess, even so, Eye still don’t understand and feared even writing this post as a result. All I can say when I haven’t heard from Monica in a long time is that Eye miss her as well. So, thank you for this one!

Monica & Ruhan’s Awful Postcard Challenge #3

Guernsey Cans

Guernsey Cans

This ugly old thing made its way to me from Monica. It shows “Guernsey cans” that were probably used as medieval torture devices or something. I mean, what are those thingies hanging from them, to pull your teeth out, while torturing you or what? Putting them on display is one thing but putting them on a postcard is something else completely! While taking a photo of these pots, the photographer seems to have been on pot. Just look at that skew angle… Unless, of course, the person who put up that shelf was on pot, in which case I sincerely apologise to the photographer. Anyway, this time you’ve outdone yourself Monica, this is truly the most hideous postcard in my collection so far! Thanks!

Jersey’s Shore

Jersey

Jersey

This stunning postcard of the beautiful view of the coast of the Channel Island of Jersey came, once again from the awesome Monica. This tiny island spanning a mere 118.2 square kilometers has an incredibly high GDP per capita of $57 000 and the second highest Human Development Index (HDI) of any country in the world. Very impressive! Jersey is not part of the United Kingdom but has a special relationship with the UK nonetheless. From what I can gather, Jersey is a country in every sense of the word, except that it relies on the United Kingdom for defence. The island has had a long relationship with both the Norman-French and the English. Jersey has been self-governing since 1204, which is quite impressive for a place of its size and still today with a population of about 98 000 people. I love this beautiful postcard, thank you so much dearest Monaco!

Great War Postcard

Post Bridge

Post Bridge

Monica sent me this tiny postcard of the Post Bridge in Devon from Jersey! Not only did she help me “expand my territories” but wrote the postcard in a particularly “Great War” style in pencil, starting with “My dearest Ruky.” It was a great surprise and indeed put a smile on my face. The joke began after I had watched a documentary both world wars and wrote Monica a letter in which I jabbed on about the wars. So, this little postcard was just the cherry on the cake. Love it, thanks Monica!

Granite Guernsey

Guernsey

Guernsey

This pretty postcard from Guernsey obviously comes from Monica! Monica tells me that just about everything in Guernsey is made from granite. She tells me that it is luckily also found locally. At the top left is a Napoleonic “Martello Tower” and there are apparently 16 of those on the island. At the top middle one can see the war memorial in St Peter Port. At the top right is the Millennium Megalith. At the bottom left once can see a neolithic dolmen (burial chamber,) of which there are several on the island. And finally at the bottom right we have Stonehenge suffering from island dwarfism. Nah, I’m just messing with you. That would be the Fairy Ring at Pleimont. Thank you for the postcard Monaco!

Guernsey Treasure Map

Guernsey

Guernsey

Another awesome postcard made its way to me from Monica. The map shows many of the treasures of Guernsey and states a cool historical fact or 5. So, I’m just going to rant off some of the facts stated on the card. During World War 2, Guernsey was occupied by Germany from 1940-1945. Castle Cornet, a 13th century castle, is located on the island and was the last royalist stronghold during the civil war which lasted from 1643 to 1651. Impressive that any place could last 8 years during a siege! For 14 years, the French novelist, Victor Hugo, lived on the island where he wrote¬†Les Miserables.¬†Monica tells me that she lives but one minute away from Victor Hugo’s house. “The Little Chapel,” the world’s smallest church apparently suffers from island dwarfism and can only seat 4 people. All in all, I think it’s a pretty awesome postcard from a more than pretty awesome person! Thanks Monica!