My first ever postcard from a cat comes from Gordon the Great, who is New Zealand’s number one feline postcrosser. I actually hope he’s the world’s number one (and only) feline postcrosser. I have to say that upon reading the postcard, I did not know whether to laugh, cry or move to an undisclosed location, as whoever wrote this has my address. I’ll quote the message on the back:
“Meow, my name is Gordon, you may call me ‘Gordon the great’.” I am almost 10 years old and am New Zealands [couldn’t reach the apostrophe kitty?] #1 postcrossing cat. I am FORCED against my will to live with a FATDOG!! I don’t like the FATDOG, I was here first and now, on a daily basis, I fear I will be eaton [sic] by ths FATDOG. However, I am a very tough dude man cat (see postcard) and I will continue to be boss of this house and smack the FATDOG in the gooby gob when I feel the urge. Purr purr, love Gordon… (the great)”
Silly Scenario: Someone is taking the piss with a cat sending postcards and a rather odd sense of humour.
Sad Scenario: This postcard is just from an old cat lady.
Scary Scenario: The person who wrote this thinks they’re a cat and have my address.
This fun postcard comes from Carolyn who is from New Zealand. Just in case you’ve never heard of it (fat chance,) New Zealand is an island nation located in the South Pacific, about 1500 km from Australia. Apparently Google Chrome does not know of the country’s existence as it constantly underlines “Zealand” and wants me to change it to “zeal and.” Because of the remoteness of the island, this land was one of the last places on the planet to be settled by humans (the Maoris) at some point between the years 1250 and 1300. The first non-Maori people to take note of the country was the Dutch explorer, Abel Tasman, in 1642. In 1840 the country became part of the British Empire and today, the majority of its citizens are of European descent (around 77%.) The country consists of 2 major islands, creatively named North and South Islands and a number of other smaller islands. The total land area of New Zealand comes to 268 021 square kilometers. With a population of just over 4.5 million, there is clearly a lot of space for everybody. The country enjoys one of the highest living standards in the world and also an amazing Human Development Index (HDI) ranking, at 6th place. It is also constantly ranked among the top countries in terms of ease to do business, transparency in government and low crime rates. Sounds like a pretty nice place! No wonder half the population of South Africa now call it home. Thank you Carolyn!
A lovely postcard came to me from Michelle in a country that South Africans tend to love in real life but also tend to hate on the rugby field. The home of the fierce All Black rugby team, New Zealand. Michelle lives in Christchurch, a city located in the region of Canterbury. Michelle tells me that this part of Canterbury plains has the largest area of flat land in all of New Zealand and that the area is used mostly for agriculture. She also says that from the air it looks like a patchwork quilt from all the different colours of the fields. Then of course also in this postcard is that lovely picture of the Southern Alps in the background. No wonder these lucky people are in their hot air balloon overlooking this serene area. Thanks for my first postcard from New Zealand!