Saturday, 1 October 2016

Cats galore!

I am a cat person.  I also like dogs but having owned both I prefer cats.  Dogs are like young children, constantly demanding exercise and attention.

Cats are more like older children.  So long as you provide them with food, clean up after them and give a space of their own to snooze they are usually content.

4080 - from Susanne in Germany.

4045 - from Danielle in Nebraska, USA.


4046 - from Heleen in The Netherlands.


and one of the stamps from Heleen-



4138 - Another from Susanne in Germany.


4154 - from Katya and her mum, Marina, in Ukraine.


Katya told me that the inspiration for this picture (just one in a wonderful series of blue cat pictures) came from Alexander Pushkin's 'Ruslan and Ludmila'.
   On seashore far a green oak towers, 
   And to it with a gold chain bound, 
   A learned cat whiles away the hours 
   By walking slowly round and round. 
   To right he walks, and sings a ditty; 
   To left he walks, and tells a tale.... 



I've joined Maria's Linky of 'Postcards for The Weekend'  - an invitation to all postcard lovers to share their cards - this week's theme is Domesticated animals.  Next weekend's will be Postal/Mail Related Items.  For details of the launch see this page on Maria's blog.  All postcard bloggers are invited to join.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Fall Colors (Autumn Colours to me!)

I've joined Maria's Linky of 'Postcards for The Weekend' at Connections to the World - an invitation to all postcard lovers to share their cards - this week's theme is - Fall Colours.  Next weekend's will be Domesticated Animals.  For details of the launch see this page on Maria's blog.  All postcard bloggers are invited to join.
4145 from Danielle.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Sanquhar







Apologies if you have already seen this on my Rambles blog but I thought I should put it here as well.

While in Scotland last week we called at Sanquhar (pronounced SANK-er) Post Office, in Dumfries and Galloway  Established in 1712 it is said to be the oldest continuously operating post office in the world. 


Dr Manzoor Alam, 73, a postal historian and stamp collector from Birmingham, took over as postmaster in July 2015 when the post office came up for sale.





We went inside and chatted to the postmaster’s very pleasant wife and daughter.


The post office was refurbished in 1997.  To celebrate the fact the Royal Mail presented it with a replica Victorian Penfold pillar box.


'...The 1711 Act also empowered the establishment of Cross Posts, services between various towns, not on the main route to Edinburgh or London, and Bye Posts, which served as feeders to and from the Post Towns.
The men who carried the mail on foot were known as runners and they received fixed payments that, in many cases, were substantially greater than the salaries of the postmasters – an interesting reflection of relative values.
One of the earliest Cross Posts that was established was between Dumfries and Ayr, up the Nith Valley via Sanquhar ( pronunciation : SANK-er) and Cumnock.
This service was apparently established in 1712 and it would have been at this time that the present post office in Sanquhar started its long career as a change-house, where the runners rested and were refreshed, and exchanged mailbags before starting on their respective return journeys back to Dumfries or on to the next stage at Cumnock.'

Source: "Sanquhar Post Office, The Oldest Working Post Office in the World" (2005) by Ken Thompson, owner and manager of the Sanquhar post office for 17 years.  I bought a copy of this book at the Post Office and it is quite fascinating.


Near the post office is this blue plaque.


 This is Sanquhar’s 18th Century Tolbooth, now a museum. 


Saturday, 17 September 2016

Postcards for the Weekend - Flowers


4095 - From Tina, Madz and Oskar in Canada.

And one of this pc's stamps.

4111 - Another card from Tina, Madz and Oskar.  Saskatchewan's floral emblem - the Western Red Lily or Prairie Lily.


I've joined Maria's Linky of 'Postcards for The Weekend' at Connections to the World - an invitation to all postcard lovers to share their cards - this week's theme is - Flowers.  Next weekend's will be Fall colours.  For details of the launch see this page on Maria's blog.  All postcard bloggers are invited to join.

Saturday, 10 September 2016

'Postcards for the Weekend - Bright Colours'


4066 - From Tina in Canada.

I've joined Maria's Linky of 'Postcards for The Weekend' at Connections to the World - an invitation to all postcard lovers to share their cards - this week's theme is - Bright Colours.  Next weekend's will be Flowers.  For details of the launch see this page on Maria's blog.  All postcard bloggers are invited to join.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Maria's Linky Launch of 'Postcards for The Weekend'

4100 - I chose this monochrome example, sent to me by Danielle in Nebraska, because it has two of my favourite themes in one- books and cats.  My only problem is where do I file it - with my books postcards or my cats ones???  The cat looks just like a stray which adopted my Mum (and Dad but I;m not sure how much say he had in it).  In fact, my Mum didn't have much say either - the cat just came into the house and never left!  She (the cat, not my lovely mum) was a really bad-tempered creature and any close approach resulted in hissing and outstretched claws.  My Aunt's poodle which made the mistake of investigating this black blob on the cushions got a battered nose for his pains.


4118- My brother, GB, recently sent me this black and white photo of the Paddle Steamer 'Ivanhoe' taken in 1912 at it left the Broomielaw.   The Broomielaw is most famous as the place where thousands of Glaswegians boarded steamers to go 'doon the watter' for a day trip or seaside holiday.  Passengers boarded one of the elegant paddle steamers heading for coastal resorts such as Largs or Dunoon, and Rothesay on the Isle of Bute. The number of steamer routes meant affluent business people could commute, working in Glasgow during the week and joining their families at their country villas for the weekend.


I'm joining Maria's Linky Launch of 'Postcards for The Weekend' at Connections to the World - an invitation to all postcard lovers to share their cards - this week's theme is - Monochrome.  Next weekend's will be Bright Colours.  For details of the launch see this page on Maria's blog.  All postcard bloggers are invited to join.

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

A few odds and ends

I can't make any attempt to call this bringing my blog up-to-date.  Not only does it not include my most recent cards but it also only has a very small selection of the ones I have received since I last posted here.  But it is an attempt to let you know I am still around....

3084 - From Hanka in the Czech Republic.


3092 - From Tina, Oskar and Madz in Canada.


Horseshoe Canyon in Alberta.  Prehistoric wind, water and ice carved this miniature version of the Grand Canyon out of the Alberta prairies, offering visitors a picturesque view of the Badlands, and 70 million years of geological history.

4009 - Another card from Tina


The artist was Lawson Wood and he gave the original to Dr Barnado's Homes for Children.

4010 - Tina again -


4057 - From Heleena in The Netherlands.


The Nuthatch was my mother's favourite bird and is also one of mine.  When we had a caravan nuthatches were regular visitors to the bird table on our window ledge.

4059 - From Jamie in the USA.


I saw on Jamie's Facebook page that she had visited Multnomah Falls, Oregon, and commented how great they looked.  I was therefore doubly delighted when I found she had sent me a card from there!

4060, 4061 and 4062 - From Irina in Bulgaria.




When Irina visited Rhodopes a couple of years ago there was a bear warning in progress - no wonder the local shepherds used to go around well armed.

4065 - Sini from Finland often sends me cards from postcrossing meet-ups that she attends so this Inge Look card was signed by a ten people at the Tuusulanjärvi meet-up in June this year.


That's all for now...