Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove, Nigeria

Hello all! One more July post! Yayy!! I am sitting in my garden tonight, cos finally at this hour I can catch some breath...it's been a terribly hot day...and I seem to be less and less tolerant to heat and am having a hard time dealing with it, with it leaving me completely dysfunctional...I dont know if it comes with age or what but I used to be able to bear such temperatures much better... Speaking of age...heh, yesterday I leveled up...yep, Happy Birthday to me :D For a change, I didn't spend this birthday somewhere outside the town/country as I usually do..it just didnt work out this time...but I cant complain..it was a nice day I must admit, even though it felt odd cos I somehow have gotten used to 'running away' on that day...plus the choco-waffle in the evening was yumm yumm yummie...I just cant believe it I am 34 already...no wonder I cannot tolerate heat anymore...and alcohol :P

Anyways, enough ranting, lets check out some nice postcards for today, with the first one coming from Nigeria...it's been a while since I've posted a Nigerian card, so here we go..

Even though sent in September, this card arrived in January....after a journey of 4 months more or less...strange are the postal routes, aren't they?
The dense forest of the Osun Sacred Grove, on the outskirts of the city of Osogbo, is one of the last remnants of primary high forest in southern Nigeria. Regarded as the abode of the goddess of fertility Osun, one of the pantheon of Yoruba gods, the landscape of the grove and its meandering river is dotted with sanctuaries and shrines, sculptures and art works in honour of Osun and other deities. The sacred grove, which is now seen as a symbol of identity for all Yoruba people, is probably the last in Yoruba culture. It testifies to the once widespread practice of establishing sacred groves outside all settlements..

and another important thing, it is on the UNESCO whs list!! :)

the stamp is from a set of 10 hologram definitive issued in 2010

Bali, Indonesia

I received this lovely card from Irien as a surprise for the FB surprise group! an absolutely great card!

the image is somewhere in Bali, showing two ladies that according to the caption are relaxing before going for a prayer...well, the place seems to be ideal for relaxing indeed...love that misty, chilly atmosphere they are surrounded with..

the stamps are from a set of 5 issued in 2012, representing Historic Buildings of Worship...the top stamp shows the Masjid Agung in Palembang, while the bottom one shows the Pura Beakih in Besakih.

Awatere Road/Rail Bridge, New Zealand

an extra cool official that arrived from New Zealand a few months ago..speaking of officials, I finally got back to them recently after a few months hiatus...im still slow at it (sending cards) but it is nice to be back...i somewhat really missed it!


from the back of the card:

The approach to the township of Seddon is via this unusual double-decker bridge on which road traffic uses the lower deck and rail the upper. Built at the end of the last century, the bridge is of great historical interest. 

I just love it!!

and the stamps are just gorgeous too! took me a while to track them down though.  The one on the left was issued in 1994, representing Adventure Sports (jet boating in particular). The one on the right is from a set of two health stamps issued in 2002, celebrating health and vitality. It is a delicious one!

St. Pancras International, England

one more card for today and it is another train-related one...and the view is just stunning! One of the most gorgeous train station cards I have ever seen or received!

I am so thankful to Mary for choosing to send me this one for the Choose a Country RR! It is just soo so gorgeous!
It shows the St. Pancras Station, which was originally built in Victorian times and opened in 1868. It escaped demolition in the 1960's and has been redeveloped into the Eurostar-London Terminals (Re-opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 6 November 2007)

a number of Queen stamps that I wont bother getting into, and a lovely one showing Tyne Bridge issued in 2012, as part of that stunning (and way too expensive) A-Z issue.

that would be all for today. Short but sweet (I hope :))

Stay well!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

French Polynesia

In case you have thought that I may have packed my bags and took off somewhere, nope, unfortunately no...that's not the reason why things have been silent here...but you are rather acquainted with my excuses so I'll skip that part :)

An extended weekend is ahead, that has gone wrong before it even started...I was supposed to go to an astronomy field trip that, of course, didn't happen due to the unfavourable weather conditions...and while waiting and hoping for some weather improvements, i missed another cool event and the opportunity to go to a music festival here in the southern part of the country with some friends..they thought that i was going to the field trip so naturally, they didn't consider me in the plans.....i do believe that everything happens for a reason even though I am not always aware what that reason is...but I have to admit I do feel quite bummed right now =/
Well, I thought that doing something good may make me feel better...like dedicating some time to a neglected blog for example...and here we are :)

Maybe not many cards for today but I hope you'll like them...and the first post has two breathtaking ones coming from that cool place of French Polynesia!

This first one arrived a few months ago for the Vacation RR, showing the probably best known of the islands, Bora Bora. (though Wikipedia disagrees and roots for Tahiti)
The island was first inhabited by Polynesian settlers around the 4th century AD, while the first European sighting was made by Jakob Roggeveen in 1722. James Cook came here around 1770. Bora Bora used to be an independent kingdom until 1888 when its last queen Teriimaevarua III was forced to abdicate by the French who annexed the island as a colony.

The stamp is from a set of 3 tourism stamps issued in 2011, where you can also see the island of Bora Bora! Really neat!

I decided to post the other FP card because the views are of the same kind, even though this one shows another of the FP island, and that is Huahine (first time I hear about it I have to admit).

Huahine s made up of two main islands, the Huahine Nui (Big Huahine)and Huahine Iti (Little Huahine, that are connected by a small bridge, which is probably like one of the main attractions here. The island itself has a population of about 6000

at first glance it may appear that there are two stamps on the card, but it is actually one stamp and a vignette....this one was also issued in 2011, for the Year of the Rabbit.
And this gorgeous Huahine card arrived back in 2011, thanks to JP!
Sometimes, realizations strike me for how long I've known some people, and it seems like it was just last year or so that we've 'met'.

Skamlingsbanken, Denmark

A card that arrived recently as a swap with Hans Jørgen.

The card gives you a glimpse of Skamlingsbanken, which is large hill in Jutland, and famous for this column erected on the memory of 18 people who contributed to the Danish cause in Schleswig-Holstein on Skamlingsbanken's highest point, the Højskamling. The column is 16 metres only before its destruction on 21 March 1864 by occupying Prussian forces during the 2nd Schleswig War.
After the war, the stones were recovered, and in May 1864, and the column was raised again.

a number of stamps on the card...the one on the very right is from a set of 4 Hans Christian Andersen stamps issued in 2012, representing different works of the writer, and this one shows his tale "The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep". The other big stamp was also issued in 2012, showing the central post office. The brown one is a definitive....and this one probably issued in 2010.

Paestum, Italy

Another surprise card from JP, where this one arrived recently.

Haven't heard of this place until I was introduced to it thanks to this card...and it is definitely a great place to visit!
Paestum was a major ancient Greek city on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea in Magna Graecia. After its foundation by Greek colonists under the name of Poseidonia, it was eventually conquered by the Lucanians and later the Romans.
Here you can find some of the most well-preserved ancient Greek temples in the world. However, it is not as famous and not as visited as Pompeii...which is a pity!


the stamp was issued this year, commemorating the 400th Anniversary of the Birth of Martino Martini, (1614-1661, who was an Italian Jesuit missionary, cartographer and historian, mainly working on ancient Imperial China.

Thanks so much JP for the lovely card...as always! :))