Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Postcards Galore - Amazing cards from an amazing friend,



My wonderful blogger friend Jackie
 
whose blog is
 
 
is always on the move ,
 
I just cannot keep up with her ...
 
They have been to  some fascinating places.
 
 
So a HUGE thank you Jackie for all
your amazing postcards , a sheer delight
to receive them ....
 
 
Below is Baja California Sur
which is surrounded by the waters of the Gulf of California – the Sea of Cortez – and the Pacific Ocean.  Baja California Sur is located in the northwest corner of Mexico and is a state that contrasts the soft and gentle landscape of the sea with the harshness of the desert.

Located in the southern part of the Baja California Peninsula, this state boasts beautiful, natural landscapes where visitors can do all sorts of activities that put them in contact with nature and its marvels.
 

 
The distinctive landmark of Cabo San Lucas is El Arco (The Arch) rock formation that erupts from the sea at the tip of the Baja Peninsula. Also known as Land's End, El Arco is a popular tourist attraction and  a visit is one of the most popular things to do .

Viewed from a distance from nearly every vantage point in Cabo San Lucas, the image of El Arco is synonymous with Cabo San Lucas. It is called Land’s End because, as the crow flies, if you followed a line south from here, you would not touch land again until you reached the South Pole.


 
Above is the
San Xavier Mission also known as
"The White Dove of the Desert"
because of it's white limestone façade
A National Historic Landmark, San Xavier Mission was founded as a Catholic mission by Father Eusebio Kino in 1692. Construction of the current church began in 1783 and was completed in 1797.  This is the  oldest intact European structure in Arizona, the church's interior is filled with marvellous original statuary and mural paintings. It is a place where visitors can truly step back in time and enter an authentic 18th Century space.
The church retains its original purpose of ministering to the religious needs of its parishioners.

 
 
Charlotte has a rich history steeped in the discovery of gold and the pride of Scots-Irish settlers. The Queen City was founded in 1768 and named for Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III of England. Now the nation’s second leading financial center, Charlotte was originally built at the crossroads of two Native-American trading paths. The intersection of these two paths, now major streets, is known as the heart of Charlotte – “Trade & Tryon
 
The Charlotte region is composed of 16 counties, including four counties in South Carolina, with the city of Charlotte serving as the hub. Located in the heart of the Southeast and lies within the southern Piedmont of North Carolina, along the state’s border with South Carolina. Charlotte is the largest and most accessible city between Washington, D.C., and Dallas, Texas. Due to its mid-Atlantic location, getting to Charlotte is easy from anywhere in the country or the world, hence its nickname "the International Gateway to the South."

I have certainly learnt something here , I never knew we had a Queen Charlotte !!!
 
Very interesting cards , I hope that you have enjoyed them. If you have not read
Jackie's blog , please go and have a read, she blogs and blogs about everything :-)
 
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


Thursday, 17 April 2014

Singapore and what it means to me..

 
As you know my lovely friends
send me cards from all over the world ,,

Singapore being one of the places , lovely to
receive cards but some can bring back memories.

What does
 
Singapore mean to me?
 
 
It makes me sad as it
was the last overseas place I was
ever with my dad.
 
We lived  there
 
1963 - 1966
 
when my dad was based at
 
Raf Tengah.
 
My dad at work !






After we returned to the UK , my dad was ill
and passed away 1967  at the age of 39 , day before his 40th Birthday .
Never forgotten , he was my life.
 
 
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥



 
 
  Me on the left ..


 
 
After we returned to the UK , my dad was ill
and passed away 1967  at the age of 39 , day before his 40th Birthday .
Never forgotten , he was my life.
 
 

 
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Two lovely cards with a newly discovered connection..



Two cards from different
parts of the world ,,

You will have to read to the end to see what the connection is!!!


My  lovely friend Krissa from the Philippines
 
sent me this  wonderful postcard from Singapore.
 
 
 
The flower on the front is
 
Heliconia Latispatha
(Golden Lobster Claw)
 
a native plant of Mexico and Central and South America
  
 
 I thought Krissa was  on holiday there.
 
NO , she has moved there for work!!

Her message on the card is very sweet..

"I have been away from my blog and postcard hobby,
but I make sure I remember the friends I have made" 

Wonderful to be thought of  from so far away
 
Big Thank you Krissa.
 
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

On Mother's day

I was given this beautiful
handmade card

 
and with it came this ...
 
 
Now you are really wondering what the connection is!!

Read below ...


Heliconias in the tropics rely exclusively on hummingbirds for pollination.
This accounts for their bright red, yellow and orange colors,
which attract hummingbirds.

Amazing what I learn when doing research for my fabulous cards.

♥  ♥ ♥  ♥ ♥
 

Friday, 21 March 2014

Cheery Photography and Post..

 
 
Last year I took this  photo
 
 
and this is the card
 
 
I  received this week from my lovely friend
Barbara who lives in
Sceaux in the suburbs of Paris .
 
Barbara went for a walk and was passing
a card shop  and picked this one out.
(Saw it and thought of me)
 
 
A lovely thought and wonderful to receive.
 
BIG thank you to Barbara
 
♥♥♥♥♥


Monday, 17 March 2014

Two wonderful postcards from California ...

Huge thanks   to
 
Jackie of
 
 
 who is still on her
 
fantastic trip .
 
I have been so lucky
 
that she has sent me  super cards
 
from lots of places..
 
This time we are in California .
 
 
This is  one of
 
 
 
 It was founded on All Saints' Day November 1, 1776, by Spanish Catholics of the Franciscan Order. It  is  home to the oldest building in California still in use, a chapel built in 1782.

The Great Stone Church had bells hung in the tower and when the church collapsed in a massive earthquake in 1812, the four original bells survived and were hung in a bell wall the following year. The two largest bells were cast in 1796, the others in 1804.

In 2000 the bells were removed from the bell wall and used for molds to make copies. They were saved after the copies were made, then  placed in their current location in 2004. The two large bells on display within the Great Stone Church are now the original bells. The large bells in the bell wall are copies.
 
 

 
 
 
The view of the Botanical Building with the Lily Pond in the foreground is one of the most photographed scenes in Balboa Park and a "must-see" destination in San Diego.
 
Built for the 1915-16 Exposition, this historic building is one of the largest lath structures in the world.
 
Balboa Park is a 1,200-acre urban cultural park in San Diego, California. As well as open space areas, natural vegetation zones, green belts, gardens and walking paths, it contains museums, several theaters, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo
 
Jackie's blog has special themed day posts ..
.Monday Murals, Time Travel Thursdays and
Weekend Reflections just to name a few
and of course her fascinating travel stories ...
 
You will certainly find something of interest and a great read .
 
Big thank you to you Jackie
 
♥♥♥♥♥

Friday, 14 March 2014

At last the Sun Shone ... A little trip to Oxford.

I went and met my lovely
friend Laura, who I have not
seen since before Christmas ..
 
So we met for coffee and a short walk round
Oxford , we didn't have long , but that is fine with us!
 

This tree is in the High street outside The University Church Of St. Mary The Virgin  , I am not sure how old it is , but the truck is huge and as you can see below , they have had to erect a cradle to rest it on before it breaks .



 
Love this view of the Radcliffe Camera and The Spires
 
 


 
We were unsure what to do , not much time and having
fun just chatting and walking in the sun ,
but decided to take look a look
the history is in the link above.
 
 

Exeter is Oxford's fourth oldest college.
It has occupied much of its present site since 1314
 





 
This is just amazing , how did they do it??


Last week I went to another college , which was free to look around,
I have been quite slow on blogging , lost mojo a bit , but slowly coming back.
 
And my postcard collection has grown again today ,, more to come.
Thank you for returning to have a read ♥
Happy Weekend to you all.

Saturday, 1 March 2014

ALL my postcards .... ♥♥♥

Just thought I would show you all of them in one post ..
 
 
 
If you click on the photo below, you should
get a close up and a slide show ,,



BIG
 
 


THANK YOU


TO



 YOU



ALL