Woohoo! After eight months of Postcrossing, I have reached my century - over 100 postcards received!
Here is my fourth book of postcards, with cards inside from Japan, Portugal, California, Russia, my first card from Romania and a surprisingly large number from the Netherlands, amongst other countries.
All in all I've now sent to 32 different countries and received from 29:
Here are all 4 books so far together:
I received some fantastic cards in this latest batch, but my very favourites were:
I am a real sucker for this style of iconic US state postcard, I hope to collect one from all 50 states eventually
This one, from Germany, is so gorgeous and colourful and lively. It made me smile.
Another graffiti card - I'm getting a good collection of these now - this one is huuuuge, from the Netherlands. The sender, Betty, wrote loads and loads on the back too, it's great to have lots to read as well as a purty picture on the front.
And this Edward Gorey illustration, from the USA, is just plain cool
I'm not sure how clearly you can see this one, the card came from China, and the photo depicts ancient Chinese burial grounds, where the coffins were placed on natural "shelves" in a sheer cliff. According to the sender, little is now known about the civilisation that these coffins belonged to. Fascinating.
But I have left the best card until last.
Not only is the card itself, from America, great - I love cemeteries, and this cast iron monument has a poignant story (he guards the grave of his little owner Florence, who died age 2 in 1862) - but also the sender had imprinted a hand carved stamp of herself and her husband on the back:
I love hand carved stamps!
When I registered the card, I checked out the sender, Jennifer's profile, which revealed a link to her blog. Turns out she is a prolific craftswoman and, in between sewing and embroidering and bookbinding and stamp carving, she makes the most amazing jewellery. Like this:
We started emailing to and fro and seem to have swiftly become firm buddies.
Thank you, Postcrossing, for my new friend :)
So that's 100 cards down, here's to the next 100.....