Tuesday, 30 October 2018

A Postcard A Day - Tuesday 30 October 2018 - T for books, canyons and breakfast

Hello everyone! How are you all? Are you ready for the T-Party? Elizabeth and Bluebeard at Altered Book Lover are waiting to read any blog post with a beverage in it. 
I will jump right in with this fascinating stamp. It is from Ireland as you can see and it has the image of a very old looking bowl. I looked it up and this is what I found (Wikipedia):

The Keshcarrigan Bowl is an Iron age bronze bowl discovered to the north of Keshcarrigancounty LeitrimIreland, in the 19th century. It was perhaps a ceremonial drinking cup.The bowl would have been a prestigious item in the 1st century Ireland, the bird-shaped handle outstandingly designed and skillfully executed. The Keshcarrigan Bowl is preserved and displayed at the archaeology branch of the National museum of Ireland.
The stamp was on this card:
It was sent to me by Tina, who is from Finland, but was on holiday in Galway, Ireland. The book on the card is Spanish. That is all I can decipher as there is an 'airmail' sticker on the description. I tried unsuccessfully to pull it off. As the postcard has 'Uppsala universitets bibliotek' written on it (Uppsala  (Sweden) university library), I assume the book is part of their collection.

The next card was sent to me by a lovely lady in Holland. She had read that I like old travel posters and has sent me this one from Bryce Canyon National Park.  Elizabeth will love the colours, as she likes rust. I remember visiting Bryce Canyon in 2001. An exhilerating experience. Beautiful.
This is the info on the back of the card:

"Works Progress Administration (WPA),                             Artists: Doug Leen - Brian Maebius

Between 1935 and 1943, the WPA's Federal Art Project printed over two million posters in 35,000 different designs to stir the public's imagination for education, theater, health, safelty, and travel. Due to their fragile nature only two thousand posters have survived. This contemporary design illustrates many of the WPA era posters, including those of our National Parks."
The stamps are from the Netherlands. The stamp on the right was issued on the 24th of Septenber 2012 to celebrate the re-opening of the Stedelijk Museum (City Museum) in Amsterdam. This particular one features the zigzag chair (version 1) designed by Gerrit Rietveld in 1932.  The stamp on the left people have paid a little bit more for to support the children's charities in the Netherlands.

I also would like to share a few more photos of our trip to the UK last month. We travelled from the very south of Spain to the very north to catch a direct ferry to Portsmouth in the UK. Here we are in the port of Bilbao, waiting to drive onto the ferry.
The journey took a day and a half. We would arrive at 8:30 pm. Our first destination was 4 hours drive away, so we had decided to spend the night in a hotel. This is the one I booked. And very nice it was too.

It was called Lodge at Solent. The Solent being the strait that seperates the Isle of White with mainland England. Our room was the first one on the ground floor (behind the red car).

We slept well and in the morning enjoyed an excellent breakfast:
In the foyer of the hotel we found this fun arty structure. Of course I had to sit on it straight away and pretend the sun was shining!
That was it from me today. As you have seen, there are lots of drinks references. 

Wishing you all a very happy T-Day,


  1. Great postcards and I too would enjoy the stamps at least as much as the cards! Looks like a lovely vacation- despite the long travelling hours. And I love your pic enjoying the fun scenery in the foyer. Happy T day!

  2. I've been to Bryce Canyon where one of your postcards came from and it is a beautiful place. I do love those vintage style cards. I love how you got the card from a woman in your home country. It reminds me how the world is a small place sometimes. And your hotel breakfast does look good. It's nice you could get an almost direct ferry. Happy T day Lisca. Hugs-Erika

  3. Your postcards and stamps are wonderful and full of some amazing bits of history. Looks like you had fun on your trip. Your breakfast looks so yummy and the perfect way to start the day.
    Happy Tea Day,

  4. I love the postcards you got this week, and my fave is the Irish one. Ireland is so beautiful and rich in history. Glad you enjoyed your trip to England. Breakfast looks very good, and I love that arty chair you posed on! Happy T Day, Valerie

  5. Lovely photos, when I saw the Irish one, my thoughts took me to thinking it could be, The Book of Kells then of course I read the rest of the post. It just shows how our eyes get drawn in by what we see,
    Super photos of your trip and the hotel did look very good.
    Happy T day wishes.
    Yvonne xx

  6. A great post with lots to see and enjoy. Pleased you had a good time in the UK. The cosy corner with the artwork looks like a nice place to relax even on a cold and wet day.

    Happy a very happy T Day

    Love Chrissie xx

  7. Goodness, Lisca. I live in the States and have never HEARD of Bryce Canyon. But I love the rusty look of the postcard. That lady knew a good postcard when she saw it.

    And of course, I enjoyed reading about the bowl because it certainly made a great T day postage stamp. Too bad the PO placed that sticker over the description of the postcard.

    Driving to the UK? It sounds like the perfect thing to me. I love to travel by car and was impressed with the fact you took a ferry to get there. And of course, your breakfast looked delicious, the juices looked refreshing, and I hope I guessed that you were drinking coffee, too. Thanks for sharing your postcards, your trip to the UK, and your breakfast and DRINKS (?) with us for T this Tuesday.

  8. good morning, I love seeing your postcards and stamps and learning more about them, Enjoy reading and seeing photos of your travels-especially since we don't do that. and I loved seeing you stepping into that scene-hugs Happy T Kathy

  9. Fantastic photos of you trip Lisca! Amazing!
    Wishing you a very happy T-Day!
    hugs, Susi

  10. Lovely postcards and it looks like you had wonderful travels too 😀. Wishing you a very Happy T Day! J 😊 x

  11. Sounds like a fun trip. It's hard to choose a hotel long-distance, but it looks like you got a winner. And what a breakfast! Happy T Tuesday

  12. getting these postcards is an everlasting adventure, you get to know so many interesting things! and your hotel obviously was very nice.
    happy t-day:)

  13. Love your photos of your trip. So nice that you can do a trip like that. I guess you live at an opportune place for trips like that.The motel and breakfast look very nice. Happy Tea Day!

  14. The Keshcarrigan Bowl and the stamp are fascinating, Lisca. My, the things you learn through post crossing. That's the most unusual postcard I've ever seen. Tina sent quite a special postcard.

    The inn looks very nice. I love the picture you posed for. Smiling back at you.

    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

  15. Wonderful postcards and interesting stamps. So nice to be able to visit faraway places by mail. And by blog. Such a cute hotel you stayed at to begin your UK journey. I think you make a wonderful model on the chaise. Happy T Day

  16. Fun postcards! Interesting that both were from places different than the people who sent them.
    Happy T day!

  17. Your postcards and stamps always intrigue me. Thank you for adding information about each of them, what they represent, etc.

  18. Fabulous cards and stamps! What a good idea to break your journey! The hotel looks fun! Belated Happy T Day! Chrisx