Friday, October 15, 2010

Calling it Quits

After several months of fun on Postcrossing, I have decided to call it quits. My postcard box is filled to the brim, and I have received 65 delightful official postcards and a vast number of personal trades. But alas, I have not had a pay rise in two years and it appears I will not receive another this year. The cost of postage has increased, as has the cost of postcards. Postcrossing is no longer a viable hobby for me. In personalised trades, too many of my cards have gone AWOL, or recepients have failed to inform me of their reciept.

I am pleased to retire from Postcrossing with no expired "Officials"

I thank all of you for following my blog, especially those of you that have sent me postcards or been willing and communicative recepients. I have many beautiful postcards from a variety of interesting countries.

I shall bid you "Adieu" now with my last Official, which arrived yesterday, and which I think is a fitting final card:

I will still be organising the occasional personal trade with people from obscure countries, in my "Conquer the World with Art" project. Alas for most of you - Europe is fully conquered (except for Albania, Bosnia and Montenegro and maybe a few of those really tiny countries); South America is mostly conquered (still seeking Peru and Ecuador and a few very small countries); Africa is still mainly unconquered (but only seems to have a 50% arrival rate, so sod it) and there are only a few patches of Asia left. I've a few US and Canadian states unconquered, but I've conquered over 80 countries, I think that is an admirable number to attain. Of course, I'd LIKE to make it to 100... So if you know anyone from the Middle East, any little islands or the aforementioned countries that would appreciate a completely random piece of original art from DownUnder, drop me a line. You can continue to follow my artistic endeavours over on my (almost) Daily Art Blog -

Otherwise, this is LemurKat, signing off!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Beautiful Otago

Sisson range postcards ROCK. Pity they're only available from the Visitors Centre in town.

These are both of Otago - which lies further south than my home base of Canterbury. We haven't been here in years, but with any luck we'll head there next year.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Our feathered friends

I seem to have accumulated a vast number of bird postcards recently. Most of these are available for trade. So let me know if you'd like one.

Kereru - - - Kea and chicks

Kakapo (traded) --- Kaka (flown the coop)

Kotuku --- Weka (traded)

Tawaki (traded)

14 Faves within the hour!

This postcard of Lake Pukaki (another of the wonderful Sisson range) arrived in the Netherlands earlier today. Within an hour of it being Registered on Postcrossing, it had 14 faves, making it my 2nd most popular card. I wish my handdrawn cards would do so well but one cannot argue, this is a beautiful view of Mount Cook.

This view is from the eastern side, and makes a nice contrast to all the postcards featuring the mountain from the western side - over Lake Matheson. I visited Lake Matheson last week and it is indeed truly magnificant.

Here's my photo of it, postcard perfect!

I have about a dozen more photos of various lakes around the West Coast reflecting nicely. They're glacial lakes, so calm and still they're like a mirror. Beautiful!

Here's another (postcard that is, I'm not going to bore you with my snapshots):

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Something special Made in China

These two pieces come from a Chinese teenager who approached me wanting some stamps. He was a few days late for me to easily acquire them, but I managed to track them down for him. He sent me these in return.

Firstly, he drew me up his own Shanghai Expo postcard. Lovely, isn't it?

And he included this gorgeous silk stamps - they're so soft! And not cheap either - so I am VERY grateful to him indeed.

Thanks Zhan! Hope your postage stamps arrive in China soon ^^

Table of Mail!

Okay, I've been away exploring the West Coast for the last few days and left my husband to mind the fort and the mailbox.

Well, needless to say, I came home to find the table covered in mail!

An Official Art Postcard from the Netherlands

A Willow Tit from Finland (also an official)

A lovely print of a building in Belarus (Official)

A wild landscape from Poland.

Petronas Twin Towers from Malaysia

A historic house from Brasil.

And a postcard from Australia - the city of Brisbane, in fact (Official).

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Kaki in Slovakia

My black stilt, or Kaki, has now found a new home in Levice, Slovakia with Ushko. Here she visits a castle.

To see more of my art around the world, visit my website:

Officials from North America

Two official Postcards received today, both from North America - one the US of A and the other frmo Canada.

Black bear, black bear what do you see?
I see another bear kissing me!"

From GrayOwl in Canada. Took 13 days to arrive.

Cape Disappointment Lighthouse in Washington State
is definitely not a disappointment!

From Vadalisk in Washington, USA. This one took 20 days to arrive.
I can only assume she either took a while finding it or it took the scenic route.

She writes on the back:
"One of my favourite things is sunlight shining on
water spray from a hose or sprinkler
just right to create a rainbow."


Sunday, August 1, 2010

This delightful illustration is drawn by Ryoji Arai, a Japanese illustrator. He has won competitions and publishes books as well, including animations. This wee work of art arrives via Ayako Yoh in Japan. I am sending her a Kotuku from Okarito in exchange.

Palace of Fashion

This quaint wee building is situated in Dusseldorf, Germany. Once a palace, it is now a School of Fashion. It arrived from Germany courtesy of Nordbaer and took 11 days to arrive.

From the Wild, Wet West (to trade)

(these two are traded)

To celebrate our 10 years of togetherness (dating that is), my husband and I did a trip we've been meaning to do for some years now - the TranzAlpine. This is a train trip that goes from Christchurch to Greymouth - and back again. It takes you through some pretty spectacular scenary, including up the Waimakariri river, through gorges that look like Middle Earth, through the snow capped Southern Alps (aka "the Misty Mountains"), and into the dripping, lush rainforest of the West Coast, eventually ending up in the biggest town over there, called "Greymouth". There is not a great deal to do in Greymouth - even the locals agree, and although they had been blessed with a week of good weather, it had finally caught up with them in the form of heavy, driving rain. So, what do do but shop for postcards?

I'm back in Christchurch now, although the weather seems to have followed me home :( But shall be returning to the West Coast in two days time to go on an adventure down south to Franz Josef glacier.

Anyhow, here's my postcard haul, these are almost all available for trading.

Hokitika: The clock town is quaint - but it's quite a long drive to the gorge, followed by a lengthy walk, if I recall correctly. (posted now)

Okarito Heron Colony: we're going to be staying near here, but the herons don't arrive until late August/September. (posted now)

Lake Ianthe: Alledgedly home to a large population of Crested Grebes, one of my very favourite birds. I am hoping to visit here too. (posted now)

Lake Brunner: The train took us straight through here, although it was rather wetter at the time! And so grey it looked like the ocean. We have also gone trout fishing here. It is a popular place for fishermen to visit on weekends. (posted now)

Punakaiki: seems to be prone to stunning sunsets. It is also home to the Pancake Rocks.
#1 is posted still have #2

And this one I've been sitting on for years - it's our rainforest. This part is near Haast, in the UNESCO area of the South West New Zealand.

Angkor Wat

From Cambodia, via Hong Kong. A personal trade organised on the PC forums.
This place is AWESOME - I'd love to visit it one day.

Officials from Eastern Europe

I seem to receive an unually large amount of cards from Eastern and Northern European countries. These two came in today:

From Florescita in Slovenia.
This one took 17 days to arrive.

From the_Teo in Romania
This one took 15 days to arrive.
It is a postcard made from a photograph taken by the sender. A lovely piece!

Sunny Days in Venezuela

They have beautiful golden beaches in South America.
Personal trade with Magabygc.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Delightful Snow Bird

This wee chap flew in from Russia today. He's a "Snegin" or "Snow Bird". And he arrived courtesy of Mishutinaalex (Official PC postcard).

From Czech Republic to my door

Two today from the Czech Republic. Both quite moody in their colouration:

A castle in ruins from Alena (Malfoy

Praha - the famous Old Town Square. An Official PC from Neskar.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Postcards from Europe

My mailbox has been empty of Official PC postcards for about a week now. Indeed, I was starting to wonder if the mailman was stealing them. But I did receive these two in Personal Trades;

The Baltic Sea during a grey weather day. Beautiful, isn't it?
From Iwoo in Poland.

"Hope is the Cradle of Dreams"
From Muusa (UniversalMind) in Finland to whom I sent an Official, handmade PC postcard. This is her "Thank you" card. And it is beautiful. It reminds me of the sympathy cards - subtle and kind of haunting in its imagery.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Postcards from Queensland

Before I began this blog I was on my honeymoon in Northern Queensland. An area that encompases 3 UNESCO sites - the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest and Paronella Park. So I did what any self-respecting Postcrosser would do - I stocked up on postcards. Here's the selection. Many of these are AVAILABLE FOR TRADE, however if sent "naked" they will be postmarked "New Zealand".

Great Barrier Reef:

Daintree Rainforest:

Aboriginal Art:

Map Cards:

(GBR mapcard is traded)


Paronella Park (not for trade):

Free Postcard (if you like this, I have several copies of it):

And a pretty sunset: