Postcard Friendship Friday 057: I dream of picking blueberries in Finland

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This is another beautiful postcard from Finland showing one of its national prides and favourite summer pastimes:

Blueberries of Finland, where picking berries is a national pastime.
Postcard ID: 1138334

This card left Finland in early of July this year, the time when, the sender told me, that the blueberry season is in full-swing. This is a very charming postcard and the kind that I really like – the style of the artwork, the woods, the blueberries, and the wooden box made of birch… all capture what the berry season is all about. I’m sure many Finnish nationals who live outside their country undoubtedly get nostalgic and homesick when they receive this kind of postcard.

At the time of her writing this postcard, she just had finished picking her first berries of the season and enjoys them with her muesli. When she was younger, she said, she likes to eat them with milk and a bit of sugar. Don’t we all love eating fruits with milk and sugar? I do. I love bits of information like this. It brings me to the doorstep of Sipi’s beautiful country and gives me a sneak-peek of their fascinating way of life. Here’s another interesting post about blueberries in Finland captured in a stamp.

Paljon kiitoksia näyttämiseen minulle kulttuuria, Sipi, siitä sydämeni pohjasta.

Sunday Stamps 040: Going wild over blueberries!


I’m late, I’m late! Sunday came flying by quickly and I had forgotten to post my entry for this week.

Here you go, anyway:

 The Finnish people love their forests but they are also mighty proud of their berries, too. Every summer, I was told that berry-picking is the favourite activity to do there (and neighbouring Norway), a national pastime or an obsession of sorts for some. is In fact, they are so proud of their berries, particularly blueberries that they even dedicated a stamp to them, shown above.
In 2006, Posti Finland issued the above stamp as a definitive with value equal to the first class postage. The design shows the beloved blueberries – on a cup and others still attached to the stems – and the traditional summer dish of blueberry pie. Yum! I love blueberries in pies, muffins, and pancakes. The jam or preserve is best for sandwich spread too. Send grandma something special today, like a big jar of blueberry jam or fresh berries. Geez, it always makes my mouth water every time I look at this stamp 🙂

Sunday Stamps 034: Christmas stamps fund fight against TB

From the South American continent, this week we feature stamps from the great continent of Africa.

My stamps for this week comes from Suid Afrika (South Africa) which was issued in 1966:

An online auction site says this is a one-of-a-kind issue.
This is a full sheet of mint Christmas stamps, oh what a joy! I have to thank my bestfriend, Fe, for sending this to me, along with postcards and stamps from Botswana. Salamat, Fe!
Christmas stamps were issued and sold worldwide to raise money for charity through the Christmas Stamp Fund. Proceeds were used for things such as Tuberculosis (TB). South Africa was one of the later countries to issue Christmas stamps (in 1929). Various themes are featured on these stamps, from culture, landmarks, nature, traditional arts or folk art, costumes, produce, and nature and wildlife that represent South Africa. The map of South Africa serves as the background of the sheet – very clever, in my opinon – the colourful artwork and the blue ocean pops out of the page. One of the notable features to me is that  the stamps in the sheet were alternately in  English and Afrikaan. Also of particular interest in the stamp design is the cross with two horizontal bars, which is the patriarchal cross, that has become known as the international symbol for the fight against TB. It is also known as the Cross of Lorraine. 
The South African Christmas stamp 1966 was issued in support of Sunshine homes in South Africa. I could not find any info about Sunshine homes but I’m assuming it is a centre caring and providing treatment for people afflicted with TB. This makes me also wonder…  Now that TB is no longer considered a deadly disease, I wonder if the Christmas Stamp Fund provides funding to research on other diseases such as mental illnesses and new methods of treatments, like dual diagnosis treatment and many more.
I found this comprehensive information on South African Christmas stamps.

Sunday Stamps 02: Greek produce on FDC



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not believe I missed last week’s Postcard Friendship Friday and Sunday Stamps. Sorry folks, it’s tennis season once again – and I’ve been following my boy, Rafael Nadal’s matches at the Australian Open. He lost at the quarterfinals this week, too bad, but I hope he recovers soon and recovers very well for the clay season is just a few months away. We don’t want the King of Clay to get eliminated very early in the tournaments, do we?

Now enough of the tennis stuff, on to this week’s Sunday Stamps entry. I already featured this FDC here but I just want to post it again. It’s such a beautiful FDC so here it is:

Greek agri produce on stampsThis was sent by a fellow Postcrosser and now a good friend Nopi from Greece. It came together with an awesome 3D hologram postcard featuring the Tholos ruins. I was gushing like a teenager when I received them and hurried home to scan and post, forgetting that I was to buy

shoes womens, errr, I mean shoes for me

! Gah, even up to know I get so excited. I feel like I am not your typical woman because stamps and FDCs make me forget about shoes, and other girly stuffs for that matter, in a heartbeat. *lol*

Anyways, the FDC above features the products of Greece. Can you name  each of them? No Google, please, because the lucky commenter who gives the correct answers will get a nice, stamped and written Cambodian postcard from moi! Game? Goooooo!