Here I am back again, I certainly seem to be on somewhat of a roll these past 4 or 5 days. Postcards and blog updates are just flying out of my computer . My first card is from Scotland, but more than that, it's from a place that makes the card the first in my collection from there, and that place is the Isle of Barra. It's an island in the Outer Hebrides, 8 miles long and 4 miles wide. Barra is the second southermost inhabited island of the Outer Hebrides. It's main village is Castlebay and the island population is just over 1,100.
Barra's airport uses the beach as a runway. Voted the world's most stunning landing spot, Barra Airport is claimed to be the only airport in the world to have scheduled flights landing on a beach.
Michael's postcard shows the final approach to Barra Airport.
Michael used a recent Regional Definitive from Scotland on his card which received a nice circular Castlebay, Isle of Barra cancel.
Today's second card gives us a look at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India. Amritsar is a city in the northwestern Indian State of Punjab and the Golden Temple is the most holy place of Sikhism. The huge religious complex was started in 1585 and its construction was finished in 1604.
David used 2 stamps on his card. On the left , from 2017, is 1 of 2 in a set showing Traditional Dances. It is a Joint Issue with Portugal. I now have the set of 2 thanks to David. On the right is a 2016 stamp featuring Flowers - Orchids. It is part of a set of 6.
A recipe card from France is next. It's the recipe for Flammekueche or Flame Cake. I went through the recipe and have to admit I had no idea what lardons were. Google helped and it seems lardons are quite similar to what I would call fatback pork bits. Where I come from -Newfoundland - we use it to fry fresh cod fish. The Flammekueche looks good though and I'm sure it tastes great too.
Dominique's stamp is from 2016. It commemorates the 240th Anniversary of the Birth of French mathematician, physicist, and philosopher Sophie Germain.
Laos is up next - It's Luang Prabang as seen from Phu si. This city of 56,000 in northern Laos lies in a valley at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. The old town of Luang Prabang was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1995.
As always with cards from Jobbo, they always arrive with a nice selection of stamps and this one is no exception. On the left is a stamp from 2005, 1 of 7 in a set called Days of the Week - Buddha Figures. The middle stamp , from 2001, is 1 of 3 in a set showing Traditional Mortars. On the right - a stamp issued in 2010 commemorating the 15th Anniversary of Luang Prabang making the UNESCO World Heritage List.
I have another one from Jobbo, but first this one from Newfoundland showing a gigantic iceberg. According to The International Ice Patrol there are a record number of bergs in the area of the Grand Banks at this time this year - 481 . Usually there are around 80 . Looks like last years 687 bergs might be exceeded this year.
The International Ice Patrol is operated by the US Coast Guard, but is funded by 17 nations - Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Poland, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.
This card is another one for my Newfoundland Postmarks Collection - this time it's Come By Chance, a small town of just 265 people on the Avalon Peninsula in eastern Newfoundland.
I thank My Lovely Teena for this card.
The new Star Trek stamp on this card was issued April 27th of this year. It is 1 of 5 in the set. This one features William Shatner as Admiral James T Kirk.
Now it's time for Jobbo's second card and the last card for this time. It's from Vietnam and shows a couple pics of Hanoi and area.
That's a nice looking place there - the Huc Bridge at Hoan Kiem Lake.
On this card we see a nice Bird Stamp from 2013. It is 1 of 4 stamps in the Birds of Xuan Thuy National Park set. Next is a 2017 Vietnamese Markets stamp. Lastly, a Buu Chinh stamp from 2016.
The end has come. Thanks for cards today go out to Michael, David, Dominique, Jobbo and My Lovely Teena.
See you next time.