Wednesday 6 July 2011

En Vacance

I am off to the land of yellow postboxes for a few weeks to twirl a few postcard racks. Here is choice of four letterboxes at the main post office in Ploermel, France. Two on the left, the internal post, large and small, to region 56 of Morbihan in Brittany. Exterieur (outside), which we took to mean the rest of France and Etranger (stranger or foreigner), where we put our postcards home. They arrived, so guess we made the right choice, although we did puzzle for a moment as to whether we were outsiders or strangers.

Tuesday 5 July 2011

Another Place

Antony Gormley's 100 cast iron figures spread over 3 kilometres on Crosby beach were supposed to be a temporary installation and moved to New York in 2006 but they took the hearts of the locals. Lobbying means they stayed there being covered and uncovered by the ebb and flow of the tide. As is well known the figures are all casts of Gormley's own body.  I picked this card up in Liverpool, I loved the light, the lone sculpture and the tall ships sailing out of Liverpool to an unknown destination in the distance. 

Sunday 3 July 2011

Alishan Forest Railway

My sender, Tanya, tells me that this is Mount Ali and that the old train and old tree are very popular tourist attraction in Taiwan. She also shows me how to write hello in Chinese which is also the language of the postcard description, happily it has a date amongst the Chinese characters of 1968, when I guess this photograph was taken. The photo must be of one of the last steam locomotives to run on this line for in 1969 diesel took over.

Building of the line started in 1895 for logging operations but this narrow gauge mountain railway is now a tourist attraction. The train sets out at the foot of Mount Ali and journeys up 2000 feet through 55 tunnels and 77 bridges and through different vegetation from the tropical to the alpine with  spectacular views of deep ravines.  This is part of the Alishan National Scenic Area, a mountain resort of hiking trails, mountain villages and tea plantations. Sounds wonderful.

The card came with
one of the 2009 flower definitives.  I guess the Chunghwa Post had just put some more ink into their franking machine as it has blobbed onto both the stamp and the postcard corner. Never mind it is a pretty stamp of Tabebuia chrysantha also known as the Golden Goddess or Golden Trumpet Tree. The flowers appear in Spring before the leaves. The warm and humid climate of Taiwan produces some spectacular plants.  The flowers of this set of 4 were painted by Hung-tu Ko who has also painted the other, ongoing. issues of flower definitives and this year's Alpine Flowers issue.

Thank you Tanya for introducing me to this mountain area of Taiwan

Saturday 2 July 2011

CCW #2 - Kents Bank

Continuing my occasion pictures of a postal flavour from the Cumbria Coastal Way, I have arrived at the village of Kents Bank situated near the River Kent estuary. Walk up the hill from the railway station and here is a bowl for a thirsty dog on the steps of the post office. While your dog, real or imaginary, is lapping up cool water perhaps call in
 Post Box # LA11 112 - Kents Bank Post Office, Kirkhead Road
for stamps and an ice lolly. The wall post box is a sturdy George V design from 1934-6.