Sunday, July 29, 2012

Bats + dragons = a good Postcrossing week


Sometimes Postcrossing can seem like a fruitless desert of boring touristy postcards, but other times it's full of lovely surprises. This past week has certainly been the "feast" in the "feast or famine" cycle.

Above we have the fabulous US-1779560 from the USA / New Mexico. The sender, Dan, said he hadn't figured he'd ever be sending a bat postcard to a Postcrosser, but he'd picked it up because he loves nature. This is a southwestern desert-type bat with a scorpion in its mouth. LOVE! I really like the realistic yet colorful artwork, and of course the bat is wonderful.


Dan was so thoughtful that he even used a bat stamp! This is from the "pollinator" series from a few years back... when the first class rate was 41 cents.


Then, to continue another of my favorite themes, Helen in the Netherlands sent me NL-1328714 from the Netherlands. I hope you can tell by the size of this photo that the postcard is filled with wonderful dragons! The dragons and knights are covering a fantasy-styled old map that looks to be burned at the edges, and the ornate text at the bottom reads "Dragons of the World." The postcard is called "Dragon Map" but I don't see any artist credit on it. Helen works in a bookshop and she loves to read. She mentioned that her son loves Christopher Paolini's Inheritance cycle, which is a dragon fantasy series. I loved that series, too.

And speaking of dragons, I have a confession to make:

I've been spending a ton of time reading this summer. I always read a lot in the summer, but I've become completely engrossed in George R. R. Matin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series. I started the first book, "Game of Thrones," at the beginning of the month, and read it in a week... and I was totally hooked. While on vacation I read "A Clash of Kings," and now I'm in the middle of the third book, "A Storm of Swords." I am completely, totally loving it - one of the best fantasy series I've ever read, I think, and I've read a lot of them! - but it is, of course, eating up a lot of mail time. But it's the summer and I've got a fair bit of time, and I am loving the luxury of hanging out in my hammock chair for hours at a time, getting lost in a good book.

So I note all that side literary information by way of explanation, and perhaps apology, for why I've not been blogging as much!

So for now, go write a letter or read about dragons, and have a lovely Sunday.