A very nice surprise arrived from Heleen. An envelope with a badger, the other half of the wonderful Let children learn stamps, and a very clever way of writing FinnBadger. The first half of the stamp set is here.
And a badger inside, too. None other than Tommy Brock, one of Beatrix Potter's characters.
Actually, this is not really a reflections post, I feel that this is more like a rewards post, with my being the recipient! Plus I didn't realize that a reflections post was a part of the A-Z challenge Helen surprised me by sending me this fantastic envelope and card to congratulate me on finishing, and share a few of her thoughts on how much she enjoyed my blog during the A to Z challenge in April.
One thing that Heleen wrote that I agree with is that she was surprised Eva and I did not have the same word, or even the same mail during the whole month. Which is pretty surprising as we occasionally show the same thing on the same day. And Eva sent me some of her reflections in this wonderful envelope made from a Desigual bag. This store name seemed familiar to me, but not because I shop there - the nearest one is in NYC.
As luck would have it, 614 Magazine, from which many of my envelopes are created, had this as their April cover.
It made perfect envelopes to reply to Eva and Heleen. Thanks so much to both of you for your mail and blog friendship, I really appreciate it.
A postcard of Rome St Peter's from Eva sent from an unexpected place - Vatican City.
A Dutch castle from Heleen
Helen's card arrived on 'Big Mail Monday' - one of the biggest batches of mail I've received on one day in a long time. Make sure to see Heleen's personalized stamp - very cool. They'll all be blogged eventually, in the meantime, here's the group photo:
And another postcard from Eva, showing a beautiful ancient mosaic, and taking its time to arrive from Italy in exactly a month. By comparison, the card from the Vatican took a week to get here.
On the reverse, a (sadly disfigured by biro) 47p World Heritage stamp issued in 2015 of Blenheim Palace, which has a garden designed by Capability Brown. Not so obvious from the view on the stamp, I have to say (so really forcing the theme this week's Sunday Stamps). In 2016 a stamp was issued as part of a set Brown's work at Blenheim, which I do not have, but have shown below).
Plus a bonus 'stamp' from Adanaland promoting the 'National Hedge Fund'.
I received an add and pass from William quite some time ago. As they are not among my favorite things to do, it took me some time to finally add something. I forgot to take a before picture, but here is the sheet in its current state.
It has been around for some time, some of the addresses are dated almost 10 years ago. The instructions said to return a copy - but to whom? So I sent a copy to everyone who had an address on here - we'll see what happens! (I forgot to scan one of the envelopes).
And Katerina received the original to add something to.
Update! My envelope to Elke clearly arrived, as she sent me this postcard in reply:
This translates to: Homeland Pictures, and Birth, Rearing, Slaughtering, Dissection, Packing.