Hey everyone! It’s a Wednesday near the start of the month so regular readers of my blog should know what that means – it’s time to show off my mail and this week it’s incoming mail time! Let’s get started with some Swap-bot swaps I took part in.
I’ve slowed my swaps down a bit but I like to find one or two a month to participate in. For May I found a chocolate swap, my first food swap on swap-bot! I sent my chocolate off to New Zealand while a package of 200g of chocolate was coming my way from Sweden. It’s always interesting getting food from different countries. I wasn’t very fond of the Dumle chocolate bar (didn’t stop me from eating it!) but the other three were lovely!
The second swap from May that I took part in was a postcard mish-mash swap, meaning you send five random postcards from your stash that you don’t want. In return, you get sent five random postcards from someone else – you keep what you like and just send on the ones you don’t in the next swap. I happen to quite like the postcards I got and the person sent me a few extra things as well which was nice – a heart for her!
Onto Postcrossing now! An update on my Postcrossing stats: I’ve sent 33 and received 35. They’re getting close to even (before I had received about 5 more than I had sent)! I sent out a lot of postcards at the start of the month to get my stats back to even (you’ll see those next week) so while I sent 8 I only got 2 back. The penguin card is really cute though. I got a chance to practice my Japanese reading the message which was nice! I’m learning Dutch and Japanese so really I appreciate when people write to me in languages I’m learning.
Also, the other postcard arrived the same day from America and had a penguin stamp to match the Japanese postcard!
Getting to pen pals now, I have to give a huge shout out of Myra from Those Secrets We Keep! She always sends me lovely cards and this is what she sent me for May:
Isn’t it lovely? But there was more, she also sent me a really cool mini photo flip-book…thing! I’m not sure what to call it other than amazing. I have to say, it definitely made me smile when I took it out of the envelope and started opening it up!
Here it us unfolded:
It’s really cool. I need to learn how to make it because I think it’s a wonderful idea. Considering I got it around the time my dog passed, it seemed fitting to put a picture of him in it and that escalated to putting pictures of a lot more pets in it! I had fun though looking through folders for old pictures of pets. A few are missing because cameras weren’t nearly as common 15 years ago but I tried to get as many cats in as I could.
Oh yes, and here’s the envelope that Myra sent it in, loving all the cameras! I photographed it here alongside the lovely and striking envelope that contains a letter from my newest pen pal, Stephanie from Marine Girls Adventures.
She used some really cute paper in her letter:
I was lucky enough to get not one, but two letters from Jayne from JaynieMack in May, having a pen pal in the same country as you can be a nice thing! Especially when the mail is so pretty to look at – Jayne has some wonderful stationery and I am a bit jealous.
And just when the month was almost over and I thought I wasn’t going to get any more mail…I get a strawberry envelope arriving in my letterbox sent to me from Keely (Sarr Trek), which did give me a craving for strawberries – good thing it’s strawberry season!
A colourful envelope is always appreciated! I especially liked the Italian souvenirs – if I can’t get there myself I can at least read up on the museum brochure, I’ll be prepared for when I get there someday…which I will…someday…
Anyway, that’s all for my May incoming mail! Well, that wasn’t all of it, a had a few other pieces but if I showed you everything this would be an even longer post and I must have limits! Plus, actually, a lot of my incoming in May was shopping related…I did buy an awful lot of things online that arrive in May! But enough, you have other blogs to be reading and I have a trip to Italy to daydream about…someday it will happen…
Oh wait, before I go…stamp time!
Now your’re free to go read other blogs!