Comment: Hi Mark. I had no idea that there even was a Hong Kong Disney! As for the one in Orlando - I think that I chaperoned too many 8th grade graduation trips there to actually go voluntarily. I am more of a state park person as opposed to a theme park person. I like them a lot more and they are a lot more inexpensive besides. Thanks for a great card!
Comment: Thanks for the horse-drawn beer wagon, Mark. Budweiser still has a wagon drawn by eight Clydesdales that does promotional events. They were here in Fort Myers last year. And thanks too for the stunning lightning photo. Amazing!
Comment: Hi Mark! Loved the envelope and thank you for the postcard and nice bookmarks! I see your postage is $3 now---is it the same for an international postcard? I thought ours was so high at $2.65!
Response: You are welcome. :-) Yes Australian international postage is expensive! Letters & Postcards up to 50g cost $3.00. 50g-125g cost $7.50. If it's more than 20mm thick, we pay parcel rates, which are dearer still.
Comment: Aw, Mark, you do know how to please! What a wonderful trio of postcards you chose for this swap.I'm not usually a fan of Zazzle cards, but that woman with the constrictors is just such a great image & perfect for me. And the 3-D card is just amazing & such fun. Even the ad card is out of the ordinary with its pop-up capability. Thanks so much.
Response: As soon as I saw that snake woman PC, I knew you'd like it !!! :-) I'm glad that they all appealed to you.
Comment: Great postcard. Thank you! I will enjoy hang-gliding by watching from the ground and enjoying postcards. :)
Response: Glad you liked it. :-) Believe it or not, a couple of days after I posted your PC, a man died in a hang gliding accident, about 70km from where I live! I didn't even know they did hang gliding anywhere near here. :-(
Comment: Thank you for the very cool King Alfred postcard! And, yes, Queen Victoria seems to be every royal's "Grandmother" :) :) We loved the history lesson. It is lovely today here (24ºC) but we are set to warm up again. Hope you are keeping cool! (or at least not melting!) :) :)
Response: It's 28c here today, but the heat hasn't finished with us yet. Glad you liked the PC. :-)
Comment: You're right the temperature in Your neck of the woods isn't funny. When I read your card i nearly had an attack of the vapours! I hate the heat . 20c is my limit. Does rather restrict my travels. Best holiday ever... The Arctic circle in January. -40c . Wonderful
Thanks for the card. Best wishes
Response: You are welcome. It's a bit cooler today. It's only 28c !!! :-)
Comment: What a cool coin!!! We don’t have souvenir coins here in the states, I don’t think. I have mostly seen smashed pennies here. I loved reading about your visit with your friend and sorry the got rid of the super cool bridge. Ugh! The coin and post cards will fit perfectly in my collection! Thank you!!
Comment: Great card as always! Didn't actually know these sort characters are homunculus. There's a saying that you learn something new everyday and you're never finished..Thanks Mark for a fab card! 😊
Response: You are welcome. That's one of the benefits of deltiology. :-)
Comment: Hi Mark! The photo of the yellow billed spoonbill is fantastic, I just love the colours! Sounds like you have had a good start to the year. Thankyou for being one of my swap partners. All the best, Tracy
Comment: Thanks for the very interesting post card explaining the Linnaeus system of classification. some years ago I went to a production at the Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh. It was part of the Festival ànd showed the life and work of Linnaeus as a play. Best wishes for Christmas and 2019.
Comment: Hi Mark. I'm so glad to have taken part in your Enlighten Me Postcard Swap. The bunyip maxicard is absolutely wonderful. I love learning about mythology and I had not heard of the bunyip before, so thank you for enlightening me!
Comment: Hi! I loved the "mystery craters" cards--so nice of you to send two views! We have a smaller version of these which we call 'paint pots'...less like craters and more like orangy muddy pools but definitely ochre.♥️♥️
Response: I'm pleased that you like the PCs. If you mean the "Paint pots at Yellowstone", I looked at them online. They look interesting too !!!
Comment: Thank you for the "little piece of Australia" and the extras. I took the sample packet and poured it into my hand. As much as I would love to visit I figured this may be the closest I'll ever get to touching Australian soil. LOL Thanks again.
Response: You are welcome. I'm glad that I was able to bring a little bit of happiness (& a little bit of Australia) into your life. :-)
Comment: Wow Mark! This is an AMAZING sample!!!
Sadly, I probably wouldn't have realized why it was called "star sand" had I not spilled a few grains on my table while trying to transfer it to my container. 😮 🤩 Wicked cool.
Thankx for the pc's and magnet too!
Response: You are welcome. If you google STAR SAND OKINAWA, you'll find out what it REALLY is. You'll also see some enlarged photos. :-)
Comment: Thanks for the PC! Apologies for the late rating!! I really enjoyed this card, unsolved mysteries are fascinating. I hope I can visit there someday and check out the craters in person! Love the stamp on the card too:)
Comment: Apologies for the late rating!! We are trying to get into canoeing, we have our own canoe now but didn't get out as much as we'd like this year. It's so peaceful out on the water though, can't wait for next season:) Thanks for the PC, hope things are good out your way!
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful postcard! The blue in that water is just so vibrant. The museum itself sounds really interesting, and I'm glad you put a little of the history in the message. I hope to one day visit Australia!
Comment: Thanks Mark. Your card reminded me of the advice Dustin Hoffman’s character, Benjamin, got in The Graduate: “Just one word: Plastics.” I like the Sundurban tiger reserve pc as well. Have you been there?
Response: You are welcome. I've crossed the Indian Ocean on an ocean liner (Fair Star), but no I haven't been to India. :-(
Comment: Nice to find an envelope from you in the mail, Mark. Thank you for the 2 book cover PCs. Knowing which knot to tie was always a source of vexation for me in my sailing years, so that one struck a chord! Really appreciate the packet of air mail labels too.
Response: You are welcome. I hope the labels come in handy. :-)
Comment: Thanks Mark for your wonderful envelope! It arrived today. Thanks for sending your local museum brochure and postcard. I also really enjoyed the sunset postcard, it was an interesting coastline, haven't seen one quite like it. I'll work on sending you something from the states. Thanks for re-sending, if the other one turns up, I'll be sure to message you.
Response: You are welcome. Hopefully the first package will turn up. :-)
Comment: No, I didn't know, but now I do! Thanks for the interesting pc about the Eureka Stockade & the rebellion it commemorates. That Welcome Nugget is amazing too. The biggest I've heard of being found in Alaska is only about one tenth that size. Thanks also for the cool B&W photo card of Shimogo Town. Love it.
Comment: Thank you for the postcards, Mark! They're very cool and I really like the fact that they're from different countries. Austrialia always fascinated me and I hope I can visit it some day. I saw on your profile that you collect postcards from different themes, including "Buzludzha". I can try to find a postcard of this monument and send it to you ^^
Response: Greetings! I'm glad you liked the PCs I sent. :-) I would love to receive a PC of Buzludzha !!! I would gladly send you another PC in return. :-)
Comment: Love this postcard of the earth from space! When I was a kiddo, my folks let us pick our own themes for our bedrooms, and for the feature wall of my room, I picked a space theme with the mural of the earth rising image from the moon. I really enjoyed all the fun facts you included in your note on the back, so neat that you added the distance that postcard traveled! :)
Your temperature was +38°C while we were -40°C. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜
Comment: Thanks for the botanical postcard, Mark. I love those educational charts & botany is one of those fields I'd pursue if I just had another couple of lives! Appreciate the air mail sticker & your faux money notepaper will live on in a collage.
Comment: Nice to get a card from you again Mark! I adore the monarch butterfly. It's truly beautiful. We have many butterflies here in my neighbourhood. Actually our whole area is amed after a butterfly. My street name is "The small blue" but then in Dutch of course :)
Comment: I love that you had a Pennsylvania postcard for me to return to you! It'll go out in today's mail. And thanks so much for the TWO terrific playing cards and TWO penguin bookmarks. What a great envelope to receive!
Comment: Sorry in the delay in rating. But as always you sent an awesome card! I never really got into maxicards until these past few months. This will be a treasured addition to my collection. Thank you!
Comment: Mark, thank you for so many bookmarks! I have read one of the books on your list; Helen Keller's story is an excellent book. I've never heard of The Bookshop Book. I'll check that one out, it's perfect for a book lover, don't you think?
Response: You are welcome. Sorry about the mix up. Yes it's definitely a good book for a book lover.
Comment: Hello Mark! Thanks for the Horned Devil Postcard! Hi to your wife & son! I hope the rating "sticks" this time! The horned devil is so super cool dude! It looks like some driftwood art ... & so masculine! Do both male & female look like this? The "rainwater channeled to its mouth" is a pretty cool adaptation too! pathetic scientific name, though! & oh! Deltiology is a new term for me! You did really enlighten me :) (& so amazing you wrote so much in block letters ... I just ... can't!!)
Response: Yay!!! it worked!!! :-) You are welcome! Thorny Devils grow to about 15cm. The female is stouter & heavier because she carries the eggs. They both have thorns.
Comment: Hello Mark, thanks a lot for your nice postcard. What a surprise to get one of DÃ¼sseldorf: Just now I stay in this city because of my job but still had no chance to buy postcard. So, I got one from Australia, haha.
Greetings from Germany!
Comment: Hello Mark -- thank you for the nice card from the Botanic Gardens. It's frigid winter here and I miss the plants. I will keep an eye out for Bigfoot news. Western Pennsylvania is considered a "hot spot" for Bigfoot -- there's a small convention every year -- but as yet, no confirmed sightings! Best, al
Response: That would be good. Thank you. I'm glad you liked the PC. :-)
Comment: Thanks so much Mark for the cool PC, and the EDUCATION.....about the curious "thorny devil" & about "deltiology." We have something similar here in Texas called a "horned toad."
You're right though, I never realized that I was a "DELTIOLOGIST"!! ðŸ˜Š
Response: There's so much to learn! :-) I bet there aren't too many people in Texas who know about Moloch Horridus. I'm glad you liked the PC. :-)
Comment: Mark, you always send me such interesting postcards. This one of Beton women's costumes is fabulous. I cannot see how these women can sit there with those 2 foot high hats on. Until next time I receive one of your interesting postcards, Shirley
Response: One does Ones best !!! I'm glad you like it. For me, sharing interesting facts & information about the subject pictured on the PC is one of the things that make Deltiology so enjoyable !!! :-)
Comment: HelloðŸ˜‡ I just received your mailâœ‰ Thank you so much for the amazing coinsâœ¨ I'm so glad that it reached me this time. Your first mail still didn't arrive, i guess it's lost... it's okay, that happens sometimes... Take careðŸŒŸðŸŒ¹
Response: You are welcome. Hopefully the first one will turn up eventually. :-)
Comment: Thanks for your generous and thoughtful swap! I love everything - even the Wind Farm stationery! These are my first maps from these 3 countries and the fog and Pixar cards are great. Cute Minion bookmark, too.
Response: You are welcome. I'm glad you liked what I sent. :-)
Comment: Thanks for another fab postcard Mark! Loved the outer space PC which was also very informative. Hope the Book Bazaar was good, many of my friends who attend Curtin went there too! Hope to hear from you again soon, from Sophie
Response: Glad you liked the PC. If you like reading, Book Bazaar is definitely worth checking out! :-)
Comment: Thanks so much for the PC and the interesting info. Even though we are the smallest of the five boroughs that make up NYC, I think Staten Island might be just a tad bit bigger than Merredin - we have a population of ~475,000, while NYC as a whole has about 8.5 million.
Response: You're right! It is "just a TAD bit bigger"!!! Glad you liked the PC. :-)
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful card, and for the time and weather info. Actually, I got your card when we picked up the mail at 4:25 PM, and it was 91 degrees Fahrenheit and mostly sunny. Just thought I would pass that along. Happy swapping!
Response: You are welcome. I bet there aren't many people here in Merredin who know it was 91degF at 4:25PM on Sept 29th, in Sierra Vista AZ !!! That's what I love about deltiology. The exchange of information !!! :-) LOL
Comment: Thank you for the great card Mark! :) What neat critters the platypus' are. Great info on them, some I didn't even know, like feeding their young. Would be neat to see one out in the wild. Thank you again for the great card and hosting a fun swap!
Response: You are welcome. They are very shy. I've only ever seen one! I caught a brief glimpse of one while canoeing in Tasmania in 1992.
Comment: Thank you for the great sailboat postcard! Thank you also for bringing to my attention the error on my profile, which will be fixed promptly!! I definitely don't want to leave out the great gentlemen who also participate and coordinate swaps !!
Response: You are welcome. Glad you liked the PC. :-)
Comment: Hello Mark, Thank you for the nice Louvre Postcard. I've visited the Louvre at least 3 times. In Paris I was more than 10 times. These days it is only 4 hours by train. If there is a nice offer and the train ticket is cheap, you can go there for lunch. ;-)
I see you put 2.95 Aus dollars for a stamp on the pc. And I thought that Dutch stamps were expensive. I pay 1.98 in Aus $. Not matter what country. My neighbour Germany or Australia. All the best to you.
Response: You are welcome. Yes, Australian postage is expensive!
Comment: Lovely postcard thank you! It unfortunately got damaged in the post, it looks like its been ripped in half by someone :-( Apart from that i love it :-)
Update 9/9/17 - Thank you for the replacement card, there was no need but i really appreciate it! I love the card lots and i love all the humour on it, it's made my day! :)
Response: Hi, glad you liked it. Sorry it was ruined. Thanks for the rating. Keep an eye on your mailbox!!! :-)
9/9/17: You are welcome.
Comment: Thank you so much for the amazing postcard! I love it when a stamp is incorporated on the front. I've never seen them in Germany!
Response: You are welcome! This type of PC is called a Maxicard. The picture, stamp & postmark all have the same theme. They are issued by the post office when a new stamp issue is released. I've seen some from Germany on Ebay. :-)
Comment: Thanks for the great card! So funny I have had all Australian swap partners for these maxicard swaps. It's fun to have some locals to share with. Thanks again, and sorry for being slow to rate.
Comment: Mark, thank you very much for the postcard of the Isle of May Lighthouse. It looks like a castle. Also for telling me of some of your interesting events. Wow, to have a piece of the Skylab 1. Fantastic! Shirley
Response: You are welcome. As I said in my PC, it's a VERY SMALL piece of Skylab!!! :-)
Comment: Mark, thank you for the Southern Cross postcard! I am so happy to hear from a swapper in WA :)
Throughout my childhood, my family went on many camping trips throughout WA and we have been to delightful Merredin many times! We met a lovely couple there whilst camping one time - Bill and Leah. My sister and I were very young at the time, and my parents became good friends with them. We often ate dinner together, and my sister and I would knock on Bill and Leah's tent and ask "Is it beer o'clock?" when we were ready for dinner! Great memories with great friends.
Thanks again for the postcard :-) From Sophie
Response: We've been around a bit also. It's amazing who you meet & where you meet them. :-)
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful postcard. I love it. Thank you also for the great literary wisdom. I love that quote. Also for the interesting information about the platypus! I loved reading your note. Have a wonderful day!
Comment: What a wonderful selection of PCs you chose -- thank you so much. And thanks so much for your lovely note as well as the interesting photo of the rabbit proof fence. I especially enjoyed the PC of the Australian wildlife - so very different than what we have in the US. . . and the Maxicard is the first one I've received!! Thanks again for the wonderful selection and all the extras you sent and hope to see you in future swaps. Have a great week ~~
Response: You are very welcome. I'm glad you liked them. :-)
Comment: Mark! I am such an idiot! Your envelope has been sitting on my desk for weeks but got buried under some scary bills that I was avoiding. It's been here the whole time! Thank you so much for the vineyard postcard and the bookmarks! (I can never have enough bookmarks.) Sorry to scare you that it was lost in the mail. â™¥
Response: Well, if you say so. Who am I to argue? (LOL) No harm done. Glad you liked what I sent. Regards Mark :-)
Comment: Yippee, the swap arrived today! Thank you for the vintage pc with the spinning wheel. I'll send the postcard on in the next round, no harm done. Did you alert her to the situation? If so, you can tell her all is well.
Response: I'm pleased it turned up. I haven't followed it up yet. I was giving it another week. all is well now. Regards Mark :-)
Comment: Hi Mark!!
Thank you so much for this adorable postcard. Oh my gosh the little mouth on the mole kills me hahaha it's soo cute and funny. I hope you and your family are doing well :) Thanks again!
Comment: Thanks for the Dr Who card. I havent watched it yet but maybe after I finish all the Star Trek series. I don't know if they have any Evil Knievel PCs at the museum as they have just opened. I haven't been there yet but maybe next month I will check.
Response: Glad you liked the PC. I look forward to the E.K. PC if you can get one. :-)
Comment: Hi Mark,
Thanks for the Dr. Who card. In August the local theater is showing the 1983 film "The Five Drs." with humorous commentary by Rifftrax--3 guys who used to be on "Mystery Science Theater 3000." I'm not going to miss it!
Response: You are welcome. I hope you enjoy the show. :-)
Comment: Thank you for this great swap! And I really appreciate you sending postcards for my nieces. Thank you! I also enjoyed reading all about Australia--while everyone knows Australia is just huge, I think we in the US don't realize just how big it is. :)
Response: I'm glad you like what I sent. :-) Regards Mark
Comment: Hello Mark I received your posted card and I must say it did reach in a good time...currently at school I'm learing about conventions all over the world and to get a pc talking about the Ramsar convention was nice...Trinidad and Tobago is part of this convention also, we have 3 sites dedicated as wetlands of international importance....thank you and all the best.
Comment: Thank you very much for the beautiful postcard you sent me, and what you tell me is very interesting ...
I can not imagine what it must be like to live in a city of 2,900 people ... if I think about it, it must be paradise, now That living with 7 million in the same city (as I, in Santiago de Chile) is a real madness ... you are very lucky, I think ...
A big hug from Chile
Response: It's not quite paradise but I like it. I'm glad you liked the postcard.
Comment: What a cool postcard! Oh summer, where are you?! Oh I found it: On the other side of the world!...hahaha...It is a pleasure to meet you again Mark. Thank you for your postcard. Now have a great day!
Response: You are welcome. I'm glad you liked it. :-)
Comment: Thanks for the great postcard - I appreciate getting a kingfisher for my bird collection! And I dropped your postcard by the post office this morning. That was a nice Texas PC, by the way. :-)
Comment: Thank you so much for the bookmarks and letter from Australia! It is so cool and I plan on keeping the postmarked envelope for my collection :) I thought it was hiliarious that you said hi to Norma!!
Comment: Aren't you sweet thinking of me and my love for pigs! They are cute little buggers when they are clean. :) Say hi to your wife for me.
Response: I'm glad you liked it.
I posted a 2nd PC yesterday. Not pigs, but I hope you like it all the same.
Remember, it can take 4 weeks for a PC to travel from Western Australia to USA.
Regards Mark :-)
Comment: Hi Mark, thank you so much for the book recommendation. I've searched it and i sounds interesting. Will get a copy soon to try ;) i've never read the same book twice because i already know what will happen and it ruins the suspense for me. Also, love The Cyclist's Plea postcard. Thanks!
Comment: Hi, Mark...I loved the card. I'd never heard of "love spoons" before. As an aside, in 2003, I spent 6 weeks in WA and did a bit of traveling (as far north as Monkey Mia), but mostly hanging around the Perth and Albany areas. It was springtime and glorious.
Response: Greetings! Glad you liked the PC.......& WA! :-)
Comment: Wow what a neat horse card. As a lifelong horse lover I find the horses of other countries and uses really interesting. Cool that your town is so small. You'd fit right in here. I guess I never thought of Australia as having small towns. Learn something new every day! Thanks!
Response: I'm glad you liked it.
PS: We have an abundance of small towns !!!
Comment: Hi Mark! Thank you for the magnet from Merredin! I am also originally from a small town so I know the struggle of finding souvenirs. This is a great magnet to add to my collection as I do not have any others from Western Australia! Also loved the little envelope you put the magnet in. Cheers! :)
Comment: Hello Mark!
THANK YOU for sending me a maxicard! Sorry it took so long to rate you because your card was misrouted to another municipality, it took another week before reaching my address. Thanks again, and hope to swap again with you in future swaps!
Comment: Thank you for the Doisneau postcard! I love it! I got the postcard yesterday and the postmark says 26 April, so it took about 11 days to get to Texas. I mention it because on Friday I got a Valentine's card that was sent from Australia on January 26! It made me wonder if the Australian post is extremely slow; your postcard proves otherwise! ðŸ˜‰ Thanks again!
Response: Glad you liked the PC. Unfortunately Aust Post are cost cutting. We now pay more for a poorer service. But it's still better than some countries, so we can't complain..........too much! ;)
Comment: Thank you so much for the lighthouse postcard! Sorry I was slow in rating - been crazy around here with costumes and I put mail in a pile and - well out of sight , out of mind â˜ºï¸ That is interesting about your brother in law's mum also sewing reenactment /historical clothing. What part is Australian history are they for?
Response: Hi Paula,
I'm not sure. I don't know her very well.
I know she used to be involved with theatre & made stage costumes.
Now she sells them at fares. That's all I know.
Comment: Thank you Mark for the beautiful magnet, the PC and the bookmark. I've never been to Australia, so the magnet goes perfect in my collection.
Big hugs from Chile!
Hope you and your family have a great year (:
Comment: Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! =) I liked the facts at the back of the postcard! It was really a beautiful postcard! Actually, the part in my profile that asks for F1 and motor sports is for my husband =D you definitely made his day! (and that makes my day!)
Thanks again! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! ðŸŽ„ðŸŽ„ðŸŽ„
Comment: Thanks for the wonderful bookmarks! Arrived today (the 20th--so you know how long it took). So very pleased! Honestly did not know there were so many bookmarks available in Australia! I have never been there but would love to see the country. The postmark was grand. Have a wonderful day!
Comment: What a lovely lighthouse card, Mark - thanks very much! Love the Queen Elizabeth stamp too, and I suspect you and I have more than a few things in common based on the things you (and I !) are grateful for. I shall pass your regards to my Warner Bros. sons, and ask that you do the same to your Plummer Bros.!
All the best from Colorado, USA - Carol
Comment: Thanks for the postcard, and for all your news. What a great experience to get that close to Dolphins. I have only been to Australia once and that was to Sidney for a wedding, hope to go back some day and explore more. best wishes Julie-Ann
Comment: Thanks for the cool card and all the information about Macadamia nuts that I did not know anything about! I've never been to Australia, but we have seen pics from our friends' trips... maybe someday!