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wm
Date Joined: February 8, 2016
Last Online: September 10, 2018
Birthday: May 3
Country: South Africa
a poem of mine
a very old poem of mine
a competition entry
an essay
when i still was DHunt

About Me

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Don't flap! You've just stumbled across the profile of a South African mother and freelancer. I enjoy vintage odds and ends and often wander through charity shops because it's interesting to see what people donate. Other than my mini-perfume bottle collection, I collect postcards and stamps. Occasionally I try my hand at creative writing and use postcards as a prompt ... as a writer in the making I love interesting pens ... now think about this ... Alt text

The SAPO is notoriously slow, so I do ask for your patience when receiving swaps from me. Unless you'd like to add your voice to mine here: https://www.postoffice.co.za/ContactUs/feedback.html

PLEASE NOTE: I send as soon as I can and rate as soon as post has arrived.

Favourite postcards

» the so-called postcard "beauties"; vintage/nostalgia

» something that tells a story

» Ents and dryads. The Celtic Tree Mythology fascinates me, according to which I'm a poplar, my heartner s a Cedar and my adoptive mother an Elm

» autographs and poems, as well as poets ~ graphology

» reflect on this: people, their eyes and mirrors

» other than pencil/charcoal sketches (of people or animals), I'm always on the prowl for Mecki cards and love the art of Josephine Wall, Janet&Anne Grahame Johnstone, Carl Spitzweg and Arthur Rackham.

» as for animals, I love Great Danes and leopards; maxicards of butterflies/moths

» Barbie dolls and if it has to be Disney, then Tinkerbell or any of the Disney dogs. My daughter (born in 2011) would LOVE to receive something too, if you could address it to Leonie - even if it's part of a swap for me. I don't mind passing these on to her

You can find my Postcrossing account by doing a 'search' for Wanda4miles in South Africa. The reason I'm not available for swaps there is that I don't check that e-mail account often enough.

PS please refrain from sending me handmade cards, touristy cards are not really my thing and I loathe snakes.

Favourite stamps

Alt textRSA, i.e. South African stamps ... mint, used, or both (or the ones that appear on my envelopes to you). Also ladybirds, butterflies/moths (the one displayed below is Myscelia cyaniris) and writers. I never knew there were actually stamps displaying Barbie and would love to add them to my collection!

If you are prepared to swap poets on stamps with me that would be super! ... and I'm also on the look-out for Great Danes.

I use stamps for my greeting cards, here I'm looking for Christmas stamps and ones displaying hearts, cake, balloons and presents.

I work only with whole (not torn), decently franked stamps.

Favourite books

Poetry, mainly that of Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath (naturally Ted Hughes), Ingrid Jonker, Eugene Marais, Marina Tsvetaeva, Karin Boye a bit of Sara Teasdale, Charlotte Mew. I happen to be a personal friend of Dorian Haarhoff and greatly admire his work, i.e. his poetry as well as The Writer's Voice (which I refer to regularly).

I've read almost all Karl Kielblock and Eleanor Baker's books (also under her pseudonym, Christine le Roux) alternatively I enjoy Colin Dexter (inspector Morse!) and Lynda la Plante mainly with protagonists Anna Travis and James Langton; though her "Cold Shoulder", "Cold Blood", "Cold Heart" series is truly riveting. On the non-fiction side, Julia Cameron's books have been shredded by me ... and if you have an interest in writing beyond that, James Pennebaker has come up with some amazing stuff.

Goodreads contains a very long list of books I've read and reviewed ...

Need more?

» although I love the colour burgundy Alt text is an icon I use as editor and translator. She appears on my business cards and letterheads, in fact, if I do write to someone, I only use butterfly cards/paper and envelopes (with the occasional rubber butterfly stamp) and stickers

» since childhood I've loved beads and do all sorts of things with them (in my knitting, in collages, in bottles). Most importantly I wear #RelateBracelets to make a difference! > Alt text. (here's another fave: https://iheartdogs.com/product-category/people/jewelry/bracelets/)

» I also make greeting cards, which is part of the reason I don't really like homemade postcards (could make them myself). My focus tends to be birthday and Christmas cards because they sell. Valentine's and Easter cards don't really sell unless they're super special. How is one supposed to do that and keep the cost of the card low? (which is the only reason South Africans tend to buy homemade cards)

» if anyone is prepared to send me scrabble letters, I'd be really grateful (esp. the letter 'y' and 's')

My knitting:

I knit Barbie clothes that I sell with accessories (most of the patterns come from here). If you have any spare Barbie shoes/handbags/hats or glasses lying around and you're tossing: I'm catching, swapping, exchanging, bartering!

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A semioticist would have much to say about what's been weaved into this page ... as a matter of fact, read carefully, you now know more about me than some of my friends ;)

Favourite music

alt text... I will never pass for a perfect bride, or a perfect daughter ...

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Ratings

Artistic rated for The Power of Words on Aug 30, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for your powerful words that finally landed in the U.S.
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Comment: Thank you for the stamps. :)
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Comment: thank you so much, love the south africa stamps, and much more than the swap said.
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Comment: Thank you for the postcard. Tangled is one of my favorites as well. =)
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Comment: Thank you so much!
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Comment: All the beautiful South Africa stamps from your country were such a treat to see on the envie and the extras that you enclosed. I enjoyed reading about the postal stones. Lucky me says THANK YOU. International Partner
MMark rated for Postcards in a bag on Jun 28, 2018
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Comment: Great bag of PCs. Ready to pass on! Thank you!
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Comment: Thanks. Fun card.
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Comment: Thanks so much for the awesome selection of stamps and so many extra ones too!! Worth the wait!
TereDiane1954 rated for Fact or fiction? on Jun 13, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for sending your paragraphs. I'm looking forward to the next part of the swap. It's fun. I hope you are feeling better very soon!
ema819 rated for 30 used past stamp#70 ✿♥‿♥✿ on Jun 12, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for the lovely stamps and postcard
Mamabemus rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #30 on Jun 12, 2018
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Comment: thanks for the extras
newrule rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #32 on Jun 10, 2018
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Comment: Thanks so much! Ready for the next round!
DaiziDruke rated for Send Stamp Bags on Jun 3, 2018
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Comment: Hi, WM, got the sample bags to send on...thanks for adding such a wonderful stamp on the envie and for the little extras. I’m excited to add some new stamps for the swap. 😊
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely stamps
bstrong rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #32 on May 25, 2018
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Comment: Received the stamp bags and will forward them on next round.
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Comment: Thank you for extra stamps and the very lovely maxicard, I just love it. Cheers!
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Comment: Thanks for the lovely stamps.
Murmuration rated for Postcard bag(s) on May 18, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the postcard bag! And thanks for hosting these postcard bag swaps! I'll be on the lookout for another swap so I can send the bag on to a new owner. Cheers, Tara
Ronya rated for Another Postcard Destash on May 7, 2018
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Comment: Thank you very much!

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Comments

wm on Jan 8, 2018:

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Poftoffel on Nov 3, 2017:

And another favorite

Poftoffel on Nov 3, 2017:

My absolute favorite writing quote!

VaGrammy66 on Jul 10, 2017:

APDG ~ Butterflies on flowers🌸Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

Hope you enjoy the pictures!

yvonne401 on Jul 4, 2017:

APDG ~ Butterflies on flowers🌸Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

I hope you like the pics and gifs that I've chosen for you.

Happy Summer!

Blessings,

Yvonne

Sahnetoffee on Jul 3, 2017:

APDG ~ Butterflies on flowers🌸Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

Hey, enjoy the pics I have chose for you and have fun!

drgngirl on Jul 2, 2017:

APDG- Butterflies on Flowers!

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athousandyears on Jul 1, 2017:

Hey, I'm decorating your profile for APDG ~ Butterflies on flowers 🌸 Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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Kindest regards, -A.

Shellyr on Jun 18, 2017:

butterfly color series 1 the first butterfly is the 2-eyed 88. The front is red and the back has the number 88 on it. Diaethria anna, the Anna's eighty-eight, is a butterfly in wet tropical forests in Middle America. On rare occasions, it can be found as a stray in south Texas. Its upperside is dark brown with a metallic bluish-green band on the forewings. The underside of the forewings are red, which is followed by a wide, black band and then white tips; the underside of the hindwings is white, with lines that approximate a black-outlined "88", giving the species its common name.

The caterpillars feed on tropical plants in the families Ulmaceae and Sapindaceae. Adults feed on rotting fruit and dung. The second butterfly is the prettiest buterfly. It is the Malay lacewing. Cethosia hypsea, the Malay lacewing, is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. It is found in from Burma to Indonesia and the Philippines.

The wingspan is about 80 mm.[2] Adults are bright orange red above with broad black borders, warning predators of their toxicity. The underside is orange red with white fasciae and is spotted with black. The wings are scalloped.[3]

The larvae feed on Adenia species. They are wine red and have long spines. They are also poisonous. The third is the flamingo leafwing. Introduction The tribe Anaeini comprises of 87 neotropical species in the genera Coenophlebia, Consul, Anaea, Polygrapha, Memphis, Siderone, Fountainea and Zaretis. The butterflies are characterised by having a very rapid and strong flight. They have stout bodies, falcate wings, and on the upper surface are generally black, marked with bands of orange, bright red, or lustrous blue according to species. The undersides of all species in the Anaeini are cryptically patterned and bear a strong resemblance to the dead leaves, tree bark or boulders on which they settle. The genus Fountainea comprises of 8 species, most of which are widely distributed throughout the neotropical region. The hindwings of most species have short tails, in both sexes, although in the males of ryphea and sosippus these are vestigial or absent. In some races of Fountainea ryphea the males have a beautiful purple sheen across the wings, but this can only be seen from certain angles. This species occurs in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela, Trinidad, Colombia, Guyana, Surinam, Ecuador, Brazil, Peru and Bolivia. Habitats This species is usually encountered in secondary / disturbed forest habitats e.g. along wide trails, riverbanks and close to habitations. It is found in both deciduous and evergreen forests at altitudes between sea level and about 1000m. Lifecycle The eggs are white, and laid singly on the foliage of the foodplants. The fully grown larva is green, with paler longitudinal lines along the back, and lightly marbled with reddish brown and white along the sides. It has a large head that is adorned with a pair of short horns. The larva lives within a cell made by rolling up a leaf and securing it with fine silk. It feeds on saplings of Croton - a tree in the Euphorbiaceae. The chrysalis is suspended by the cremaster from a stem or leaf. It is pale greenish, with the wing cases edged in pale yellow. The head and thorax form a barrel shaped section, and the abdominal segments are highly compressed, forming a short cone. Adult behaviour The butterflies are usually seen singly, often as the sole Fountainea species amidst a mixed group of Memphis, Doxocopa and Taygetis species that have aggregated to feed at dung or rotting fruit on the forest floor. Males also visit sewage seepages and river beaches to imbibe mineralised water.

The flight and general behaviour is similar to that of other Charaxine genera. They tend to remain settled on foliage or on the ground for long periods. If disturbed they fly up, circle around briefly, and then settle on the foliage of a nearby tree. After a while, they descend cautiously over a period of several minutes, in a series of steps, often settling on leaves that are in dappled sunlight. At such times they often bask with wings half open. Eventually they return to ground level, and sometimes flit about, fanning their wings for a few moments, before closing them. Once settled with wings closed they are confident in the disguise afforded by their "dead-leaf" undersides, and will remain stationary for many minutes. And just for fun here is a tatoo.

ChelleHames on Jun 16, 2017:

My apologies! I should have added that this is for BL ~ Butterfly Color Series, #1 (Red).

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