perjantai 18. huhtikuuta 2014

Pussy willows and Easter Bunnies

Children are picking pussy willows for Easter decorations in Martta Wendelin's cards.
The flowering shoots of pussy willow are used in Finland for decoration on Easter, as a replacement for palm branches, which do not grow that far north.

Easter bunny brings children eggs and candys the night before Easter.
Martta Wendelin ( 1893-1986 )

Olavi Vikainen  (1915–2005)

torstai 17. huhtikuuta 2014

Happy Easter from cheerful Grannies

Inge Löök's ladies are always happy, smiling and mischievous in a hilarious way- the best way to live.

keskiviikko 16. huhtikuuta 2014

Iloista Pääsiäistä Koiramäeltä - Happy Easter from Doghill Farm

Illustration Mauri Kunnas

An ancient Easter dish still commonly eaten in Finland is the cold malt porridge mämmi. It was perfect food to be eaten on Good Friday, when lighting a fire and cooking was forbidden. Nowadays mämmi is mainly eaten as dessert.

More about mämmi here.

maanantai 14. huhtikuuta 2014

Frohe Ostern from Germany

From Jule, Rostock

From Nelly, Schwarzenfeld

From Petra, Munick

From Thorsten, Essen

perjantai 11. huhtikuuta 2014

Landscapes in China

 Mount Huangshan

Huangshan, known as 'the loveliest mountain of China', was acclaimed through art and literature during a good part of Chinese history (e.g. the Shanshui 'mountain and water' style of the mid-16th century). Today it holds the same fascination for visitors, poets, painters and photographers who come on pilgrimage to the site, which is renowned for its magnificent scenery made up of many granite peaks and rocks emerging out of a sea of clouds.

Amazing landscape in Libo, South China Karst also known as the Libo Maolan Karst Forest, one of the most beautiful forests in China.  It is not only a unique scenic resource, but it also has a great scientific value for its geology and rich biodiversity.

Private swaps from Dong Hang

torstai 10. huhtikuuta 2014

Traditions and traditional houses, China

 NanXun Ancient Town
From Du Jia Chen
From Dylia, Beijing
Nanxun Ancient Town once was the richest among the six ancient towns in the Jiangsu and Zhejiang area. and it is very special for its unique combination of western and Chinese cultures. The Changhusheng (Changxing-Huzhou-Shanghai) Channel, the so called "Oriental Rhine" runs through the town. Nanxun Ancient Town also known as the ‘the land of fish and rice’ and ‘silk market’, is a charming tourist destination.

From Linjo Lee.
 The card is showing Dragon Boat Festival in ancient China. The festival is celebrated  is a lunar holiday, occurring on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month acording to the Chinese calendar.  It is a significant holiday celebrated in China, and the one with the longest history. The Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated by boat races in the shape of dragons. Competing teams row their boats forward to a drumbeat racing to reach the finish end first.
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