Saturday, 10 March 2012

The Netherlands

This pretty official arrived last year. It's even more special as the sender, Sylvia, used one of the Postcrossing stamps issued in the Netherlands last year. Those are *brilliant*, I think it's fantastic that the Dutch postal services agreed with the idea. I don't think the Royal Mail would ever do anything like that.


I just love the brightness of the tulip field! So pretty. It would be so great to get to take photos somewhere like that some day...! Tulips seem like such a Dutch thing, as do windmills. The cultivated forms of the tulip are often called "Dutch tulips." In addition to the tulip industry and tulip festivals, The Netherlands has the world's largest permanent display of tulips at Keukenhof, although the display is only open to the public seasonally.

I was pretty amused by this particular stamp when I first saw it - the postcard featured on the right is Finnish and reads 'Talviset terveiset' ('Winter greetings'). Heeee!

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