another postcard from Ed
His cards can be counted on to be from far-flung places
I’m unlikely to visit. Sure enough, today’s missive from the Shetland
since he’s on a long tour of near-Arctic places best visited
more likely to visit the Shetlands than, say, Uganda, but even getting to
Scotland, much less remote islands to the north, would be something of an achievement.
It’s a lovely card, one of the long ones (8.5 x 3.5 inches, or more likely in
the EU, 21.5 cm x 9 cm). The image is a waterside view of Lerwick, capital of
the islands, looking very Nordic, or maybe a Scot-Nordic blend. The back of the
card simply says The Swan.
no other explanation of that, so I had to look it up. It’s the sailing ship in
the picture, near the right side of the card: a restored vessel that the SwanTrust
calls “one of the finest boats among the Scottish fishing
fleet, and… the largest ever built at Lerwick in Shetland… The Swan Trust
offers voyages around the Shetland Islands, and to other destinations such as
Faroe, Norway, Iceland and Amsterdam.”
mailed it on July 30, so that’s only four days in transit, a
minor marvel by itself. It costs 87p to send a long card from the Shetlands. Her
Majesty is still looking not elderly on her stamps, unlike the woman who opened
the Olympics last week.
Labels: Ed Henderson-Readicker, mail, postcards, UK