„We shall go on to the end….We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and in the oceans, shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air.. We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and streets and in the hills…. We shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this island, or even part of it, is subjugated and starving, then our Empire across the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, will carry on the struggle, until, in God’s good time, the new world, in all its strength and might, sets forth to the rescue and liberation of the old. Britain will fight the menace of tyranny for years, and, if necessary, alone.”
This quote from Winston Churchill’s speech “Fight on the beaches” (1940) was sent to me by Alena Khan from London. She and I enjoy much of the same things which might be the reason she picked such a great card for me. I love its vintage look with all the little details, ornaments and coats of arms.
Alena’s life is – to use her own words – “a clash of cultures” since she on the one hand is Russian but has been living in the UK for the past four years. Her husband on the other hand is of Indian descent. One day she wants to write a book about her culture- and colorful life 🙂
Her card to me travelled 432 miles (696 km) in 2 days until it dropped into my mailbox on October 1st.
Because I liked Alena’s card so much, I decided it would be nice to send her a postcard in return. Since she mentions on her profile that she likes anything with steps, stars, ladders and the like I chose to send her the card you can see on the left here. It also features a quote from the German philosopher Friedrich Nietze:
“Alle Hindernisse und Schwierigkeiten sind Stufen auf denen wir in die Höhe steigen.”
(All obstacles and difficulties are steps on which we are ascending.)
How do you like Alena’s card? Have you ever received a similar card or even the same?