This is my first Blue Cat illustration card, and very apt for today as it has been raining incessantly since some time last night. Very cute, thank you Roman :)
17. 10. 2015.
The chamois is a goat-antelope species native to mountains in Europe, and has also been introduced to the South Island of New Zealand. Some subspecies of chamois are strictly protected in the EU under the European Habitats Directive - one of them being the Tatra chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra tatrica), living in the Tatra Mountains in Slovakia and Poland and, unknown to many, the Low Tatras in Slovakia, where it was artificially introduced because of concerns of survivability in its native range.
Another precious animal threatened by mankind, but much is being done to sustain it. Thanks Lubo :)
16. 10. 2015.
We all kind of know that sheep farming is one of the main industries in New Zealand ( newest statictics say, there are about 10 sheep per individual ) :) But here is something about Merino - is an economically influential breed of sheep prized for its wool. The breed is originally from Alentejo, south Portugal, from where it was introduced to Spain; its wool was already highly valued in the Middle Ages. Today, Merinos are still regarded as having some of the finest and softest wool of any sheep.
Many thanks to Tianyi Shi, who had a studying term in the kiwiland earlier this year :)
Btw the coolness of these merino sheep is very close to that of the highland cows..!
08. 10. 2015.
07. 10. 2015.
You look at the postcard, see its a café, they sell books and postcards, and there is even a cat outside... perfect? Actually I was looking at someone else's swap album today, and noticed they have Momi cafe postcards. I remembered this postcard and looked it up - there is a wikipedia entry about it! And quite frankly, it sounds awesome.
Momi Café (Chinese: 猫的天空之城) is a coffee house located in Pingjiang Road in Suzhou, China. It has many branches, including stores in Wuxi, Shanghai, Xitang and many other cities. The cafe sells books only covering three categories: travel, art and literature; also magazines and postcards.
There is a wall named "Mail to Future". There are 365 small cells on this wall, and each cell stands for one day in a year. Everyone can choose a postcard, write down the receiver’s name, the address, the zip code, and then put it into any cell and the postcard will be sent off on that day. What’s more, all the postcards are designed by the shopkeepers.
So...what did I tell you? Thank you DongXiao, stamps are amazing too!
06. 10. 2015.
While digging out the treasure from the times past, here is a cutie in a classic french car Citroën 2CV which was manufactured from 1948-90. The level of technology in the 1948 2CV was remarkable for a car of any price in that era, let alone one of the cheapest cars on the planet. After 52 years the model finally succumbed to customer demands for speed and safety.
And how did they fit the poor donkey into it? No idea! I hope i was with a help of sweet temptation, like carrots or corn :) Thanks penny!
Oh yes, a fantastic stamp too - a former art deco swimming pool (!), now a museum.
A beautiful donkey from the italian island, received a while ago while i was still active on the PC forum. In fact, I've decided today to check again what is happening there, and already arranged a few swaps :) On the other hand, still the same people participating in tags :/ Not to be mean, but so much going on in the no-view-cards department I often have no means to participate. In any case, this fella came to me through a wishlist tag, good times! Isabella used an interesting kind of stamp too, grazie :)
05. 10. 2015.
Such a soothing sight, I can hear the sound of the ocean while looking at this image...the beautifully coloured shell is Lobatus gigas, commonly known as the queen conch, one of the largest molluscs native to the tropical northwestern Atlantic, reaching up to 35.2 centimetres.
As always, a big heart and thanks to Denise :))
Oh the stamp is Year Of The Horse, fantastic!
04. 10. 2015.
Here are my darling puffins again! This time a bit more about them - The Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica) is a species of seabird in the auk family. It is the only puffin native to the Atlantic Ocean; two related species, the tufted puffin and the horned puffin, are found in the northeastern Pacific. The Atlantic puffin breeds in Iceland, Norway, Greenland, Newfoundland and many North Atlantic islands, and as far south as Maine in the west and the British Isles in the east.
Spending the autumn and winter in the open ocean of the cold northern seas, the Atlantic puffin returns to coastal areas at the start of the breeding season in late spring. It nests in clifftop colonies, digging a burrow in which a single white egg is laid. The chick mostly feeds on whole fish and grows rapidly. After about six weeks it is fully fledged and makes its way at night to the sea. It swims away from the shore and does not return to land for several years.
Amazing creatures aren't they? Many thanks to Marko :)
03. 10. 2015.
Silesia is a region of Central Europe now located mostly in Poland, with small parts in the Czech Republic and Germany. I love this photo and the colours of the costume, wanted to have it in my collection for a while. Sadly there is no stamp, and the sender was surprised that I made notice of it. If it is cheaper for her, can I really complain? I guess not, but I may still be somewhat disappointed...!
02. 10. 2015.
Helen lives on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, an area of moorland in south Devon, England. The Dartmoor pony is a horse breed that has lived in south western England for centuries and is used for a variety of disciplines. Because of the extreme weather conditions experienced on the moors, the Dartmoor is a particularly hardy breed with excellent stamina. Over the centuries it has been used as a working animal by local tin miners and quarry workers. It is kept in a semi-feral state on Dartmoor.
Very cute, thanks Helen! Also for the excellent stamps :))
01. 10. 2015.
Recently I've received this awesome card with eight fortified churches in Transylvania, many thanks to Bernadett!
These fortified churches illustrate building styles from the 13th to the 16th century, and dominate the villages founded by the Transylvanian Saxons.
The Port of the Moon, port city of Bordeaux in south-west France, is inscribed as an inhabited historic city, an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble, created in the age of the Enlightenment, whose values continued up to the first half of the 20th century, with more protected buildings than any other French city except Paris.
Perhaps the most recognisable sight is the Place de la Bourse built from 1730 to 1775, which looks stunning in the night with all those lights. Thanks yet again Sebastien :)