Thursday, 3 September 2015

Autumn already?

This is a painting by a young Russian artist, Vlad Krachuk, who lives and works in Moscow.  This particular card was chosen because today it felt as though autumn had already started. My fingers are crossed for an Indian summer.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Russian Market

An oil painting by the Russian artist, Sergey Sochivko (1959-).  Although the card says it's a detail of the original, in fact there is very little missing.

Sergey Sochivko is from Omsk and well known for his love of the old, and the spirit of the Omsk Siberian Cossacks. His paintings are views of the city of Omsk with its historic buildings and street scenes as a backdrop for fantastical stories.

Monday, 31 August 2015

Animals of Africa

The shape of Africa made up of all the animals you might associate with the continent, from the largest elephant to the smallest insect.  Maybe not quite the smallest, but there are insects: butterflies and scorpions.  It's fun playing "spot the animal"!  This was sent from South Africa.

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Fish on stamps

These two stamp cards are part of a larger series, British River Fishes, issued in 1983.  The other two which I no longer have were salmon and trout.

I've always said that collecting postcards, and in this case also stamp collecting, is educational.  In many parts of France, they fish and eat a river fish called "sandre".  They happily told me it was a hybrid of pike and perch but I see now from the stamp cards that in fact pike and perch are not only different species but different families.

So I investigated further and Wikipedia tells me that "sandre" or zander is called pike-perch only because it resembles both fish.  Apparently it's considered a delicacy in many places in Europe.  I can certainly vouch for it being very pleasant to eat.

Back to the present, and the task in hand. This is a post for Sunday Stamps, hosted by Violet Sky at "See it on a Postcard!"  As usual, click on the button to see some other fishy tales.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Summer on stamps

I tend to think of the seaside and summer going hand in hand though I have to say that actually living by the seaside is starting to put a dent in that association. This summer has been less than spectacular.

The top set of stamp cards showing "Seaside Architecture" dates from 2014. It included the bandstand stamp that was Royal Mail's Europa offering for the theme of traditional music. It also included Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

Blackpool Tower, part of the Pleasure Beach, was featured in 2011 in the A to Z of Britain series.

This is a post for Sunday Stamps, hosted by Violet Sky at "See it on a Postcard!"  As usual, click on the button to see the other entries.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

You & Me Tea

A welcoming cup of tea when I reached home, sent from Germany.  The label on the teabag says "You & Me Tea".

Milk and one sugar for me please!

Friday, 14 August 2015

Lazy days of summer

I was being lazy in Ireland last week, which would cover August 10th, National Lazy Day in the USA.  However, even though I say it myself, I was being quite active climbing the Hill of Howth, just north of Dublin.

The card is one I bought while there but I sent it to myself in the end. Céad Míle Fáilte means "welcome", or literally "a hundred thousand welcomes".  It's a good many years since I was there, not since I left school in Dublin, but I must say I found everyone very welcoming.

This is a post for Postcard Friendship Friday, hosted by Beth at The Best Hearts are Crunchy. You can visit her by clicking on the bottom below to see if she was lazy or not.

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