Every two years, Belgium lets loose with the begonias and creates a carpet for the Grand Place in Brussels. This one is from 2004. Each carpet is made from over a million flowers and is put together by volunteers from all over Belgium.
Snoopy has always been my favourite Peanuts character — doing his happy dance, or as the WWI Flying Ace on his Sopwith Camel biplane/doghouse. Snoopy began his fantasy career as a fighter pilot in 1965. I always thought his scarf was red (as it is usually shown), but this 2001 stamp has him bedecked in yellow.
And, as a bonus (while researching the colour of his scarf) it seems that during a story line from August 7-10, 1968, for the one and only time, it was revealed to be Snoopy's birthday!
His first appearance was in October 1950, and he would have been about a year old then, so by now would be an astounding 70 — or 490 dog — years old this weekend.
These are plants that have adapted to live in desert conditions. Cacti are probably the most well known plants used in xeriscaping — dry landscaping — but we also have the agave from which we can get tequila. The saguaro can grow to 40 feet (12 metres) tall whereas the beavertail cactus (which I know as a prickly pear cactus) is only about 2 - 15 inches (70 - 400 mm). The last one is a barrel cactus which is known to sometimes fall over because it grows based on sun orientation, though as it tilts towards the southwest it can also be a compass guide for travellers.
for the letter X - xeric (dry)
If anyone has a special topical that they collect, let me know and it can be included in our new round of themes, starting August 25th.
Herdwick sheep are native to the Lake District in Cumbria. Beatrix Potter is known to have helped bring the breed out from its threatened status by buying up fell farms and carefully breeding the sheep.
It was James Rebanks who taught the world of life as a shepherd in the fells through his book (Herdwick Shephard) and twitter account (herdyshepherd1)
They were the photoshopped cards of the day a hundred years ago.
Tall tale postcards were popular until around the First World War. The majority of these cards came from rural areas — with food specific to the region as the most common subject — as a humorous way to entice people to visit and perhaps settle in this area of such great abundance. Hence Iowa corn.
painting by Leonid Afremov received from Russia
According to one website, the original painting — oil on canvas with a palette knife (57x45) — is for sale for $23,000
I am quite content with this postcard version.
Continuing from last week's theme, here is a humpback whale. This one, however, is of least concern on the conservation status. They live in all of the oceans and are known to have some of the longest migrations of any mammal. Locally, there are about 4,000 in the Northwest Atlantic and 18,000 in the North Pacific (though, because of their travels, it is hard to know for certain). Their scientific name "Megaptera novaeangliae" translates to "large winged from New England".
for the letter W - whale
... as we are nearing the end of this round, I would like to ask if there is still interest in continuing? We seem to have lost a few people along the way, but I am happy to keep going. I enjoy seeing your postings and would be sad to have this end.
This North Atlantic Right Whale stamp was issued as part of a set for endangered species in 2013 when there was thought to be only 500 individuals left. They are vanishing at a rapid rate and are now estimated to be only 400 left. So far this year eight right whales have died in the Gulf of St Lawrence plus only this weekend two others were disentangled from fishing gear by a hard working rescue team who may or may not survive.
A Portrait of a Man in a Turban. Or a self portrait of Jan Van Eyck.
Painted around 1433, it has been hanging in The National Gallery of London since 1851. The stamp was issued in 1996 for the Belgian Art Abroad series.
This rather messy turban is also called a chaperon, though that translates more as a hood (Little Red Riding Hood is known as Le Petit Chaperon Rouge). If this is a self portrait, I want to know how he managed to paint without it falling off or coming unravelled.
weighing over 97 tonnes, this glass reinforced cement merino stands 18 metres long and 15.5 metres tall. he is 34 years old and if you wish, you could climb inside and look out his eyes at the view around Goulburn NSW!
Tram 28 travels through the popular tourist districts on a line that is unsuitable for modern trams because of the sharp turns and steep gradients. It runs from 6am until 10:30pm with departures every 15 minutes between 7am-8pm.