Saturday, August 10, 2019

A Lot of Mooing Going On

BLOG # 1415

Time for another blog with some great cards. Let's start with a card from Alderney, Channel Islands showing a fine herd of Golden Guernsey cows. Apparently Golden Guernseys are the only cow breed that isn't modified genetically to produce larger amounts of milk.

Jean Pierre used a nice Alderney Souvenir Sheet and a single stamp on this card. The souvenir sheet was issued in 2015 to Commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The single stamp appears to be from Guernsey but I wasn't able to find any information on it.

Next up is a card showing Track 1, of a train station perhaps somewhere in The Netherlands, since that's from where the card arrived .

Joke used 4 stamps on this card. Let's look at them from left to right. First , from 2005, is 1 of 4 in a Nature Parks Souvenir Sheet. The middle stamp is from 2003 and is 1 of 10 in a sheet commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Birth of Vincent Van Gogh. On the right, from 2001, 1 of 6 in a Comics set. The lower stamp is also from the Comics set.

This next card arrived from Sri Lanka. We can see a part of Horton Plains, a National park and protected area in the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka. The Central Highlands have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2010.  The sheer precipice of World's End is a major tourist attraction of the park.

Ravindra used a stamp from 2017. It is 1 of 2 stamps in a Souvenir Sheet celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Ceylon Tea.

Belgium is up next - a card showing the Cathedral of Our Lady in Antwerp. Construction on this building started in 1352 and was finished in 1521. The belfry of the cathedral has been  part of the Belfries of Belgium and France  UNESCO WHS since 1999.

This card is compliments of Johan. He used a 2019 bird stamp from a Souvenir Sheet of 2 different National Birds stamps. It is a Europa issue.

Nice bird shaped cancellation with First Day of Issue.

That Belgian card was so nice , here's another. This time it's Kasteel van Horst or Horst Castle, a Flemish Renaissance castle in Holsbeek. Some say a castle here dates to the 11th century, but most certainly Horst Castle dates to the mid 14th century. There have been many owners over the centuries but now the castle stands empty and has for over three hundred years. Today you will find a visitor's centre, a heritage shop and a cozy cafe.

Gerda used a great selection of mostly stamps from the 1980s.
The far left stamp is a semi-postal from 1984 . The theme of the set of 3 is Children. The middle top stamp, from 1985, is a Europa stamp , celebrating European Music Year. The bottom middle stamp is from a 1991 set of 5 Tourism stamps. The top right stamp , from 1986, is 1 of 4 celebrating Famous Personalities. In this case it Maurice Careme, Belgian Poet. Now for the last stamp, it was issued in 1982 to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Cardinal Cardijn.

It's time for the last card of the day. It's from Thailand and shows the Stone Figure Statues located in Wat Pho, Bangkok.
Wat Pho is also the home of the Reclining Buddha and houses the largest collection of Buddha images in the country. 

Jobbo used 2 stamps, both issued in 2018. The larger stamp on the left is 1 of 4 in a set celebrating the 135th 
Anniversary of the Thai Postal Service. The smaller stamp is a definitive , from a set of 20 featuring the King.

Well, we've come to the end of another blog. Thanks for today's cards go out to Jean Pierre, Joke, Ravindra, Johan, Gerda and Jobbo.

I should be back here soon, be sure to come by again. Take care. 

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