Thursday, 12 May 2016

Gandalf, New Zealand

Another mint mini-sheet swap, because its just so awesome, from the New Zealand's The Hobbit series (2013). Also lovely stamps on the envelope from Malaysia.

Year Of The Monkey, Hong Kong

Not typical for me to swap for mint stamps, but when it comes to mini-sheets like this I make an exception:)
Thanks to Hazel from Hong Kong

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Flora, HP Mostar, Bosnia And Herzegovina

I have visited Mostar last weekend, and one of the reasons to visit the 'Croatian side' (political divide is a very complicated matter in BiH, as many people would know) is the existance of HP Mostar, one of three companies responsible for postal service in Bosnia and Herzegovina (other two being BH Pošta and Pošte Srpske). 
I have checked their stamp issues online and knew instantly I was in trouble - soooo many great stamps! Alas when I arrived to the main PO the philately desk was closed, and it was only thanks to the enormous friendliness and help of the ladies working at other desks that I have managed to find some different issues (I wasn't able to go through the whole catalogue, I am especially sad for not getting a donkey stamp as I even had a donkey postcard to attach it to, but it was my own fault for not remembering the year of issue!), the result being this lovely cover with local flora (endemic to the area) - Helleborus hercegovinus and Lilium martagon var. cattaniae (2014).
Hopefully there will be more visits in the future, as I loved Mostar and its spirit!
Btw sshh but I have to say, I prefer their issues to the ones of my own country ;)

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Gibraltar FDCs

A friend surprised me last year with two wonderful FDCs from Gibraltar  - one celebrating the 1st ever Gibraltar definitive stamp, the other with the views of the old town. Much appreciated!

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Reptiles Of Zaire

I just couldn't resist this set of reptiles of sub-Saharan Africa...and what an interesting bunch it is: Agama agama (rainbow agama) Python regius (royal python) Dasypeltis scabra (egg-eating snake) Naja nigricollis (black-necked spitting cobra) Dendroaspis jamesoni (Jameson's mamba) Chamaeleo dilepis (flap-necked chameleon)

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Wild Ass FDCs, Sudan

Every now and then I scan ebay for donkey FDCs, and this time I really feel lucky - this set with African Wild Ass was issued in 1994 and so nicely presented here :)
African wild donkeys live in the deserts and other arid areas of the Horn of Africa, in Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia. It is critically endangered, with about 570 individuals existing in the wild. This species is believed to be the ancestor of the domestic donkey.

Friday, 2 January 2015

German Various

My sister lives in Germany, and occasionally sends us small packages - which is a great opportunity to use higher-value stamps. So I get a variety on a paper on top of the package, like this one :) A bit late for xmas stamps...or not, here they are in the top right corner :)