Thursday, 10 December 2015
Saturday, 17 October 2015
Wednesday, 12 August 2015
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
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
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 :)
Thursday, 1 January 2015
Re: the aforementioned ebay purchase...one of its interesting items :) I have never before heard of Aitutaki stamps, I am happy to have one example in my collection, even if purchased.
Aitutaki is one of the Cook Islands, north of Rarotonga. It has a population of approximately 2000, and is the second most visited of the Cook Islands. In 1972, Aitutaki established a separate postal service, and has issued its own stamps (mostly printed by Heraclio Fournier in Spain) since then. These issues are primarily intended for sale to collectors.