Monday, April 2, 2018

Flags of the World Series: Kenya

Kenya is a country in Africa and a founding member of the East African Community. Its capital and largest city is Nairobi. Kenya's territory lies on the equator and overlies the East African Rift covering a diverse and expansive terrain that extends roughly from Lake Victoria to Lake Turkana and further south-east to the Indian Ocean. It is bordered by Tanzania to the south and southwest, Uganda to the west, South Sudan to the north-west, Ethiopia to the north and Somalia to the north-east. Kenya covers 581,309 km2, and had a population of approximately 48 million people in January 2017.

Beautiful stamp on postcard, but unfortunately, without cancellation. This bird on stamp is Hadada Ibis, and release date is 22.02.1993.


Thank you Deo!


Sunday, April 1, 2018

Russia: The blue cat in boots

I arranged this card for Nina as a surprise. It is from Blue cat series by Rina Zenluk.

Postcard was sent from Russia with many nice stamps:

The 25th Anniversary of the Republic of Ingushetia, issued on 04.06.2017.
The 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Aram Khachaturyan, issued on 24.04.2003.
Paintings of S. Prisekin - "Whosoever come with the sword will perish with the sword", 1983, issued on 08.06.2004.
Happy New Year, issued on 07.12.2007.


Thank you Polina!


Saturday, March 31, 2018

Ferrari World in United Arab Emirates

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is an amusement park on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It is the first Ferrari-branded theme park and has the record for the largest space frame structure ever built. Formula Rossa, the world's fastest roller coaster, is also located here.

The foundation stone for the park was laid on 3 November 2007. It took three years to develop the park and it officially opened to the public on 4 November 2010. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi covers an area of 86,000 square metres. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi was named the "Middle East's Leading Tourist Attraction" at the World Travel Awards 2015 & 2016. In 2017, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi was named as the "Middle East's Leading Theme Park" at the World Travel Awards.

Stamp on postcard is Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival, issued on 01.12.2017.


Thank you Ian!


Friday, March 30, 2018

Nevis: Jessup Bay

Here is another postcard from beautiful Nevis in West Indies. The West Indies is a region of the North Atlantic Ocean in the Caribbean that includes the island countries and surrounding waters of three major archipelagoes: the Greater Antilles, the Lesser Antilles and the Lucayan Archipelago. The phrase "West Indies" distinguished the territories encountered by Columbus or and claimed by Spain from discovery claims by other powers in "East Indies". The term "West Indies" was eventually used by all European nations to describe their own acquired territories in the Americas.

Stamps:
Cattleya Sophia Martin, from set Orchids, issued on 15.06.1999.
Broad-winged Hawk, from set Local hawks and herons, issued on 19.03.1985.


Thank you Wolfgang!


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Nevis: Conch in Cotton Ground

This is Lobatus gigas, originally known as Strombus gigas, commonly known as the queen conch, is a species of large edible sea snail. This species is one of the largest molluscs native to the tropical northwestern Atlantic, from Bermuda to Brazil, reaching up to 35.2 centimetres in shell length. Picture is taken by sender itself, my friend Wolfgang, on beach in Cotton Ground. Cotton Ground is a town on the island of Nevis in Saint Kitts and Nevis. It is the capital of Saint Thomas Lowland Parish.

Two stamps are used for postage, but one fell off during journey to my home. This flower stamp is Cattleya intermedia, from set Orchids, issued on 15.06.1999.



Thank you Wolfgang and friendly people from philatelic bureau in Nevis!


Sunday, March 25, 2018

Four postcards from USA

Our friend Charlotte from USA sent four postcard to me and Nina. Two related to racing, a two with nice graphics.

First one is Dale Earnhardt, an American professional stock car racing driver and team owner, best known for his involvement in stock car racing for NASCAR. Regarded as one of the most significant drivers in NASCAR history, Earnhardt won a total of 76 Winston Cup races over the course of his career, including the 1998 Daytona 500. He also earned seven NASCAR Winston Cup championships.

Stamps:
Strawberry, from set Garden of Love, issued on 23.05.2011.
The War of 1812: USS Constitution, issued on 18.08.2012.
The War of 1812: USS Constitution, issued on 18.08.2012.

On second postcard you can see Kyle Eugene Petty, an American former stock car racing driver, and current racing commentator. He is the son of racer Richard Petty, grandson of racer Lee Petty, and father of racer Adam Petty, who was killed in a crash during a practice in May 2000.

Stamp: Sea Surface Temperatures, issued on 22.04.2014.

Awesome illustration Avian Blues by Caia Koopman! 

Stamps:
Tulip, from set Vintage Flowers, issued on 14.02.2015.
Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus, from set Vintage Circus Posters, issued on 05.05.2014.

And the last postcard is beautiful ad for Absolut Mandrin.

Stamps:
Help Find Missing Children, issued on 18.05.2015.
Barnum & Bailey, from set Vintage Circus Posters, issued on 05.05.2014.
Last stamp is from set Botanical Art, issued on 29.01.2016.


Thank you Charlotte!


Saturday, March 24, 2018

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Tobago Cays

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is a sovereign state in the Lesser Antilles island arc, in the southern portion of the Windward Islands, which lies at the southern end of the eastern border of the Caribbean Sea where the latter meets the Atlantic Ocean.

The Tobago Cays are an archipelago located in the Southern Grenadines comprising five small islands and extensive coral reefs. The cays - Petit Rameau, Petit Bateau, Baradal, Petit Tabac and Jamesby, all uninhabited and popular tourism destination.


This two stamps are from set Crotons, issued on 01.01.1996.


Thank you Wolfgang!



Nevis: Main Street in Charlestown

Nevis is a small island in the Caribbean Sea that forms part of the inner arc of the Leeward Islands chain of the West Indies. Nevis and the neighboring island of Saint Kitts constitute one country: the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis. Capital city is Charlestown. Saint Kitts and Nevis are separated by a shallow 3 kilometer  channel known as "The Narrows". Nevis is roughly conical in shape with a volcano known as Nevis Peak at its center.

Two nice exotic stamps with clear postmark:
Pineapple, from set Fruit, issued on 09.03.1998.
Queen Conch, from set World Wildlife Fund, issued on 31.01.1990.


Thank you Wolfgang!



Friday, March 23, 2018

Flags of the World Series: Singapore

I received another postcard from Flags of the World Series, this time from Singapore, a sovereign city-state and island country in Southeast Asia. Singapore's territory consists of one main island along with 62 other islets. Since independence, extensive land reclamation has increased its total size by 23% (130 square kilometers).

Two interesting stamps on postcard, both from set Greetings from the Merlion, issued on 15.11.2017.


Thank you Rachel!


Thursday, March 22, 2018

Antigua and Barbuda: English Harbour

Antigua and Barbuda is a sovereign state lying between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. It consists of two major islands, Antigua and Barbuda, and a number of smaller islands.

English Harbour is a natural harbour and settlement on the island of Antigua, in the extreme south of the island. The settlement takes its name from the nearby harbour in which the Royal Navy established its base of operations for the area during the eighteenth century.

This small stamp with large postmark is from set Fauna, issued on 01.10.2007.


Thank you Wolfgang!