Sunday, 4 December 2016

Animals Awake and Asleep

2016: Hibernating Animals
Its snooze time for these little creatures on the latest series of the Post and Go stamps which in November featured four hibernating animals.  I like how the artist, Chris Wormell, uses a circle as a theme
showing the animals curled up for the winter.  I think I would like to do that too. The question is which one would I like to be, the dormouse with its fast beating heart, the leathery brown long eared bat, the prickly hedgehog or the slithery grass snake. The dormouse looks to have the coziest nest which may sway my decision, and perhaps I would have an invite to the Mad Hatters Tea Party.
2015: Alice In Wonderland
Some larger animals are roaming the Romanian countryside
1993: Mammals
European Pine Martin, Red Squirrel and Alpine Chamois
Red Fox
European Mouflon or wild sheep , Common Genet, and another appearance for the dormouse this time at its active time of year.  I've never seen a genet but there colouring looks lovely, an introduced species from Africa, it likes a wooded habitat.
Lastly a stoat and and an Egyptian mongoose or Ichneumon that likes to bask in the early morning sun. I've never seen one of these in real life either but Kipling's tale of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi and his fight with the cobras is hard wired into my brain from childhood.
Rikki Tikki Tavi the mongoose and cobra’ by Charles Maurice Detmold in Kipling's Jungle Book 1902
An entry to Sunday Stamps II theme - Wild Animals - roam free at See It On A Postcard


Eva A. said...

The hibernating animals seem perfect for posting the winter mail... The dormouse also makes me always think of Alice's Adventures!

FinnBadger said...

Such nice stamps today - love the Romanian set, in particular the squirrel. And the post and go set is fantastic - one of the few times is like to get labels rather than stamps.

Maria said...

I think I'm the prickly hedgehog so no one would dare to tap & wake me up. I am very much looking forward for days off from work this holiday season so I can curl up and sleep a lot.

Bob Scotney said...

I don't think I have every had a post and go stamp. Pleased to see the hedgehog has not been forgotten. Our garden seems empty without one.