Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Those of you who live in the northern hemisphere, get yourself outside on the next few nights and watch the yearly Perseid meteor shower.  It's quite a sight.  The peak this year is forecast to be Thursday night through Friday morning, when you could see up to 80 meteors per hour.  I hope you have clear skies and can get away from the city lights a bit. You never know what you'll see when you look up into the sky.

If you can't get away from the city lights, at least get outside and enjoy how beautiful your city is at night.  If you are in Antwerp, Belgium, you might be treated to this beautiful view. (Does that seagull look a little photoshopped to anyone but me?)

Another card from Belgium - this one showing a beautiful old church in Dendermonde. Unfortunately, the card does not give the name of this church.

This next card is for all you Clangers out there.  What's a Clanger?  I just found out myself that it's a nickname for people from Bedfordshire, England. The name comes from a local dumpling dish with a suet crust and either a meat or jelly filling. After you finish your delicious clanger, you can go relax by the River Great Ouse.

I've mentioned before that I have a fondness for Oriental art, and I got a great postcard to add to my collection yesterday. The card was actually sent from Florida, which is known more for its alligators than its Oriental art. This Korean paper scroll is called "Tiger with magpies" and is dated 1850-1900.  Either no one knows when the scroll was made or else the artist was r-e-a-l-l-y slow.  Nice kitty.

From Portugal I received this Camille Pissarro painting, "Landscape at Chaponval" (1880).  The woman and the cow are having a quiet moment together.

Good luck meteor watching!  Take a clanger or two outside with you to munch on.

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