Monthly Archives: June 2010

Friday Favourites – Mexico

 Not that the postcard was sent to me from Mexico!  It actually came to me from the USA thanks to the Alphabet RR in the Postcrossing forums.  The caption for the image says:

  A villager drags an obstinate pig past a vibrant Tlacotalpan house. 

 

M is for Mexico

 

Acording to good old Wikipedia: “Tlacotalpan was chosen as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998 because the “urban layout and architecture of Tlacotalpan represent a fusion of Spanish and Caribbean traditions of exceptional importance and quality… Its outstanding character lies in its townscape of wide streets, modest houses in an exuberant variety of styles and colours, and many mature trees in public and private open spaces.” (UNESCO, 1998.)” 

This picture certainly shows the vibrant colours!! 

It is from ‘The Travel Book; A Journey Through Every Country in the World’ published by Lonely Planet.

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Friday Favourites X Last Photo Taken Sunday!!

The postcard I’d like to show you this week is a bit different that the usual postcard. It’s a 3-D postcard – I’ve never seen a postcard like this before.

Niagara Moose

Pop-up Moose

 This fun postcard came from a Postcrosser from the USA  who had been to Niagara Falls for a Postcrossing meet-up (similar to a geocaching event!) He got to meet some other American & Canadian Postcrossers. And no Postcrosser can miss the chance to stock up on postcards!  So I was lucky enough to received this one in a RR Swap in the Postcrossing forums.

And here is my Last Picture Sunday: 

Last Picture Taken Sunday

For more about Last Picture Taken Sunday check out Tracy’s Topics.

Diva Dog Walking

Last week I was working on the ‘other side of town’ near to PB’s Mum’s place.  The hours I was working left me plenty of time to take Diva the dog for a few walks. She’s been missing out on her walks since MIL had surgery. I really enjoyed walking in a different area of town too.  Diva is a Border collie so she’s pretty energetic , but she seems to be well behaved on walks – more so than the canine rascals at this house!!  MIL lives nearer to the river

and the beach, so there’s lots of great places to walk.  We got in some walks on the streets,

 along the flood wall

and a newish track through a reclaimed area that used to be a rubbish (garbage) dump.

I saw two White Herons, which was a most amazing thing. I’ve only ever seen one in any particular place before. There was one on each side of the flood wall. Unfortunately they are never close enough to get a decent photo with our little point & shoot camera – so look at the links for better photos.  We also saw swans & ducks and a White-Faced Heron.

Let's play spot the white heron!!

 

The White Heron  (Egretta alba modesta) or Kotuku  is quite a rare bird in New Zealand. They breed in only one place near Okarito in South Westland, which you can only see by going on the one tour  which has Department of Conservation permission to go into the area.  PB & I did the tour a few years back and it’s something I’d like to do again one day.  Outside the breeding season solitary kotuku can sometimes be seen throughout New Zealand in estuaries and other waterways.

And spot the Other white heron!!

It is thought that Kotuku were never particularly common in New Zealand but they became endangered as their beautiful plumes were very desirable for decorating ladies’ hats later in the  1800’s. There are perhaps only a couple of hundred at most in New Zealand, although the E. Alba modesta has a wide range including Australia & parts of Asia.  A closely related subspecies may be known to my Northern hemisphere readers as the Great Egret.