under the Mistletoe / ヤドリギの飾り

December 18, 2010

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19 November 1980, UK
Christmas

design: J. Matthews

This snow makes airports closed, rail and tube largely suspended.  The roads are all covered with White and too scary to drive…  Let’s make our home warm and cosy for a long stay!

I specially like the Mistletoe and apples decoration of the top stamp.  Mistletoe is recently recognised in the important role of biological diversity in the wood, because it provides rich food and a base for birds nests.

イギリス全土が雪に覆われ、空港も鉄道も、地下鉄すらありこちで止まっている模様。道路も真っ白で運転をするのは怖い。仕方ない。家を暖かくして籠りましょう。

さっぱりしたイラストのイギリスのクリスマス切手。一枚目のヤドリギとりんごのモチーフが一番好きです。ヤドリギは最近まで、寄生した木を枯らすと嫌がられたらしいけれど、近年の研究によると、森の小鳥たちに良質の食料と安全に巣を掛ける場所をあたえ、生物多様性に味方する存在なのがわかってきたそうです。

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