Lögberg-Heimskringla - 22.06.2001, Blaðsíða 5

Lögberg-Heimskringla - 22.06.2001, Blaðsíða 5
Lögberg-Heimskringla • Föstudagur 22. júní 2001 • 5 - What 's happening in... celand Enn fékk Gústa í Garði fjórlembinga Gústafrom Garður has quadruplets again For Þorlákur, the reeve of Grímsey, and his wife, Hulda, farming at Garður is fiourishing. This spring their sheep, Gústa, had quadruplets. Gústa has a long and famous history. First of all she, herself, is a quadruplet who was born at an unusu- al time for a sheep, that is to say in August, and that's how she got her name. For the last four years Gústa has given her owners fifteen lambs in total— let's see other sheep do better! In 1998 and 1999 she had quadruplets and in 2000 she had triplets. This year Gústa's quadruplets turned out to be two ewes and two rams, all of them black as coal. But the bright thing about the mother, Gústa, is that all her lambs show up in the fall. Photo: Morgunbladið/Helga Mallina Þorlákur and Hulda with the quadru- plet-bearing Gusta. Translatedfrom Morgunblaðið by Á. H Icelandic horse Continued from page 1 have been unburdened in order to swim approximately 100 metres across the river Hvítá, while their riders and cargo are ferried across. Horse and rider appear clearly on seven stamps issued in 1930, 1963, 1974 (two), 1982, 1994 and 1997, rang- ing in topic from riding over the land to filming an Icelandic saga, and artistical- ly encompassing woodcarving, paint- ing, and other forms. With the aid of a magnifying glass, horse and rider can be detected on stamps issued in 1950, 1956, and 1970 (and there may be more), plus a 1988 souvenir sheet. Two of the best examples of this are the tiny horse and rider dwarfed by the waterfall Skógafoss and Þórarinn Þorláksson's lovely landscape painting Áning (Rest). Horse without rider can be found on four stamps issued in 1930 and 1958-60 (set of three). The centuries-old tradition of driv- ing untrained horses (under four years of age) and mares with colts up to the highlands each mid-June, to be rounded Pholo: Lillian Vilborg ¦ up before the first winter snowfalls, has given way to environmental concerns which now prohibit over-grazing in most of the highlands. Some say this presents a direct threat to maintaining the character and stamina required to preserve the mystique of the Icelandic horse, which has had no admixture since it first came to Iceland with the settlers. Horses that leave the country for whatever purpose may never return. Presentation Folder The Icelandic Horse on Stamps Horses and ponies on stamps of lceland make an interesting theme for the collector. lceland Post has issued stamps depicting the countrys famed horse, showing five of its gaits and more common color varieties. The date of issue: May 17th 2001. The stamps are available in sets and also in a colorful presentation folder, a great souvenir and idealíy suited for gifts. The foider has texts in English with information about the origin of the horse, and its gaits and some of its unusual and strikingly beautiful colors. [¦iiiiii»|iiii»i»i»>»«y»i><iitiinii»M»i<»MpMM«M».Mp——» Orders can be placed at: lceland Post, Postphll, Storhofdi 29, IS-110 Reykjavik, lceland E-mail: postphiI@postur.is • Te!.. 354-580 1050 • Fax.: 354-580 1059 • www.postur.is/postphil POOTHBL <m ih ihhh* fiiii* um mv whkm Hm u twmr nurrmm m nnt i r\n wwnMh

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