C was a lovely pussy cat
Its eyes were large and pale
And on its back it had some stripes
And several on its tail.
They took some honey
And plenty of money
Wrapped up in a five pound note.
I thought I'd struggle to find domestic animals on stamps although I'm sure I remember seeing them. In the end stamps commemorating the centenary of Edward Lear's death came to the rescue.
Edward Lear was a British writer and illustrator, and is probably best known for The Owl and the Pussy-Cat nonsense rhyme (all his rhymes could be described as nonsense). I'll spare you the full version but I have to give you the final lines:
They dined on mince and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand on the edge of the sand
They danced by the light of the moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.
After they were married, of course.
The one thing I remember most about him, though, is the fact that he was a 21st child. Twenty first! I can't help feeling there has to be a link between that and his nonsense. His poor mother!
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