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[*] posted on 2-12-2019 at 08:32 AM


Quote: Originally posted by Bavaricus  
„- if you can send me a card in which soil figures - I'll be very-very happy“

I‘ve got no idea what this could be.


My guess: meerkats (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meerkat). At least it would work as a (very) strange translation from German.

Other options:
Nazca lines
Scarecrows
farmers/something agricultural related
Clay figures

I really hope you did ask on your card and tell us when you get an answer
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[*] posted on 2-12-2019 at 08:33 AM


Quote: Originally posted by Bavaricus  
„- if you can send me a card in which soil figures - I'll be very-very happy“

I‘ve got no idea what this could be.


It's possible to make sand sculptures and snow and ice sculptures for instance (snowmen and whatever). So I think they mean something simalar, just made with soil.
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[*] posted on 2-12-2019 at 10:11 AM


Soil could possibly mean the Earth as a globe, or be a reference to gardening?
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[*] posted on 2-12-2019 at 03:57 PM


Might be helpful to know that postcrosser's native language. Then one could do some dictionary work: check the word for "soil" in their native language and then check the other meanings of that word. It easily happens that one chooses the wrong of several possible translations.
Or it was Google translate - then "soil" might mean anything.
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[*] posted on 2-12-2019 at 04:07 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Bavaricus  
„- if you can send me a card in which soil figures - I'll be very-very happy“

I‘ve got no idea what this could be.


Maybe this is a translation gone wrong and they want "landscapes."
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[*] posted on 2-12-2019 at 08:01 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Bavaricus  
„- if you can send me a card in which soil figures - I'll be very-very happy“

I‘ve got no idea what this could be.


I have a friend (not a PC'er, by the way) who is a soil scientist by trade. Basically, she analyzes dirt (soil) to find out what is in it. There are implications for lots of industries and real estate, it is not just estoteric stuff. Anyway, I can see her making a request like this. And for her it would mean anything where dirt functions into it. Like, dirt running through a farmer's fingers, or postcards of newly-plowed fields, or a cloud of dirt brought up from a dust storm. Whatever has soil in it would make her day I think!



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[*] posted on 2-12-2019 at 08:27 PM


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Here is a very strange one I just came across:

"Please send me a mourning / condolence Card when you can. When i die i cant read it"


Love it.

I wonder what the mail man is thinking with all those cards :bouncy:
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smilegrin.gif posted on 2-12-2019 at 09:03 PM


I hope he does not inform the local police. ;)
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[*] posted on 3-12-2019 at 09:53 PM


Thank you very much for your suggestions concerning „soil figures“.
I just sent a message to her and asked her straight away what it is.
I’ll come back as soon as I have a reply from Russia.
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[*] posted on 3-12-2019 at 10:01 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Bavaricus  
Thank you very much for your suggestions concerning „soil figures“.
I just sent a message to her and asked her straight away what it is.
I’ll come back as soon as I have a reply from Russia.


Oh! I think maybe it is in the interpretation of the word "figures." The way you quote it here as concerning "soil figures", it makes it looks like "figures" means a sculpture or something similar. But the way it was originally quoted in your original pondering ("in which soil figures") would mean "in which soil has a prominent role"

I will be very interested to hear what the response from Russia is!
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[*] posted on 3-12-2019 at 10:13 PM


My guess is that soil figures are things drawn in sand at the beach.
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[*] posted on 4-12-2019 at 05:16 AM


I just received her answer from Moscow:

Maybe it will be better if I write it like "cards in which we can see soil".

Colourful Courtney, I guess your suggestion was on spot.
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[*] posted on 7-12-2019 at 04:17 AM


Quote: Originally posted by Bavaricus  
I just received her answer from Moscow:

Maybe it will be better if I write it like "cards in which we can see soil".

Colourful Courtney, I guess your suggestion was on spot.


I still would be a bit puzzled though... Soil as in... you can see the ground? Or sandy pavements? Or soil where you plant trees? This is one of those cases where I really can't grasp a word -_-
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[*] posted on 7-12-2019 at 10:21 AM


Quote: Originally posted by elikoa  
Quote: Originally posted by Bavaricus  
I just received her answer from Moscow:

Maybe it will be better if I write it like "cards in which we can see soil".

Colourful Courtney, I guess your suggestion was on spot.


I still would be a bit puzzled though... Soil as in... you can see the ground? Or sandy pavements? Or soil where you plant trees? This is one of those cases where I really can't grasp a word -_-


A quick Google search defines soil as "the upper layer of earth in which plants grow, a black or dark brown material typically consisting of a mixture of organic remains, clay, and rock particles." I would take a little bit of issue with this because I have seen soil that is almost red or almost yellow, it does not have to be black or dark brown I think. Soil, as far as I am aware, would be any kind of earth in which plants can grow.

I am not quite sure about sand dunes, but I think if plants are growing in them then it counts but if it is just shifting sand, then not. Same thing with, for example volcanic ash. If it is just ash, it is not soil. But if enough organics have entered it that plants are growing, it is. I would not consider a postcard of a sandy sidewalk to be one "in which soil figures" but a sidewalk where dandelions are pushing out of the cracks and you can see the dirt coming up with the plants, I would think fits the bill.

So...is that clear as mud?
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[*] posted on 9-12-2019 at 08:45 AM


Colourful Courtney, thanks for clarifying - I´m with you.
Meanwhile she changed the wishlist:

"if you can send me a card in which we can see soil (soil profile, soil aggregates etc.) - I'll be very-very happy"

Btw. since she´s also into football I ended up sending a card with a pic of Jerome Boateng, FC Bayern München player.:)

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