Saturday, 13 December 2014
This is an entry to Viridian Postcard's Sunday Stamps on the theme of Art, a subject which started the meme way back in January 2011. Incredible that there have now been 200 wonderful opportunities to talk about stamps and 'meet' people across the world. All is not lost because the baton has been taken up by Violet Sky. See you all next week on - See it on a Postcard.,
I'm posting this early because I'm away carrying Christmas parcels south, hopefully I'll manage to link up on my return.
Sunday, 7 December 2014
The stamps show:-
Top left - Llandudno Pier, the longest in Wales and is considered the finest surviving Victorian Pier in the country because it has been relatively disaster free. When English Heritage gave it its listed status they described its style as 'Indian Gothic'.
Top right - Dunoon Pier in Scotland. Paddle steamers used to ply between here and Glasgow. Amazingly a paddle steamer is still taking passengers down the Clyde, and this is the Waverley (launched in 1945). In 1977 she made her first trip away from there to celebrate the centenary of Llandudno Pier, sailing down to Fleetwood, Liverpool and then Llandudno.
Bottom left - Brighton Pier which is in actuality called Palace Pier because there used to be more than one at Brighton but this is the survivor and which, as can be see, has a wonderful helter-skelter on it.
Bottom Right - Worthing Pier. This has had the usual disasters of fire and storm damage but it must be the only one which was deliberately damaged when they blew a hole in it in World War 2 to prevent it being used in the event of an invasion. The stamp shows the 1935 amusement pavilion.
An entry to Viridian Postcards's Sunday Stamps theme of anything you like here
Sunday, 30 November 2014
7p Firecrest of which it was discovered when they did a count that Guernsey has more breeding pairs than those in England. This pretty little bird is popular with Guernsey post because it has made another appearance on a more recent issue.
5p Gannet, having a squawk on the stamp but sitting peacefully on the FDC
11p Dartford Warbler - a bird of heathland which is shown perched on a gorse bush
13p Spotted Redshank
With such a diversity of habitats in a small area and perhaps the prospect of a paddle in a sea kayak to spot the puffins I imagine the Bailiwick is the perfect place for a birding holiday. The Fat Birder says of the Channel Islands visitors
"The Channel Islands are a huge motorway cafe for migrating and over wintering birds. Falls of birds occur during the spring and autumn migrations and during hard winter weather huge movements of birds pass through when they are escaping frozen conditions on mainland Europe and Britain".
An entry to Viridian Postcard's Sunday Stamps theme of - Birds - here
Sunday, 23 November 2014
|2009: Design Classics|
|2014: Sit Comfortably!|
Top row left : A chair called 'Hug' designed by Anna von Schewen who wanted to give the feeling of sitting in someone's arms and received the Excellence in Swedish Design Award in 2002. The chair design (top middle) by Carl Malmsten (1888-1972) was inspired by a pair of old lathe Windsor style chairs during a visit to Finström Church on Åland and has become one of the most popular pieces of furniture in Sweden. The church itself has also been featured on an Åland stamp with a suitably snowy landscape.
|1992: Antique Cape Furniture|
The styles continued to change through time but were still influence by European designs and trends.
An entry to Viridian Postcard's Sunday Stamps theme of - Furniture - here
Sunday, 16 November 2014
An entry to Viridian Postcard's Sunday Stamps "Anything You Wish" theme here
Sunday, 9 November 2014
|2014: "Amongst Berries and Leaves"|
|Fieldfare (from the 3rd series)|
|1995: Christmas Robins|
|1985: Christmas Angels|
An entry to Viridian Postcard's Sunday Stamps theme - Fruits of the Forest, nuts and berries here
Sunday, 2 November 2014
For the Europa 2010 theme of Children's Books Portugal and its autonomous regions decided to go way back in time to traditional tales, rimances and legends.. Rimances is a word I've never heard of before but I learn that they are short epic poems. This miniature sheet contains part of one such rimance from the Azores called the Lake of the Seven Cities (Lagoa das Sete Cidades)."The king was unable to wait
The earth trembled, the sun rose -
and only the nine islands of the Azores
and the Seven Cities remained,
later divided in two, one green and the other blue"
In present times the two lakes inside a massive extinct volcano crater is a must see tourist destination in the Azores but the story which the miniature sheet shows tells the tale of the two lakes, one green and one blue, whose colours were caused by a princess and shepherd weeping when their love was thwarted by the King and the lakes took on the colours of their eyes. (The full legend is here). The Legend of the Seven Cities is similar story to the lost cities of Atlantis. Perhaps these were the seven cities created by Portuguese seamen fleeing from the Moors who went west into the Atlantic and were never seen again.
An entry to Viridian Postcard's Sunday Stamps which this week is "anything you wish"