Sunday, 22 March 2020

Signs of Spring

2006: Seasons (Design - Graf)
Frothy spring blossom is always a delight
2014: British Flora - Spring (Design - Kate Stephens)
but the humble celandine also brings joy and receives the name of  'spring messenger' for the traditional belief that it flowered on 21st February.  Wordsworth may be famous for his 'Daffodils' poem but he wrote three poems about the celandine.  A lover of damp places it will have enjoyed the recent weather although this week we have had a glorious run of sunny days showing spring in perfection.
2005: Signs of Spring (Design -Kerstin Olsson-Gronvik)
Sweden chose as their 'Signs of Spring' flowers - the pretty Lily of the Valley, the Yellow Star of Bethlehem and a Pasque Flower (sometimes called the Anemone of Passiontide).  Lastly is one of my favourites, the Wood Anemone which carpet the ground in ancient woodlands.
1973: Tulip Exports
Spring brings the joy of flowers but also
2017: Song Birds (Artist - Frederico Gemma; Design - Osborn Ross)
of bird song and I enjoyed my first skylark song of the season last week. My favourite time is the nesting season when they shoot up in the air and sing to distract but in fact enchant.  As a bonus I include the Goldcrest for the rather nice postmark.  Their notes are so high that sometimes older birders loose the ability to hear it but maybe they will be alerted to it by those in the spring of their lives.

Hedgerow Daffodils

Sunday Stamps II theme this week - Signs of Spring - enjoy more at See It On A Postcard 


Sunday, 15 March 2020


2007: Greeting Stamps (Designer - Victoria Leonard)
The stars combine and this stamp is celebrating success.  The others in the set (which I don't have) were passions and wishes all painted by Victoria Leonard.
2014: We Will Celebrate That (Design - Veronica Ballart Lilja)

I present another painter Veronica Ballart Lilja. This was the first time she designed images for stamps, but not her last.  The motifs relate to celebrations and different ways of sending a greeting

such as a message in a bottle.
Veronica said she was going to send a postcard with her stamps to her grandfather.
1981: Europa (Design - Regina Marxer)
Lets celebrate with some fireworks, this is the other stamp of the set I showed on Sunday Stamps last week and is Liechtenstein National Day 'Fireworks at Vaduz Castle'
2012: Memories of London 2012 (Design - The Chase, Manchester)
More fireworks but this time celebrating the joy of sport and the coming together of all nations at the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Sunday Stamps II theme this week is - Celebration - See It On A Postcard 

Sunday, 8 March 2020


2001: Cactus of Peru
These could be two little eyes popping up from the cactus and having a look around. The genus Cleistocactus live in the mountains so there will be fine Peruvian views.
1963: Flowers (Design - Pierrette Lambert)
Hibiscus always make me think of holidays in the sun. The artist is the prolific Pierette Lambert, a designer of over 1,300 stamps and many bank notes. Appropriately for this week's theme her first stamp designs for Saint Pierre et Miquelon in 1962 were also of flowers
1961: May Day (Design: Adam Cziegleny; Engraver; Melynyomat)
A red rose for May Day in Hungary.
1981: Europa - Folklaw (Designer - Regina Marxer)
Liechtenstein's national flower is the yellow lily but as their National Day is August 15th sunflowers take centre stage on this stamp design.  I believe there may be a flower pageant as part of the day.   For one of the smallest countries in the world and a population of 37,000 the day will also be filled with beer and wine, free buses, a large fair in Vaduz and fireworks at the castle which is the subject of the other stamp of this set.

The stamp artist, Regina Marxer, was in 1981 one of the instigators of the votes for women campaign - 'Action Sleeping Beauty'.  A male only referendum on the question of women's suffrage took place in 1984 and by a narrow margin women were given the vote.  Liechtenstein was the last European country to introduce female suffrage in national elections.  Being stunned by that date I can only say well "Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom"  Happy National Women's Day.

Port Sunlight village, Merseyside in Summer.

Sunday Stamps II theme this week is - flowers - more are blooming on See It On A Postcard


Sunday, 1 March 2020

Lion and Lambs

1989: Animals
Well March has certainly entered like a lion with Storm Jorge and snow on the hills so I am hoping it lives up the idiom and leaves like a lamb
2013: Mischievous Animal Babies (Design: Gustaf  Öhrnell; Engraver: Piotr Naszarkowski)
and we see mischievous little lambs in sunshine.
2005: Farmyard Animals (Design - Samuel Sakaria)
Meanwhile in New Zealand lambing time is months in the future.  This stamp was issued as part of the Year of the Rooster set with a farmyard theme which can be seen here.
Oh a little lamb has wandered out of the field and on to a FDC.
2006: 100th Anniversary of Sheepbreeding (Design: Naja Abelsen)
Famously the Vikings took sheep to Greenland in 985 but both people and livestock vanished from history 500 years later and no-one knows why.  It wasn't until 1906 when 12 sheep were brought in from the Faroe Islands by the Reverend Jens Chemnitz and some years later sheep were imported from Iceland.  The flocks today are their descendants.  Sheep in Greenland have to be kept indoors during winter and today they number about 20,000, there is enough pasture land for more but that is required for producing winter fodder and why the postmark features harvest time.  This inspired idea is from the artist Naja Abelsen whose Greenland stamps can be seen here
Feeding the Lambs at Old Hall Farm in April 2019

Sunday Stamps II theme this week is - Lions or Lambs - See It On A Postcard

Sunday, 23 February 2020

Into the Woods

1980: The Forest in Four Seasons (Design - Walter Wachter; Engraver - Wolfgang Seidel)
The zing of fresh green has arrived (in stamps) - "Beeches on Matrula in Spring", Liechtenstein.
1976: Centenary of Swiss Federal Forest Law - 'Conserve the Forest'
I like seeing the intricate shapes of trees in winter so this artists view lets me see both the green and those amazing branches.
2011: Europa - Forests (Design Christian Broutin and Barbara Kekus-Slizowska)
One could perhaps visit a wood with this stamp in hand to identify all that could be found there.
1968: Birds (Design - Walter Wehinger)
A flash of colour in a branch above is a Northern Bullfinch.  Sit very quietly and perhaps a
1967: Animals (Design - Celestino Piatti)
a roe deer will observe you from a distance
1953: Air - Forest Animals
or a magnificent fallow deer
1953: Air - Forest Animals
and a red fox trot by.
2019: Forests (Design - Up Creative Consultants)
The full forest view can be seen in the Snowdonia National Park in Wales but a picnic is best taken sitting by water and in Northern Ireland's Glenariff Forest the sound of water falling would be very restful 
1951: 1st Anniversary of 5 Year Plan (Design - S Legrady)
unless someone had brought an accordion.

Sunday Stamps II theme this week is - The Colour Green - See It On A Postcard

Sunday, 16 February 2020

Sea Rescue

The 150th Anniversary of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) was celebrated on this FDC, although Guernsey had actually maintained an earlier lifeboat and station since 1803 at St Sampson which is a few miles from the hazardous Casquet Rocks, a major shipping hazard.  This lifeboat position was eventually taken over by the RNLI in 1861 and a new lifeboat, the John Locket arrived in 1875.
1978: 150th Anniversary of the RNLI
The stamps show how things have advanced over the years. The rowers on the 2½p stamp are in the 1874 'John Lockett', a gift of Mrs Lockett and her daughters of Liverpool.  Rowing in a storm must have been horrendous.  The next stamp is the last pulling/sailing lifeboat 'Arthur Lionel' which served the islands for 17 years from 1912.  This one was a gift of Sir Thomas Robbin of County Cork.  The first motorised vessel arrived in 1929 but the one shown on the 8p stamp is the1954 Barnett-type boat 'Euphrosyne Kendal', named after the women whose generous legacy enabled the craft to be purchased.  As a charity the RNLI are dependent on donations and as vessels increase in sophistication their cost goes up, the lifeboat shown on the 10p stamp cost £78,000 (today an all-weather lifeboat costs over £2 Million).  The 'RNLB Arun' was financed by gifts from Birds Eye Foods, Miss A M Johnson and four legacies. Launched in 1971 she arrived in Guernsey in 1972. It was the first prototype of the successful Arun class which the RNLI would use around the coasts of the UK and Ireland for over 30 years.
1977: Centenary of St John Ambulance (Design - P Slade and M Horder)
Also in the seas surrounding Guernsey is the marine equivalent of an emergency ambulance the 'Flying Christine II' (the present marine ambulance is Flying Christine III).
1987: New Size Definitive - Views
But relax no emergencies at the moment just a beautiful day on the water near Havelet Bay.

Sunday Stamps II theme this week is - Watercraft - sail away for more at See It On A Postcard.

Sunday, 9 February 2020

Swedish Seasons

2011: Blue and Yellow (Design - H Karlsson)
The Swedish flag flies this week for Sunday Stamps
1990: Maximum Card 59 'Autocumulus lenticularia'
and it is winter when
1990: Clouds and Weather (Photo - L-G Nilsson; Engraver - Martin Morck)
wave clouds have formed downwind of the hills and mountains.  I must admit our weather has been more like the postmark than the stamp -
2001: Dogs (Design - Ingemar Jacobsen)
rain-wear essential.  Not necessary if you are a Golden Retriever with a beautifully dense and water repellent coat. The days turn into months with flowers appearing so surely spring  cannot be far away
2007: Spring Feelings (Design - Lars Melander)
exploding with colour and making one dance with joy.  Lars Melander has named his 'Spring Feeling' stamps -Birds Greeting, Brighter Times, Spring Dizzy and Tweet.

Sunday Stamps II theme this week is - A country not your own - explore more at See It On A Postcard