Sunday, 24 June 2012


There has been a deluge of rain, a months worth falling in a day, rail closures and flooding. It must be summer. Wimbledon starts on Monday, hope they have Cliff Richard on speed dial ready to sing to pass the time for the spectators.
Here we have summertime written in English and Welsh on the stamp. The Royal Welsh Agricultural Show takes place in mid Wales. Nothing says summer like agricultural shows, from the large ones like this one at Llanelwedd to the small local meetings, there is always a beer tent to shelter if  inclement.
The first day of the cricket season in mid April has thrown up all sorts of weather from snow to sunshine but it is always hoped when the test matches start then it will be glorious and perfect weather for cricket watching.  Lords, the "home of cricket", always holds the first summer test match and also in contrast the finals of the National Village Cricket Competition. 
Travel north to Scotland and the various highland games are in full swing. Braemar Games in Aberdeenshire take place in Aberdeen and this is the one the Queen usually attends.
Lastly in this 1994 set we have an event that takes place in the first week of August, the yacht racing at Cowes on the Isle of Wight. This weekend is the Isle of Wight music festival where torrential rain caused chaos, seven mile traffic queues and ferry services suspended.  Today the festival goers seems to be enjoying the mud and looking forward to Bruce Springsteen appearing. So there you are a British summer in stamps.  My uncle always said the amount of rain always balanced out over the year so I'm looking forward to a dry spell in August, or November.

An entry to Viridian Postcard's Sunday Stamps


Postcardy said...

I enjoyed the artwork and the look at British summer.

We have had problems here with heavy rain recently too.

Marcie said...

They would make great ads for the British tourism industry :)

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

They are really lovely but I don't remember them at all. It depends when in 1994 - my excuse is that I may have been out of the country.

They aren't a terribly true representation though, are they? I wonder when you were last able to get so close to the actual courts in Wimbledon - and no crowds!

Bob Scotney said...

I missed this set completely. They represent the best events of the British summer - bt surprised there is no Ascot or Derby Day included.

Willa @ Postage Journal said...

All the fun stuff you could do during Summer! I love the artwork too.

VioletSky said...

this series reminds me of old time travel posters!
I like the dreamy, holiday feel of them.

Maria said...

Too bad I had to leave the UK even before their summer started. I could have had the chance to see the scenes in these stamps for real!

viridian said...

These are lovely stamps. i suppose I'd sit in the mud for Springsteen. thanks for participating.