|1957: Outdoor Recreation|
Heading to the great outdoors here are a couple enjoying two hobbies at the same time, fishing and canoeing.
Stopping with the same set I think this is a great portrayal of swimming, she looks to be having fun so I'm thinking it is summer although the Russians are well known for breaking the ice to go swimming
|1952: Winter Sports|
but are skimming over the ice and snow in this two stamps. But for a hobby that combines both art, gardening and a whole lot of patience what about the creation of miniature landscapes called Penjing,
|L-R Chinese Elm; Juniper & Maidenhead|
in Chinese, which translates as "tray scenery" a different tradition to the Japanese bonsai as its aim is to create a more wild look and represent a natural landscape but the trimming, pruning and wiring are the same.
|Left -Chinese Juniper; Right - Wild Kaki persimmon|
There are three forms of penjing - Tree (which is closest to the Japanese bonsai), Landscape and Water. In Landscape the rock is more important than the tree and Water creates a complex scene that shows all elements of a landscape and tells a story.
Each area of China has its own style and favourite species of trees.
An entry to Viridian Postcard's Sunday Stamps theme of - hobbies