I hope you all have had Easter surprises like this little girl with her vibrant coloured eggs
Finland always has great Easter stamps and this year's arrived in the post to me this weekend with immaculate timing from Eeva. An Easter Bunny complete with a basket of eggs and Finland's other symbol of Easter, new birch leaves. This stamp features Elli the bunny, pet of the photographer Anna-Mari West who she has dressed up for the occasion with a yellow bow. This is Elli and Anna-Mari's first stamp
No spring is complete without gambolling lambs and Åland celebrated the the season in April 2013 with a set of three prepaid postcards which they described as "merry sheep enjoying spring" and because I'm lacking spring stamps I'll show the front, well that and the fact that they make me smile
The are painted by Ammi Kogius, her first commission for Åland Post. Trained in ceramics she lived in France for 25 years running a pottery shop but always drew the sheep around her. When her hands became damaged by her work she took up painting and says she enjoys painting mischievous sheep. Born in Sweden, she grew up in Finland and now lives in Åland's capital.
An entry to Sunday Stamps II theme - Spring or Easter - spring forward for more seasonal stamps here