Monday, 12 October 2015

October Garden

Some autumn colours caught in our garden during early October.

06.59 am
07.35 am - early morning song
Apple harvest
Monbretia and fuchsia
All caught before the leaves begin to fall and flowers fade away.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Flowers - Sunday Stamps II

When I was given an old stock album recently a number of flower stamps were included.

The Mississippi state flower is the Magnolia shown on this stamp from 1967.


Camellia (and yellow-shafted flicker)
Alabama became the 22nd State of the Union on 14 December 1819. This stamp commemorated its 150th anniversary and was issued on 2 August 1969.

Two of the set of four stamps issued to commemorate the XI Botanical Congress of 1969, when the first full meeting of 6000 botanists was held in the USA, contained flowers.

USA - Lady slipper and Franklinia alatamaha
The lady slipper is the state flower of Minnesota; the Franklinia is a tree in the tea plant family, which looks rather like a wild rose that grows in the UK hedgerows.

For other flowery offerings check out the links at Sunday-Stamps-II-43.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

From a great height - Thematic Photography.

This is a bit late for last week's theme but all the photos were taken then, during our holiday in Cornwall.

St Mawgan - from a third floor window
Mawgan Porth from a cliff walk
Beach with no access from the cliffs along the coastal path
Same beach - no way up if you get caught by the sea
Still looks inviting
From a great height the holiday ends looking down at the clouds.

Homeward bound
There's still time to look down from a great height elsewhere by following the links at Carmi's Thematic-Photographic-351.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Scenery - Sunday Stamps II

I'm a bit late in posting this week but have finally made it back home.

The stamps I have to show this week all date from 1966, one from Poland and a set of four from Great Britain.

Poland - 1966
Pieniny is a mountain range in the south of Poland and the north of Slovakia consisting mainly of limestone and dolomite rocks.

The British set shows landscapes from England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland.

View near Hassocks, Sussex
Antrim, Northern Ireland
Harlech Castle, Wales
The Cairngorms, Scotland
For scenery from elsewhere just follow the links at Sunday-Stamps-II-42.

Saturday, 3 October 2015

R Mac Wheeler has published his 28th novel - Book 3 in his 6 Ways Series. He writes a range of paranormal, suspense, dystopian, fantasy and science fiction. Here's the 6 Ways Series.

Book 3 of the 6 Ways Series

At eighteen it’s tough to decide a life path when the threat of pandemic hangs over the world, your brother is the genius who engineered the plague, and you’re repeatedly drawn into the fight against the terrorists spreading it. Plenty of people would kill an Abernathy on sight so it would be wise for Mar to visit the dojo, otherwise play invisible, but her brother is manipulating her into another adventure.

If you haven't read Book 1 or 2, and like to start at the beginning...

Alcoholic parents treated Margarite as an unwelcome stranger, then left her at fourteen with her thirty year old autistic brother. At sixteen, things really sour, thanks to her brother. A medical researcher, Reggie engineers the ultimate plague. Fanatics seek to control him. The government pursues them as terrorists. Margarite witnesses ruthlessness, compassion, and competence she couldn't imagine from her brother, but the world needs a miracle. The best she and Reggie can do is wing it.

Nightmares. Panic attacks. Depression. Margarite is hammered by the typical issues of a seventeen year old loner, whose parents sympathized with insane people intending to collapse civilization. The few who care about Mar have more concerns. Her drinking. Fighting. Jumping out of airplanes.

Her brother engineered the plague that’s breaking out across the globe and she holds a little guilt for not stopping it. Or being one of the first to die. Still, conspirators behind what they call The Correction are not done with her.

The Author
R. Mac Wheeler writes about characters with a lot of baggage, men who make many men look like wimps, tough chicks that can whip most men...puts them in situations that push them to the worlds that don’t overly stretch the imagination.

A former IT professional,  he now focuses full time on suspense, paranormal, science fiction, and fantasy  that leverages the quirkiness and baggage of real life more often than the far fetched.

Visit his Home Page: WWW.RMACWHEELER.COM

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Folk/National Costumes - Sunday Stamps II

I need some help this week as I have some Bulgarian stamps that I have been unable to find any information about other than that they were issued in 1961

Bulgaria - 1961
I've searched for the names of the costumes show om the LHS of each stamp but haven't succeeded in finding out what they represent.

Bulgaria - 1961
I had more success with provincial costumes from Spain.

Spain 1968 - Huelva Provincial Costume
The city of Huelva, in the province of the same name in South-West Spain, has been inhabited since 3000BC.

Spain 1967
Burgos a city in Northern Spain is the historic capital of the province of Castille.

This is a post for Sunday Stamps II - 41 which you will find at See it on a postcard.

I am away from home this week so may not be able to comment on stamps posted by the other participants or submit the link to this post there. I'll get round to them as soon as I can.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Technology/industry - Sunday Stamps II

I'm sure that you are all aware how quickly technology gets outdated. The FDC I acquired recently illustrates this very well.

Great Britain - Information Technology, 8 Sept 1982
You will appreciate this more when you look at the individual stamps.

Development of Communications
Modern Technological Aids
I don't think I need to explain anything else.

From 1939 when Germany occupied Czechoslovakia, the country was split into Bohemia and Moravia.

Czechoslovakia: Bohemia - 1939
The stamp shows the ironworks at Moravska-Ostrava.

A stamp from South Africa depicts

South Africa - 1961, Western Deep Level Mine
The mine is located in the West Wits gold field and then was said to be the world's deepest.

For technological/industry examples follow the links at Violet's Sunday-Stamps-II-40.