Sunday, 5 July 2015

Postal Theme - Sunday Stamps II

I've used up all my postbox stamps before so I shall have to use some stamps that I didn't realise were part of a postal issue.

I'm sure however that no one would forget to use the postal code if they had a stamp like this.

The next three stamps were 'scattered' across an album page. It was only when I searched for mail related stamps that I found they were a part of a postal issue set from 1974.

Czechoslovakia - 1974
All I have to do now is to find the other one that makes up the set - a postilion on a horse.

For postboxes and postal themes from other countries just follow the links at Sunday-Stamps-ii-29.

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Kirkfest Scarecrows 2015 - The winners are:

Now's your chance to see whether your favourites chosen in posts I - IV made it to the winners enclosure.

Those awarded a Certificate of Merit were;

Kirkfest Races 2015
Only Fools and Horse Feed
The Simpsons
And on the podium -
    Third Place:
Cob the Builder
   Second Place:
Follow the yellow brick road
But the Winner is:

The Magic Roundabout
Dougal, Brian, Florence and Zebedee

That's all folks!

Did you pick a winner or an also ran?

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Kirkfest Scarecrows 2015 - IV

This is the last group I have to show. My the end you need to have chosen your favourites from the four posts (I - IV)

Orange Grove
June 25th was designated Orange Day by the UN in its campaign against violence to women.

Thunderbirds are GO!
Is that Little Weed in the planter?
Snoopy in a pose we all know
One I don't recognise
The Magic Roundabout
And finally

Mr Bean's Turkey Head
Now you seen all that the judges had to pick from. Look out for the next and final post when the winners will be revealed.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Photographic Model

It's not every day that a photographic model offers their services for free. Yesterday I was lucky enough to meet one.

Here's the result.

Where would you like to take me?

No, I don't do full frontals.
I'm quite happy to use the natural surroundings.

Is this high enough or
do you prefer a profile figurehead?
I charge £100 per shot if you want to take any more.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Aged - Thematic Photography

I could have just stayed in my office for this 'Aged' theme. After all everything will be modern when compared with what normally sits in a saucer on my desk.

Ammonites (Cf to a Biro top)
When it comes to buildings these two are fairly 'aged.'

Church House at the right, Sundial Cottage in the middle
The date on the sundial says 1786. At the left is a modern extension to the cottage.

This looks like a modern cottage

Until you read the plaque on the wall dating it to

Carved stones from the Church of St Martin and St Hilary date back to 810. As St Martin was once a Roman soldier then  parts are truly ancient. Anglo Saxon and Viking stones from the Church from the 200 years before the Norman invasion are on display in a local museum.

St Martin and St Hilary
Next to the entrance porch to the Church stands a gravestone that has seen better days.

I wonder whether worshippers used to bring their horses to church in the days before motor cars.

Horse trough (Or ancient coffin?)

But when it comes to the oldest things I have a small collection to go with the first three fossils you saw.

Large ammonite
That's a 10p coin at the right next to the ammonite from my first picture. The fossil which looks like a hook is a gryphea.

I wonder how many million years it took for the calcite to be deposited in the animal's body cavity.

I've aged enough to be considered an old fossil by some but modesty forbids me from including a picture of myself.

So for more aged items you need to follow the links at Carmi's thematic-photographic-339

Monday, 29 June 2015

Kirkfest Scarecrows 2015 - III

A few more scarecrows for you to look at. Have you chosen your favourite(s) yet?

Bear Grills Survival
If you are fond of gardening perhaps this is for you. Mind you Monty Don always has his dog Nigel to accompany him in Gardeners World.

"I love my garden so much I wet my plants."
I don't know what to call the next one with a bunch of flowers.

With a heat wave forecast for this week the next scarecrow got it right - if only I had got the whole of the notice in.

Summer this way ==>
Meanwhile Dorothy 

Follows the yellow brick road
Watched over by

Princess Ozma and the Wicked Witch of the East
While Homer has things to say to Bart, Marge and Lisa

The Simpsons
Rather a contrast to 

All Creatures Great and Small
There is another batch still to come before you make your final selection of the best scarecrow of all. 

All will be revealed in Scarecrows V later in the week.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Ports or Harbours - Sunday Stamps II

The ports and harbours on the stamps I have this week are all associated with islands - one from the Isle of Man and four from New Zealand.

Port St Mary
Once a major fishing a trading port in the south of the Isle of Man the inner harbour and pier were created in 1912.

Auckland & Wellington Harbours
Wellington and Auckland are located on New Zealand's North Island. Wellington is the country's capital.

Waitemata Harbour provides the main access by sea to Auckland and is often referred to as Auckland Harbour; it is crossed by the Auckland Harbour Bridge.

Lyttleton Harbour & Port Chalmers
Both are in the South Island. Port Chalmers is the main port of  the city of Dunedin and lies 10km inside Otago Harbour.

For other ports of call and harbours in which to take shelter follow the links at Sunday-Stamps-II-28.