Sunday, 13 August 2017

Sunday Stamps - A-Z; 'B"

Bahrain is a nation of more than 30 islands in the Arabian Gulf.
Bahrain - 17 June 1961
Isa bin Salman Aj Khalifa, the first Emir of Bahrain from 1961 until his death in 1999.

I had intended to have one stamp from each of two countries in this A-Z. This soon proved to be a problem when it came to the Belgian Congo as I could not decide which one to choose.

I eventually settled for three from 1947 depicting African Masks and Wood Art.

Belgian Congo - 8 December 1947

A former Belgian Colony from 1908 to 1960, after which it became the Republic of the Congo. Its chequered and sometimes bloody history saw its name change again to Zaire and today it has become the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (Well known to British TV fans of the 'Pointless' quiz programme.)

For other 'B' related stamps and not just countries please visit the links at Sunday-Stamps-II-139.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Sunday Stamps II begins an A-Z

Each year when the April A-Z Challenge comes along I consider using stamps as a topic.

Now Sunday Stamps embarks on an A-Z with, fortunately, one letter a week. In choosing what to show I am picking countries where I have fewer stamps and hopefully ones I have not shown before.

I'm not a great lover of cats but a Siamese on my only Albanian stamp starts the sequence off.

Albania - 20 September 1996
From Andorra, again a single stamp - 

Andorra - Gothic Cross at Meritxell - 17 June 1961
At the last count I have stamps from 8 'A'countries; it will be interesting to see how other letters fare.

To check other 'As' visit Sunday-stamps-II-138

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Stars, Moons or Planets

The most recent stamp I have from France was issued on 4 May 2009 and its a € denomination.

Two weeks ago I showed a Polish stamp depicting a statue of Nicolaus Copernicus

The biggest and oldest planetarium was founded in 1955 to commemorate him. It's located in the Silesian Central Park.

Poland - Silesian (Slaskie) Planetarium & Astronomy Observatory - 15 Sept 1966
For other astronomy related themes check out the links at Sunday-stamps-II-137

Sunday, 23 July 2017

A place/building to be visited - Sunday Stamps II

Two of my older stamps caught my attention for this theme.

In 1946 the Smithsonian Institution celebrated its centenary,

USA - 10 August 1946
During WWII my elder brother served on the aircraft carriers protecting the convoys of ships delivering goods to what was to become the George Cross island. I have some of his photos including one among some ruins there. Hence my choice of this stamp from - 

Malta - 1970
To see places or buildings that others would like to see please visit Sunday-stamps-II-136.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Knobs and Dials - Thematic Photography

Looking round our home this theme look as if it would be easy - but very mundane.

There was no need for me to get hot under the collar as - 

The temperature is controlled
Some kitchen knobs get regular use.

Guess who gets to clean the wood.
When it comes to food there is a choice between


Then there are controls which I find difficult to select on the

The washing machine
It's simpler if I take the hint to freshen up - 

In the shower
I can take the time to check the score at the Open Golf.

But that was the Ryder Cup at Oakland Hills in 2004
I can get a reminder each day to make better use of my time by a house in our village.

Sundial cottage
Carmi set the Knobs & Dials theme over at Thematic-photographic-414. Check it out for other contributions and/or have a go yourself.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Statues/Monuments - Sunday Stamps II

Some are world famous like - 

USA - 1 December 2010
I could have shown many others with the Statue of Liberty; above is one side of a block of 10 stamps combined with the Flag.

However the one that stands out for me is the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, equally famous some might say.

USA - 26 January 1974
Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt, chosen to represent respectively the nation's founding, philosophy, unity and expansion, I wonder what this quartet would make of Donald Trump.

I had not heard, I thought, of Mikolaj Kopernik who features on a statue in Warsaw.

Poland - 31 March 1955
Perhaps the globe should have given me a clue to the mathematician and astronomer whose model of the universe who placed the Sun rather than the Earth at its centre. It's Nicolaus Copernicus - the name that I would have recognised.

In Denmark in 2006 I took a series of photos that will also be known to many.

Copenhagen's Little Mermaid
 A stamp was issue to commemorate the 100th anniversary in 2013.

Denmark - 27 May 2013

To see other renowned statues check out the links to be found at Sunday-Stamps-II-135. 

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Aerial Views - Sunday Stamps II

This is yet another theme that proved harder than I thought. 

So much so, in fact, that initially I could only come up with these - not really true aerial shots at all.

USA - Jet Liner over Capitol - 5 December 1962
And from Poland a stamp commemorating the development of air travel.

Poland - 27 November 1978
I googled aerial views and found that of the many stamp images I had only one in my collection and that from 1969.

Spain - Gibraltar - 16 July 1969
I shall have to study what others have posted this week at Sunday-stamps-II-134. to see whether there are different stamps that I could/should have posted.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Tall Ships - Sunday Stamps II

I was very disappointed to find that Great Britain has never issued a stamp featuring the Cutty Sark.

I did however find this Clipper Ship from the USA.

USA - 2011
I guess my other stamps this week may not be classed as tall ships, but they are tall to me.

Panama - 1968
And a stamp commemorating 200 years since Captain Cook landed in Hawaii.

USA - 1978

For other tall ships see what has been posted at Sunday-stamps-II-133. and the connecting links.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Kirklevington Scarecrows - 5

This is the final batch of scarecrows I have to show.

Eddie the Eagle
Queen of Hearts
Denis the Menace
Churchill & the bulldog spirit
Hope you have all enjoyed see all the scarecrows in this year's Kirkfest competition.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Pretty in Pink - Thematic Photography

Our visit to Newquay Zoo last week turned up two creatures in the pink.

Rose Collared Dove
If that is not pink enough for you, how about this reptile? I must find out what it is.

At home some flowers that I have shown before.

I don't know what they are either but I do know that they are not 'pinks'.

To spare my blushing pink check out others at Thematic-photographic-413-pretty-in-pink

Monday, 26 June 2017

Kirklevington Scarecrows - 4

Each year there are a number of scarecrows set out in front of the village hall during the annual Kirkfest.

With Mary Poppins in charge
Others had links to different trees found in the village; I hope I can remember what they were.

The Queen - Chestnut
Paddington Bear
? - Birch
Acorn with his bucket and spade
Postman Pat - Willow
One more post to come later in the week to complete my scarecrow shots.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Festivals/Events - Sunday Stamps II

We are on holiday this week, but not at the Glastonbury Festival.

I have to confess that I have never, ever attended a musical festival of any sort. In fact the only festival I went to was back in 1951.

Great Britain
What a shame that the Dome of Discovery and the Skylon did not appear on stamps, but in those days stamps were much more sedate.

A week ago yesterday saw the annual Trooping of the Colour as part of the Queen's official birthday celebrations. In 2005 a set of four stamps commemorated the occasion. Here's just one of them - 

Great Britain
To attend other events please visit the links at Sunday-Stamps-II-132

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Kirklevington Scarecrows 2017 - 3

Three more entries in the Kirkfest scarecrow competition this year.

Another Guard
And for  you cyclists out there, watch if not take part in - 

Wig's Tour de Kirk 2017
But be careful crossing - 

Abbey Road

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Kirklevington Scarecrows 2017 - 2

Here are some more of the entries in the Kirkfest competition this year.

Now that's what I call an appropriate entry in this warm weather.

Others obviously had the same idea.

Any volunteers to have their photos taken?