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?

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Kirklevington Scarecrows 2017

Last Saturday the annual Kirkfest began with this year's scarecrow competition.

The winner was - 

Dad's Army
relaxing with a beer at the Crown Hotel.

Second was The Great Kirk Bake Off -

On the menu was Kirk strawgoneoff and Kirk levingeton mess.

In third place was a sentry at Kirklevington (Cottage) Castle.

And a British Bulldog gained a merit certificate.

Further pictures will follow later this week.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Weather - Sunday Stamps II

Weather related stamps proved difficult for me to find until I spotted a weather station on this Swedish stamp.

Sweden - 24 May 1973
SMHI = Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute; 100ÄR = 100 years. Just what is being measured here is not clear.

USA - 24 April 2014
The discolouration on this stamp detracts from what it depicts.

This round stamp features a visual representation of the planet’s sea surface temperatures. It shows the Earth with North America at the centre and parts of South America, Asia, and Europe just visible on the edges, surrounded by vivid bands of colour throughout the oceans. The image is one frame in a 1,460-frame animation created from the output of a computer model of Earth’s climate by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory. The full animation shows how the surface temperatures of the oceans vary seasonally and change over time, and how surface ocean currents and eddies transport heat and water around the globe. (Explanation from US Stamp Gallery website)

To check the weather outlook today, look no further than Sunday-Stamps-II-131.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Thiepval Wood - Sunday Stamps II

Gardens and Forests proved a difficult theme for me. Kew Gardens I had shown before -

I struggled to find a forest, but then remembered Thiepval Wood and the poem by Edmund Blundell describing the devastating effect war can have on man and nature.

"The tired air groans as the heavies swing over, the river-hollows boom;

The shell-fountains leap from the swamps, and with wildfire and fume
The shoulder of the chalkdown convulses.
Then the jabbering echoes stampede in the slatting wood,
Ember-black the gibbet trees like bones or thorns protrude
From the poisonous smoke past all impulses.
To them these silvery dews can never again be dear,
Nor the blue javelin-flame of the thunderous noons strike fear."
September 1916

Great Britain 2016
This stamp was part of the part of a five year commemorative programme marking the centenary of the outbreak of The Great War (WWI). Each year of the great war is to be explores through a stamp which covers six key themes: Poppies, War Art, Memorials and Artefacts.

It seems to fit our garden (of remembrance) and our forest theme at Sunday-Stamps-II-130.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Sunday Stamps II - Interesting Fonts

Interesting theme; I had never considered fonts when collecting stamps.

What have I discovered this week?

At the risk of boring you again I must mention that the 2016 Pets USA stamps that I linked to last week had fonts in 'serifa' - I never knew that before.

The Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer Christmas stamps from 2014 had

a font called 'Verlag'. This was initially designed for the Guggenheim Museum, but was expanded and released to the public in 2006.

I thought that stamps identified by the name Helvetia ought to use the font 'Helvetica' like this one from Great Britain.

Great Britain 1969
However when it comes to fonts, perhaps Switzerland 'wins' after all.

Switzerland - 1969
For more fonts or even christenings(?) visit Sunday-Stamps-II-129.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Pets - Sunday Stamps II

I just knew I should not have used that 'Pet' series from the USA a few weeks ago Pets (USA)

That has left me struggling for something to show this week, until I remembered lots of cats.

Bulgaria - 19 June 1967
And from slightly earlier from the same part of the world.

Romania - 20 March 1965
I've used up all my stamps of dogs before and I'm not really a cat person but now I'm surprised at how many cats appeared.

To see more pet just follow the links at Sunday-Stamps-II-128.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Photographs - Sunday Stamps II

Photographs of four different types of bat appeared in a commemorative set on 13 September 2002. I found these by searching for 'photographs' on the US stamp gallery. This one is in my collection.

I never considered that the 2006 Christmas stamps could have been photographs too.

USA Snowflakes - 17 Oct. 2006
Physicist Kenneth Libbrecht took photos of two basic patterns of snowflake. Because snowflakes melt so quickly he used a paintbrush to quickly transfer the flakes from cardboard to glass slides where he photographed them in a temperature regulated enclosure, using a digital camera attached to a high resolution microscope.

Until I searched the stamp gallery I had no idea which of my stamps were 'photographs'. Now I shall have to look at other countries. But not for this Sunday-stamps-ii-127.html

Friday, 19 May 2017

Architecture - Thematic Photography

Two years ago I posted some views of our village church. Here are some more.

Kirklevington Church of St Hilary & St Martin
For more architectural views visit Carmi's Thematic-photographic-412.

As some of you may know it was my birthday this week and it was a sobering thought that with Carmi's the previous week I came to realise that our sons are older than him.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

George V Commemoratives - Sunday Stamps II

King George V (1910-1936) was a keen stamp collector who played a large role in turning the Royal Philatelic Collection into the most comprehensive collection of UK and Commonwealth stamps in the world, including setting record purchase prices for them.

A set of four stamps was issued to commemorate his silver jubilee in 1935. I can show two of them.

Great Britain - 7 May 1935
A 1 penny red and a 2.1/2d blue made up the set.

For other commemorative stamps check out the links at Sunday-Stamps-II-126.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Places of Worship - Sunday Stamps II

There are two cathedrals among my Mexican stamps.

Puebla Cathedral - Mexico (1950)
The construction of this Roman Catholic cathedral began in 1575; it was consecrated in April 1649 but was not completed until 1690.

The airmail stamp showing Guerrero Cathedral was issued in 1963. So far I have been unable to locate more information about the building itself. However it does, like the Puebla stamp, depict colonial architecture.

Guerrero Cathedral (on the skyline)
For other places of worship from around the world please visit the links on Sunday-Stamps-II-125.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Gardens Galore -Thematic Photography

Gardens change so rapidly at this time of year; snowdrops and daffodils have come and gone, along with most of the tulips too.

White tulips survive
The apple tree is in full bloom - 

And wall border plants thrive - 

Bluebells appear in unexpected places no matter how often you think you have dug them up,

The small lilac tree is excelling itself this year - 

Aquilegia seed themselves everywhere - 

And just for Gilly as I got it wrong before -

A pansy shows its face

Definitely not a primula this time.

No hens and chickens to show as in Carmi's Thematic-photographic-411-gardens-galore.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Kings and Queens - Sunday Stamps II

I tried to get a link between the Kings and Queens I am showing. Let me know what you think.

Victor Emmanuel III - 21 April 1929
He was King of Italy from 28 July 1900 until he abdicated on 8 May 1946 in favour of his son Umberto II. Umberto was the last King of Italy but only from 9 May to 12 June 1946. Italy then became a republic.

Victor Emmanuel also claimed the thrones of Ethiopia and Albania as Emperor of Ethiopia (1936-1941) and King of Albania (1939-1943)

King Paul I of Greece
This stamp was issued on 6 May 1964 as a memorial to King Paul, King from 1 April 1947 to 6 March 1964. He was the last but one King of Greece before the country became a republic in 1973.

Queen Juliana of the Netherlands 1954
Juliana was Queen from 1948 until she abdicated in 1980. Her daughter  Beatrix succeeded  her as Queen; she abdicated in 2013 to be followed by her son, King Willem - Alexander

For more Kings and Queens visit Sunday-Stamps-II 124.

A-Z Challenge 2017 - Houses, some real, some not, -'Z'

Z - Zimbabwe House

Zimbabwe House, London
This Grade II Listed Building on the Strand is now occupied by the Zimbabwean Embassy.

It was designed by Charles Hoden in 1907-1908 as the Headquarters of the British Medical Association. It featured naked statues by Joseph Epstein.

For the startled Edwardian public the full-frontal nudity, not to mention the wrinkled flesh of a grand maternal woman holding a baby, proved too much. A campaign against the statues began, with protests from a group called the National Vigilance Society and a raging debate in the press. The Evening Standard declared that ‘no careful father’ would let his daughter see such depravity,

The statues remain today in a mutilated state following the removal in the 1930s of projecting features after pieces, some say of a phallus, fell off on to a gentleman passerby.

What a way to end A-Z this year.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Renewable Energy - Sepia Saturday

Just recently news was made by the UK having a day when no power was generated by coal. Solar and wind energy were in charge.

But sometimes don't you just wish that 

the wind did not blow so hard!

Is this what Sepia Saturday 365 was looking for?

A-Z Challenge 2017 - Houses, some real, some not - 'Y'

Y - York House

Having 'cheated' slightly on 'X' I was thinking of doing the same for 'Y' by posting on the royal members of the House of York.

But as you might expect there are many houses in England call 'York House'. The one I have chosen is one at the home of rugby in Twickenham.

York House, Twickenham
(!7 January 2015, by Jim Linwood - CC BY-SA 2.0)
This historic stately home currently serves as the Town Hall for the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.

It occupies part of the site belonging from at least Tudor times to Yorke Farm; its name derives from that family.

Over the centuries the house passed through several owners after Queen Elizabeth I and King Edward VI granted Yorke farm to members of their household.

In 1897 the house was sold to the Duc of Orleans who had been a Pretender to be King of France, but by 1906 it was acquired by an Indian merchant Prince, Sir Rata J Tata. He was to be the last private owner.

Subsequently in 1924 the property was purchased by Twickenham Urban District Council. In August 1926, Twickenham received its Charter of Incorporation and in November the new borough held its first council meeting in York House. Appropriately the building was officially opened by the Duke of York (later George VI) on 16th November 1926.