Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Water - Thematic Photography

These days I regard water as something for washing in, but after 24 hours of rain earlier in the week there was a lot of standing water about.

The field in which I expect to see spring lambs
And in the woods the rabbits and squirrels don't have to go far to get a drink.

If it's obstacles you are looking for then house developers have much to look forward to when they start building yet more houses on sodden fields.

A week earlier water had turned to ice.

Icicles on our bungalow
But for a grandson who is a keen surfer, what's better than watery waves.

(From his facebook photos)
For other water sports or sorts check out the links at Carmi's thematic-photographic-416.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Sunday Stamps II - A-Z (2) 'D' - Dancers, Douglas and Old Toys

I looked for a stamp for Mothers' Day but only had one from Dubai commemorating Arabs Mothers Day. That is on the 21 March this year so I went for Greek dancers instead.

Greece - 2 January 2002
Now I just have to find out what dances are depicted.

I have never been to the Isle of Man or walked down - 

Douglas Promenade - IOM - 5 July 1973
Hidden away amongst the toys from Sweden I found this - 
Old Doll - Sweden - 14 November 1978
We still have two of my daughter's old dolls but their home made clothes are not as elegant as this.

To see what other 'D' related stamps have been chosen this week check out what's on offer at Sunday-stamps-d.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Junk Food - Thematic Photography

Carmi's back! - with a junk food theme. I not sure however that this market stall for pies qualifies - they certainly smelt good.

 You may wish to like his facebook page Just love pies

Other sights to see were less appetising to me.

Hot dog with loads of onions and and mum's hamburger.
If that's made you hungry then check out what's on offer via the links at Thematic-photographic-415.

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Sunday Stamps II A-Z 'C' ; Castles

I have posted about castles earlier in an April A-Z Challenge and in Sunday Stamps. However I still have many left.

In March 1960 Czechoslovakia issued these two -

Beděz Castle (dates from 1200s)
Kost Castle
Kost Castle from the East 
Bohemia and Moravia were in the Czechoslovakia Protectorate early in WWII and Pernstejn Castle in Southern Moravia appeared on a stamp.

Bohemia & Moravia - 29 June 1940

The 700th Anniversary of Koldinghus Castle was commemorated by Denmark on 13 June 1968 with this stamp - 

Koldinghus Castle

The castle is the last Danish royal castle in Kolding on the Peninsula of Jutland and was fully restored in 1991.

For more 'C' related stamps check out the links at Sunday-Stamps-II-C.

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Sunday Stamps II A-Z (2) : B - Cambodia

No I haven't confused the letters, it's just that my Cambodian stamps show birds. And before you comment that that their Latin names begin with 'C' - I know that too.

Coccothraustes coccothraustes - Hawfinch
Cambodia -6 September 1999
We see the hawfinch in our garden every few years and I must say it is more colourful than on this stamp.

A much more regular visitor is the greenfinch despite reduced numbers in the last couple of years due to a throat infection that hampers their ability to eat.

Cambodia -6 September 1999
Carduelis chloris - Greenfinch
So that's 'C', 'G' and 'H' to celebrate 'B' for Birds.

To see other B posts please visit Sunday-Stamps-II-b.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Sunday Stamps II A-Z (2); 'A' Great Britain

For this second round of A-Z I've decided to not to deliberately select countries that begin with each letter but to see what else I could find.

In sorting ideas that came to my mind this stamp from a set of British Postal Technology was one that caught my eye,

Great Britain - 1 October 1969
Bridges have always been a favourite of mine so this bridge in Scotland seemed a natural choice for me, especially as I crossed the River Tay many times when at St Andrews University over 60 years ago.

29 April 1968
In the 18th century Aberfeldy was a number of small hamlets that coalesced together. As part of a road building project in 1733 General George Wade commissioned the construction of the bridge over the Tay. The bridge, over 400 feet in length supported by five arches, is still used to this day.

To see how others have started the new theme again check out the links at Sunday-Stamps-II A.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Sunday Stamps II - New Year

I have no stamps that celebrate the lunar New Year. However Maria sent me a stamp last year for the Rooster - 

I then discovered this mini-sheet from the USA - 

USA 29 January 2006
And tucked away in the centre of the bottom row is a stamp for the Year of the Dog,

Until I unearthed that I thought I would just have to show - 

Oscar in 2017 waiting for his first New Year in my daughter's home.

For more New Year Dogs carry your lead across to Sunday-Stamps-II -165.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Sunday Stamps !! A-Z 'Z' - Czechoslovakia. South Africa

As we come to the end of this round of A-Z I thought I would have at least 2 'Zs' for the price of one - 

Czechoslovakia - 18 July 1953
Antonín Zápotocký was born at Zákolany in 1884. A communist, he became Prime Minister in 1948, and President in 1953 until his death later that year.

I searched for a stamp connected with Zulus but had to settle for this South African stamp from 1954

Zebra - 14 October 1954
To see what other 'Z' related stamps are on show this week please visit Sunday-stamps-II-164.

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Sunday Stamps II A-Z 'Y' - Yugoslavia, USA

A-Z has got harder the nearer we have got to 'Z', it seems that I was in my youth when we started - now I need some support for 'Y'

USA - 1 May 1968
A country that has seen turbulent times is - 

Yugoslavia - 1 April 1959
This stamp depicting the Jablanica Dam is from a series of stamps of dams along with an architectural theme which also included in 1961 - 

Ckonje, Macedonia
The Republic of Macedonia declared its independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. The river may be the Vivar but I have still to verify that.

To see what other 'Y' stamps have been located this week just follow the links at Sunday-stamps-II-163.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Sunday Stamps II A-Z 'X' Mexico, Brazil, Denmark

I could only find stamps from two countries with an 'X' in their name so had to extend my search as you will see.

Mexico - 26 October 1963
100th Anniversary of the Red Cross
Maybe that cross in not an X but it was the nearest I could get.

Searching for names with an X in them led me to Brazil.

Brazil - 1954 Luis Alves del Lima e Silva
Duke of Caxias
The Duke earned the 'title' of Peacemaker, and his birthday became the date on which Brazil honours its soldiers.

In 1969 Denmark commemorated the 100th anniversary of writer - 

Denmark - 28 August 1969
Martin Andersen Nexo
But the nearest I could get to an X on a stamp was provided by the 700th anniversary of the Fall of the Dannebrog from Heaven.

Denmark - 12 June 1969
The Dannebrog, the Flag of the Danes, is believed to be one of the oldest flags in the world. You may read about the history of the flag and the legend behind it at The History_of_the_Flag where you will find the X waving at you.

To see how others have solved the X-word puzzles cross over to the links at Sunday-Stamps-II-162.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Your Choice

A question for you all.

If you could pick one of these two to take home with you, which one would you pick?

I've  made my selection.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Sunday Stamps II A-Z 'W' - French West Africa, Wales

I really struggled with this letter so much so that I got quite wild. So it seemed natural to look for something different. Eventually I came up with not one but two - 

Not being able to find stamps from the states of Wisconsin or Wyoming I settled for a President's wife.

Martha Washington
I did not think Senegal would come to my rescue until I realise it used to be one of the colonies making up -

French West Africa
I have got so used to looking at stamps from Great Britain I forgot that we have a 'W' on our doorstep.

Wales - Wilding Definitive

And later from decimal currency - 

Which Welsh dragon do you prefer - Wilding or Machin?

Select your choice with an 'X' - sorry that's next week!

For more 'W' stamps cross over to Sunday-Stamps-II-161.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Sunday Stamps II A-Z 'V' - Vietnam and ...

At this time of year people have set new resolutions. At the end of 1962 the country of Vietnam had just started its First 5 Year Plan.

Vietnam 31 December 1962

But my favourite Vietnamese stamp is from 1961 - 

Vietnam - Sun Bear
As bears like honey I wonder whether they would like these from a country that used to be Upper Volta.

Burkina Faso - Honey Fungus 8 March 1961

For other views of V cross over to the links at Sunday-Stamps-II-160. where you will begin again in Vietnam.