27 November 2022

d day

 

Designs from Germany

In 1960 East Germany had a Chemical Day to recognize chemists.

Dahlias from 2020

for Sunday Stamps - the letter D

20 November 2022

photographers


four photographers with examples of their work

 
a camera shop from 1937






 
some photography from the early 20th century for Sunday Stamps

13 November 2022

poppies

 

2009 featuring a close up of two figures from the            National War Memorial
 2021 has the iconic poppy front and centre
from 2020, a painting by First World War artist, Mary Riter Hamilton, Trenches on the Somme


for Sunday Stamps - Remembrance Day stamps

06 November 2022

rosy cheeked

International Year of the Child, 1979


some rosy cheeked children for Sunday Stamps

30 October 2022

supernatural

 

release the kraken
issued in 1990 and illustrated by Allan Cormack and Deborah Drew-Brook
We have the larger than life Sasquatch, the Kraken, the Werewolf and, finally, but not least, Ogopogo who is said to live in Okanagon Lake (BC)

The lake monster has been mostly described as being a serpentine creature with smooth dark skin with a large body thicker than a telephone pole and being up to 50ft in length. The monster has said to move at incredible speeds coiling it’s body in vertical undulations and propelling itself with a powerful tail. 

some scary apparitions for Sunday Stamps

23 October 2022

tower

 

A clock tower in Elbasan, Albania. 

for Sunday Stamps- lighthouses, towers

16 October 2022

locomotives

 

It may not be surprising to see that these were designed in 1977.

top left - locomotive of the Jezreel Valley train

top right - first locomotive in the Holy Land 

bottom left - locomotive of Israeli railways

bottom right - locomotive at the time of the British Mandate period (1920-1948)

some brightly coloured trains for Sunday Stamps

09 October 2022

salmon run

 

It is the time of year for the salmon run, and really, it is quite a sight if you are lucky enough to be able to watch them jumping upstream.

my choice for this week's Sunday Stamps


02 October 2022

timeless

Kakadu National Park the second largest national park in Australia, mostly owned by the Aboriginal people who have lived there for over 60,000 years

 Uluru, a sacred sandstone monolith, one of the most important indigenous sites in Australia.

 

Both are located in the Northern Territory and are listed for both their natural and cultural values.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites for Sunday Stamps

25 September 2022

sea creatures

 Four whales frolicking in the water

a whale, sea lion, sea otter, and dolphin
some graceful swimmers for Sunday Stamps

18 September 2022

houses of god

First up is a wooden church built in 1765. The Lutheran church is popular for summer weddings


 

Next is this Catholic Cathedral of Djibouti built in the 1965.  

The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Good Shepherd  1969

 



Going way back in time, the Benedictine Affligem Abbey  was dedicated in 1086


three very different styles of houses of worship through the ages for Sunday Stamps


11 September 2022

black

Things in the world go desperately wrong when I choose a 'dark' or 'black' theme! 

 

have some comforting fruit

black raspberries are only available for a few short weeks in the summer

 

 

and gaze on a floral display

 Johann Rudolf Bys was a Swiss painter who did most of his important work while in Prague. He seems to have been quite partial to black backgrounds in his paintings.

 

while thinking about the world and the time in which we live

the colour black for Sunday Stamps

04 September 2022

festivals

 

 Before you know it, it will be time for Octoberfest

In the meantime, the Dragon Boat festivals are happening in September

for Sunday stamps - fairs, festivals, people having fun
 

28 August 2022

21 August 2022

birds


Puffin!

a colourful kingfisher 

and a cheeky whooper swan

some birds for Sunday Stamps

14 August 2022

trees


This thick, aged yew has a rugged beauty to it.

Some slender birch trees bathed in an autumnal glow

and cows resting under some very tall trees in Australia






some trees for Sunday Stamps

07 August 2022

a walk in the snow

When was the last time you built a snowman?

or maybe that is too much work

 

 

Perhaps a long walk in the woods would be refreshing


 

A view in Haminalahti famous for hiking trails and birdwatching

 

One would be lucky to find this partridge on a walk

 

 

 

 

some winter scenes for Sunday Stamps

(on this stinking hot day where it will feel like 42C with the humidity by this afternoon)


31 July 2022

picturesque

 

Luxembourg City as seen in 1995. I like the near uniform height of the buildings that allow the spires to rise above the rooftops. In the foreground you can see the casements, first built by the Spaniards in the mid 17thC, then enlarged by the French, then again by the Austrians.

a view of a city for Sunday Stamps

24 July 2022

complicated


In 1980, I was living in Amsterdam and some friends and I had a much anticipated trip planned to go to Yugoslavia. Just days before we were to leave, Tito died. That cancelled trip has been my biggest travel regret, though it couldn't be helped. In reality, we all just had Eurail Passes and not much money, so who knows what it would have been like.

Josip Broz Tito as a head of state

17 July 2022

travel

These new stamps "celebrate the golden age of travel". If anyone is paying attention to the news, this summer of 2022 is as far from the golden age as possible! Note that none of these celebrate flying. Air Canada and Toronto's airport have been reported to have the dubious distinction of being the worst for service, disruptions, flight and baggage delays ... in the world.

Mont Tremblant (1939) poster designed by Herbert Bayer

Royal York Hotel (1935) poster designed by Norman Fraser

Great Lakes Cruising (1937) poster designed by Tom Purvis

The Canadian (1955) poster designed by Roger Couillard

Picturesque East Coast (featuring the original Cape Forchu Lighthouse) (1950) poster designed by Peter Ewert

I'm hoping all of you in Europe and the UK find a way of staying cool - and safe.

some 2022 issues for Sunday Stamps

10 July 2022

soaring

Soaring high to see

 

the spires of Brno

 

 

 

 

and the wildlife of the forest






 

 

two monochrome stamps, coincidentally in the same colour, for Sunday Stamps

03 July 2022

a great man

I have tickets for the theatre next month.  To see a play by this guy

George Bernard Shaw

The Doctor's Dilemma.  I can hardly wait!

a literary great for Sunday Stamps

26 June 2022

clouds

 Lenticular clouds

usually, when I think of Australia, I think of blue skies, like the one below in Tasmania, not the stormy sky of SA




some skies for Sunday Stamps

19 June 2022

beards and moustaches

The legendary King Arthur and the wizard Merlin as imagined in 1985

Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden from 1611 to 1632, regarded as one of the greatest military commanders in modern history.



Humphrey Gilbert, half brother of Sir Walter Raleigh, (1539-1583) claimed Newfoundland in the name of Queen Elizabeth I. He arrived in August 1583, but by November, had died at sea while returning to England.


and, another legendary beard...

this was fun, and there are so many fine beards and moustaches out there, we should do this again for another Sunday Stamps?