a pair of cats enjoying a lazy Sunday in 2004 for stamp collecting month.
and this little cutie not necessarily wanting any more siblings, or future kittens
for Sunday Stamps - felines
walking a yellow leafed road in a forest in Germany
pear, rowan, hazel, blackberry, horse chestnut
apricots and peaches
from San Marino
for Sunday Stamps - autumn, harvest, food
for Sunday Stamps - Asia
I love how the Clyde Auditorium (on the banks of the River Clyde) is now known by the nickname given to it by the people of Glasgow. It opened in 1997 and the name was officially changed in 2017. It has an auditorium that seats over 3,000 people.
I'm not sure either of these paintings would make me want to visit - though, in truth, I have been to both and found them spectacular in real life.
For Sunday Stamps - art/painting
New Zealand is Butterland according to an article I read on the beloved food. It seems this tiny country has a high consumption rate compared to other butter eating countries. It was a dietary staple by the mid twentieth century as this stamp from 1960 can attest (just look at the size!)
From an old growth forest tree (1967)
For Sunday Stamps - work, industry
The marten was once trapped for its fur.
The salamander is one of the largest in North America and likes ponds and wetlands that don't have any fish.
The blue snake, while not venomous, is aggressive and will chase you.
The swift fox now only occupies about 1/3 of its historic range.
For Sunday Stamps - endangered species
Because I don't collect creepy crawlies (and I am praying that no one posts any spiders - shudder) and I forgot I had no photos anymore (cry). So I was frantically searching through my Malaysia and Taiwan postcards thinking that's where most of the bugs stamps would be...
Then I remembered these stamps from Australia which a friend picked up for me when he was travelling. These beetles only live for between one day and two weeks. Apparently they also never lose their brilliant colours even after death, so anyone is able to see them in all their beauty in the Natural History section of Museum Victoria.
I wonder how many countries issued stamps for Tokyo 2020?
I'm going to miss watching sports that I never think about except every four years. But, we get to do it all again in 7 months for the winter games, which seems insane. But, of course it's not all over as there's still the Paralympics in a couple of weeks. I have no stamps for those.
For Sunday Stamps - Olympics or Japan
I have missed you all! Apologies for last week.
My computer finally crashed and it took a little while getting a new one and even longer getting it up and running with transferred files. It has been picked up today (Saturday) and I am still trying to figure it all out... the changes are at once small and great. some things have not been improved and I much prefer the old version. but all those coders must keep on creating, I guess.
Also, I lost many of my photos in the process so have to start over with inputting my stamps and postcards.
In 1965, Alexei Leonov became the first person to do a spacewalk. The map of earth behind him is interesting, and probably not at all as he saw it.
for Sunday Stamps - stamps from the 1900s
As luck would have it, I received these happy vegetables from a Postcrosser this week.
These remind me of signs one of our grocery stores used to have in the produce section showing smiling fruits and vegetables with a "pick me, pick me".
The stamps by artist Victor Chaichuk were part of 14 vegetables issued on July 1, 2020
I will never understand the Belarusian postal rates as every card received seems to have different denominations of stamps. There is a stamp 'N' which has a face value for an international postcard, but here we have the cabbage which is 1 ruble and the carrot, cucumber, courgette are 5, 1, and 2 kopeks respectively. The potato is an 'A' which is a face value of a 20g letter within Belarus. My card had four courgettes and one of each of the others. And, not one of them was cancelled.
for Sunday Stamps - food
At top right is Abraham Gesner who helped light up our world with kerosene.
At bottom left is Alexander Graham Bell best known for inventing the telephone, but he also came up with the metal detector and the hydrofoil.
At bottom right is Joseph-Armand Bombardier who was the founder of Bombardier whose most famous invention was the snowmobile.
for Sunday Stamps - inventions and discoveries
For Sunday Stamps - small animals
Built in the 1930s and 1940s: Falling Water (F.L. Wright), Gropius House (W. Gropius), Illinois Institute of Technology (Mies van der Rohe),
and in 1962: Dulles Airport (Eero Saarinen)
for Sunday Stamps - buildings
for Sunday Stamps - labourers
for Sunday Stamps - statues, memorials