17 August 2019

102 years old

Pike Place Public Market
opened August 17 1907

"Seattleits may be coffee snobs, but they're coffee snobs with good intentions who really know their stuff" ~ Cafe Vita Public Brewing School, Pike Street

16 August 2019


artist: Victoria Kirdiy

I wish you happiness 
like sparkling dew on the flowers 
and an endless midday sky

15 August 2019


Every two years, Belgium lets loose with the begonias and creates a carpet for the Grand Place in Brussels. This one is from 2004. Each carpet is made from over a million flowers and is put together by volunteers from all over Belgium.

14 August 2019

mostly England

A map of Great Britain with Northern Ireland seemingly as an after thought (no worthy illustrated icons in NI?)

13 August 2019


There are fewer, and smaller, icebergs off the coast of  Newfoundland and Labrador, but I'm sure the ones left are still a magnificent sight.

11 August 2019

Sunday Stamps - Y

Snoopy has always been my favourite Peanuts character — doing his happy dance, or as the WWI Flying Ace on his Sopwith Camel biplane/doghouse. Snoopy began his fantasy career as a fighter pilot in 1965. I always thought his scarf was red (as it is usually shown), but this 2001 stamp has him bedecked in yellow.

And, as a bonus (while researching the colour of his scarf) it seems that during a story line from August 7-10, 1968, for the one and only time, it was revealed to be Snoopy's birthday!

August 10th

His first appearance was in October 1950, and he would have been about a year old then, so by now would be an astounding 70  — or 490 dog  — years old this weekend.

for the letter Y - yellow

10 August 2019

Red Square

around 1910
It was not a World Heritage Site when this photo was taken. Not sure if the cobbles are still there.

09 August 2019


A colonial style luxury hotel  that is now a National Monument of Singapore

07 August 2019

quidi vidi

Now a neighbourhood of St John's, it was once an historic fishing village.
The big green building is a major attraction - it's the Quidi Vidi Brewery
As an aside, Quidi Vidi Lake is where the annual Royal St John's Regatta takes place on the first Wednesday of August. Last year, it celebrated its 200th anniversary. It is a civic holiday in NL.

06 August 2019


What this card doesn't mention is that it is, if not the most, then one of the most photographed lakes in Canada.

04 August 2019

Sunday Stamps - X

These are plants that have adapted to live in desert conditions. Cacti are probably the most well known  plants used in xeriscaping — dry landscaping — but we also have the agave from which we can get tequila. The saguaro can grow to 40 feet (12 metres) tall whereas the beavertail cactus (which I know as a prickly pear cactus) is only about 2 - 15 inches (70 - 400 mm). The last one is a barrel cactus which is known to sometimes fall over because it grows based on sun orientation, though as it tilts towards the southwest it can also be a compass guide for travellers. 

for the letter X - xeric (dry)

If anyone has a special topical that they collect, let me know and it can be included in our new round of themes, starting August 25th.

02 August 2019


Herdwick sheep are native to the Lake District in Cumbria. Beatrix Potter is known to have helped bring the breed out from its threatened status by buying up fell farms and carefully breeding the sheep.
It was James Rebanks who taught the world of life as a shepherd in the fells through his book (Herdwick Shephard) and twitter account (herdyshepherd1)

01 August 2019


They were the photoshopped cards of the day a hundred years ago.
Tall tale postcards were popular until around the First World War. The majority of these cards came from rural areas — with food specific to the region as the most common subject — as a humorous way to entice people to visit and perhaps settle in this area of such great abundance. Hence Iowa corn.

29 July 2019

dream harbor

painting by Leonid Afremov received from Russia
According to one website, the original painting — oil on canvas with a palette knife (57x45) — is for sale for $23,000
I am quite content with this postcard version.

28 July 2019

Sunday Stamps - W

Continuing from last week's theme, here is a humpback whale. This one, however, is of least concern on the conservation status. They live in all of the oceans and are known to have some of the longest migrations of any mammal.  Locally, there are about 4,000 in the Northwest Atlantic and 18,000 in the North Pacific (though, because of their travels, it is hard to know for certain). Their scientific name "Megaptera novaeangliae" translates to "large winged from New England".

for the letter W - whale

... as we are nearing the end of this round, I would like to ask if there is still interest in continuing? We seem to have lost a few people along the way, but I am happy to keep going. I enjoy seeing your postings and would be sad to have this end. 

26 July 2019


The Petronas Towers were, from 1998 to 2004, the tallest buildings in the world. They are still the tallest twin towers in the world. Built by Cesar Pelli who died last week at age 93 (1926-2019)

25 July 2019

cottage garden

Painted by William Wells Quartremain,
Anne Hathaway's Cottage Garden

One of many views of Anne Hathaway's Cottage that W.W. Quartremain painted.

22 July 2019


I am sure there are many more insects, but these are the glamour shots

21 July 2019

Sunday Stamps - V

This North Atlantic Right Whale stamp was issued as part of a set for endangered species in 2013 when there was thought to be only 500 individuals left. They are vanishing at a rapid rate and are now estimated to be only 400 left. So far this year eight right whales have died in the Gulf of St Lawrence plus only this weekend two others were disentangled from fishing gear by a hard working rescue team who may or may not survive.

for the letter V - vanishing

20 July 2019


Regensburg in Winter
the snow looks nice and cool in this summer heat we are having

19 July 2019

creole style

Creole jambalaya includes tomatoes whereas Cajun jambalaya does not

18 July 2019

siberian jay

A Siberian Jay from Finland, where it is known as a kuukkeli

17 July 2019

nature's calling

National Park Virginia
Deer posing at Upper Doyle's River Falls (28' waterfall)

15 July 2019

the big land

Discover 300,000 sq km of unspoiled, ancient beauty. Labrador boasts towering mountains, massive rock faces, and an infinite supply of lakes and rivers.

14 July 2019

Sunday Stamps - U


Issued in 2015 as part of a series for diving tourism, this underwater stamp shows off 'treeshaped sponges' or achaia.

for the letter U - underwater

12 July 2019

Dom Knigi

House of Books
built in 1902-04 for the Singer Sewing Machine Co it has been a massive book store with cafe since 1938

11 July 2019

looking out to sea

on the Black Sea
Tarkhankut Lighthouse built in 1817 Crimea.
Still in use and you can even visit and follow the lighthouse keeper as he carries out his duties.

10 July 2019

dancing and singing

black grouse lekking — a courtship ritual for attracting the ladies. In the spring the males strut around in a traditional area whilst making a distinctive mating call.

09 July 2019


Longshan Temple, Taipei — a mix of Taoist, Buddhist and Confucian faiths
Built in 1738 and standing in one of Taipei's most historic neighbourhoods, Longshan temple has been rebuilt by the local people after ever flood or earthquake with little or no government help.

08 July 2019

kiss the cod

fisherman from Trinity Bay NFLD
photo taken almost 50 years ago of three fishermen

07 July 2019

Sunday Stamps - T

A Portrait of a Man in a Turban. Or a self portrait of Jan Van  Eyck.
Painted around 1433, it has been hanging in The National Gallery of London since 1851. The stamp was issued in 1996 for the Belgian Art Abroad series.
This rather messy turban is also called a chaperon, though that translates more as a hood (Little Red Riding Hood is known as Le Petit Chaperon Rouge). If this is a self portrait, I want to know how he managed to paint without it falling off or coming unravelled.

for the letter T - turban

05 July 2019

an absolute unit

weighing over 97 tonnes, this glass reinforced cement merino stands 18 metres long and 15.5 metres tall. he is 34 years old and if you wish, you could climb inside and look out his eyes at the view around Goulburn NSW!

04 July 2019

1st century theatre

Roman Theatre of Orange, Vaucluse France

The theatre was a way of spreading (Roman) culture to the colonies, 
and also a distraction from the political activities of the day.

03 July 2019

tram 28


Tram 28 travels through the popular tourist districts on a line that is unsuitable for modern trams because of the sharp turns and steep gradients.  It runs from 6am until 10:30pm with departures every 15 minutes between 7am-8pm.