Sunday, 17 September 2017

Sunday Stamps II: A-Z 'G'

Despite posting from the USA I sailed this week to Guinea- Bissau.

Guinea-Bissau - 1988
This Egyptian navy ship is one of a series of old ships issued at the same time. This West African country was once part of the kingdom of Gabu, colonised by Portugal it was formerly Portuguese Guinea.

Each week I have tried to maintain a link (of sorts) to the previous week. Last week we saw the work of the goldsmiths in Finland.

So while in West Africa where better to stop off than Ghana which before its independence from Britain in 1957 was the -

Gold Coast - 1952

Too late I thought of golfing stamps, but you can make up for this by checking out Sunday-Stamps-II-144.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Sunday Stamps II A-Z: 'F'

I have only three countries to choose from this week.  

Fortunately I can maintain an art link to last time with a stamp from Finland.

Finland - 6 August 1971
This commemorated the 600th anniversary of goldsmith's art.

No link to France where I could only use Marianne to identify a President's choice.

France - 1 July 2008
This is the most recent of my Mariannes on a euro stamp -  President Sarkozy's Marianne.

Sunday-stamps-II-143 has chosen to go with fish; visit the links there to find choices made by others.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Sunday Stamps II; A-Z 'E'

Last week we were on the Djibouti-Ethiopia railway. This week it's Ethiopia itself.

Ethiopia - 26 July 1968
The stamp shows the Rastafarian Haile Selassie and commemorates the Ethiopian struggle for freedom. Selassie had become the countries emperor and led the country for many years.

My second stamp is also from an African country well know for the pyramids, but this stamp is catalogued on Stamp World as depicting Historical Art & Stone Carving.

Egypt - 1 March 1993
For other stamps this week check out the links at Sunday-stamps-!!-142.

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Sunday Stamps II - A-Z; 'D'

Last week I showed a stamp from Cuba; this time I have a Cuban revolutionary from the Dominican Republic.

Dominican Republic - 1954
Jose Marti (1853-1895) became a symbol for Cuba's independence from Spain, and is referred to as the 'Apostle of Cuban Independence.' The stamp was issued to commemorate his 100th anniversary.

I had an African connection last week in Chad. Now we move to Djibouti.

French Somali Coast -1943
The Ethiopia - Djibouti railway has got through hard times. A new railway began operation in January 2017 and is a big hope for pan African trade. It uses some of the old route.

Djibouti became independent in 1977 as the Republic of Djibouti.

For more from Djibouti and other places, check out Sunday-stamps-ii-141

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Sunday Stamps II - A-Z: 'C'

The Republic of Chad is the fifth largest country in Africa; located in central Africa it is bounded by Libya, Sudan, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Nigeria and Niger.

Its wildlife includes the rhino, whose numbers have been decimated by poachers.

I have only one stamp from this country - it's a postage due stamp showing a rock painting.

Chad - 1962
My second stamp this week is also from 1962, and is the only stamp I have from Cuba. I think you can work out for yourself the date on which it was issued

Cuba - International Labour Organisation
The ILO was set up by the League of Nations after World War One. Over 180 countries are now members of this United Nations organisation.

For other 'C' related stamps visit the links at sunday-stamps-ii-140.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Sunday Stamps - A-Z; 'B"

Bahrain is a nation of more than 30 islands in the Arabian Gulf.
Bahrain - 17 June 1961
Isa bin Salman Aj Khalifa, the first Emir of Bahrain from 1961 until his death in 1999.

I had intended to have one stamp from each of two countries in this A-Z. This soon proved to be a problem when it came to the Belgian Congo as I could not decide which one to choose.

I eventually settled for three from 1947 depicting African Masks and Wood Art.

Belgian Congo - 8 December 1947

A former Belgian Colony from 1908 to 1960, after which it became the Republic of the Congo. Its chequered and sometimes bloody history saw its name change again to Zaire and today it has become the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (Well known to British TV fans of the 'Pointless' quiz programme.)

For other 'B' related stamps and not just countries please visit the links at Sunday-Stamps-II-139.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Sunday Stamps II begins an A-Z

Each year when the April A-Z Challenge comes along I consider using stamps as a topic.

Now Sunday Stamps embarks on an A-Z with, fortunately, one letter a week. In choosing what to show I am picking countries where I have fewer stamps and hopefully ones I have not shown before.

I'm not a great lover of cats but a Siamese on my only Albanian stamp starts the sequence off.

Albania - 20 September 1996
From Andorra, again a single stamp - 

Andorra - Gothic Cross at Meritxell - 17 June 1961
At the last count I have stamps from 8 'A'countries; it will be interesting to see how other letters fare.

To check other 'As' visit Sunday-stamps-II-138

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Stars, Moons or Planets

The most recent stamp I have from France was issued on 4 May 2009 and its a € denomination.

Two weeks ago I showed a Polish stamp depicting a statue of Nicolaus Copernicus

The biggest and oldest planetarium was founded in 1955 to commemorate him. It's located in the Silesian Central Park.

Poland - Silesian (Slaskie) Planetarium & Astronomy Observatory - 15 Sept 1966
For other astronomy related themes check out the links at Sunday-stamps-II-137

Sunday, 23 July 2017

A place/building to be visited - Sunday Stamps II

Two of my older stamps caught my attention for this theme.

In 1946 the Smithsonian Institution celebrated its centenary,

USA - 10 August 1946
During WWII my elder brother served on the aircraft carriers protecting the convoys of ships delivering goods to what was to become the George Cross island. I have some of his photos including one among some ruins there. Hence my choice of this stamp from - 

Malta - 1970
To see places or buildings that others would like to see please visit Sunday-stamps-II-136.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Knobs and Dials - Thematic Photography

Looking round our home this theme look as if it would be easy - but very mundane.

There was no need for me to get hot under the collar as - 

The temperature is controlled
Some kitchen knobs get regular use.

Guess who gets to clean the wood.
When it comes to food there is a choice between


Then there are controls which I find difficult to select on the

The washing machine
It's simpler if I take the hint to freshen up - 

In the shower
I can take the time to check the score at the Open Golf.

But that was the Ryder Cup at Oakland Hills in 2004
I can get a reminder each day to make better use of my time by a house in our village.

Sundial cottage
Carmi set the Knobs & Dials theme over at Thematic-photographic-414. Check it out for other contributions and/or have a go yourself.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Statues/Monuments - Sunday Stamps II

Some are world famous like - 

USA - 1 December 2010
I could have shown many others with the Statue of Liberty; above is one side of a block of 10 stamps combined with the Flag.

However the one that stands out for me is the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, equally famous some might say.

USA - 26 January 1974
Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt, chosen to represent respectively the nation's founding, philosophy, unity and expansion, I wonder what this quartet would make of Donald Trump.

I had not heard, I thought, of Mikolaj Kopernik who features on a statue in Warsaw.

Poland - 31 March 1955
Perhaps the globe should have given me a clue to the mathematician and astronomer whose model of the universe who placed the Sun rather than the Earth at its centre. It's Nicolaus Copernicus - the name that I would have recognised.

In Denmark in 2006 I took a series of photos that will also be known to many.

Copenhagen's Little Mermaid
 A stamp was issue to commemorate the 100th anniversary in 2013.

Denmark - 27 May 2013

To see other renowned statues check out the links to be found at Sunday-Stamps-II-135. 

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Aerial Views - Sunday Stamps II

This is yet another theme that proved harder than I thought. 

So much so, in fact, that initially I could only come up with these - not really true aerial shots at all.

USA - Jet Liner over Capitol - 5 December 1962
And from Poland a stamp commemorating the development of air travel.

Poland - 27 November 1978
I googled aerial views and found that of the many stamp images I had only one in my collection and that from 1969.

Spain - Gibraltar - 16 July 1969
I shall have to study what others have posted this week at Sunday-stamps-II-134. to see whether there are different stamps that I could/should have posted.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Tall Ships - Sunday Stamps II

I was very disappointed to find that Great Britain has never issued a stamp featuring the Cutty Sark.

I did however find this Clipper Ship from the USA.

USA - 2011
I guess my other stamps this week may not be classed as tall ships, but they are tall to me.

Panama - 1968
And a stamp commemorating 200 years since Captain Cook landed in Hawaii.

USA - 1978

For other tall ships see what has been posted at Sunday-stamps-II-133. and the connecting links.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Kirklevington Scarecrows - 5

This is the final batch of scarecrows I have to show.

Eddie the Eagle
Queen of Hearts
Denis the Menace
Churchill & the bulldog spirit
Hope you have all enjoyed see all the scarecrows in this year's Kirkfest competition.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Pretty in Pink - Thematic Photography

Our visit to Newquay Zoo last week turned up two creatures in the pink.

Rose Collared Dove
If that is not pink enough for you, how about this reptile? I must find out what it is.

At home some flowers that I have shown before.

I don't know what they are either but I do know that they are not 'pinks'.

To spare my blushing pink check out others at Thematic-photographic-413-pretty-in-pink

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.