Sunday, 19 July 2015

Butterflies



I would have sworn I had shown these butterfly stamp cards before, but if I did, then I can't find them.  The first is from a recent series, "British Butterflies" issued in 2013, and the second from a series also called "British Butterflies" issued in 1981.

And here is a stamp that arrived just this week, from Belgium, just to make a change from the PHQ stamp cards.


This is a post for Sunday Stamps, hosted by Violet Sky at "See it on a Postcard!"  As usual, click on the button to see the other entries.

Monday, 6 July 2015

Monaco and the Côte d'Azur


A new - for me - map of the Côte d'Azur showing the position of Monaco.  I bought it ready stamped with old stamps, and probably over-priced, but I liked it.  It seems slightly odd that they have shown the casino towering above the Prince's Palace.

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Postal theme



I've shown almost all my postally themed stamp cards in the past so I've had to scrape the barrel. You can't have post without stamps of some sort so I've chosen these two.  It's really only one degree of separation, don't you think?

This is a post for Sunday Stamps, hosted by Violet Sky at "See it on a Postcard!"  As usual, click on the button to see the other entries.

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Holidays

I have, some may have noticed, been away. Part of it was holidays when I did a lot of this:


...But in a place more like this:


The weather was wonderful and I feel very much the better for it.

The girl reading, apparently propped up against a bicycle (though I suspect some PhotoShopping), comes from Russia, the Mediterranean doorway comes from the Netherlands.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Mushrooms



Neither of these PHQ stamp cards are in my possession because I've sent them to people who collect mushroom cards.  Personally, although I find them interesting, I don't think they are attractive at all and even verge on being sinister.  Day of the Triffids and all that.  I think I read that book too young.

The first, as you can see, was issued in 1988 and ten years later came the second.  Interestingly, the 34p stamp was the highest value of the set, as was the 63p in 1998.  Now 63p is the first class internal mail rate, just seven years later again.

This is a post for Sunday Stamps, hosted by Violet Sky at "See it on a Postcard!"  As usual, click on the button to see the other entries.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Summer


Sometimes I receive cards that have no particular significance apart from being pleasant to look at. And this is one of them. It's title is "Summer" and that seems fair enough, it does look summery - and today was the warmest day this year here.  Very appropriate.

It was sent from Belarus where it was 19 degrees C (66 F) at the time of sending.

Monday, 11 May 2015

The Stuart Highway


John McDouall Stuart was the first explorer to cross Australia from south to north and back again.  He followed roughly the route of what is now the Stuart Highway which stretches from Adelaide in South Australia to Darwin in Northern Territory, 2,834 km or 1,761 miles.  This map of the route was sent to me earlier this year.

It passes through and near some interesting places such as the Woomera Test Range (no stopping), Alice Springs,


I don't know if you can read the inset Danger notice, because even the larger scan doesn't show it well. It reads Danger: unmarked holes.  Don't run.  Beware deep shafts.  Don't walk backwards.

The highway gained some notoriety a few years ago because of the disappearance of an English tourist, Peter Falconio while travelling along the highway with his girlfriend.  Even though his body was never found, a man was eventually convicted of his murder.
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