Sunday, 1 January 2012
I searched and searched for a New Year or new beginnings stamp but thought it was mission impossible, so I settled for another Christmas stamp which arrived on this card just two days ago. It is probably one of the more unusual Santas I have seen!
It seems fitting that Australia should start off my New Year because they are of course well ahead of us in the celebrations for 2012. The postcard above shows the Puffing Billy Railway, one of the original narrow gauge railways in Victoria, Australia. It's a very popular ride. I didn't notice on the card itself but when I'd scanned it, I noticed all the children, presumably children, sitting at the windows with their legs hanging out! There do appear to be some bars across to stop anyone falling out, but even so - yikes! And they are going over the Monbulk Creek trestle bridge. Yikes again!
In the end, by the time I'd given up looking, of course I did manage to find a new beginnings stamp.
I don't think you can get any more of a new beginning than a stork making its deliveries. These stamps were intended for birth announcements. Apparently it's a very ancient northern European legend that storks bring babies to new parents. It has now spread throughout the world after the legend was popularised by Hans Christian Anderson's story, "The Storks".
A very happy 2012 to you all, whether or not the stork visits!!
This is a post for Sunday Stamps, now hosted by Violet Sky at "See it on a Postcard!"