Sunday, 22 January 2017

Books and Authors - Sunday Stamps II

Young Folks, a magazine for children, serialised a story between 1881 and 1882. The story was credited to 'Captain George North.'

On 14 November 1883 Cassell & Co published it as a book in the author's name.

Another Young Folks' story appeared in May/July 1886, followed by a second book.

Ill health in his later years caused the author to travel in the South Pacific and spend time in the Gilbert Islands, Tahiti and New Zealand. He eventually settled in the Samoan Islands where he built a family property which became his home for the remainder of his life.

On 29 April 1969 Samoa commemorated the author and his book on the 75th anniversary of his death.


I remember reading both of those books when I was boy.

I know the story of Stevenson's third book published in 1886. You all must know it as well.

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
It has also appeared as 'The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' and as just 'Jekyll and Hyde.'

The fourth book of Stevenson on the Samoan stamps was an unfinished novel, set in the Napoleonic Wars, cut short by his sudden death in 1894 from a cerebral haemorrhage.

Weir of Hermiston - (1896 Chatto & Windus)
Robert Louis Stevenson's tombstone rests atop Mount Vaea in Samoa.

Weir of Hermiston can be read as a virtual book here. Hermiston is a suburb of Edinburgh. In 1907 the city of Hermiston, Oregon was named after the book.

For other authors and their works check out Sunday-Stamps-II-110. where there is another Scottish connection.


Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Messy - Thematic Photograpny

Sometimes nature is so messy like this fallen tree with its roots out of the ground.


But at least it can disguise the mess it made.

Other bits of trees are used by farmers to stop a mess getting worse.


At least the barrier they create makes the fly tippers look somewhere else.

Natures strong winds cause a problem and create a messy outlook for me to sort out.


The messy mass against the fence tethered by a green line is a honeysuckle bush. Its metal support has fractured and lies at an angle rather than standing upright.

I guess it's human nature that creates scenes like this - the nearest I could find to something messy like Carmi's at Thematic-Photographic-397.


Sunday, 15 January 2017

Winter sports - Sunday Stamps II

There's a Nordic slant to my stamps this week once you've been to winter sports at Bariloche in

Argentina - 17 June 1971
and to see a bobsleigh team for 

San Marino - 15 December 1955
at Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy.

In Norway you could partake in ski sports at Hjemland

Norway - 15 Jan 1975
I don't remember seeing a skier dressed like that!

I only remember the football World Cup in 1966 so would not have been aware of the World Speed Skating Championships held in Gothenburg that year.

Sweden - 18 Feb 1966

I've managed to find four different winter sport disciplines so check out Sunday-Stamps-II-109. to enjoy others.


Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Out the window - Thematic Photography

We have had no snow so far this winter although we are forecast for some this week.

2010 was different however with snow in November. Out my office window this was the view.


Some of you will no doubt recognise that wall.

In January it had been much worse,


I frequently get shots from our lounge.

Coal tit on the feeder
However two of my favourite pictures from 2016 were taken in Michigan.



You can't get more 'out the window' than Finn wanted to be.

For more way out shots please check in at Carmi's Thematic-photographic-396.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Winter white - Sunday Stamps II

Last year on 6 January, Royal Mail issued a set of stamps commemorating what Sir Edmund Hillary described as 'The Greatest Survival Story of All Time'.


During an attempt to be the first to cross Antarctica, Shackleton and his crew were 80 miles from their destination when their vessel, Endurance, became stuck in sea ice and after four months was crushed.

28 men were left stranded on the ice for another six months having dragged three boats and provisions from the ship.

You may read more about Sir Ernest Shackleton's and the crew's heroic actions leading to their rescue here.

For other winter white scenes check out links at Sunday-Stamps-II.


Thursday, 5 January 2017

Letters - Thematic Photography

Sometimes you need a good memory to know what certain letters represent surrounded as we are by trade marks and advertisements of all shapes and sizes.

This is just the job on a 

Memory Stick

Sometimes however you may not see the wood for the trees.


Perhaps the person who discarded this was not as clever as he thought.


And what would you think about the ability of the driver of the car with these letters on their number plate.


To see what other letters have caught the attention of of TP fans check out Thematic-photographic-395.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Free choice - Sunday Stamps II

While trying to catalogue my stamps I have had some problems, some of these applied to Mexico.

One stamp in particular proved hard to date until I found a Stanley Gibbons catalogue.

Mexico - 1895
The image is not very clear - perhaps this is not surprising considering the age of the stamp. The Statue of Cuauhtémoc dates from eight years earlier in 1887. 

Cuauhtémoc was ruler of Tenochtitlan from 1520 to 1521, making him the last Aztec Emperor of all.

In the late 1990s/early 2000s I used to pass his monument on Avenue Reforma in Mexico City on the way to my hotel. I never knew who it represented.

Monument of Cuauhtémoc
Yet another lesson I've learnt from stamps.

To see what others have chosen to start the new year check out the links at Sunday-Stamps-II-107.

Happy New Year!