Saturday, 28 May 2016

Snail Mail

This is the nearest I will get to stamps this weekend as I cannot match the lighthouse theme on Sunday Stamps II.

Early breakfast was disrupted one day earlier this week by the arrival of - 

Snail climbing up the kitchen window
Fortunately it was outside - 5ft from the ground.

From a different angle it still looks the same.

Slowly does it.

If it's trying to get into space

It has a long way to go (view from outside)
I had to let in into the secret that it would never reach the escape velocity required to take it into space.

The only lift-off it achieved was when I plucked it off the window and deposited in a garden refuse bag. It should take it a month to eat its way out of there.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Shopping - Thematic Photography

I've made my views on shopping on here before, it's a way away from being a favourite activity of mine.


A long distance view is best


This is the garage shop at which I buy my daily newspaper.

As select as it gets
However if they have sold out by the time I get there I just have to cross another road to reach the newsagent which stocks other goodies.

I don't recognise them all
Sometimes in desperation I have to visit the supermarket round the corner - the one whose sign appeared in that first distance shot.

Parking penalty £70
How can anyone stay that long.

In actual fact that notice resulted from people parking there all day when the rail station car park is full, or to avoid parking charges in the town centre.

Sometimes however I have to load gardening products in the boot of my wife's car.

Rolls of artificial grass or water butts, for example
They never have compost when we want some it seems.

These days I prefer to shop -

With one click
I'm sure you will find more exciting shopping experiences by following others at Thematic-photographic-370.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Butterflies and Moths - Sunday Stamps II

It took me some time to identify the butterflies, and possibly one moth, on a set of stamps I acquired recently for this theme. There are 6 in the set , but I have only 5 of them all issued on 23 May 1966.

Czechoslovakia
I recognised this as a swallowtail immediately. The Czech name is at the bottom of the stamp and its Latin name down the right hand side. Apparently it is known as the Scarce Swallowtail.

Clouded Yellow
Todler Red
Despite what may seem a strange appearance photos on the internet clearly show differences on the wing, with the purple colouration covering part or all of one wing.

Jason Red-eyed Parnassius Apollo
Photos of the next insect at rest made me think it is a moth.


I hadn't found a common name for the Panaxia Dominula until a few moments ago. Apparently it is a Scarlet Tiger Moth.


For more beautiful butterflies on stamps visit Sunday-Stamps-II-75. and follow the links.

Friday, 20 May 2016

Bird of the week

In Cornwall recently after having stopped for a coffee in Padstow at 'Down By The Ferry' amidst all the noise this fellow (?)  just below the top of the quay wall -

Gull waiting for the tide to turn
ignored everyone passing by.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Flowers - Sunday Stamps II

Three countries this week, all a long way from the UK although I recognise some of the flowers.

New Zealand - 1960/1963
The manuka or the tea tree is a plant in the myrtle family.

A flower from Vietnam is more familiar to me, by name at least..

Vietnam - Chrysanthemum
So far I have been unable to find its date of issue.

In the USA the XIth International Botanical Congress was commemorated on 23 August 1969 with this set of four.

USA
The stamps depict:
  • The Lady's Slipper Orchid
  • Douglas Fir
  • Franklin Tree - native to Alatamaha River in Georgia
  • Ocotillo - which apparently is not a true cactus.

To see other flowers selected this week just follow the links at Sunday-Stamps-II-74.

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Something nasty in the woodshed

In the midst of gardening it's not the time to discover 'something nasty in the woodshed" - well in a wooden shed at least.


It wasn't that tidy today when what looked like concentric eggshells were discovered hanging from the roof.


What came first? The chicken or the egg?

The occupant took exception to a close up and was not at all like a chicken.

Something nasty in the woodshed
The wasp threatened to turn nasty as it buzzed around my head.

Wasps can built nests like this as large as footballs and be inhabited by hundreds of the things.

Regretfully it was I who had to metamorphose into something nasty in the wooden shed and dispose of the nest - wasps need planning permission to build in a place like this.

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Maps - Sunday Stamps II

A wander round the world with maps from different countries in date issue order.

To the Caribbean for a Federation that survived a mere four years.

1958
To Alaska Statehood

1959 - Dig Dipper, North Staay, Alaska map
Down south to Brazil

1962 - 50th Anniversary of the Postal Union of the Americas and Spain
And across the oceans to Bangladesh

1971 (I think) - Independence
For maps of other places check out Sunday-Stamps-II-73. and follow the links.