Sunday, 9 May 2021

Sunday Stamps - Buildings: USA

 I always have to check what sesquicentennial means when I see it describing a stamp even if I can work it out from dates on the stamp itself.

USA - 21 January 1938
Old Courthouse, Williamsburg VA

The Pan Am building in Washington DC appeared on an airmail stamp issued in 1947.

USA - 30 August 1947

The plane is one I have never heard of (Martin 2-0-2), but then it was a long time before I flew with Pan Am. I'm also unlikely to make it to Washington now either.

For buildings from elsewhere visit the Modern links at Sunday Stamps.

Sunday, 2 May 2021

Sunday Stamps: Greece - Hercules

 Normally I would show stamps from a set in denomination order.

Today under the 'labourers' theme they are in the order of the Labours of Hercules. All issued on 16 March 1970 in Greece.

1 Kill the Nemean Lion

2 Kill the Lernean Hydra

4 Capture the Erymanthian Boar

6 Kill the Stymphalian Birds

10 Capture the Cattle of Geryon

Unfortunately there was only 11 in the set and I have so far not matched up the designs for the rest I have. 

?? Centaur?


Can anyone help me out with these?

For other 'labourers' visit Sunday Stamps

Friday, 30 April 2021

A-Z Challenge 2021 - Photo Shoot: Z - Zebra

When I learnt the alphabet it always began with 'A' for apple (as my challenge started) and ended with 'Z' for Zebra.

So here they are:


These were at Newquay Zoo the ones below at the zoo in Detroit.

Thursday, 29 April 2021

A-Z Challenge 2021 - Photo Shoot: Y - Yarm

 If you follow the A67 from my previous post you will find yourself in the town of Yarm.

There you will be able to see the bridge built originally in the 1400s when it was the bridge over the River Tees nearest the sea.

Yarm Bridge with the Viaduct behind it.

Hopefully you will have seen a shot of the Viaduct under the letter 'V'.

You can get a feel for the size of it from this shot in the town.

The town hall (1700s) would probably fit under one of the arches.

If you have time it will be no problem to explore - 

Yarm Castle

Probably not what sightseers were expecting is it?

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

A-Z Challenge 2021 - Photo Shoot: X - Cross Roads

 'X' was always going to pose a problem for me until a roadsign like this gave me an idea.

Roundabout ahead

For all of us who live here it simply is the Cross Roads so I guess that's an 'X" for me.

Where I collect my paper has Cross Roads Garage as its address.

Many of the drivers from the A1044 ignore the island in the middle, rarely slow down as they drive straight over, making me crosser (X er) and crosser (X er, X-er) when I have to make my way safely from the A67 to the garage.


Tuesday, 27 April 2021

A-Z Challenge 2021 - Photo Shoot: W - Wood Pigeon, Weddings, Whitby

 Wood pigeons are very common in our village and currently a pair are building a nest in one of our hedges. Still they can take a rest from time to time.

Two wedding photos separated by more than 60 years - I'll let you decide which is which.

We live quite close to Whitby, the North Yorkshire town associated with many things including Captain Cook, Dracula and of course the Abbey.

Whitby Harbour

Not all visitors are allowed in the Visitor Centre and some then decide to get in everybody's way.

Others just find the walking too much to handle.

Monday, 26 April 2021

A-Z 2021 Challenge - Photo Shoot: V - Viaduct, Turkey Vulture, Valhalla

 The Isles of Scilly have seen a lot of shipwrecks. The Valhalla Museum on the island of Tresco has figureheads on show recovered from some of the wrecks.

As you can see Valhalla is part of the National Maritime Museum.

Soaring high in the sky is this Turkey Vulture captured in the USA.

One of the sights that is hard to miss is the viaduct in the town less than three miles from where we live.

Yarm Viaduct crossing the River Tees

Nearly 700 metres long the viaduct, carrying a railway line, has 43 arches which dominate the town.

Larpool Viaduct in the Esk Valley ( a minnow with 13 arches)