Sunday, 25 March 2018

Sunday Stamps - A-Z: 'F' Flags

On 6 August 2009 the USA Postal Service issue the flags of each State in a strip format. I have a coil of 50 stamps with 10 flags repeated 5 times. 

I have only included 5 of the 10 as it proved very difficult to stop the coil from curling up before the scanner closed. However I think these are rather splendid.

For other 'F' themed stamps check out the links at  Sunday-stamps-f

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Dirty - Thematic Photography

This is a theme that  Carmi uses regularly. The best of my previous posts will always be here  from five years ago.

Today's few shots do not match up to those but here goes,

Same spot as last week's watery theme
Nature's dead tree dirt
Look closely for the rabbit's contribution
And if you decide to keep hens on what was once a pristine lawn -

This is their creation
If you revel in dirt then check out the shots to be reached by visiting Dirty - thematic-photographic-417.

Monday, 19 March 2018

A-Z Challenge 2018 - Theme Reveal:British Rivers

If you live in the United Kingdom you are never far from a river, as this map for England shows - 

My theme this year will be British Rivers and you will soon see that many I will show will not appear on this map.

The River Tees is the nearest major river to where we live so it's only natural that I should include a view of it here.

Railway viaduct over the River Tees at Yarm, North Yorkshire
Initial searches show me that I will be able to cover all but two letters (X and Z) without cheating.

Photo Attribution:

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Sunday Stamps !! A-Z (2) - 'E' Eagles from the USA

I have neglected USA stamps recently so I thought the bald eagle would be a good start today. Unfortunately I don't have a stamp with just the bird so had to settle for these instead.

USA - 4 July 1942
Released on Independence Day, this stamp continued those symbolising the nation's war effort and its goal of victory. The bald eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, is the national emblem of the United States. It is protected by law. The bald eagle is not really bald, but is so-named because of its white head. 

The Eagle from the Great Seal of the USA - 15 March 1969
50th Anniversary of the American Legion
With the 100th anniversary due soon I wonder whether they will issue a stamp for that,

Used primarily for diplomatic purposes, the Great Seal of the United States normally is affixed to the commissions of diplomatic personnel, letters from the president to foreign leaders, and treaties. Its design was adopted by the Continental Congress on June 20, 1782, and by the U.S. Congress on September 15, 1789.

USA - 3 January 2012 - Spectrum Eagle
The bald eagle—which is native to North America—is sacred to many Native American cultures and is the focus of numerous myths and legends. After years on the endangered species list, the bald eagle has made a remarkable recovery and is no longer considered endangered or threatened. In 2007, Congress designated June 20 as the first “American Eagle Day” to celebrate the recovery of this national treasure from the brink of extinction.

Ex Wikimedia Commons 6 Jan 2010 by AngMoKio CC BY-SA 3.0
For other 'E' legends cross over to Sunday-Stamps-e.

Text re bald eagle and stamps ex us stamp gallery.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Water - Thematic Photography

These days I regard water as something for washing in, but after 24 hours of rain earlier in the week there was a lot of standing water about.

The field in which I expect to see spring lambs
And in the woods the rabbits and squirrels don't have to go far to get a drink.

If it's obstacles you are looking for then house developers have much to look forward to when they start building yet more houses on sodden fields.

A week earlier water had turned to ice.

Icicles on our bungalow
But for a grandson who is a keen surfer, what's better than watery waves.

(From his facebook photos)
For other water sports or sorts check out the links at Carmi's thematic-photographic-416.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Sunday Stamps II - A-Z (2) 'D' - Dancers, Douglas and Old Toys

I looked for a stamp for Mothers' Day but only had one from Dubai commemorating Arabs Mothers Day. That is on the 21 March this year so I went for Greek dancers instead.

Greece - 2 January 2002
Now I just have to find out what dances are depicted.

I have never been to the Isle of Man or walked down - 

Douglas Promenade - IOM - 5 July 1973
Hidden away amongst the toys from Sweden I found this - 
Old Doll - Sweden - 14 November 1978
We still have two of my daughter's old dolls but their home made clothes are not as elegant as this.

To see what other 'D' related stamps have been chosen this week check out what's on offer at Sunday-stamps-d.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Junk Food - Thematic Photography

Carmi's back! - with a junk food theme. I not sure however that this market stall for pies qualifies - they certainly smelt good.

 You may wish to like his facebook page Just love pies

Other sights to see were less appetising to me.

Hot dog with loads of onions and and mum's hamburger.
If that's made you hungry then check out what's on offer via the links at Thematic-photographic-415.

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Sunday Stamps II A-Z 'C' ; Castles

I have posted about castles earlier in an April A-Z Challenge and in Sunday Stamps. However I still have many left.

In March 1960 Czechoslovakia issued these two -

Beděz Castle (dates from 1200s)
Kost Castle
Kost Castle from the East 
Bohemia and Moravia were in the Czechoslovakia Protectorate early in WWII and Pernstejn Castle in Southern Moravia appeared on a stamp.

Bohemia & Moravia - 29 June 1940

The 700th Anniversary of Koldinghus Castle was commemorated by Denmark on 13 June 1968 with this stamp - 

Koldinghus Castle

The castle is the last Danish royal castle in Kolding on the Peninsula of Jutland and was fully restored in 1991.

For more 'C' related stamps check out the links at Sunday-Stamps-II-C.