Thursday, 1 September 2022

Summer update

Summer weather has arrived in the UK, with sunshine and warm temperatures, I have been able to enjoy the outdoors, from walking well-trodden routes, to gardening closer to home. So much time taken away from letter writing, but I have written bits of letters in the outdoors; overlooking the Irish Sea, or the great Welsh countryside.

I've also been writing letters in cafes, while sipping lovely cups of tea. Something quite civilised in it, deep in conversation with a friend over drinks, even if that penfriend is asleep on the other side of the world. I may look to be sitting on my own, but I am in good company. However, I see people sitting together but they are looking at their smartphone screens rather than taking notice of each other: there's nothing more lonely than being alone in a crowd. 

Over the summer, there has been a lot of misinformation about Royal Mail stamps. 

Yet, not all stamps without the datamatrix code (barcode) will be invalidated. The special issue stamps are fine for the moment, as are Christmas stamps (though they had been for the chop). However, the country definitive stamps (small stamps with symbols/icons associated with the nation, e.g. for Wales, this is the leek, dragon, and daffodil) will go, but new ones with datamatrix codes have been issued to post offices.
Deutsche Post has datamatrix codes on some of their stamps, and I think they look rather good. Definitely not as intrusive/ugly as those Royal Mail have issued.

I'm especially liking the new definitive stamp series, Welt der Briefe, World of Letters. Wow, the ones I've seen so far look great. Perhaps this spells the end of the Flower series. 

Saturday, 28 May 2022

Spring update

I know it has been a while since my last post. Spring has sprung in my little corner of the world, and that means that the great outdoors beckoned - not just up in the hills and mountains, or down by the sea, but also the call of the garden. Weeds grow so fast! But the first bloom of dandelions is quite a sight, a wonder, and the bees love them. So, have been out and about more, enjoying some of my other hobbies.

A postbox spotted on a walk

You have to try and live life. A friend has, even though he's experienced so many events, some extremely sad and heartbreaking (the type that never gets forgotten in the public mind, "natural" disaster), some horrendous events caused by other humans (war, he was an army nurse), illness & disease, bereavements... but even with those, he's delivered babies (a midwife), saved lives, stitched up wounds (so as you wouldn't notice - one person he told me he sewed up became a model), volunteered, fostered, cared, photographed people on their happiest days, written stories,...

Living life, rather than just existing, gives me things to talk about in letters. I have also taken my camera out and have had some photos printed in small size so I can affix these in my letters, so am spending less time in front of the computer.

I still love letters. I have a nice friendly snail mail forum, but don't want to be in your face about it. I do sometimes get annoyed at the constant marketing/advertising of things, it puts me off.

Letters via snail mail may not be for everyone (perhaps someone doesn't feel great writing about things to strangers at first, or financial issues as postage stamps can be quite expensive in world where prices of essentials rise, or do not feel comfortable giving out a home address...). We live in a world where prices are going up for the essentials, and although I class snail mail as essential for my mental health, I'm lucky to have already saved up some postage stamps.

Sunday, 10 April 2022

Sunday Stamps - Birds

For today's Sunday Stamps theme, Birds, set by See it on a Postcard I have delved through my blog archives and have come across these:

The Taiwan Blue Magpie miniature sheet from 2008. A postcrosser had sent them to me along with a postcard, all because I mentioned that we like stamps and my son also had an interest.

Sunday, 27 March 2022

Sunday Stamps - Selvage!

 The blog See it on a Postcard sets the Sunday Stamps theme, and today, it is  se-tenant/selvage so I've chosen selvage!

I bring you James from the Thomas the Tank Engine set! Currently, 66p is second class, but in April, 66p won't be enough to mail a letter.

Sunday, 20 March 2022

Sunday Stamps - Ukraine

 Lost for words other than, I look forward to seeing this on post! 

Sunday, 13 March 2022

Sunday Stamps - Wildlife

Today's Sunday Stamps theme is wildlife, set by See it on a Postcard so I've chosen a couple of stamps I've received on mail.

There was a stamp issue from Royal Mail with owls, and I think this is one of the nicer issues RM have issued.
I'm also in awe at the bioluminescent life issue from the USPS. I am not sure if I have a complete set on envelopes.

Sunday, 6 March 2022

Sunday Stamps - Transportation

See it on a Postcard sets the theme for Sunday Stamps, and today's is Transportation so I've gone a bit loco. 

Royal Mail have issued miniature sheets, Classic Locomotives and here are just three of the sheets (I do have the Welsh one somewhere or perhaps I've used the stamps).
And below a few more trains, although I am not a fan of Thomas the Tank Engine and friends, I still think the stamps are nice! 
I really miss train travel. Maybe can do some this year. I haven't been on a train in very almost 2 years.