Sunday, 5 December 2021
Sunday, 28 November 2021
Am I lucky to live in the United Kingdom and can use the stamps Royal Mail produce on letters & postcards I send?
Sunday, 21 November 2021
Running a little late with today's blog post due to being out and about in Snowdonia, wandering through some woods. Perfect excuse considering today's Sunday Stamps theme set by See it on a Postcard.
Sunday, 14 November 2021
Been through some of my old snail mail photos for stamps associated with music... The first instalment in this post is a stamp from a miniature sheet. I do like the music of Pink Floyd, and also enjoyed the video of Roger Waters The Wall on Netflix.
Sunday, 7 November 2021
Decided to look through my blog's picture archive for some thematic stamps. We have bridges, and we have train tracks.
Here is a bit of extreme philately. Menai Bridge, pictured from the Isle of Anglesey, across the straits from the mainland.
For train tracks, we have the Thomas the Tank Engine miniature sheet, and a miniature sheet below in the classic locos series.
Sunday, 31 October 2021
We suffered a bereavement earlier this month and this got me thinking about sympathy/condolence cards. I went into a local card shop and had a look at their selection. While the front of the cards were mostly tactful, I didn't like some of the fluff written inside.
The card below was sent to me, and had a great sentiment inside - "Sometimes in life there are no words, so sorry for your loss"
Another card I received had on the front, "We all grieve in our own way. We all heal in our own time." and the printed message inside was, "Sending caring thoughts to comfort you today."
The very last bit of a poem, When Great Trees Fall, by Maya Angelou:
They existed. They existed. We can be. Be and be better. For they existed.
At the moment, I am at a loss for words, unable to pick up a fountain pen and write, be it a diary/journal or a letter. The person I lost was a letter writer for most of her life. Towards the end, she was unable to even pick up a pen, having arthritis.... she had such beautiful handwriting, much neater than mine...
Sunday, 24 October 2021
Earlier this month, Royal Mail issued some stamps commemorating 150 years of the Rugby Football Union. I bought some 2nd class and some 1st class stamps, plus one £2.55 stamp. I didn't bother with the £1.70 value.
On the foreign stamp front, I still get a lot of the chrysanthemum global forever stamps on incoming mail. I do like the postmark the USPS applied - it came out quite tidily.
As I sent out some postcards on World Postcard Day through Postcrossing and they have mostly all arrived at their destinations, my address has been given out to Postcrossers. This stamp, one from Hungary fascinates me... There is a hole, the bit scrubbed out by the Hungarian resistance when Russia invaded and put a symbol in the flag. Timing was quite poignant because on a television programme, The Repair Shop, I watched just before one I wanted to view, there was a woman who brought in a teddy bear in need of some tender loving care, one that had been given to her as a refugee child from Hungary in an Austrian camp.