22 January 2017

Sunday Stamps II - 110

Jan 25, 1996 Great Britain for Bicentenary of Rabbie Burns
calligraphy by Peter Horridge
illustration by Graham Evernden

A Red, Red Rose is an amalgam of several traditional ballads that Burns reworked describing a love that is both fresh and long lasting. To this day it remains as a testament to the pain of a lover's parting. This set of four stamps commemorating the Immortal Bard was issued on his birthday on the 200th anniversary year of his death. The others in the series each have a line of verse in different calligraphy with an accompanying illustration.

O my Luve's like a red, red rose
That's newly sprung in June
My luve's like  melodie
That's sweetly play'd in tune

As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,

O deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear
Till all the seas gang dry.

Till all the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rock melt wi' the sun;
And I will luve thee still, my dear
While the sands o' life shall run.

And fare thee weel, my only Luve!
And fare thee weel, a while!
And I will come again, my Luve,
Tho' 'twere ten thousand mile.

for books/authors

For the month of February, I thought we'd take a trip to the four corners of the world. 
Any stamp theme from any country that is located in that week's hemisphere.

21 January 2017


c 1950s postcard folder
Sunset on Diamond Head

Diamond Head is on the island of Oahu, near Waikiki

for sunrise/sunset at Postcards for the Weekend

15 January 2017

Sunday Stamps II - 109

2014, Russia, Olympics - curling

Curling is played by sliding heavy granite stones (rocks) across an iced surface (sheet). It was invented in Scotland in the early 16th C. It was also one of the first sports girls and women enjoyed playing. 1998 was the first year that curling was officially included in the Olympics and in 2018, besides the men's and women's teams, there will also be mixed doubles teams.
In 2014 the winners were:
(Women) Canada (G), GB (S), Sweden (B)
(Men) Canada (G), Sweden (S), GB (B).

for winter sports

08 January 2017

Sunday Stamps II - 108

2012, Germany, Christmas welfare stamp

The chapel in this stamp is in Elmau/Oberbayern, Bavaria on the grounds of the Schloss Elmau.
The money from the extra n25cents postage goes to the Federal Association of Voluntary Welfare which helps low income people in need of more than what the government provides.

for winter white

01 January 2017

Sunday Stamps II - 107

1998 Czech Republic

This black grouse is turning its back on the year that was.
Unfortunately, these have been in decline for the last 5-6 years and are now rare birds in the Czech Republic.

for a favourite stamp

18 December 2016

Sunday Stamps II - 105

2011, Finland, Christmas "Light in the Window"
1st class overseas
designers: Aino-Maija Metsola and Georgi Eremenko

Aino-Maija Metsola is a Helsinki based illustrator and graphic designer (married to designer Georgi Eremenko) known for her bold colours and repetitive patterns. She is currently an in-house illustrator and designer for Marimekko.

for a secular Christmas