Sunday, 1 March 2015

Faces - Sunday Stamps II

I wasn't sure how to use my stamps for the "Faces" theme this week. 

In the end I had to settle for a young Queen,

Great Britain
There's nothing second class about her.

Then there's her even younger son.

Great Britain - The Prince of Wales
This was part of the set issued on 1 July 1969 for the Investiture of the Prince of Wales.

My third face is that of a Maori chief.

New Zealand - 1980
Te Hau Takiri Wharepapa was one of the chiefs who sailed to England in 1862 to meet Queen Victoria, He returned with an English bride.

This fine stamp is on the envelope with the New Zealand roses I showed for Valentines.

Don't forget to see whether there are other faces you recognise at Sunday-stamps-ii-11.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Lunar New Year - Sheep; Sunday Stamps II

Canada has issued two stamps to mark the Lunar New Year.

Canada - Year of the Ram 2015
The domestic stamp shows three rams welcoming spring. Hopefully someone else will be able to show us that.

The Merino is a famous breed of sheep and it appears on stamps from - 

South Africa - 1972
and

Australia - Poll Dorset and the Merino 1989
These were two of a set of four issued to commemorate the World Sheep and Wool Congress held in Tasmania that year.

I have had some close encounters with sheep - well their fleeces at least. In school summer holidays I had the pleasure of baling fleeces at a Central Wool Growers plant where fleeces were graded according to the quality of their wool. My hand have never ever been as soft since then - thanks to all the lanolin they contained.

I'll draw a line under the effect of baling dags - the clippings from sheep's behinds.

There have been some articles in the UK newspapers this week on whether this should be the year of the sheep, or as they are too meek, the year of the goat instead. I don't think I would argue with a Merino ram.

But just in case here's a - 

Goat from Norway - 1981
There's no need to be sheepish when you can see more at Sunday-stamps-ii-10. and where I've just discovered both the Canadian stamps and more about goats.



Thursday, 19 February 2015

True Lovers' Walk - Good Fences 48

The River Tees runs through the town of Yarm in North East England. It's about a three mile walk from where I live.

River Tees at Yarm
The Teesside Princess uses this quay for boat trips up and down the river between Yarm and Stockton-on-Tees.

The red fence extends part of the way along the river bank.


The footpath continues alongside the wall on the left leading to True Lover's Walk and Yarm Bridge (in the background above).

Yarm Bridge (in front) - Yarm Viaduct (behind)
There is a fence in that photo but you need exceptional eyesight to see it.

Hard to miss this one on the raised path.
If we take a closer look the fence on the viaduct is easy to see.

Yarm Bridge and Viaduct
The original stone bridge was built c1400 by Bishop Skirlaw of Durham and for 400 years was the only bridge across the Tees connecting Yorkshire and Durham. Parts of the original can still be seen in the wider modern day bridge which carries road traffic over the Tees

Yarm, the Viaduct and the Bridge
The viaduct was built in 1849; it has 43 arches, contains 7 million bricks and carries the railway over the town and the Tees. Our fence must skirt its entire length.


True Lovers' Walk continues upstream under the viaduct with the flood defence gates to properties on the left.

I shall have to continue along the path on another day to see what other 

I can find.

In the meantime I'm off to check out other fence posts at Teresa's Good-Fences-48.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

White for winter - Thematic Photography

We have had two (on separate days) big (all of half an inch) snowfalls this winter. Just deep enough for me to use a snow shovel but not scenic enough for a photograph.

I'll just have to settle for shots from the last two years.

Scout wonders what to do in the Michigan snow.
Where's that ball?
Lily thinks it's whiter on the other side of the fence
You go that way, I'll go this
But what they really want is for the snow to go away.

But the white in our garden at this time of year is a different kind of snow....


Snowdrops
These have been in flower since the middle of January - what's an half-inch of snow to them!

For other white winter wonderlands wander across to Carmi's thematic-photographic-326.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Roses for Valentines - Sunday Stamps II

I just had to pick roses for the Valentine theme this week as these where the only 'related' items I had in my collection.

On 30 June 1976  a set was issued to commemorate the centenary of the Royal National Rose Society.

Great Britain - Elizabeth of Glamis
Named in honour of the late Queen Mother it was the first rose to be granted copyright protection in Britain.

Great Britain - Rosa Mundi
Rosa Mundi was first described in 1583. Sir Thomas Hanmer's Garden Book (1659) says it was originally found in Norfolk.

An earlier legend says that it was named after Rosamund Clifford, the mistress of Henry II (1154 - 1189)

In the last two weeks I have been given an envelope that originated in New Zealand. I'll show this later but for now the roses it contained will suffice.

New Zealand - Roses
These are Super Star, Cresset and Michelle Meilland. I believe Michelle Meilland must be related to the French grower Francis Meilland who bred the rose in 1945.

Now all I have to do is to wait for the roses in our garden to bloom again this year.

For other Valentine specials check out the links at Sunday-stamps-ii-9.




Thursday, 12 February 2015

Twenty years of a garden fence - Good Fences 47

Our garden fence has appeared on many photos in the last 20 years or so.

Interwoven with wooden posts c.1992
Back then it even had an old greenhouse to keep it company.


But time and wind and weather put paid to both.

Concrete posts replaced the wood


When a new neighbour arrived he changed the fence. Out went the interwoven to be replaced by

Wooden planks with a curved top and a concrete slab bottom

Who owns the fence?

Robin - of course.
This has been a 


post linked to Teresa at Good-fences-47.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Rubbery - Thematic Photography

My legs went all rubbery at the thought of possibly having to explain the difference between a rubber and an eraser. However as I had neither to photograph I could not include them in Carmi's 'Rubbery' theme this week.

I managed to come up with a toy or two.

Or is it three?
There is a difference, apart from colour, between the three.

Yellow looks down on them; Red knows his place
A carpet isn't where you usually find them so perhaps this will give you a clue.

The Driver's point of view
Sometimes when you take shots like that you don't see what is before your eye(s).

Rubber viewfinder
If one isn't enough perhaps you need two to find that distant theme.

One for each eye
Before you set the zoom.


If you are not prepared to get your hands dirty then try - 

A pair of rubber gloves
Just grab a pair with both hands

Rubber balls
Set your mind at rest 


Just de-stress -


And get a grip.

Don't cheat
Have one in each hand and squeeze while you find more rubbery delights at Carmi's thematic-photographic-325.