A Czech postcrosser, Anna, sent the postcard of this magnificent lookout tower because, she wrote, they "don't have lighthouses". That is not exactly true, as there are some lighthouses on Czech rivers. But the postcard is wonderful, and also is the stamp with the Crown jewels!
04 July 2022
03 July 2022
Today's theme in Sunday Stamps is Literary Greats. This time I went for really old books...
|Hebban olla vogala, 11th century|
The Netherlands, 2010
|450th Anniversary of Publishing in Russia|
The Apostle, 1st Russian printed publication (1564)
|Illuminated letter from Graduale Pars II|
|Livre des miracles de Sainte-Foy, 11th century|
02 July 2022
Envelope made out of a calendar by Fabienne (France), with a Frida-themed matching postcard, to be added to this small collection of postcards...
The stamp enters the 2022 competition of EUROPA stamps. The theme this year is Stories & Myths, and the French stamp features Mélusine, a legendary creature coming from chivalrous stories and medieval tales and depicted as a mermaid, a reptile from the hips down, or a dragon.
You can see here all the 2022 EUROPA stamps.
30 June 2022
28 June 2022
26 June 2022
|Northern Lights / Aurore boréales|
150th Anniversaire of the Royal Astronomical Society
25 June 2022
24 June 2022
Trough the Postcrossing Forum, I agreed with Michael to exchange lighthouse postcards for our collections. We both sent the postcards on August 2021. His postcard reached me on 7 June 2022, 10 months later.
On the forum messages, I had written: "I guess we need to be patient..."
23 June 2022
22 June 2022
|Eugenie Clark, Marine Biologist|
|2020 Summer Olympic Games, Tokyo 2021 : Sport For Peace|
United Nations, 2021
|Seasons in Roman Mosaics: Summer|
|Enjoy the Great Outdoors|
21 June 2022
Phillip (the USA) sent this postcard to celebrate the winter solstice. The light is also very special during the longest day of the year...
It features Los toldos (='The Awnings'), by Cuban artist Emilio Sánchez, as well as the matching stamp:
20 June 2022
19 June 2022
In my region's tradition, la setmana dels barbuts (='the week of bearded men') is the one that includes the days 15 and 17 of January, corresponding to the celebrations of St. Paul of Thebes (Sant Pau l'Ermità) and St. Maurus (Sant Maur l'Abat) the 15th, and St. Anthony the Great (Sant Antoni Abat) the 17th. Some other saints, less known, are also included in the week.
This name comes from the fact these three saints are usually depicted wearing long, thick white beards, associated with snow and cold.
There are a lot of celebrations around those days. The stamp below, issued in 2018, shows the celebrations on the town of Artà. As you can see, Sant Anthony festivals often include demons dancing...
And, as we are already there, let me show some recently received stamps. These do not depict bearded men, but they are related to the Balearic islands, where I used to live:
|Flag and map of the Balearic islands|
3 January 2011
13 March 2018
|Prairies of oceanic Posidonia (seagrass) - WHS by UNESCO|
15 October 2001
|Dijous Bo (annual fair)|
4 November 2002
|Rural Architecture: Possessió Raixa (16th century)|
5 July 2018