19 March 2017

Sunday Stamps II - 118

1973, Czechoslovakia
graphic designer Karel Svolinsky
engraver Ladislav Jirka

for flowers

18 March 2017

fjords

1980s (?) Norway

There are about 1190 fjords in Norway. Some are as short as 2 or 3 kilometres. Sognefjorden is the largest and most well known at 205 kilometres with 12 smaller fjords branching of it. A fjord is a long, narrow inlet with steep cliffs created by glacial erosion. Norway's coastline is 29,000 km if all the fjords are included, but only 2,500 km if they are excluded. Fjord is a Norwegian word.

a country I would love to visit

12 March 2017

Sunday Stamps II - 117

1953, Bermuda

Bermuda lies in the North Atlantic about 1034 miles northeast of Miami, Florida and 768 miles south Sable Island, Nova Scotia. It is actually 181 islands, with a total land mass of 20 square miles. Only eight of the islands are populated. It was discovered in 1503  by the Spanish explorer, Juan de Bermudez. But it wasn't until 1609 when one of a flotilla of British ships was shipwrecked on its way to the colonies in Virginia that the island had any settlement. It is believed that Shakespeare's The Tempest was based on the account of that shipwreck.

for maps



11 March 2017

molen

1980s (?) Netherlands

The 19 windmills at Kinderdijk, near Rotterdam, have been a UNESCO site since 1997.
The windmills themselves have been there since 1740.
Although I've been to Holland several times, I've only been to the Rotterdam area once, in 1980.

for Postcards for the Weekend
a favourite country I've visited

05 March 2017

Sunday Stamps II - 116

1982, Canada, Heritage Artifacts Series
designer: Jean Morin

A weathercock is a 'wind vane' in the shape of a rooster often used on church steeples, being the highest point in a village, for showing the direction of the wind. Pope Gregory, in the 6th C, declared the cock/rooster to be a symbol of Christianity which may have led to the beginnings of the steeple tradition.

for roosters/chickens

04 March 2017

PEI

At 2,190 square miles, it is Canada's smallest province.
It was named for the father of Queen Victoria.


Postcards for the weekend

26 February 2017

Sunday Stamps II - 115

 2014, Italy, commemorative

Nutella was first sold in 1964, though it began, in a slightly different form, in 1946. Since chocolate was still rationed due to the war, Pietro Ferrero supplemented the cocoa with hazelnuts which were plentiful where his bakery was located in Piedmont.  Nutella's main ingredients are: sugar, palm oil, hazelnuts, cocoa. Each tablespoonful has 100 calories.

for the northern hemisphere