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

11 December 2016

Sunday Stamps II - 104

1965 Switzerland
designer: Edi Hauri

Edi Hauri (1911-88) was from Basel and a prolific graphic designer whose works included travel posters, maps and stamps. The Matterhorn straddles the main watershed and the border of Switzerland and Italy. It overlooks the Swiss town of Zermatt and the Italian town of Breuli-Cervinia. In Italian it is known as Monte Cervino  At 4,478 metres (or 14692 feet) it is one of the highest peaks in the Alps and in Europe.

for mountains

04 December 2016

Sunday Stamps II - 103

2001, Botswana joint issue with South Africa

The two stamps on this souvenir sheet are of a leopard and a bat eared fox. Though leopards are the most common cat in Botswana, they are also the most elusive. The bat eared fox is also known as the cape fox and is the only known true fox in southern Africa. It is also a prey of the leopard. Off on the upper right are some kudus, a type of antelope known for its twisting horns.  Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park was created in 1999 with South Africa. It is a 37,000 sq km protected area that borders both countries with three quarters of the area within Botswana.  The animals are free to roam their ancient migration routes without encountering any fences.

for wild animals