Tuesday, June 30, 2009

3 Awesome covers from Slovakia!!!

Here, I have 3 awesome covers from Slovakia to share with you. Many thanks to Robert Brnka!The gorgeous souvenir sheet franked on the first cover was issued on 2nd June 2009 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the birth of Žofia Bosniaková (1609 - 1644).

This Slovak noblewoman was famed for the help she gave to the poor and sick, for having founded an asylum for the poor, sick and orphans, and also because her body had been preserved naturally in an excellent, almost mummified, state for 340 years after her death. Until late April 2009, that is, when a mentally ill man set fire to it. A process is currently underway in order to beatify her.

As previously mentioned, the stamp franked on the left belongs to the ""Cultural heritage of Slovakia" definitive series. It was issued on 2nd Jan 2009 as part of basic euro postal stamps.
Next, we have this beautiful cover franked with an awesome Astronomy stamp. It was issued on 28th May 2009 by Slovak Post to commemorate the International Year of Astronomy.
The final cover for today is this gorgeous cover franked with 5 lovely stamps!
The extreme left stamp depicts "Maťko and Kubko", a classical children's tales written by Marianna Grznárová, about 2 shepherds living in a shepherds cottage and their amusing adventures . Dedicated to the International Day of Children, this stamp was released on 1st June 2003.
The second stamp from the left belongs to the "Christmas Tree" series, issued on 14th Nov 2007. The Christmas tree is one of the most popular traditions associated with the celebration of Christmas. The custom of erecting a Christmas tree can be traced to 16th century Germany, though neither an inventor nor a single town can be identified as the sole origin for the tradition.
The Eagle stamp franked on this cover belongs to a set of 3 stamps from the "Birds of Prey" series. The stamps in this series depict an Eagle, a Falcon and an Eagle-Owl. They were issued on 4th July 1994.
Next is a stamp from the "Nature Conservation" series. It shows the endangered Tatra chamois. With a population of just over six hundred, this indigenous Slovakia's fauna is listed in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and is protected by law. The other two stamps depict the European bison and the mouflon, both are highly endangered. These stamps were issued on 16th July 1996.
Last but not least, we have a stamp from the "Technological Monuments" series, issued on 15th October 1996. The 2 lovely stamps in this set depict Andrej Kvasz´s Aeroplane (6sk) and The Bratislava-Trnava Horse-drawn Railway (4sk).
Once again, I would like to thanks Robert Brnka for sending these 3 beauties from Trnava, a city in western Slovakia!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Lovely cover from Australia!

I will begin the new week by sharing with you this lovely cover sent by an Australian eBayer.

The first stamp franked on the left belongs to the 3rd series of "Sports" definitive stamps, issued in 1991. The stamps in this series depict 4 popular sports in Australia, and they are Netball (75c), Squash (80c), Diving (85c) and Soccer (90c). Next is a beautiful stamp from the "Nature of Australia Rainforest" series. It was issued on 8th July 2003. The stamps in this set feature an Orange-thighed Tree Frog, a Green spotted triangle butterfly, a Striped Possum and a Yellow-bellied Sunbird. Aren't they lovely?

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Another awesome Icelandic cover!

Good day! Here is another awesome cover from Iceland sent by an eBayer! My fourth so far.

As previously mentioned, the circle stamp franked on this cover belongs to the Christmas series. Post Iceland always ends the year by issuing its annual traditional Christmas stamps. This was issued in 2007.

The blue stamp with the cute fellow dressed in red was issued on 6th Dec 2008. The stamp depicts a Yule Goblin Stiff-Legs. It is part of a pair of stamps designed by two children who won the Iceland post competition for the best Christmas Stamps.

According to legend 13 Goblins arrive from the mountains before Christmas. The first one, Stiff-legs, arrives on December 12th. The last one, Candle-beggar arrives on Christmas Eve.
The other stamp of the set shows the Christmas cat. The cat is the house pet of the goblins' parents, Gryla and Leppaludi, and anyone who does not receive a new garment for Christmas is said to be taken by the cat.

The stamp franked on the extreme left was issued on 24th May 2007 to commemorate "The 100 Years of Soil Conservation Service".
Lastly, we have a set of 2 stamps titled "Norden Sailing Ships". They were issued in 1998.
This cover was postmarked on 9th June 2009 in Kόpavogur, Iceland’s second largest city and took 9 days to reach me.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

New covers from Malaysia!!

On 16th June 2009, Pos Malaysia issued a set of 3 lovely stamps on "Conservation of Nature" in conjunction with the World Environment Day on June 5. The stamps came in three designs featuring themes of “Clean Water”, “Go Green” and “Fresh Air”. Both the “Go Green” and “Fresh Air” stamps are available in 50 sen denominations while the “Clean Water” stamp is available in 30 sen denomination.

These stamps can be seen in the following covers that I am sharing with you today.

The first cover, a FDC was sent by my trading partner, Khor Kok Keong. Thank you so much! Coincidentally, Kang Wei Xie, a reader of my blog sent me the same set of stamps as well. Thank you too! It is always exciting to receive covers from abroad, especially from someone new. I welcome all!
Pls enjoy these two lovely covers and have a superb weekend ahead! Bye!

Friday, June 26, 2009

3 Lovely covers!!!

Here are 3 lovely covers from my recent eBay purchases to share with you.

The first cover was sent from Mauritius to Iceland. Dated 13 May 2004, it bears postmarks from the Mauritius Postal Museum situated in the capital of Mauritius, Port Louis.

The set of 4 beautiful flowers stamps franked on this cover were issued in 2003. And the stamp franked on the bottom left belongs to the "Fishes of Mauritius" definitive set issued in 2000.

Next, we have this beautiful cover sent from Montserrat to Iceland in December 1997.

First let me give you some information about the island. Montserrat is a British overseas territory located in the Leeward Islands, part of the chain of islands called the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean Sea. It measures approximately 16 km long and 11 km wide, giving 40 kilometres of coastline.
Christoper Columbus gave Montserrat its name on his second voyage to the New World in 1493, after its namesake located in Catalonia. Montserrat is often referred to as the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean, due both to its resemblance to coastal Ireland and to the Irish descent of most of its early European settlers.

The 5 gorgeous stamps franked on this cover are part of 12 stamps from the "Insects & Butterflies" definitive series, issued in 1992. Last but not least, please check out this superb cover from Belize to Iceland.

Belize, formerly British Honduras, is a country in Central America. Belize was affiliated with the British Empire prior to gaining its independence in 1981. Belize has a diverse society, composed of many cultures and speaking many languages. It is the only country in Central America where English is the official language. Kriol and Spanish are also widely spoken. With 8,867 square miles (22,960 km²) of territory and 320,000 people (2008 est.), the population density is the lowest in the Central American region and one of the lowest in the world. Culturally, Belize considers itself to be both Caribbean and Central American.
The 4 lovely stamps belong to the beautiful "Animals" defintive set issued in 2000. Till next post. Ciao!

A lovely cover from Turkey!

Yet another great cover from Vural Oguz, director of ICCC, a cover circuit club based in Switzerland. Thank you so much! The 2 beautiful Turkish stamps franked on this cover belong to the "Cartoon Heroes" and "Centenary of the National Olympic Committee of Turkey" series. They were issued on 20th April 2006 and 26th May 2008 respectively.
Aren't the stamps awesome?
That's all folks! Have a great day ahead!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

2 Awesome Icelandic covers!!

G'day! Another 2 awesome Icelandic covers to share with you on this lovely day.

The first cover was sent by Benedikt. Thank you very much!

The pair of gorgeous stamps franked on this cover belongs to the "Jökulsá Canyon" series, issued on 1st Oct 2007. They depict the largest Canyon in Iceland.

The next cover was sent by an eBayer. The two beautiful stamps franked on this cover are from the "Census of 1703" and "50th Anniversary of United Nations" series respectively. They were issued in 2003 and 1995.

Both covers feature postmarks dated 19th June 2009 in Reykjavik and took 5 days to travel an estimated distance of 11,512kms to reach me.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

A lovely cover from Taiwan!

Hi folks! Welcome back!

Many thanks to Oliver for sending this lovely cover from Taiwan!

Franked on this cover are a set of 4 beautiful stamps from the "Outdoor Activities - Sport" series, issued in 2006.

This cover was postmarked on 15th June 2009 in Taoyuan, Taiwan and took 3 days to travel an estimated distance of 3,223kms to reach me.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Nice postcard from Phillip Island Penguin Parade!

Here is a lovely postcard that I posted to myself from the Phillip Island, Victoria during my hoilday in Australia last week.

This postcard depicts the "Penguin Parade", where each night at sunset the world’s smallest penguins, the Little Penguins, emerge from the sea and waddle ashore to their sand dune burrows after a hard day's fishing.

The Parade is open every day of the year. The best time to visit is at sunset/dusk if you wish to see the actual "Penguin parade". I have been there twice and each time I am just as excited as I was before :)

This pre-paid postcard costed 2 Australian dollars for posting in Australia and delivery worldwide. I deposited this postcard into the post box on 16th June, it was hand stamped with a nice Phillip Island Penguin Parade postmark on 18th June and reached me today!

Photography and Video are banned at the Penguin Parade. The flash lights of the cameras can make the penguins blind! However, I managed to find this video clip on the internet. (Someone actually managed to smuggle a camcorder in! Anyway camcorders do not need a flash light when using the night vision option so I don't think it did any harm to the penguins). Just enjoy!

Hi! I am back!

Hi folks! Thousand apologies for not updating this blog for the past week as I was away on a holiday in Melbourne, Australia. Yes, the "swine flu capital of the world" :p

At first, my wife and I were hesitated to proceed with the travel, but since we had been planning this holiday for more than 3 months, we decided to take the "risk" and went ahead. Though I completed my degree in Melbourne many years back, it was my wife's first visit to Melbourne and I was eager to show her "my" city. :)

In Melbourne, it was business as usual. People went about their daily lives and you don't see people wearing face masks in public. I think the media had exaggerated swine flu threats in Melbourne.

Looking back, we are glad that we had traveled to Melbourne (and survive :)). It was such an unforgettable vacation!

Back to philately... for today I would like to share with you this gorgeous cover from Georgia. A thirteen stamps wonder! Many thanks to Khatuna!

The first and last stamps franked on the top row of this cover belong to the "Beijing 2008 Olympic Games" Series, issued on 5th Dec 2008. The full set of stamps are shown below. They depict Shooting (0.1 Lari), Wrestling (0.3 Lari), Weight Lifting (0.6 Lari) & Judo (0.8 Lari).

The Grape stamp on the top row belongs to a set of 7 beautiful stamps from the "Grapes" series. It was issued on 20th March 2009.

The stamp franked on the right, third row was issued on 20th March 2009 to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Port Poti. The Port Poti is a major seaport and harbor off the eastern Black Sea coast at the mouth of the Rioni River in Poti, Georgia.

The balance stamps are from the "Theatres of Georgia" series, issued on 29th Dec 2005. Before I go, I would like to share with you some photos of our awesome Melbourne trip. Bye for now!

Eatery @ Queen Victoria Market

State Library of Victoria

Flinders Street Railway Station

St Paul's Cathedral viewed from Fed Square

Great Ocean Road

Twelve Apostles

London Bridge

Kangeroo, national symbol of Australia

Koala @ the Koala Conservation Centre in Phillip Island

Shrine of Remembrance


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