My History Of Stamp Collecting

My history of stamp collecting has been erratic, to say the least. I had great enthusiasm as a child. But my interest lapsed when I reached junior or senior high school age and then college and beyond. But I think my interest resumed sometime in my 30’s when I was married and had small children – and most importantly was living in Fiji in the South Pacific where there was a very active Philatelic Society. We joined the group and participated in the monthly meetings and the circulation of books of stamps to buy.

I have a very interesting response to a letter that I wrote at that time to the Philatelic Society in Norway.

After Fiji we went to Bangladesh and I had a penpal with whom I exchanged stamps

The years went by, my collecting interests lapsed – and now some 40 years on I am picking up the odds and ends and becoming a rather avid collector again. Onward!

AndI I have discovered that I have my son Andrew’s collection as well. I wonder if he wants it for his son – I doubt it.

Anyhow, here we are and I feel swamped. There is too much to collect. How do I narrow it down to manageable dimensions? I think I will sort what I have and not buy anything more.

But postcards – that’s another matter!

Book Shopping In Barnes and ……

What a joy to visit a real live bookstore. And Barnes & Noble is really quite close to us here at Ida Culver. And. it’s an easy Uber destination. There – I’ve puit in a plug for a bookstore and a ride service. I am am avid reader and as regular readers of this blog know, I love books – and I like to own the books I read – although I’m at the point now that I am giving my books away to worthy causes.

Today I purchased 2 books – one by an author that I know and like – Haruki Murakami. And the second by a much revered author that I have read about and a topic that I have little to no interest in. Well how is that for being adventuresome.

My husband is an avid reader also
I can read and knit at the same time

Bad News

Have you ever been diagnosed with skin cancer? I wonder.

Well the good news is that Katerina has been a regular visitor to my garden of late. She saunters in, stays for a while,, assumes her position for bird watching, and sooner or later decides to exit via another watching post. Yesterday she missed seeing the hawk – yes a hawk! First time I have ever seen a hawk so close. That really was a highlight.

Katerina – off duty

Song Lyric Sunday – 12 September 2021 – Starlings

Time to think of an entry.

Peter's pondering

Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs. This week the prompt is to find a song that may include, or reference, one of the following:Devoted, Faithful, Honorable, Loyal, True.

If you fancy sharing one of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries, here.

For my SLS on 22 August I offered Elbow’s “One Day Like This“. A comment from Geoff Le Pard reminded me of another Elbow song, Starlings, which is my choice for today.

Incidentally, Geoff’s new book, “The Art of Spirit Capture” is released on 17th October. Details can be found here.

Any song that seeks to oust the Prime Minister (albeit it was Gordon Brown at the time the song was written), and all who luncheon with him, and can use lyrics such as…

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Bird Watching With Katerina

What a joy to be in my garden and have Katerina enjoying the sunshine – and the bird life – with me. She is such a lovable cat!

That was the scene for a couple days last week – the fast fading days of summer. And I got to read my book also – Haruki Murakami’s Killing Commendatore. Haruki Murakami is not to everyone’s taste – as I found out when I chose a Murakami book for my book group in Dublin a few years ago. I thought my book group readers would appreciate this author but no – none of them liked my choice. I was disappointed. Never mind.

Anyhow I loved the latest Murakami and it was perfect to have the solitude – apart from the birds and Katerina – to enjoy the spell/magic of the book.

Katerina – not at her most watchful