Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Last of November and November's Last

Yes, it is the last of November and so today's update will be November's last one. I only have three cards for today they are three good one. First up is a card from Bangkok, Thailand. It came as a surprise , another card from a reader of this blog. Jobbo's card shows Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok.  The Wat Phra Kaew is regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand.The main building houses the statue of the Emerald Buddha. The Emerald Buddha, a dark green statue, is in a standing form, about 66 centimetres (26 in) tall, carved from a single jade stone ("emerald" in Thai means deep green colour and not the specific stone).  Except for the Thai King, no other person is allowed to touch the statue. The King changes the cloak around the statue three times a year, corresponding to the summer, winter, and rainy seasons, an important ritual performed to usher good fortune to the country during each season.

Jobbo must have went out of his way putting stamps on this card. It is adorned with 5 large, wonderful , different stamps. Let's have a look at them. Top left is a stamp issued in 2011 commemorating 100 Years of Thai Boy Scouts. Bottom left is a 2012 stamp honouring Prince Damrong Rajanubhab, founder of the modern Thai education system.  It is 1 of 4 in the set.  Continuing left is a stamp celebrating Rotary and it was issued in 2001. Next is a stamp from a sheet of 8 issued in 2014. The sheet featured Masks. A very nice sheet . An equally nice sheet of Masks was also issued in 2013. The last stamp , on the right is 1 of 6 in a mini sheet of Paintings featuring Queen Sirikit. Another equally  attractive sheet.

Jobbo did a great job sending a wonderful card with an outstanding selection of fine attractive stamps. It's what every card wants to receive. I may very well start collecting  the stamps of Thailand, as a result of this card. 

Wonderful card # 2 is next and it also arrived with a selection of great stamps . It's from Gibraltar and is only my 3rd card from The Rock.( And I don't mean Newfoundland here )  Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula at the entrance of the Mediterranean.The Rock of Gibraltar is the major landmark of the region. It reaches a height of 426 metres and is made of limestone. 

Jean Pierre's card shows the city area populated by just over 30,000. Here we have 2 large attractive stamps , each with its own circular cancellation . Exactly what a stamp and postcard should get, but rarely does. On the left is a 2012 stamp celebrating Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee. It is 1 of 4 in the set. On the right , is 2013 stamp celebrating Gibraltar's membership in the UEFA, Wunion of European Football Associations.

Today's final card comes from France. It shows the Dolder in Riquewihr, in the Alsace region of north-eastern France. Riquewihr looks today more or less as it did in the 16th century. It is officially one of the most beautiful villages in France. The Dolder was built in 1291.

Dominique used a 2014 Joint Issue with China stamp. It is 1 of 2 in the Rivers set.

That's today's three cards. Thanks to Jobbo, Jean Pierre and Dominique. Jobbo, glad you're enjoying my blog. Keep reading.
See you again soon, in December. Take care. 

1 comment:

Graham Clayton said...

If you look closely at the Gibraltar card, you will see that there is a road that crosses the middle of the airport runway. When a plane is about to take off, a pair of barriers is lowered to stop any cars accidentally straying onto the runway.