Saturday, August 15, 2015

Rainy Day Blog # 29

Well as the title of today's update says, it's a rainy day and that's a good thing right now. We haven't had rain in I don't know how long, so it's a welcome thing.  Now in my last update I mentioned about today's cards , so let's get to it.

We're going to start with the Stephenville card. Stephenville is a town of about 6,700 located on the west coast of the island of Newfoundland in Canada. On a personal note, I lived in Stephenville from 1978 until 1985. The town was formerly home to Ernest Harmon Air Force Base which was operated by the United States Air Force from 1941 - 1966. Mel's card shows a few of the local Stephenville and area sights including Little Port Harmon, Our Lady of Mercy Church and an aircraft mounted near the Town Hall. The aircraft is a F-102 Delta Dagger- one of the interceptor aircraft based at Stephenville with the 323d Fighter-Interceptor Squadron. The F-102 was universally known as the "Deuce"
and was the last fighter aircraft operated at Harmon Field.


Mel used a 2014 definitive from the Young Animals set of 5 , all self adhesives.

Next we have a very thin Wooden postcard from Berlin. On the left side is the Brandenburg Gate. The 18th Neoclassical arch is one of the best known landmarks in all of Germany.

Dale used a Flower definitive from 2014.

Here's another card from Mike and Ashley from West Chester. This one shows the Ballonfest in Albuquerque, New Mexico.The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a yearly festival of hot air balloons that takes place during October. The Balloon Fiesta is a nine day event , and has over 500 balloons each year. It is the largest hot air balloon festival in the world.

Mike & Ashley used a couple of nice stamps on this card. On the left is the 22 cent Additional Ounce Rate Emperor Penguins stamp that was issued on June 1st of this year. It features a digital rendering by Illustrator Nancy Stahl. The other 2 stamps are from the 2014 Vintage Circus Posters pane of 18. I consider these stamps and this sheet to be the best stamp issue from the United States in many , many years. I really have to get one of these panes and add it to my collection. It was good to see 2 of the stamps arrive on this postcard.

The Park Guell in Barcelona is the subject of this next card. The park is a public park system located on Camel Hill in Barcelona. It was opened in 1926 and in 1984, UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site. Shown on Johan's card is the uniquely shaped mosaic serpentine bench which enables peolpe sitting on it to converse privately.

Johan used a 2004 Valencia stamp, 1 of 4 issued that year honouring the city. The definitive stamp on the right shows former King Juan Carlos.

Be sure to check out Johan's blog right here .

Just 2 more cards left for this time and they are both from Bucharest, Romania and both are from Jean Pierre.
First  let's look at the one showing the Central University Library in Bucharest. That's King Charles I sitting atop his horse out front.

Let's check out the stamps on this one. Top left is a 2015 stamp issued for Easter. The longer stamp on the right was issued in 2014. It commemorates 150 years of the Senate of Romania. Lastly, the flower stamp is 1 of 6 in a 2013 set showing Flowers and Clocks.

Jean Pierre's 2nd card is of Bran Castle with an insert of Vlad himself.
Bran Castle , situated near Bran, is a national monument and landmark in Romania. The fortress is located on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. The 14th century castle is now open to tourists as a museum.

Here's  the final stamps of the day. On the left , the Flower & Clock stamp that I mentioned earlier. In the middle is a Christmas stamp from 2012 and on the right is an Easter stamp from 2014.

 So ends another update , and so has the rain ended. Just in time I guess. Thanks for cards today go out to my 2 brothers Mel and Dale, Mike & Ashley, Johan, and Jean Pierre. This blog wouldn't  be much without all your contributions.  Drop by again - next time cards are from Ireland, Montenegro, Singapore and a Michael Jackson from Finland. Sounds worthwhile , so see you then.

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