zaterdag 9 december 2017

Sunday Stamps: 'S' is for strips / stripverhaal and schaak

This weekend Sunday Stamps' theme is the letter 'S'.
In general I don't really collect postage stamps. 'What?' - I hear you say :-)
I mean, I'm not really looking for stamps or buying them to add them to my collection: as a 'passive' collector I just keep the stamps I receive, and of the Dutch stamps I buy for my outgoing mail I keep some mint ones if they show an interesting or pretty picture.
However, there are a few themes which I'm collecting in a more active way. The funny thing is that two of these themes start with an 'S' in Dutch, while both start with a 'C' in English.

A strip (plural: strips) in Dutch means comic(s) in English. Stripboek = comic book, stripverhaal = comic story.
Above you can see a stamp sheet which I was very happy to add to my strip stamps collection. The Asterix comics I already read in my childhood, and I still like to read them (and I think I've read all albums).
Although one might wonder if the stories maybe are against my non-violence principles. Strange enough I just recently realized how much assault and beating happens in the Asterix stories: not before reading a scientific article about traumatic brain injuries!..

Schaken is the other word I'd like to share today. The word 'schaken' looks plural and means 'playing chess'. The literal translation of 'schaakspel' (chess-play) refers to the board and chess pieces themselves. As a verb, 'schaken' means 'to play chess'.
In my collection there are several stamps on this theme, but due to lack of time I couldn't scan them to show you today. This first day cover from the Faroe Islands I've bought and scanned some time ago. The postmark shows my favourite chess piece: the paard. The Dutch name 'paard' literally means horse, we don't use the English translation of 'knight' which in fact means 'ridder'.

If you're into chess, I guess you immediately must have noted something peculiar in this chess stamp!

See more stamps on the letter 'S' at and via today's Sunday Stamps!

zondag 3 december 2017

Postcards for the Weekend

This weekend the theme of Postcards for the Weekend is 'anything you wish'.

Coincidentally I received two cards from Eva this weekend (well, one on Friday and the other yesterday, Saturday), which is a good reason to post them now!

This postcard shows a flying object and I am not sure if it is a hot air balloon or zeppelin. Eva bought it in Amiens, France, the city where Jules Vernes has lived for many years.
I love the combination of the design of the flying object and the map - and stamps on top and airmail stripes on the right (wondering why most airmail envelopes have red and blue lines/chevrons?).

On the back side Eva added wonderful stamps, among them a clear hot air balloon:

Some other creatures who even knew how to fly long before Jules Verne was thinking about it, appear on this postcard:

The postcard is titled 'Reality', from a book named 'ABC Photography', and the photo itself is titled 'Sustenance 114', made by Neeta Madahar in 2003.

On the back side an other wonderful stamp, showing a rooster and a hen in a stained glass window. They represent the legend of the Miracle of Santo Domingo de la Calzada.

Thank you very much, Eva!

Find more Postcards for this Weekend at this weekend's Connections to the World.

zaterdag 2 december 2017

Sunday Stamps: "R" is for rolstoel, regen and regenboog

Today Sunday Stamps are dedicated to the letter 'R'.

While the Dutch word 'Rolstoel' refers to its function ('rolstoel' literally means 'roll(ing) chair'), the English word refers to its appearance: 'wiel stoel' or 'wheel chair'.

Rolstoelen are good solutions for people who have lost the ability to walk. However, this stamp shows that there still are thresholds to overcome, both literal and figurative (social, administrative, financial, psychological) obstacles, once you become dependent on this mobility equipment:

Despite of the obstacles, people manage to practice sports on high level, for instance wheelchair tennis. Dutch Post has dedicated at least two stamps on rolstoel tennis players.

In 2009 a stamp sheet was issued on the theme 'attention for sports talent'. One of the talented tennis players is Aniek van Koot. Three years after this stamp has been issued, she won silver medals on the London Paralympics, and in 2013 she won the US Open:

In 2012 Dutch PostNL issued a stamp sheet in honour of the 100th anniversary of the Dutch Olympic Committee / Dutch Sports Federation NOC*NSF. One of the stamps from this 10 stamps sheet shows Esther Vergeer, who has been the number one in rolstoeltennis for many years:

From Ukraine I received this pretty stamp, showing a woman in a rolstoel. So to see a robijn (ruby) is handed to her:

And you might have noted it in the previous stamp: there is a regenboog (rainbow)!
Regenbogen appear when there is sun (zon) and regen (rain) at the same time. This combination you can see on these stamps, issued in 2004 for the 150th anniversary of the KNMI, the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute:

In case the legs and feet function but the hands function less, sometimes it is possible to use the feet for manual tasks. This foot painter also pictured a regenboog:

The regenboogvlag - rainbow flag - is know in many countries as a sign of diversity and tolerance.

Canadian Post issued this regenboogvlag stamp, to celebrate the fact that two people who love each other can marry, no matter if they are male or female:

Some regenboog you can also see in the trousers of the man. These two stamps have been issued in 2016 in honour of the Europride, which took place in Amserdam in that year:

I just now realize that there is an other word starting with an 'R' in Dutch and not in English: 'Roze'!
Roze means pink - and 'pink' has a false friend: the Dutch word 'pink' is the fifth / little finger in English! :-)

Find more stamps in words starting with the letter 'R' at today's Sunday stamps!

zondag 26 november 2017

Sunday Stamps: 'Q' is for Quiz, quote and Quichot

It was hard to find a Dutch word which not only is starting with the letter Q but which also appears on stamps!..

And I found two stamps, by which I would like to do a little quiz (yes, the word 'quiz' is the same in English and Dutch, be it that some people write 'kwis', but 'quiz' is usual Dutch, too).

So here is is, my quiz-question (answer on bottom): where are these countries located?

The Quindi Islands:

And the (United) Queendom of Retailia:

Before showing the answers I would like to share some other stamps:

This one contains a quote (and yes, also the word 'quote' is the same in both Dutch and English!). It is from the book 'Max Havelaar'. The quote 'ik groet u allen zeer' is a kind of old-fashioned way of saying goodbye:

On this stamp you can see an other famous character from literature. No quote, but the name of the character starts with a Q !
In Dutch he is known as Don Quichot, in Spanish Don (= Sir) Quixote or Quijote:

See what other stamp lovers have found for this Sunday Stamps' theme 'the letter Q' at and via Sunday Stamps!

... And where to find the Quindi Islands and the Queendom of Retailia?? I must confess I don't exactly know!.. But I think two colleague mail artists do know :-) Both stamps are so-called 'artistamps', also known as cinderella stamps or faux postage. Many artistamps origin from the country the mail artists are living in, and some artists create imaginary countries, which of course need postage, too.
Patrizia (also known as TicTac) has send me the artistamps from Quindi Islands from Germany. The heraldic snail mail snail stamp I created myself to send to Martha, also known as Mail Art Martha, because she is embassador (or perhaps queen?) of the United Queendom of Retailia.

zaterdag 25 november 2017

Postcards for the Weekend: Books, authors

This weekend the theme of Postcards for the Weekend is 'Books / reading / authors'.

Two weeks ago I received this pretty postcard from Eva, showing the cover of one of the many books written by Jules Verne, published by Hetzel. She had bought it at the Maison de Jules Verne in Amiens, the house where this famous writer has been living during 18 years.

On the back a matching stamp, of an other French writer: Joseph Peyré:

Find more postcards about this theme at and via Postcards for the Weekend!

zondag 19 november 2017

Sunday Stamps: 'P' is for Postzegel

The word postzegel is a 'must-know' for all of us: it means (postage) stamp!

The theme of this chaincard is 'postzegel in postzegel', 'stamp on stamp', and as you can see indeed these postzegels show postzegels. And an other stamp, but that stamp is, in Dutch, a 'stempel'.

The cute postslak (mail snail) has been created by Myrh Lee.

See what stamps have been chosen on the letter 'P' by other mail lovers at and via today's Sunday Stamps!

zaterdag 18 november 2017

Postcards for the Weekend: Food and Beverage

This weekend the theme of Postcards for the Weekend is 'food and beverage'.

Recently I shared one of my two favourite beverages here (coffee with milk it is; my other favourite is plain water).
And Eva does not only provide me with tea and coffee, but she has also sent me food. Like this paella:

And a giant paella!

And on the back of the first paella Eva added this food stamp:

This is an outgoing postcard, showing Garfield and a cooking expert surrounded by cake (and vegetables):

A typical Dutch dish is 'stamppot boerenkool', made of kale and mashed potatoes:

See more delicous meals and/or beverages at and via this weekend's Postcards for the Weekend!