Saturday, 23 October 2021

Kerry and Westmeath - Ireland

 Europe-Ireland-Kerry-Dingle It is not often that reality and a picture postcard is the same. But in July the weather was fantastic and spend a few hours here on this golden beach. Could not stay any longer would have got sunburnt  ! This beach is in the Dingle peninsula in County Kerry. 

The Irish Post office has been very active in promoting Pride . For the last number of years post boxes in the Dublin  city centre have been painted in the rainbow colours. Some of the delivery vans the same. 

Europe-Ireland-Westmeath-Athlone  Considered to be the centre of Ireland Athlone's main attraction is the River Shannon. 

A climate change stamp is postmarked here from the Athlone mails centre which handles most of the mail in Ireland . 

Thursday, 14 October 2021

Kerry and Cork - Ireland

 Europe-Ireland-Kerry-Killarney . With Covid restrictions in place at this time it was holiday time at home and this time off to the beautiful county of Kerry. Spend a few days in Killarney and enjoyed every minute of it. The weather was glorious and being able to eat in restaurants was great , after such a long lockdown. Here is a photo of part of the Ring of Kerry . 

The stamp features Lady Jane Wilde who was the mother of the famous Oscar. Most Post offices are part of shops now . The was the case for the one I visited in Killarney. 

Europe-Ireland-Cork-Glengarriff. During the hols in Killarney made a visit  here. The surrounding area in West Cork and the village of Glengarriff was fantastic . Loved it all. Will have to go back. Went on the short boat ride to Garnish Island. Italian gardens and visited the house there. A very interesting and historic island . 

I am not particularly fond of stamps with just inscriptions on them. But this has an important date on it that most people now dont know. 11 July 1921. The day that there was a truce with the Government forces ( British) and the Republicans. This led to the signing of a treaty in December 1922 and the British Forces leaving the then Free State , later to become Republic of Ireland 

Thursday, 7 October 2021

Newcastle Co.Down , Northern Ireland

 Europe-Northern Ireland-Newcastle-Co.Down
  I had not spend much time in this part of Northern Ireland before . It is on the East side just after the border. A seaside area with beautiful surrounding countryside. 

As I have said before finding regional stamps in Northern Ireland is not easy. I was lucky to find this stamp in a remote Post Office. This stamp was only issued in later 2020 . 

Europe-United Kingdom-Northern Ireland-Co.Down . This is the hotel I stayed in . It is very famous and was opened in 1898  when Newcastle was a railway stop on the Dublin-Belfast line. No longer there. But the Slieve Donard Hotel certainly is. Nearby attractions include the scenic Donard Park, beach and promenade. 

Featuring stamps with Paul McCarthy of the Beatles and Wings fame. I think I had the Ram album on the right when we all had LPs and record players. 

Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Mountains of Mourne - Northern Ireland

Europe-United Kingdom-Northern Ireland-Co. Down  This is the beautiful Mountains of Mourne. I had never been before despite that I am only living less then 2 hours away. Spend a few days here as part of the holidays in June 2021 . Lovely to get away . 
The Philatelic section in Belfast has a very poor selection of stamps. Managed to get these Paul McCarthy stamps. I think I had bought that LP when it came out. Hard to see the postmark with the dark stamp. 

Belfast - Northern Ireland

Europe-Norther n Ireland-Belfast Here we have Belfast City Hall. Built in 1906. It is a beautiful building and it stands right in the centre of Belfast. I have been lucky to been there at a reception meal event for a dinner when I was a Badminton Umpire  many years ago. 

It is challenging to find Northern Ireland stamps in Northern Ireland . The stamp on the left is the only one I could find . The rest are UK definitive stamps 

Saturday, 15 May 2021

Ireland - Doolin County Clare

Europe-Ireland-Co.Clare-Doolin This area was my only holiday in 2020 ! Little did I know how long the issue with Covid19 would last. Luckily the weather was beautiful and a good time was had. Very few international tourists were here due to restrictions as normally this area would be packed in July. 

Posted in the local area post office , but as usual in Ireland got a sorting office postmark. 

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

Lahinch Co Clare Ireland

Europe-Ireland-Co.Clare-Lahinch Famous for its link Golf course. A nice town on the west coast of Ireland. Passed here on the way to Doolin where I was staying. 
Love the old suitcases on this stamp. Those were the days before wheelies and limited baggage. I think then you could nearly bring as much as you want on a plane., well at least at Dublin airport in 1969 . 

Friday, 23 April 2021

Welcome back 2021

Europe-Ireland-Co.Offaly  Greetings all. It has been over one year since I put up a new postcard. How the world has changed. All my trips for last year got cancelled . I am sure many of you have been in the same boat.. Well upwards and onwards for 2021 . Last year I did manage to get some local staycations as we call them. This trip was on a boat on the river Shannon. It rained for all the 3 days and so Clonmacnoise was not as picturesque as this postcard view is. This can be seen from the river. 
This was posted in a post office near Athlone. In fact this is were the majority of mail in Ireland get sorted. 

Monday, 17 February 2020

Benidorm Costa Blanca - Spain

Europe-Spain-Benidorm This card has a look of the 1970s about it. But it is really like this right now. Spend a nice few days here in October and the weather was great. Not full of tourist attractions, but great for just relaxation. 

Spain seems to issue a number of tourist related stamps . I had one previous with flip flops. Here we have sun glasses. The cancellation was on the bottom of the card.. ... 

Monday, 10 February 2020

9/11 Memorial Museum New York

North America-United States of America-New Yorkhave wanted to visit this 9/11 museum for some time. Very impressive and delighted to visit. However there is such sadness at what happened. Never to be forgotten what happened and the many heroes there was on that date and beyond. 

Posted in New York with more of the Sesame Street puppets . These are lesser known . 

Saturday, 8 February 2020

Grand Canyon National Park - Wooden Postcard

North America-United States of America-Arizona-Grand Canyon National Park This is a wooden postcard made of birch. I have a few of these now. Love them. 

Got a lovely crisp postmark on this card. Always have to hand these wooden cards into the postmaster direct to make sure they understand what I like and not forget to do any postmarking. 

Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Grand Canyon National Park

North America-United States of America-Arizona-Grand Canyon This is a World Heritage Site and I have to say it is truly amazing. It was one of those places on Earth I had been asked what it was like and I had to say I had not been. So it was s true delight to visit . It exceeded my expectations. The colours and the view.. Not to be missed. 

There was a Post office on site and delighted to visit. They close early so I just about made it on time. They had a selection of stamps. I asked to post staff to handstamp the cards to make sure they get a Grand Canyon stamp. 

Monday, 3 February 2020

Route 66

North America-United States of America-Arizona-Kingman Passed through this area on my way to the Grand Canyon. Had a coffee stop and could not resist sending a postcard. Route 66 , perhaps the most famous road route in America ? .

A lack of postboxes makes it sometimes difficult to mail cards. This was sent from New York. . 

Thursday, 30 January 2020

Hoover Dam Bridge

North America-United States of America-Arizona-Hoover Dam Delighted to have visited this on the tour to the Grand Canyon . It is one of those famous bridges , known throughout the world. Very impressive. 

I could not find a postbox anywhere near here, so it went via New York. The stamp in the middle is more impressive then it looks, as it is embossed. 

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Las Vegas

North America-United States of America-Nevada-Las Vegas I think this is one of those cities you love or hate. At this time it was low season and a lot of shows were as they say here "Dark". Where I come from we would say not on. lol.. Very hot in August , glad it was only 2 days. 

I only managed to get the card on the last day, so posted it in New York. More Sesame Street. 

Saturday, 25 January 2020

San Francisco

North America-United States of America-California-San Francisco Have always enjoyed my visits to the wonderful city Full of life and vibrant. This postcard is showing Powell where the trolley cars changes around. 

More Sesame Street stamps. Posted in San Francisco. 

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Redwood National and State Park

North America-United States of America-Redwood Highway. Took this drive on the way to San Francisco. Famous 101 Pacific highway. It was a spectacular drive in parts. Lived up to expectations. 

Where would you be without Sesame Street ! I certainly remember these characters . Bert and Ernie. The Cookie Monster. Lovable and friendly , just what every child needs. 

Friday, 17 January 2020

Heceta Head - Oregon

North America-United States of America-Oregon-Heceta Head This is a famous lighthouse from a bygone time. A nice walk up to see it and the house nearby where the lighthouse keepers used to live. Quite a busy location.  

More stamps from the Postal scenes , in Post Offices. 

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Yachats - Oregon

North America-United States of America-Oregon-Yachats Stayed overnight here. The Postcard does not do the place justice. Only one I could find . A nice beach on the Oregon coast. 

Posted in Yachats . I had purchased the stamps in Alaska. 

Thursday, 9 January 2020

Portland - USA

North America-United States of America-Oregon-Portland This was my entry point into mainland USA. Portland I had heard a lot about so looking forward to visiting here. It is a very querky we would say. As one of the locals said to me.. "Living here is like halloween every day " ! . I did visit the famous rose garden, hence the selection of this postcard.  

I cant see a cancellation on this card. This happens more and more with sorting offices. 

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Newport Oregon - USA

North America-United States of America-Newport-Oregon After Alaska it was on to Portland Oregon . Rented a car and here was one of my first stops and stay overs. You certainly cant miss this bridge. The Yaquina Bay Bridge. 

Posted this in Newport. Love the stamps which feature murals from Post offices. 

Monday, 6 January 2020

Anchorage - Alaska

North America-Alaska-Anchorage The main city in Alaska It was so nice and warm when  here compared to what I would have thought. Nice floral displays abound. Went to a great restaurant and the fish was amazing. 

A nice red postmark . Posted in Anchorage.