Sunday, August 11, 2013

colourful stamps

Colourful stamps were the theme this week. The problem was an overflow of choices..... until I found this lovely set of UK stamps from 1993 commemorating Inland Waterways
from top left, clockwise-
Valley Princess and other Horse-drawn barges, Brecknock and Abergavenny Canal, 33p
Midland Maid and other Narrow Boats, Grand Junction Canal, 24p
Yorkshire Maid and other Humber Keels, Stainforth and Keadby Canal, 28p
Steam bridges including Pride of Scotland and Fishing Boats, Crinan Canal, 39p

Brecknock and Abergavenny Canal is 33 miles long in the south of Wales. It was abandoned in 1962, but re-opened in 1970.

The Grand Junction Canal was built between 1793 and 1805 to improve the route from the Midlands to London. It's now used mainly for leisure travel and there is lots of information and a cool map on wikipedia


The Stainforth and Keadby Canal is in South Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. Passing through a largely rural area it was a centre for boatbuilding until 1984.

The Crinan Canal was built for commercial sailing between the industrialized area of Glasgow to the West Highlands villages and islands. It has 15 locks and is crossed by seven bridges, six swing bridges and a retractable bridge.

12 comments:

  1. I very nearly chose this set! It was only at the last minute changed my mind. I think they are wonderful.

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  2. What a lovely set, one I missed totally.

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  3. so amazingly colourful, i love it :)

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  4. I've not seen these, they are great. thank you for participating this week.

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  5. Those would make great prints for a kids' room or a game room.

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  6. I hadn't seen these either. I have driven close to the Keadby Canal many times,

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  7. A lovely set of commemorative stamps covering quite different kinds of canals too.

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  8. I've not seen this set before, I love them. The traditionally painted barges on the canals near me tend to major in flowers and scenes on the side. I holidayed in the Welsh Brecon Beacons a few years ago and walked along part of the Abergavenny Canal, it cuts its way through beautiful countryside.

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  9. Great feats of engineering. There are attempts to revive some canals for industrial traffic, to take pressure off the roads.

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  10. Nice set, the most colorful from all the entries I visited for the roll! :)

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