Wednesday, February 19, 2014

signs of winter

This could be white sand under these beach umbrellas, but it's not.
With the warm weather we're having (- 2ºC this morning, but expected to go up to +4ºC by this afternoon) I thought I'd wander down to the waterfront.

a few of the hundred or so ducks out on the water
and a few of the dozen or so people out on the walkway
as you can see, there is an awful lot of snow on the promenade
enough to almost bury this warning sign.

as a comparison, here is a shot from today and one from the winter of 2009, below

I read that Lake Ontario is the only one of the Great Lakes to not be frozen over this winter, but that doesn't mean there aren't a few ice floes
see more signs, not necessarily of winter, here

Friday, February 14, 2014


A heart shaped postcard from Cynthia Hart's 2013 Victorian Collection and a heart shaped stamp from the 2013 French postal service featuring a detail from a Hermes scarf.

and Viridians Postcard Blog for Sunday Stamps on this Gold Medal Hockey Day

Sunday, February 9, 2014


as the snow softly falls (again!), let us turn our minds to spring and flowers. I chose some samples of Slovenian stamps with delicate flowers, all designed by Julija Zornik as part of the 2007 series of Flowers of Slovenija

pasque flower (pulsatilla grandis)

Adriatic Lizard orchid  (himantoglossum adriaticum) on the left 
and a Bertoloni columbine (aquilegia bertolonii)
there are more flowers on stamps to be found here

Friday, February 7, 2014

hanging out in trees

There was a theme to some of the cards received from Postcrossing today...

The top card is of a Norwegian Forest Cat (doesn't he have a lovely mane!) and of course we all recognize the panda with those lovely eyes. But I can't quite identify the bird with the lovely colours. It might be a blue tit?