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Carmen19/05/2019 12:14:20
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Hey kids, just thought I'd update the faithful readers with some of my activities lately:

- it turns out "The Royal" (the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada's annual stamp show) is only a few hours from here this year (near Toronto), so my stamp collecting buddy Tracey and I are going on a ROAD TRIP for the day on Saturday Jun 22nd. Woohoo! smile d Among other things there will be a talk by someone from the American Topical Association (ATA - which will have a presence at the show) all about the joys of thematic collecting (which is something I do along with my Canada interest: cats, soccer, Titanic, Royalty, Religion)

- speaking of thematic collecting I threw my hat in the ring the other day and actually joined the ATA for the next 5 years (it was a great price). I took out an electronic-type membership since I have no issues with reading on my cell phone or anything. Of course, this now means that I have access to their *many many* thematic stamp collecting checklists (although there is still a cost for members to purchase them since it takes a lot of work to maintain them but hey, membership has its privileges).

- finally, it's my birthday on Tuesday (hooray for me! cake) and while I was placing an order with my supplier the other day, I told my husband I was ordering a 500-stamp soccer stamps envelope and that could be my gift... fine by him. Less to do on his part. laugh I haven't received it yet but am looking forward to it, that's for sure.

How about everyone else? What have you all been to lately? Any big stamp-related plans or travels this summer?

Paul Davey 119/05/2019 18:22:09
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A premature happy birthday! Enjoy the show and the Thematic / topical / motif collections.

Next big show here in Europe is Stockholm next week, which should be good. Can't afford to go to Wuhan in China the month after too though!

Carmen21/05/2019 11:39:37
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Thanks Paul! Enjoy your trip to Stockholm... don't forget to post highlights for the rest of us more sedentary folk! laugh

Geoff CHILDS21/05/2019 17:33:11
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Carmen,

Also early birthday wishes for Tuesday.

Only local stamp fairs looking for items for the collection and continuing scanning of covers for the website. Also for one of my other passions, good weather for gardening at home and crops on the allotment.

Geoff (GBCC)

Carmen22/05/2019 12:21:12
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Ah yes Geoff, here in Kingston Canada this year we've gotten enough rain that I've already mowed my lawn four times! I'm not much of a gardener otherwise, but I do enjoy hopping onto the lawn tractor to do that. Pro tip: if you wear a Fitbit, take it off before you do that - the tractor goes fast enough that the Fitbit logs it as a Bike Ride!! LOL! Calling all cheaters!

And of course, outdoor football which began a couple of weeks ago and continues this weekend and early next week. Hopefully the city of Kingston can get its sports fields opened so we can start a more regular schedule - they've just been too wet to use so the leagues are having to share full-sized outdoor turf fields in limited numbers (4 of 'em!)

C.

Carmen01/06/2019 13:19:05
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Hey so as discussed previously, my birthday stamps finally came in:

- 500 football stamps, representing 30 countries - I'm just starting to sort and catalogue them all but so far I think my favourite is a set from Bulgaria commemorating the '94 (USA) World Cup. Of course, Mongolia also never fails to please - wallpaper they may be, but they're *beautifully designed* wallpaper! wink

I also had ordered two small country packets as part of my "try to have one stamp from everyone who has ever issued one" plan:

- The Gambia (only because I think it's really cool how they added The to their name to prevent confusion with Zambia), and since I had no stamps from there anyway laugh

- Gwalior, a former Indian state, about which I know NOTHING, and look forward to learning more.

Happy stamping, all!

 

Edited By Carmen on 01/06/2019 13:19:36

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