January was yet another philatelic-filled month and I added quite a few stamps to my various collections. Most were obtained online and I made two trips to the Phuket Philatelic Museum to buy new Thai stamps. I received a flurry of postcards at the start of the month but, alas, no further Christmas cards. I only received one this past holiday despite mailing almost forty which is more than a little discouraging! Perhaps the biggest event of the entire month was (finally) finding a stamp inventory program that I like and it’s caused me to make some real changes.
I always find myself working on my stamp collections more during the last part of the year than at any other time. 2014 has continued that trend. I don’t know if it’s because I look forward to seeing new Christmas stamps (one of my thematic collecting interests) or if it’s because I always feel relieved once I pay for my annual visa extension and work permit renewal and want to buy something special for myself. Whatever it is, my mind has been philatelicly filled to such a degree recently that I feel the time is right to launch a new blog series summarizing my current collecting activities. Welcome to the first installment of “Philatelic Pursuits.”
Yesterday was probably the best day for receiving mail that I’ve had since leaving the States nearly a decade ago! Not only did I receive yet another Postcrossing card (more on that in a later post), but I received five envelopes from Great Britain.
The stamps on all of this mail is nice to see (even the British definitives – I’m becoming more interested in these “Machin heads”, thanks to discovering a wonderful blog about them). But these all contained stamps that I’ve won on eBay. Perhaps I’ll blog about additions to my stamp collection at a later time. I’m working on the A and B countries right now, to be included in my “A Stamp From Everywhere” (ASFE) worldwide collection, plus a few others that interest me (i.e., Pitcairn Islands and the Falklands).
It’s fun to receive mail at home again! I don’t know what the desk staff think but they always seem to enjoy giving me my mail and looking at the stamps on the cards and envelopes. The ones from England arrived lightning-quick – all arrived in just one week! Yet, I’m still waiting for a postcard I mailed myself from work some nineteen days ago!!!
Last September, I blogged about returning to my lifelong interest in collecting stamps, detailing my personal philatelic background and announcing my plans to resume the nhobby.
But as with so many of my good intentions here in Thailand, this one quickly derailed. Oh, I did buy a few new issues and their accompanying First Day Covers and I did write a couple of entries for my Facebook page but I got sidetracked by a heavy workload.
It wasn’t until the last two weeks or so that philately re-entered my consciousness. I count three main occurrences as providing the inspiration to further my collection. Continue reading “On Stamps and Inspiration”