Hobbies

My hobbies include Art, Birdwatching, Chess, Ham Radio, Photography, Stamp Collecting and Folk Music.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Stamp Collecting



I was watching a program celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Muppets.

At the end of the program they mentioned that USA was producing a set of stamps to commemorate this.

I went onto my stamp swapping website http://groups.yahoo.com/group/allstampsparadise/

There I found someone to trade with. I am sending the above set commemorating the 200th aniversary of the birth of Isambard Kingdom Brunel in exchange.

So, there you have it. We celebrate Brunel and America celebrates The Muppets!

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Return of the Mallards


This morning the mallards flew into my back garden for breakfast. It is their first visit for 2006. The female has been visting since 2004, when she nested and had lots of chicks.
In 2005 she visited daily and had two or three males fighting over her.
She has turned up with two males this time too, but they are not fighting yet. Perhaps it is their first date.
The bird over on the extreme left is an imitation heron. It is supposed to stop the real herons from eating my goldfish.