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27 January 2008 @ 09:57 pm
A habit I've not been able to stamp out....collecting stamps  
one of my favourite stamps!

Jersey stamp - * In the Channel Island of Guernsey, there are two named dogs. One, Tchico (Tchi-coh two Norman words for dog, from whence cur), is headless, and is supposed to be the phantom of a past Bailiff of Guernsey, Gaultier de la Salle, who was hanged for falsely accusing one of his vassals. The other dog is known as Bodu or tchen Bodu (tchen being dog in Dgèrnésiais). His appearance, usually in the Clos du Valle, foretells death of the viewer or someone close to him. There are also numerous other unnamed apparitions, usually associated with placenames derived from bête (beast).

* In Jersey folklore, the Black Dog of Death is also called the Tchico, but a related belief in the Tchian d'Bouôlé (Black Dog of Bouley) tells of a phantom dog whose appearance presages storms. The story is believed to have been encouraged by smugglers who wanted to discourage nocturnal movements by people who might witness the movement of contraband. It seems the Channel Islands are full of folklore.

Can't tell you when I started collecting stamps, but as a child became fascinated with the images and begged people to save their stamps for me, and now just save ones I particularly like. Don't buy them like collectors do. But have to admit it's still fascinating.

We have a friend holidaying over in Sark one of the Channel islands sending us letters etc, this has caused my stamp fetish to resurface. She took a quick trip to the UK and then to Chernobyl and sent us mail from Chernobyl...they still haven't arrived but waiting patiently for those stamps, taking a while so worrying they might be radioactive and won't get through customs. ;0

and don't tell me stamp collecting is geeky, even Bart Simpson collects stamps.

And well they are just so pretty.

The de Carteret family crest

the Lempirere family crest

The famous Gerald Durrell zoo

the jersey flag 1976 stamp

1976 Jersey Parish arms stamp

Stamps this week from Guernsey

more recent stamps from Guernsey

and the recent xmas stamp from Guernsey
Current Mood: nerdynerdy
ex_tolstolob839 on January 27th, 2008 11:33 am (UTC)
Beautiful. I in the childhood collected marks.
velvets_bonesvelvets_bones on January 27th, 2008 11:48 am (UTC)
:) I think in one of my old stamp books I have some quite old Russian ones. I must try to find the book.
ex_tolstolob839 on January 27th, 2008 11:50 am (UTC)
About it it would be very interesting. Especially if it is pre-revolutionary marks
ex_tolstolob839 on January 27th, 2008 11:52 am (UTC)
stamp in Russian MARKA
velvets_bonesvelvets_bones on January 27th, 2008 12:01 pm (UTC)
:) yes I guessed!
velvets_bonesvelvets_bones on January 27th, 2008 12:02 pm (UTC)
It may take me a while to find where I put the book - will let you know when I find it..

I have not had any Russian stamps for a long time, I think the ones I have are at least from 1950-1970's.
ex_tolstolob839 on January 27th, 2008 12:05 pm (UTC)
And from where they at you? I тожк somehow shall start to place here stamps .
velvets_bonesvelvets_bones on January 27th, 2008 12:10 pm (UTC)
Yes I would be most interested to see your marka!
ex_tolstolob839 on January 27th, 2008 12:14 pm (UTC)
I am afraid, it will occur not soon. As they lay at parents. But as soon as I shall find them, I shall start to spread.
velvets_bonesvelvets_bones on January 27th, 2008 12:16 pm (UTC)
well that is ok. I think my book with russian stamps at my parents too. It may be a week or so before I go there again.
ex_tolstolob839 on January 27th, 2008 12:18 pm (UTC)
I shall wait)
aarchaelaaarchaela on January 27th, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC)
You know I love the Black Dog of Death stamp!
velvets_bonesvelvets_bones on January 27th, 2008 03:51 pm (UTC)
Oh yes!!!! I knew you would.

The channel islands have a bunch of scary stories too. A movie once (about a serial killer) I think called The Beast of Jersey.
Also I can't remember the name of the series but filmed in the 70's over there a long running detective show - I rememeber there were several episodes about werewolfish murders and witches (based on real life happenings).
Yathinyathin on January 27th, 2008 06:17 pm (UTC)
I had a vast collection of stamps back in school, but later I found out that many of them could be fakes and I totally dumped the collection. :D
velvets_bonesvelvets_bones on January 28th, 2008 02:59 pm (UTC)
Fake stamps?? oh that would have been a disappointment. I never thought about stamps being fakes, still they can fake anything pretty much, why not stamps.