According to Wikipedia, a vacation is a leave of absence from a regular occupation, or a specific trip or journey, usually for the purpose of recreation or tourism. In the United Kingdom, the word vacation once specifically referred to the long summer break taken by the law courts and then later the term was applied to universities. The custom was introduced by William the Conqueror … Continue reading A Thousand and One Posts…Going on Vacation!
On March 19, 1932, the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, opened. This is a heritage-listed steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbour that carries rail, vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney central business district (CBD) and the North Shore. The dramatic view of the bridge, the harbor, and the nearby Sydney Opera House is an iconic image of Sydney, … Continue reading Post #995: Sydney Harbour Bridge
I grew up surrounded by music, primarily rock and roll. I don’t recall the first Christmas carol that I ever heard (although i think it could have been “Silent Night” as it has long been my favorite) but the first secular holiday song I identified with was “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby. I bought the 45 RPM single for my mother’s gift one year which … Continue reading A Month of Christmas: Jingle Bells
The Adoration of the Shepherds, in the Nativity of Jesus in art, is a scene in which shepherds are near witnesses to the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, arriving soon after the actual birth. It is often combined in art with the Adoration of the Magi, in which case it is typically just referred to by the latter title. The Annunciation to the Shepherds, when … Continue reading A Month of Christmas: Adoration of the Shepherds
The barking owl (Ninox connivens), also known as the winking owl, is a nocturnal bird species native to mainland Australia and parts of Papua New Guinea and the Moluccas. They are a medium-sized brown owl and have a characteristic voice with calls ranging from a barking dog noise to a shrill human-like howl of great intensity. The barking owl was first described by the English … Continue reading The Barking Owl
It’s “random stamp day” on A Stamp A Day and I happened upon this one from Austria picturing the plant and fruit of Viburnum opulus (common name guelder-rose or, in German, Gewöhnlicher scheneeball). This is a species of flowering plant in the family Adoxaceae (formerly Caprifoliaceae) native to Europe, northern Africa and central Asia. The name ‘guelder rose’ relates to the Dutch province of Gelderland, where a … Continue reading The Guelder Rose
I had a 36-year-old Kate Bush song* stuck in my head for half of the night so my topic was chosen long before I actually woke up. Far from being the “random stamp” I usually select when confronted with days for which I cannot make a date match with a stamp, I simply had to take a look at all of the kangaroo-themed stamps in … Continue reading The Kangaroo
I have a confession to make. Growing up, I never really cared that much for dinosaurs. The just didn’t hold the same sort of fascination for me that so many kids today seem to have for them. It wasn’t until I became a teacher that I saw dinosaurs as something students of all ages were interested in enough to try and incorporate into lessons. I … Continue reading Muttaburrasaurus