Christmas Steps
Christmas Steps, central Bristol; 10 July 2015.

Christmas Steps is a narrow, steeply stepped, pedestrian street in the middle of Bristol.  Street?  Well, wide alley might be nearer the mark.  And lined with shops that specialise is such interesting things as cider, the making of bows for stringed musical instruments – and philately.

Philately?  Better known as stamp collecting to you and I – and this particular shop has special significance for me because it was here, 60 years ago, that my errant father bought for his thrilled son a Penny Black, the world’s first postage stamp, issued in 1840.

I still have that stamp, I still remember the occasion very clearly, including the elderly philatelist who sold it to us – now long since dead of course.  And, as I get older, I increasingly wish that I’d had the chance to get to know my father better, though fully realising that, even had I had that chance, he was not someone who gave freely of his inner self to others.

Canon G11 Powershot at 140mm (equivalent); 200 ISO; Color Efex Pro 4.


    • My pleasure, my friend – and thank you for sending so many comments, I always like to hear from visitors to my blog, and it is an especial pleasure to hear from you – and also good to know, via these comments, that you are feeling more at one with things. A 🙂

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  1. Love the way the window seems to be suspended – a part of the wall, but also apart from it.

    I like the story about the stamp and the memory of your father buying it for you. It has made me think about my stamp collection from when I was a child and those tiny little sticky things one used to stick them to the page!


    • Yes, stamp hinges – I’m unhinged but they’re hinges! I did a bit more stamp collecting when I got back from Kenya – I was a fish out of water really and trying to adjust back to the UK again – I got into Cinderella stamps, which are those used by private (as opposed to Royal Mail) posts, like the one on Lundy. Wow, I must have been out of it in those days!

      Yes, I see what you mean about the window – glad you like it!

      Oh yes – good news! Despite continuing to down buckets of Duvel, I’ve lost 27lbs since March, and a repeat blood test has shown me to be significantly further away from the diabetes danger zone. Not following any special diet, but am helped by my great love for fruit and veg – and am also appalled by the effect that even a single meal out can have on things! A

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  2. Isn’t that they way with close relatives – after they’re gone, you realize a lot is lost with them. But what a wonderful memory. The slightly soft glow of this photo has that wistfulness you describe.

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    • Yes, very good point, but as we get older maybe we see more into ourselves, more of ourselves >>> of maybe we just like to think we do! LOVED your blue and yellow pictures – so vibrant and alive! A


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