fresh leaves / 若葉の季節

April 22, 2012


24 January 2011, Finland
Birch bud and leaf
design: Teemu Ollikainen and Timo Berry

Here in South East England, we have been having this extreme weather – blue sky in the morning and thunder and heavy rain in the afternoon – for last two weeks.  These rains must be giving a great relief to farmers, forests and all plants in the country, after the record dry winter.  The little buds on the Silver Birch tree in front of our house have grown significantly.  Summer soon? ( or too early to say? )

This set of stamps from Finland were issued last year, using the same die-cut tool as the Water Ripple stamps in 2008 – the shape is working better this time, I think.

ロンドンでは「午前は快晴、でも午後から雷が鳴ってどしゃ降り」という天気がここ2週間ほど続いています。雨の少なかった冬の後で水不足が心配されていたから、農家や森の木々にとっては恵みの雨です。やっぱり水が足りていなかったのか、家の前のシラカバも今年は新芽が遅かったのですが、ここ数日で小さいながらも葉っぱの形になってきました。夏はすぐそこか(それにしては寒い!)?

このフィンランドの切手は2008年の水シリーズの「押し切り型」を使い回しているようですが、、、こっちのほうが図柄としっくり合っている気がしません?

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