With new stamp issues for 2020 starting to be announced coinciding with the imminent end of my months’ long busy period, I am now thinking about a return to (semi-) regular blogging.  I plan to concentrate on the New Issues of 2020 as much as I am able to.  My approach will be similar to that on the Gulfmann News blog giving illustrations of the stamps as they are announced or the Virtual Stamp Club by adding to the original blog entry once further information becomes available. The pages, then, will serve as chronological indices to the blog entries about the stamps.  Hopefully,  this method will be a bit easier for me to maintain.

I am pleased that my prolonged period of intense work is coming to an end. Or, at least, a lightening. I have been itching to get back to my stamps and other postal activities (such as Postcrossing). In fact, the first postcard I have received in months happened to be my first from North Korea, something I blogged about on my postcard blog when it arrived.

Purchasing stamps and first day covers at the Phuket Philatelic Museum, Phuket, Thailand, on 28 October 2019.

Despite the heavy workload of the past several months, I have been able to go to the local post office several times each month to obtain new Thai stamps (many of these on the first days of issue adding the local postmark on my covers).  This is the first year since I moved to Phuket in which I have purchased every stamp issued thus far; I am only missing the first day cover of King Vajiralongkorn’s Coronation Day stamp which quickly sold out.

In recent weeks, I have also been actively purchasing various items on eBay. These are mostly first day covers from the U.S. that I missed the first time around (such as the various Transportations Coils and Celebrate the Century stamps) and non-U.S. covers of some of my favorite themes (including Apollo 11, caves and caverns and Americana). There have been a few random postcard purchases as well, principally 1930’s and 1940’s cards from places I once lived (Texas, Tennessee, Kansas, and New Mexico).

Some of these new purchases may make their way into future articles for A Stamp A Day (although it will never again be a daily endeavor) or here on Philatelic Pursuits.

At any rate, it is nice to be able to pursue philatelic endeavors once again…

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