Shakespeare’s Birthday Stamps, The Sea and A Sonnet

23 Apr

Today is Shakespeare’s birthday and, as it happens the 400th anniversary of his death.   Some beautiful commemorative stamps have been issued in his honour and I just had to have a complete set of them.

Beautiful commemorative stamps

Beautiful commemorative stamps

On Monday we start our journey to America for a family visit and then a road trip from Atlanta through the Appalachian Mountains along the Blue Ridge  Parkway into the Shenandoah Valley and then on to Washington. Am I excited? Oh yes!  You can travel along with us through my blog if you would like to though I doubt I will be posting every day.   So, today we had to go to the sea as we won’t be seeing the sea for three weeks.


I used to tell my dubious  teenagers that love at first sight, or love at first sonnet as here, is really possible. It happened to us across a crowded room in October 1966 and we have been together ever since. I love how Romeo and Juliet begin to intertwine their words as their first love engulfs them.

ROMEO [To JULIET] If I profane with my unworthiest hand
  This holy shrine, the gentle fine is this:
  My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand
  To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.
JULIET Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much,
  Which mannerly devotion shows in this;
  For saints have hands that pilgrims’ hands do touch,
  And palm to palm is holy palmers’ kiss.
ROMEO Have not saints lips, and holy palmers too?
JULIET Ay, pilgrim, lips that they must use in prayer.
ROMEO O, then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do;
  They pray, grant thou, lest faith turn to despair.
JULIET Saints do not move, though grant for prayers’ sake.
ROMEO Then move not, while my prayer’s effect I take.

My Sister-in-law sent me Shakespeare’s Obituary which was in The New York Times today. It is very entertaining. Thanks V.


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12 responses to “Shakespeare’s Birthday Stamps, The Sea and A Sonnet

  1. calvin

    May 1, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    “The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact”

    • mybeautfulthings

      May 1, 2016 at 7:07 pm

      Lovely to have you visit again. You have been missed. Thank you for your comment, interesting as usual. 🙂

  2. babyjill7...Marilyn Griffin

    April 25, 2016 at 12:19 am

    Enjoy!… sounds wonderful…

  3. zannyro

    April 24, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    Have a great trip!

    • mybeautfulthings

      April 24, 2016 at 3:23 pm

      Thank you very much! Almost packed and ready for the off! 🙂

      • zannyro

        April 24, 2016 at 5:04 pm


  4. Shelagh

    April 24, 2016 at 9:07 am

    Wave as you fly over! Shan’t see you this trip, but for next time I now have a reliable vehicle…

    • mybeautfulthings

      April 24, 2016 at 9:12 am

      We will! Sorry we won’t see you this time but we will look forward to a ride at some point! Our next trip in the Autumn is to the Grand Canyon! (making up for last year) 🙂

  5. bedlamanddaisies

    April 24, 2016 at 12:26 am

    Enjoy your trip! I live not far from the Blue Ridge Parkway and it is beautiful!

    • mybeautfulthings

      April 24, 2016 at 6:36 am

      Thank you. We are getting excited now…🙂

  6. Hil

    April 23, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    Have a wonderful holiday….xxxx


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