by Anura Guruge
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>> — June 2, 2013.
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This was my first Christmas since turning 60 in September.
So the theme, in terms of what I got this Christmas, was nostalgia.
The vintage, tin train engine was a bonus and delightful surprise. Wasn’t expecting that.
Also got this First Day cover. Deanna found it in the same shop, in Alton no less, where she found the train engine.
She knew I would want it … plus the coronation was 60 years ago … the year of my birth.
It is neat. Delighted with it too.
I used to have a TON of First Day covers — nearly a full set of all that were released in Ceylon
from about 1950 to 1970.
My adoptive grandfather used to be a postman.
He would get those First Day covers for me.
I also used to, as all proper ‘British’ boys were supposed to do, collect stamps.
Had all of the stamps, albums and First Day covers in a huge metal box.
The older kids now have it and won’t even let me have a look at the box.
So this is the ONLY First Day cover I now have.
Maybe I should make an attempt to get some more.