Sunday, 30 January 2011

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM SCOTLAND

Buchan Ness Lighthouse marks the easternmost point of the Scottish mainland, although it actually stands on a small island, linked to the mainland by a bridge. It is located at Boddam, about 6 km (4 mi) south of Peterhead, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
 The area around the headland of Buchan Ness was for many centuries the point from which trading and whaling voyages departed across open ocean. The granite tower was built in 1825 and the light established in 1827: a 35 m (115 ft) round white tower with red bands. There are 166 steps to top of tower.  In 1978 it was converted to electricity, and in 1988 it was automated: its white light is visible for 28 nautical miles (52 km). In 2006, the keeper's houses and other light station buildings were restored and in 2008 the light station was opened for holiday rentals.
The Machin series of postage stamps is the main definitive stamp series in the United Kingdom, used since 5 June 1967. Definitives are available in all the low and high values, sporting a multitude of different colours, but all dominated by the classic portrait of the Queen as the main image. This is why the stamps are called Machins, after Arnold Machin the sculptor of the Queen’s Head which has appeared on all stamps since 1967. Thank you, Heike!

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