A Happy New Year to everyone! Let’s hope things take a turn for the better. Stamp collecting can provide us with many benefits. I find I can spend hours immersed in the stamps, enabling me to forget for a while all the covid problems.

It is many days since my last contribution to this diary. Of course, Christmas came along. I have spent all week working on a fabulous lot of Venezuela, from a thinnish selection of early issues, through an almost complete stock from the 1920a to the 1990s and on to 2001. It is by far my strongest Latin American country and has often proved popular.