A little wander through St Leonards after a workout last week, led me past one of my favourite places, the The Stamp And Coin Shop in St Leonards-On-Sea, an unsung hero of a place, I think I may have mentioned it before, small and dark with bars at the windows, next door to a questionable free house. But inside it’s quiet and piled high with albums and boxes and treasure can be bought for a just few pence. I informed the owner that I wasn’t a ‘proper collector’ incase he frowned upon my buying his stamps for collages and craft projects, but happily he said there was no such thing. My love of stamps is more about the aesthetics than value, and Romania and Japan have some of the prettiest. What do you think? What are your favourite things to collect? This little collection from 1975 made my day, with their bright colours, ikat inspired prints and little animals hidden in the patterns, and below the other end of the spectrum, delicate line drawings of water plants. Now what to do with them, I’m feeling another matchbox project coming on.