Since we moved to the north of England things have been a bit chaotic and it's been difficult to organise things enough to make time to spend any time with my stamps. But for the last few weeks I've been looking at some countries in my New Ideal albums that I've not touched yet, Austria, Bavaria, Germany and Portuguese colonies have all come under the searchlight, with Czechoslovakia and Russia next. Yesterday I soaked a couple of hundred Bavarian stamps, they're in a Desert Magic drying book, and I also hinged into the album some stamps from Carinthia I got in the post from an eBay
seller. As these are all big countries occupying quite a few pages they're making a significant difference to the stamp count, I've added about 750 stamps in the last three or four weeks
The New Ideals had got a few stamps in when I bought them and are now looking much better with several countries missing only the stamps that are out of my price range. But as time has gone by I've got more discerning about what I'll put into the albums and how I view what's in there already. The original owner was a bit slapdash, and I find misplaced stamps all over, and not just wrong watermarks but even wrong colour or value. And they didn't bother to put them in straight or even neatly in the boxes so I now find myself checking and rehinging almost every stamp as I go through too.
Sorry, I've rambled a bit there!