I was lucky enough to get some nice Christmas cards in swaps, so I learned to recognize the Russian “Happy New Year!” written on this beautiful textured stamp. The scan doesn’t do it justice; what appears black on the screen is actually silver in real life. Very festive , but simple.
The stamp came on a card from Zaslauye, a “historical and cultural memorial estate”, according to the sender. The church dates from the 16th-17th century. I have tried, without success, to find more information about the festival. I’d love to hear from any readers who can enlighten me.
This stately endangered Saker falcon arrived from Russia. I read some depressing information about their dwindling numbers due to loss of habitat, pesticides, and their illegal capture for the falconry trade. Sigh.
You can get a glimpse of sender’s beautiful handwriting in the scan of the lovely stamps:
The Europa stamp on the left commemorates letters (I love that pen case) and the other one recognizes the 100th anniversary of the Russian Olympic Committee.
The sender , T., lives in a small resort town on the Black Sea with her family and her life there sounds wonderful.
L. from China, who works very hard as a bank teller, was thoughtful enough to send this nice card. It brought back memories of an exciting performance I saw in Beijing years ago.
And just look at all the great stamps! Like Russia, China issues gorgeous stamps:
The Thai elephants from 1995 mark the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Thailand and China. The stamp underneath features a well from a 1998 series on architecture of the Dai ethnic group. Isn’t it fantastic? The bird is from a joint issue of rare birds by China and Sweden and it shows an elegant white-bellied golden pheasant. I am very grateful to L. for these precious stamps.
Like a lot of Postcrossers, I have fallen in love with these blue cats. So I was thrilled to get this one from A. in Ukraine today:
A. wrote a very friendly message and used these great stamps. It’s such a pleasure to see the sheet surrounding the stamp.
Those cute rabbits are part of the Ukraine Homestead series featuring farming and animals. I can’t stop looking at them!. Look at the little bottom poking out on the right!
I hope you enjoy these cards and stamps as much as I do. Happy New Year!