Happy New Year!

Belarus

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.

Zaslauye Calvinist Assembly, Festival of medieval culture

Zaslauye Calvinist Assembly, Festival of medieval culture

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.

Saker Falcon

Saker Falcon

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:

Russia

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.

Beijing Opera

Beijing Opera

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:

China

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:

Irina Zeniuk: Milking

Irina Zeniuk: Milking

A. wrote a very friendly message and used these great stamps.  It’s such a pleasure to see the sheet surrounding the stamp.

Ukraine Homestead

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!

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