Cards, did someone say cards ? I've got some great ones for this time. Let's get right to it before I have to go back and shovel. How about a card from Dublin, Ireland to get things going.
Monika sent this card with a view of the Blasket Islands. The Blasket Islands are a group of islands off the west coast of Ireland, forming part of County Kerry. They were inhabited until 1953 by a completely Irish-speaking population, and today are part of the Gaeltacht , where the government recognises that the Irish language is the predominant language. The inhabitants were evacuated to the mainland on 17 November 1953. The Great Blasket Island remains uninhabited today, but visitors can travel by ferry over to this remote and wildly beautiful place and spend several hours or all day marvelling at its natural beauty and what remains of years of human endeavour.
Monika used a really small stamp from this year. It is a self adhesive definitive featuring an Beadlet Anemone.
My next card is from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. It's an aerial view of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado Mountain , Guanabara Bay and Sugar Loaf. Corcovado is a 710 metre granite peak.
Anyway, here's the stamps in question.
Here's a card from Russia featuring the TU-160, often called Black Jack by NATO.The Tupolev Tu-160 is a supersonic, variable-sweep wing heavy strategic bomber designed by the Tupolev Design Bureau in the Soviet Union. The Tu-160 is currently the world's largest combat aircraft and largest supersonic aircraft. Entering service in 1987, the Tu-160 was the last strategic bomber designed for the Soviet Union. The aircraft is in service, with at least 16 aircraft currently in use with the Russian Air Force.
Another case of a rather dull , not exciting stamp . This one is 1 of 12 in a definitive set of the Kremlin, issued in 2009. For the same cost, it could have arrived with 3 Yuri Gagarin stamps and I would have been quite happy.
Here is another Russian card. This one features Maria, the third daughter of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna (1899 - 1918 ) and her entire Imperial family were murdered in 1918, following the Russian Revolution of 1917.
Nastya used another of those Kremlin definitives from 2009, but she also used a new 2011 stamp. It commemorates the 350th anniversary of Irkutsk, one of the largest cities in Siberia. The city of just over a half million people was founded back in 1661.
Annie used a 2012 Innovative Choreographers , self adhesive stamp from the set of 4.
That should do for this time. Thanks to Annie, Monika, Dale, and Nastya. And yes, as I end this , it's still snowing. Take care, come back again soon for more postcards.