Here's some moon mail sent to Katerina. Tomorrow is this month's full moon - in north America it is referred to as the snow moon. So far this year we've been almost snow free with no significant snowfall.
One of the stamps she used was this one celebrating International Year of the Periodic Table of Elements. The United Nations chose 2019 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Russian chemist Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleev's first organization of the elements known at the time into a table in 1869. The highlighted elements Vanadium, Tungsten and Platinum were discovered by Spaniards.
If I checked the time zones correctly, the UK has now left the EU. This blog is rarely political, however this is such a major event that last year, when Brexit was supposed to happen, I made some mail art packages that I sent out. Included were instructions so that the recipient could have their own Brexit or Regrexit, or even a third option.
Alan T returned this to me:
And here's a cartoon sent to me by Fafa, that is drawn by Plantu, a well-known French political cartoonist.
The Royal Mint is issuing a new 50p coin to note the UK's departure.
In all seriousness, as disappointed as I am about Brexit, I really hope that it works out well for everyone in the end. At the very least things can move forward instead of being in a weird state of uncertain limbo. Normal service will resume tomorrow on the blog.
I had read last year that the USPS was ending its Lunar New Year stamps, so I was pleasantly surprised to see that the first stamp issue of 2020 is this beautiful stamp. The design features a rat mask, and the circle represents the new moon.
There's some gold foil on the stamp that you don't appreciate in the USPS online image. Here's the stamp on an outgoing Postcrossing postcard.
The twelve year Lunar cycle ends tonight, as the Year of the Rat is ushered in.
And this envelope features the last in a series of twelve stamps designed by Kam Mak. I really enjoyed this series, and I am impressed that a single artist was given the task for a multi-year project like this.
A card sent from South Africa October 15, 2019 arrived yesterday. That's a 98 day journey! It is the first time I've seen a postal label from South Africa, and interestingly the country name is only on the postmark, and not the label.
A great 2020 card arrived this week from Fabienne.
I like the mushrooms wishing me health, luck, fortune, love, joy and happiness. I also love the stamps, part of a set titled Fantastique, which they absolutely are. Fafa sent me two others from the set already. And I enjoyed the (drunk?) franking machine's efforts.
Should I be eating more fruit from France this year?
I received this stamp a few years ago. It was issued in 1989 and commemorates Finland's membership of the European Council. There are 4 Finnish flags, one EU flag, and an assortment of flags spelling out the word Europe, although the main feature is a set of bridges.