If you're anything like me, the first thing you do after you get up is sleepily put the kettle on for tea or coffee. In 19th century Russia, this would be a samovar. A samovar is a metal urn, used especially by Russians for heating water for making tea.
I got this card earlier this year from Liuba, who comes from a place called Tula (I looked it up on the map and found it south of Moscow). She writes that Tula is renowned for its samovars. The Russian equivalent of "coals to Newcastle" is "You don't take a samovar to Tula"
Isn't this a beautiful samovar! It's brass and dates from the late 19th/early 20th century
Liuba needed three stamps to send this card:
The stamps are from a series of images of kremlins. A kremlin is a fortified complex in a Russian city. Most historic cities have a fortress. This particular stamp shows the famous Moscow Kremlin.
I'll leave it at that as my kettle is boiling! I'm gasping for a cup of tea....
CU tomorrow with Whats On Your Workdesk Wednesday.