The hightlight of the week so far must be this gorgeous cover received from Baghdad, Iraq. Courtesy of a private swap from Milad E. Zia. Thank you very much!!The lovely stamp franked on the upper top right corner belongs to the "Environment Protection" series, issued on 29 March 2009. Interestingly, it shows black smokes (in the shapes of scorpions??) coming out of 2 chimneys towards a big hole in the sky. There are also withering trees in the background and 4 birds flying away. Cool!
Next is a colourful stamp from a set of 5 to promote "Iraqi Tourism Week" from 19-24 November 2008. Strangely, they were issued only on 15 July 2009.This cover was postmarked on 13 September 2009 and took 19 days to reach me.