I love postcards, especially old ones. I have inherited a box of old letters and postcards from my grandparents which make fascinating reading.
Since we got our holiday cottage I have been on the look out for old postcards of the local area, and here are a few on display at the cottage. I find them even more fascinating if they have been sent, so have the stamps, date, message and address on the back too. It makes me wonder where they have been in the intervening 50, 60, even 70 years or more., and about the writers and recipients.
I have a few of the local postcards on display in the cottage. In the hall way I have this flower frame (an ebay purchase)
and here are some more “stuffed” into a simple Ikea picture holder on the mantle piece.
Finally here is the back of one of the cards
However, are postcards dying out? Do you send postcards anymore? I now only send 3 a year, to international friends I never see, as a way of keeping touch in-between christmas cards.
A recent article by India Knight in The Sunday Times said
Britons are sending an incredible 30m more postcards annually than they were five years ago, according to the Post Office. I find this the most cheering news, obsessed as I am with the tragic demise of “proper”, as in pen-and-ink, correspondence.
Most of the people writing out the postcards could e-mail instead, or send a charmless text; what with sophisticated mobile phones and digital cameras, they could even send images of their whereabouts. But no: they choose the slightly cheesy postcard instead.
Perhaps it’s a form of bragging – “I’m on a golden beach and you’re not” – but it is also a long overdue and welcome return to the poetic and evocative art of putting pen to paper…….I hope that this newfound love of the postcard eventually translates into a rediscovery of the joys of letter writing: whatever you can say in person, or electronically, is 100 times more resonant and significant if it’s written down – even if it’s only “Wish you were here”.
Do you ever send postcards from your holidays anymore? Let me know.
Finally an older layout to share, along the post card theme
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Our 5 weeks at the cottage is nearly at an end. We have one more week back here in August, before the kids return to school, so alas it is time to pack up, clean, and head home.
This past week has been a bit tougher than the previous weeks as I have had a flare up/reoccurrence of my shingles. It is a bit of a pain (literally!) but seems to be settling down. Fortunately my husband is still on his holidays so that has really helped, as has a sympathetic GP who was able to get us the prescription by a phonecall/fax within a few hours.
So on to other things
A digital layout to share, my daughter and a friend from England enjoying some time together.
Finally, I received this award this morning
from another Northern Ireland blogger Leanne at See the Woods and The Trees.
It originated from Memoirs of a Mommy
The rules of sharing the Love are very simple.
MemoirsofaMommy says the rules of this award are: SHARE THE LOVE!!! Share this award with all those blogs out there that you love. All the people who make you smile. All those that make you laugh. All those that make your day. All those that leave uplifting comments on your blog. **All I ask, is that you include a link to this post with the award and ask your recipient to do the same**
Obviously I will oblige.
Here are the blogs I have chosen for this award
Take 90 West
I have missed you while you took your bloggy break – glad to have you back
Musings of a Housewife
For helping me to finally makeover my blog
Because she is always there for me with a prayer and a smile
Because she reminds me to find the joy in parenting
I thinks that is all for tonight.
I can here the Wii Fit calling my name
Take care until next time.