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Postcard number: 69
Bought in: Bluestone, UK
Sent to: Andreia in Portugal
Written: 11 January 2016
Sent: 12 January 2016

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11 January 2016, Geelong

Dear Andreia,

Hello from Australia and happy New Year to you.

Going through my postcard collection this evening, I found this one from the holiday resort where we stayed for Christmas in 2014. Our last British Christmas was spent in one of these cabins at Bluestone Resort in Pembrokeshire, Wales. It wasn’t a white Christmas but it was quite a bit colder than the 34 degree day we had here in Australia this year! (Or last year :))

My in-laws had flown over for the holidays. We collected them from Heathrow and drove on to Wales. Over the next few days we explored the resort, with its walks and restaurants, spa and large indoor swimming pool, as well as driving out to Pembroke Castle. If I hadn’t been travelling with a four-year-old and an eleven-month-old, I could have definitely spent more time at the castle, learning about the history of the site which stretches back almost a thousand years.

I would have liked to visit Pembrokeshire again in the summer, but we were out of time. After almost nine years overseas, we moved back to Australia last July. I’m hoping that we’ll be back in Wales for a holiday one day.

Tash

#68: Bristol to Poland

Postcard number: 68
Bought in: Bristol, UK
Sent to: Magda in Poland
Written: 5 January 2016
Sent: 5 January 2016

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5 January 2016, Geelong Australia

Dear Magda,

Happy New Year! I hope 2016 brings many good things your way.

I’ve finally located my collection of postcards in the boxes we sent across from England last year, and decided to send this one that I bought when we visited the SS Great Britain in Bristol at the end of 2014. We were travelling back from our Christmas holiday in Wales, and already my mind was jumping forward to our own move to Australia in the months ahead. So it seemed particularly appropriate to visit this huge historic ship that carried so many emigrants from the UK to Australia back in the 1800s. How brave those early settlers must have been – to set off on a journey across the world, taking so many months. It was hard enough back then to contemplate moving our family of four from England to Australia on an aeroplane! But here we are, with hopefully many more travelling adventures ahead of us in the years to come.

All the best,
Tash

#67: Geelong to Thailand

Postcard number: 67
Bought in: Geelong, Australia
Sent to: Nuii in Thailand
Written: 31 December 2015
Sent: 31 December 2015

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31 December 2015, Geelong Australia

Dear Nuii,

I was intending to send you a postcard from my travels in Europe, but unfortunately I can’t find any of those just now. They must be in one of the boxes that we sent from England before we moved – the ones that six months later we still haven’t unpacked.

So instead I’m sending you this one which I bought more recently and which shows our new hometown of Geelong.

The waterfront is definitely one of my favourite parts of this city, with its sculptures and its painted bollards, its cafes and Fish and Chip shops. Our children love the old-fashioned carousel inside the pavillion and the playground at Eastern Beach. Recently there’s been a large floating Christmas tree moored in the bay, which lights up in the evenings.

We’re still finding our feet here in Geelong, but looking forward to exploring the region more in the months and years to come.

Wishing you all the best for 2016!

Tash

Postcard number: 66
Bought in: Broadstairs, UK
Sent to: Ksenia in the Russian Federation
Written: 30 August 2013
Sent: 30 August 2013

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Back of postcard 66: Broadstairs

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30 August 2013, London UK

Dear Ksenia,

Hope this postcard finds you well. I’m writing it in my lunch-break as the working week heads towards a close here in London. It’s been a short week at work, as Monday was a Bank holiday. We had an extra long Long Weekend too because last Friday my husband and I both took some leave to attend the wedding of two friends at a lovely rural venue near St. Albans. We stayed the night there, and then drove all the way up to Warwick Castle on the Saturday. On Sunday, we went to Box Hill, south-west of London, and on Monday we drove east to Broadstairs. We haven’t owned a car since we moved to the UK, but when we hire one we try to put it to good use!

Our intended destination for Monday was Botany Bay, but we were following the satellite navigation instructions, so ended up in Broadstairs town centre and at Louisa Bay (which is next to the one shown on this postcard). My husband and daughter played in the water for a while and then we walked around the cliff path, ate icecreams, and saw the giant inflatable giraffe and other beachside attractions – quite different to what you’d see on a beach back in New Zealand!

Tash

Postcard number: 65
Bought at: The Natural History Museum, London
Sent to: Martiina in Estonia
Written: 29 August 2013
Sent: 29 August 2013

Front of postcard 65: Wildlife photo from the Natural History Museum

Back of postcard 65: Wildlife photo from the Natural History Museum

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29 August 2013, London UK

Dear Martiina,

Greetings from London. I can’t believe I managed to find you a postcard with rabbits on it in my collection – I guess it’s a consequence of having so many cards stored up from the past few years!

On my honeymoon in 2006, we visited Paris, seeing the Louvre and Eiffel Tower and joining a rather terrifying (for me at least) night-time bicycle tour through the city streets. We took a train out to Disneyland Paris and loved the rides and the parades and the fact that the weather meant that the queues were fairly short. There were lots of tourists, lots of street sellers, but I don’t think we saw any rabbits. They don’t stand out in my memory anyway, not like the cats and dogs do for our time in Greece.

I did see this photo at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition at the Natural History Museum back in 2011. My daughter was only three months old at the time and I couldn’t get too near the photos with her in the pram (it was so crowded that day!), but I do remember this picture of the rabbits and the streetlights standing out as one of my favourites.

All the best,
Tash

I didn’t accidentally run out of space for the address here – Martiina asked that I send her card in an envelope instead. She also said on her Postcrossing profile that she liked used stamps, so I sent her these ones that came from a Christmas package that my parents sent from New Zealand.

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#64: Beford to Germany

Postcard number: 63
Bought in: Bedford, UK
Sent to: Gerald in Germany
Written: 22 August 2013
Sent: 22 August 2013

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Back of postcard 64: Bedford

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Dear Gerald,

This Bedford scene seemed an appropriate choice for today as tomorrow we’re going to the wedding of a friend who grew up in the area. In 2010 and 2012, he invited us to join him at the Bedford River Festival. The river festival runs over the length of the weekend, with parades in the town and on the river, boat races, stalls by local organisations, fairground rides, live music, food from around the world, historical re-enactments and fireworks.

It’s a really popular event, and can be crowded, which means long waits when you want to get over a bridge or pick up a ‘quick lunch’ from one of the food stalls. However, the atmosphere is relaxed and it’s a good opportunity to sit, chat and catch up, and appreciate life outside of London. The next festival’s in July 2014. I wonder if we’ll be able to attend…

All the best,
Tash

Postcard number: 63
Bought in: Houses of Parliament, UK
Sent to: Ni-San in Malaysia
Written: 22 August 2013
Sent: 22 August 2013

Front of postcard 63: Houses of Parliament

Back of postcard 63: Houses of Parliament

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22 August 2013, London UK

Dear Ni-San,

Big Ben (the Elizabeth Tower at the UK Houses of Parliament) is definitely one of the most iconic London landmarks. My first fulltime job in London was in an office located a couple of streets away from here, and every day on the way to work, I’d be dodging other tourists who were trying to get the perfect photo.

Last year, my husband, daughter and I, as well as several other local residents, were taken on a tour of the Houses of Parliament by our MP. We were allowed into both the House of Commons (decorated in green) and the House of Lords (decorated in red), as well as the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft and the broom closet where suffragette Emily Davison hid on census night in 1911 so she could claim her address as being ‘the House of Commons’.

Our one-year-old got bored listening to the tour, so she and my husband waited for the rest of the tour party in the Central Lobby. While they were waiting, my daughter apparently took her first steps in that historic building – perhaps an indication that her future’s in politics!

Tash