Archive for February, 2012

Postcard number: 050
Bought in: Chester
Sent to: Erin in France
Written: 19 February 2012
Sent: 20 February 2012

Front of postcard 050: Chester

Back of postcard 050: Chester

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19 February 2012, London UK

Dear Erin,

Our trip to Chester in January last year was the first time we had travelled outside of London with our daughter. She was a month and a half old and, to be honest, we perhaps should’ve chosen somewhere a little closer! Still, my parents were visiting from New Zealand, and Chester was a place they’d loved when they lived in the UK in the 70s, so we thought we’d give it a go.

My husband and I had done quite a bit of traveling before our daughter was born, but were fairly clueless on the topic of holidays with an infant. Would the hotel take a baby? Would we need our own cot? Why did a one month old have more bags than four adults put together?

We learnt a lot on that trip: especially about how much of the city we could realistically expect to see in a day while also attending to a baby’s needs… but I still have wonderful memories of pushing her pram around the city walls and through the cobbled streets of Chester.

All the best,


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Postcard number: 049
Bought at: Bodleian Library, Oxford
Sent to: Wayness in America
Written and sent: 18 February 2012

Front of postcard 049: The Bodleian Library

Back of postcard 049: The Bodleian Library

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18 February 2012, London UK

Dear Wayness,

To go with the Roald Dahl postage stamp, I thought I’d try to find you a bookish postcard from my collection. Unfortunately, this is the best I could do: the Convocation House, which is part of Oxford University’s Bodleian Library. I wish I could’ve sent one of the library itself, as it truly was an impressive sight – all dimmed lighting and large leather-bound books, just like something out of the Harry Potter movies. The Oxford students and other users all have to take a vow not to bring “any fire or flame” into the library (we bought a souvenir tea-towel which had the full vow on it!). I’d love to study in there – but I’d probably be too distracted by the building’s history to get any work done!

The Convocation House, located in the same area, was one of the stops on the Bodleian Library tour we did last year. I have a photo of my husband sitting on the Vice-Chancellor’s chair.

Wishing you all the best,

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Postcard number: 048
Bought at: The Globe, London
Sent to: Iris in Hong Kong
Written and sent: 17 February 2012

Front of postcard 048: The Globe

Back of postcard 048: The Globe

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17 February 2012, London UK

Dear Iris,

Since we arrived in London five years ago, I’ve spent many happy hours watching shows at the reconstructed Globe Theatre. During the 2008 season, my husband and I volunteered as stewards here – selling programmes and directing people to their seats.

From 2009 onwards, we’ve tried to see as many of their productions as possible each year, usually buying the cheaper ‘groundling’ tickets which mean that we have to stand for the entire show. The quality of the acting usually makes up for my aching feet!

Standing at the theatre wasn’t such a good idea when I was pregnant, however: five minutes into “Henry IV part one”, I fainted, falling to the floor and landing on a Coke can which apparently made a very loud noise! Embarrassed, but otherwise fine, I watched the rest of the show (and part two) from one of the seats.

The 2012 season brochure arrived in the post last week. I’m hoping we’ll get to see “Twelfth Night” and “Henry V” at the Globe this year.

All the very best,

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Postcard number: 047
Bought at: Castle Neuschwanstein, Germany
Sent to: Agnieszka and Szymon in Poland
Written: 16 February 2012
Sent: 17 February 2012

Front of postcard 047: Castle Neuschwanstein

Back of postcard 047: Castle Neuschwanstein

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16 February 2012, London UK

Dear Agnieszka and Szymon,

Since your wedding is coming up soon, I thought I’d send you a postcard that I bought on my own honeymoon back in 2006. My husband and I were married in New Zealand on the 16th of September, and five days later we left for Europe. We spent just over two months travelling around Greece, Italy, France and Germany, before arriving in the UK – where we’ve lived ever since!  It’s been such an adventure, and I feel so lucky to have had my husband by my side through it all, to share the sights and the memories of all the places we’ve visited.

With this postcard comes my very best wishes to both of you, for your wedding day and your future together.


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Postcard number: 046
Bought at: Castle Coch, Tongwynlais, Wales
Sent to: April in America
Written: 7 February 2012
Sent: 8 February 2012

Front of postcard 046: Castle Coch

Back of postcard 046: Castle Coch

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7 February 2012, London UK

Dear April,

I bought this postcard at Castle Coch in Wales back in 2007. My husband and I hadn’t been in the UK long then, and we’d often go away for the weekend to some new part of the country, catching cheap buses that took hours to get there and staying in hostels to save money.

Our hostel was in Cardiff for this trip, and I think Castle Coch was in the guidebook or I’d read about it online. So we hired bikes and rode out to the village of Tongwynlais and then pushed them up the very steep hill to this castle. It’s not as old as it looks and it wasn’t built for royalty, but it still had its stories – the ones that we were told and the ones I imagined as we walked through the rooms.

All the best for your own postcard project,

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Postcard number: 045
Bought in: Waitakere City, New Zealand
Sent to: Maryna in Ukraine
Written and sent: 1 February 2012

Front of postcard 045: Waitakere Ranges

Back of postcard 045: Waitakere Ranges

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1 February 2012

Dear Maryna,

This is the first postcard that I’ve sent for my Postcardia project in about a year and a half, so I thought it was only appropriate to choose one from New Zealand. After all, New Zealand is home for me. I grew up in the foothills of the Waitakere Ranges shown on this postcard, and spent many a weekend afternoon as a child going on walks through the native bush with my family. Back then, I was more focused on how much my feet hurt and the fact that I would’ve rather been at home reading a book – but whenever I’m back in New Zealand now, I’m struck by how beautiful the Waitakere Ranges are, how quiet and calm.

We spent two weeks in New Zealand in January this year and during that time, my parents took us to a new walking/bike track in the Waitakeres that has just been opened.  We walked along with my one-year-old in the baby backpack, pointing out the birds and trees, the waterfalls and bridges. I’m sure it’s the first of many Waitakere walks that we’ll do with her in the years to come!

Wishing you a wonderful 2012.

All the best,

This is the first postcard I’ve written for the Postcardia project since the birth of my daughter. She’s now one, and into everything. I left this postcard on the couch while I went into the kitchen for a couple of minutes. When I came back, it was in her hands, folded in half, and heading towards her mouth!

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