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

Front of postcard 64: Bedford

Back of postcard 64: Bedford

Text says:

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

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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

Text says:

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

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Postcard number: 62
Bought in: Ligosullo, Italy
Sent to: Elena in America
Written: 22 August 2013
Sent: 22 August 2013

Front of postcard 62: Ligosullo
Back of postcard 62: Ligosullo

Text says:

22 August 2013, London UK

Dear Elena,

Here’s a snowy postcard for you, written on a rather rainy day here in London. It was bought after coffee and conversation at a little café in Ligosullo, Italy back in 2008. It was one of those times when I wished I had learned Italian, just so I could’ve been more of a part of what was being discussed – but at the same time, it was fun just being there, listening and watching life in the village.

Ligosullo is a beautiful place, high in the mountains and close to the border with Austria. The views are amazing all year round and it looks gorgeous on this postcard with the snow on all the buildings. However I’ve been told that that steep roads can become very treacherous at that time of year.

I hope you’re well and the weather’s better where you are!

Tash

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Postcard number: 61
Bought at: Hever Castle, UK
Sent to: Julie in Canada
Written: 21 August 2013
Sent: 21 August 2013

Front of postcard 61: Hever Castle

Back of postcard 61: Hever Castle

Text says:

21 August 2013, London UK

Dear Julie,

Since moving to the UK in 2006, the Tudor period has become something of an obsession for me! I’ve watched so many television shows and movies and read so many novels set in that era, and tried to get to as many of the castles as possible.

This year my family and I finally got around to visiting Hever Castle, the childhood home of Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn. It was an absolutely freezing day so we didn’t linger long in the gardens, and my two-year-old daughter’s patience only lasted for the first floor of the castle before my husband had to take her on ahead to watch the documentaries on TV. But still, it was wonderful to see the Tudor portraits up close and to walk through the rooms used by Anne, her family and the other occupants of the castle – some set up with Tudor-style furniture, others as they would’ve been in the centuries since.

All the best,
Tash

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Postcard number: 60
Bought in: The New Forest, UK
Sent to: Foong Yi in Singapore
Written: 20 August 2013
Sent: 20 August 2013

Front of postcard 60: The New Forest

Back of postcard 60: The New Forest
Text says:

20 August 2013, London UK

Dear Foong Yi,

I’m pretty sure I bought this postcard during our long weekend of camping in The New Forest, back in 2010. It’s always a refreshing and a somewhat surprising experience to get out of London, away from built up suburban streets, tubes, buses and shopping malls, and into the English countryside.

The first time my husband and I travelled out of London – to Salisbury on the train – I couldn’t get over the difference. Suddenly there were green fields, little villages, houses with thatched roofs. This was much more like the England of my childhood storybooks and TV shows like ‘Postman Pat’.

The New Forest is a large National Park in Southern England, and there’s about 3000 wild ponies roaming free in the area. It’s lovely to watch them from a distance, but some don’t seem too friendly up close!

Tash

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Postcard number: 59
Bought in: Carlisle, UK
Sent to: Shaliza in Malaysia
Written: 20 August 2013
Sent: 20 August 2013

Front of postcard 59: Carlisle Castle

Back of postcard 59: Carlisle Castle

Text says:

20 August 2013, London UK

Dear Shaliza,

Greetings from Great Britain. This postcard is one I bought on a road trip to the North of England with my two friends from work in 2010. This castle was one of the highlights of our time in Carlisle (along with a great second hand bookshop).

Carlisle Castle is close to the border between England and Scotland and its history is strongly linked to the rivalry between the two nations. Mary Queen of Scots was housed there in the 1500s and the castle was a significant site of conflict during the Civil War and Jacobite Uprisings.

We stood on the castle walls and looked out to Scotland, imagining all the people who’d done the same thing from this site in the many centuries before us.

All the best,
Tash

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Postcard number: 58
Bought in: St. Ives, UK
Sent to: Liane in Germany
Written: 19 August 2013
Sent: 19 August 2013

Front of postcard 58: St Ives

Back of postcard 58: St Ives

Text says:

19 August 2013, London UK

Dear Liane,

When I was little, I learnt a nursery rhyme which starts ‘When I was going to St. Ives, I met a man with seven wives…’ I’m not sure if this is the St. Ives from the rhyme, but I certainly couldn’t get it out of my head as we wandered through this seaside town back in 2010.

St. Ives is a very pretty town, with cobbled streets and lots of independent shops selling paintings and crafts. Up on the hill, we went to the Tate Gallery, for more artwork and coffee at their cafe… and being in Cornwall, we had to seek out a Cornish Pasty (a baked pastry that is usually filled with meat and/or vegetables).

I hope this postcard won’t take too long to find its way to its new home (and garden!) in Germany.

All the best,
Tash

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