Posts Tagged ‘2011’

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

Text says:

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,

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.

New Zealand Stamps


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Postcard number: 54
Bought in: York, UK
Sent to: Kate in Hong Kong
Date written: 15 August, 2013
Date sent: 16 August, 2013

Front of Postcard 54: Merchant Adventurers Hall, York

Back of Postcard 54: Merchant Adventurers Hall, York
Text says:

15 August 2013, London UK

Dear Kate,

In your profile you mention museums and architecture, so I thought I’d send you this postcard from the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall in York, UK. Construction of this hall began in the 1300s, and it was used in medieval times by merchants conducting business. These days it’s a museum, with exhibitions about trade in the upper areas and medicine in the undercroft (shown on this postcard).

York’s a place full of history, narrow cobbled streets, high city walls and a magnificent cathedral. My family and I visited this city in September 2011, when my daughter was less than a year old. Unfortunately she wasn’t as absorbed by the history as we were, so we didn’t have too much time to explore all the tourist attractions. However, what we did see left me hoping to return some day.

Hope all is well for you.

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Postcard number: 51
Bought in: Bath
Sent to: Zane in Latvia
Written: 20 February 2012
Sent: 25 February 2012

Front of postcard 051: Bath

Back of postcard 051: Bath

Text says:

20 February 2012, London UK

Dear Zane,

Warm greetings to you on a rather chilly day here in the UK! Most of my time in Bath – during trips in January 2008 and December 2011 – has been in similarly cold weather, wrapped up in coats against the wind and rain. That said, it’s a beautiful city. It’s on the UNESCO World Heritage list because of its Roman remains and Georgian architecture (such as the Royal Crescent that you can see on this postcard). For a time, it was also the residence of the writer, Jane Austen, and her legacy lives on in the city.

In 2008, my husband organised a surprise trip to Bath for my birthday. Before we left he downloaded a Jane Austen walking tour onto my iPod. We wandered up and down the streets, while listening to commentary and quotes from Austen’s works. Later we visited the Jane Austen Centre for a very English cream tea. A real birthday treat for a booklover like me!

We spent my daughter’s first birthday in Bath as well. Though there was less Austen involved in that trip overall, we did visit the Centre again, and bought her a ‘Pride and Prejudice’ board book from the gift shop. We also walked through Bath’s Christmas markets, stopping for mulled wine, and out to the Field of Light installation in the grounds of the Holburne Museum: thousands of tiny fibre optic lights in ever changing colours.

I’d really like to visit Bath again, one day, during summer… but even if I never do, I have wonderful memories of this beautiful city in the wind and the rain.

All the best,

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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

Text says:

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

Text says:

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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