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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: 57
Bought at: Warner Bros. Studio Tour, Watford
Sent to: Ekaterina in Switzerland
Written: 17 August 2013
Sent: 18 August 2013

Front of postcard 57: Warner Bros. Studio Tour
Back of postcard 57: Warner Bros. Studio Tour

Text says:

17 August 2012, London UK

Dear Ekaterina,

Here’s a part of the UK that you may recognise from the movies: Diagon Alley. To enter this street however, you don’t have to tap out a pattern on the bricks. You just have to take a train up from London, and then a bus, and queue for your turn on the Warner Bros. Studio tour. Or at least, that’s what my mother-in-law and I did last year.

I’ve been a Harry Potter fan for the last decade – read all the books, seen all the movies, even had a Hermione toothbrush at one point – and it was quite an experience to walk amongst the Diagon Alley shops, to step on the Knight Bus and to buy some Every Flavour Beans (sadly the line was just too long for butterbeer!), while listening to the audioguide explain what life was like behind the scenes of the movies.

All the best,
Tash

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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

Text says:

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,
Tash

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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