Posts Tagged ‘2013’

Postcard number: 83
Bought at: Warwick Castle, UK
Sent to: Candice in the USA
Written: 20 April 2017
Sent: 21 April 2017



Text says:

20 April, 2017, Geelong Australia

Dear Candice,

This postcard from a family weekend away in 2013, when we were living in the UK. We’d attended a friend’s wedding the day before, I was pregnant with my son, and we had a day left with the hired car to drive further North and explore somewhere new. I’d been reading Philippa Gregory’s novels about the Wars of the Roses, and so Warwick Castle was at the top of my list.

To be honest, I hadn’t done a lot of research and I was only expecting castle ruins, so I was blown away by what we found there. Not only was the castle itself beautiful, there were also birds of prey on show, jousting tournaments, a working trebuchet, peacocks wandering around the grounds and lots of different towers full of exhibits to explore. Our two-year-old daughter very much enjoyed dressing up as a princess and I could have definitely spent more than a day at the castle, taking in all the history of the place. But for now, since I knew the date of the wedding, I’ve managed to find the photos I took that day and will spend this evening just remembering the experience…

All the best,


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

Front of postcard 66: Broadstairs

Back of postcard 66: Broadstairs

Text says:

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!


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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,

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Postcard number: 55
Bought in: Filey, UK
Sent to: Anita in Macedonia
Written: 16 August 2013
Sent: 16 August 2013

Front of postcard 55: Filey

Back of postcard 55: Filey
Text says:

16 August 2013, London UK

Dear Anita,

This postcard comes from our most recent family holiday, at a caravan park near Filey Beach in Yorkshire, UK. It’s a little grubby and bent because my two-year-old daughter recently took it into her preschool class for show & tell (one of her favourite parts of the week)!

We stayed at Filey in June this year, with my parents who were visiting from New Zealand. The sky looks blue and sunny on this postcard, but on the day we were there, it was freezing! Another beach-going family had one of the blue, yellow and red windbreaks you can see at the bottom of the card, and we huddled beside that to escape the icy wind. It definitely wasn’t a day for swimming, but my daughter still made sandcastles, piled up stones and generally enjoyed being on a holiday at the seaside.

All the best,

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