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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,


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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,

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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

Text says:

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: 035
Bought at: The Orchard, Granchester
Sent to: Fabi in Germany
Written and sent: 10 April 2010

Front of postcard #035: Granchester, United Kingdom

Back of postcard #035: Granchester, United Kingdom

Text says:

Dear Fabi,

 This postcard is from one of my favourite spots in England: The Orchard, in Granchester. But I picked it out from my collection of unused stationery this morning, not because of its location, but because of the feeling of warmth in the painting. It’s almost 9am now, and I’ve been sitting in our lounge for the last couple of hours, engaged in Saturday morning projects such as knitting, eating breakfast and reading chapter after chapter of the last book of the Millennium Trilogy. Meanwhile, the sun has been streaming in through the window, and I’m beginning to think that the warmer months might be on their way at last. Last night, when I went for a run, there were trees covered in white and pink blossom all along the river, and daffodils in the park.

The deckchairs in our back yard aren’t as comfortable as the ones at the Orchard. We’ve got concrete rather than grass. And sadly, there’s no one to serve me scones with jam and clotted cream. But I’m going to spend some time outside today regardless. After all, this is England. The way the weather varies from day to day, this may be all the summer we get!


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From Barbara

Here’s another postcard which arrived this week, with musical notes and thoughts of Spring from Barbara, my epal in Germany.   After taking pictures of these postcards I’m putting them up on the pin-board in my kitchen so I can see all the lovely images as I go about the usual household chores.

Front of a postcard from Barbara in Germany

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Postcard number: 025
Bought at: The Globe, London
Sent to: Tanja in Germany
Written: 17 March 2010
Sent: 18 March 2010

Front of postcard 025: The Globe, London

Back of postcard 025: The Globe, London

Text says:

17 March 2010, London UK

Dear Tanja,

I used to love the theatre when I was at high school: performing plays, reading texts, playing impromptu theatre games, singing in the choir, helping backstage, doing the lighting and so on.  These days I don’t have the time – or indeed the talent – to be a performer, but being here in London has definitely rekindled my love for the stage.  The Globe, shown on this postcard, is one of my favourite theatres, and my husband and I have recently booked our tickets for this year’s Globe season.  However, what’s amazing about this city is the variety it offers.  There’s not only Shakespeare at the Globe, there are also musicals such as Oliver and Avenue Q to see in the West End and open air theatre at Regent’s Park, comedians performing live at the Hammersmith Apollo or recording their shows in front of a live audience at the BBC’s Broadcastign House, as well as more serious plays.  We often get cheap, last minute tickets and have to sit right at the back, but it’s still great to see so many different shows!

I hope receiving this postcard has made you smile a little today,

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From Jenny

Here’s another lovely postcard that I’ve received recently.  It shows Jenny’s hometown in Germany.  She writes that she was born and raised in Castrop-Rauxel, that she’s been living there for 24 years, and she still loves it.  Sounds like a great place!

Front of postcard showing Castrop-Rauxel in Germany

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