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All of a sudden I have a stack of postcards and letters to reply to! I’m slowly working my way through, but my message board is still full of letters…

Today I have a set of postcards to send (to Turkey, India and 2 to Russia), and a letter heading to Australia I meant to post before I went away for a few days. I had to open it up again and add another note and a postcard from Mallorca 🙂 I didn’t send any cards when I was away as I only had a few days to explore, so I’m sending a few from home instead. I’ve realised now I should have bought more cards, there’s only just enough to send to everyone I’d really like to… Also heading off soon are a couple of postcards accompanying a letter to Pakistan (once I’ve written the letter!).

And the postcards I’m replying to:

Flowers and a monastery from Russia; a postcard from the Postcrossing meet-up in Bangalore, India; and a view of Antalya from Turkey.

Month of Letters – 24th to the end

So Friday night (24th Feb) I did a load of of letter writing and swap sorting, spent a small fortune on postage of Saturday, had visitors on Sunday, then woke up on Monday and decided I really wasn’t well enough to do things like get out of bed. Probably explains my tiredness for the past week… But I have just about posted an item every day this month, with a couple of delays and make up days.

To finish the monthly report – outgoing post:

25th – My final item for the swap-bot ‘month of happy mail’ swap. I made a weeks worth of positive notes and little gifts – 7 notes and gifts individually wrapped. It’s based on another swap I once did and really enjoyed.

I wrote a few nice quotes and some hopefully cheerful notes on a variety of postcards and note cards, then put each note in separate envelopes with a little wrapped gift. I raided my little gifts stash, I hope they enjoy everything. I did forget to pack the chocolate raisins so I’ve eaten them instead!

26th – Technically posted the day before, I sent off a swap for a homemade pillow case. I’ll post about it separately soon.

27th / 28th – I started to recover from my cold/ flu type thing to realise there’s 3 birthdays coming up in the next week or so! So I dug out a few cards, and added a little gift and letter to one to a penfriend. There’s only 1 I’m fully confident will arrive in time!

The round-up:

In February I’ve posted 31 items to 10 different countries – UK, USA, India, Netherlands, Slovenia, Italy, Germany, Russia, Turkey, and Australia. I’ve spent £47.32 in postage. I have one letter to write still outstanding that I feel a little guilty for being so slow to reply to, but it’s a first letter and I want to do a good job of it.

I don’t as fully track incoming post, just enjoy it and blog about it occasionally, but I’ve had a whole mix of stuff. I don’t think I’ve received more than normal despite sending nearly every day, but maybe that benefit will come as replies over time.
I’ve also realised I do much better at keeping to resolutions when I have a challenge to meet, even if there’s no competition or consequences. Maybe especially then, it’s just me trying to be better but not stressing over anything extra. I don’t have great will-power or determination so I need something else as well… The next challenge begins as the last one ends – now it’s Lent! Can I really fully give up milk instead of the half-way I’ve been doing for years? And will it make much difference? Let’s find out…

Lettermo 21st – 23rd

I’ve been writing, I’ve just been bad at updating…

A few days of incoming post:

3 of these are from the Swap-bot ‘happy mail all month’ swap – a colouring card with flower seeds, a selection of stationery items, and a postcard of a wooden bridge apparently common to certain areas of USA. The cat face card also comes from USA as part of the ‘postcard roulette’ swap.

Outgoing:

21st – I made this scrapbooked art letter thing I have forgotten the name of a while ago but never figured out who to send it to… the ‘happy mail all month’ swap seemed appropriate 🙂


22nd – a letter to a penfriend in Germany

23rd – I didn’t feel up to letter writing this evening although I have 2 I want to get out over the weekend… today I’m sending a postcard to Italy through Postcard United. She likes UNESCO sites so I’m sending Strutts Mill in Belper.

Lettermo – 3 in 1

Yesterday I had a visitor all day, and tomorrow I’ll be out all evening, so today I’ve written several cards and letters to keep me up to date 🙂

Outgoing:

A postcard from the V&A museum off to USA in reply to a Valentine’s postcard, I’ll write properly when I have enough brain power to do it well. A short letter off to Australia to an old penfriend who doesn’t really write anymore but I don’t want to give up on yet. She sent a Christmas card so I’m just saying hello. And a letter to a fairly new penfriend in the Netherlands, with my last Agatha Christie stamp.

(Yesterday’s) incoming:

A beautiful note card and tape samples from my ‘happy mail all month’ partner.

A great selection of goodies from the Swap-bot stationery supplies swap. Postcards, note cards, writing sets, envelopes, and some labels and stickers. I was very happy to receive this one 🙂

Challenging myself to send something every day is definitely keeping me on track this month…

Lettermo – halfway and a bit

Today is also yesterday’s update because that never happened…so received yesterday:

A beautiful moonlit mountain view from Russia, and a Valentine’s postcard perfectly timed to arrive on Valentine’s Day! Reading beyond the fun illustration the butchered hearts idea is actually a bit creepy…

Sent yesterday:

A view of Winnats Pass (Peak District) at sunrise, to Russia in reply. Last time I was here there was a snow storm and we all slipped our way to the bottom of the pass in a desperate attempt to escape the hills…I’d like to go back in better weather sometime!

Received today:

It’s a view of the Virgin of Vallivana, a Postcard United card from Italy. I’m several cards in the positive on both postcard sending sites currently…when does the system figure out if I’m not keeping up?! Intriguingly, it appears to have a 1980 Vatican post stamp but the sender lives in northern Italy and there’s no postmark, so I’m not sure if this card went through the Vatican or not… I think the card might be fairly old too. It did take 54 days to reach me, maybe it is from the past!

Sent today:

A letter to a penfriend in Australia, I’m slowly working down the stack of overdue replies…

And the stamps from the last couple of days:

Lettermo day #13, and Postcrossing at its most boring

Is it really only Monday? I could really do with some more days off…

Outgoing today:

2 cards in the Swap-bot ‘postcard roulette’ – one assigned partner and one selected by the sender from a list of participants. The flowers are to my assigned swap partner in Canada, and Tower Bridge is headed to Germany to my randomly chosen second partner. I wonder how many cards I’ll receive this time…

Incoming today: the most boring Postcrossing card ever. I’m so uninspired I haven’t even registered it yet. Blank white envelope, printed on postage, ID on the envelope and a completely blank black and white local view postcard inside. No message, no information, not even a real stamp to admire…what’s the point?! Add to that I’m now 3 postcards up on Postcrossing so I haven’t even earned this disappointment yet. I need nice things to get me through this week!

Month of letters day #9

Is it only the 9th February?! It’s feeling like a hard month…

Outgoing today:

It’s a ‘figure of a hand showing cabbalistic signs and sigils ca. 1775 from a manuscript of demonology’ that I got from a London museum, off to a postcard pal in USA who I believe has an interest in the spiritual and historic.

Incoming today:

These are Swap-bot travelling postcards! Purely by chance travelling within the UK for this round. I’ll add my name and hang on to them until next month 🙂

Lettermo day #7

It’s only Tuesday and this week already feels like hard work…so I’m just writing postcards until I have a bit more energy. I got this card of Ironbridge when I was home over Christmas. It’s not that far but I don’t think I’ve been since I was at school! It’s heading to a postcard pal who is now in London, I’ve got a note that she likes UNESCO sites so hopefully she’ll like this one 🙂

A sunny day out

Today I travelled North and Space_wolf (hello!) travelled South to meet up in York, somewhere in the middle. And a good day out was had by all 🙂 It’s a beautiful city, I always enjoy visiting, and I have so many photos of York Minster by now but here’s a few more!

I have also gained some cake from Betty’s tea room’s, another favourite place 🙂

Month of Letters day #4:
This postcard of York city walls and Minster is headed to a postcard pal in India…
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