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…

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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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Incoming postcards – time to consult an atlas

I was just think that Postcard United wasn’t much different from Postcrossing except the clunkier website, when a couple of much more unusual cards arrived 🙂 Along with a few from travelling postcard pals and wandering family it’s been a proper global postal experience opening my letter box!

From top left: my Turkish postcard pal was visiting Athens and sent me this card of traditional Greek things; my Dad was in Spain (and wearing shorts while my extremities froze off, not fair!); the beautiful and mysterious looking girl is from a postcard pal in Russia, and I really like it although I have no clues about who or what it’s of; the lovely pink building is the Nassau public library, all the way from the Bahamas – first ever card from there 🙂

And another first, a postcard and bank note from Guyana celebrating the anniversary of their independence. I’ll admit to checking the map for this one – north eastern South America if your geography is also lacking a little south of the equator 🙂 I’m slowly and accidentally acquiring a foreign note collection, and I’ve checked the exchange rate – $50 is worth £0.20! Presumably it has more value in Guyana? Or possibly not if they’re posting them out to random postcarders… And I’ll take the stamps off the envelope and add them to my coffee table stamp display, it needs a bit of attention after moving house…

Who knows what and where I might receive next!

Outgoing postcards

I haven’t sent many postcards for a while, there’s been a lot of other things going on. But this morning I had the urge to post things! There’s a few replies to postcard pals and 6 cards through Postcards United. I thought I’d try it out and it’s a frustrating but addictive site, I’ve definitely got a lot more variety of countries in this batch. I have a feeling I’ll be alternating Postcrossing and Postcards United for a while…

The instagram camera is off to a postcard pal in Turkey, the cacti are going to a postcard pal in Russia, the night train is travelling to China, the London railway map poster is going to South Korea, old Queen Victoria is headed for the Bahamas, butterfly stamp to Indonesia, Matlock Bath is off to Luxembourg, the Derby Roundhouse illustration is going to Australia, and the mountain view is for a postcard pal in Hong Kong.

And now I’m off to post them all!

More outgoing postcards

I’m aware that my blog is currently postcards and other post, but I’m blaming fairly recent surgery and very recent flu for a general lack of energy for doing much else. There’s a few sewing projects near completion, and some nice photos and scrapbooking to share sometime – as usual maybe next weekend!

So more postcards. I’ve been trying out Postcards United after seeing a few posts about it, not had any back yet but there should be some due…

The vintage railway poster is going to a new postcard pal in Hong Kong / Meditating Malcolm the cat is off to Germany as my 3rd September postcard diary (note the monkey arm curling round, more on that at the end) / the macaroons are going to Norway to someone who likes food, and I don’t have a lot of food cards that aren’t cake or ice-cream! / my last Derbyshire Life magazine card is off to Macau / the shaped owl card is going to Malaysia to a recipient who likes shaped cards and owls.

And the stamps! because I’ve acquired some nice ones recently.

Recent issue Great Fire of London stamp, monkey animail – his arm curls around the card as he hangs! There’s even a line to show where to fold the stamp! And there’s a koala and a bat and a snake holding a book! And I’m much too excited about these 🙂

And finally the UK’s most boring stamp because I came across a weird request – “I collect Automatenmarken(ATM) – {automatic stamp, variable value stamp, machine vending stamp, postage labels, electronical stamp…” Is this what she meant? Or have a sent someone a boring stamp when they could have had an orangutan?!