Tuesday, May 14, 2019

ANOTHER OLD POSTCARD


We have been doing some spring cleaning in the garage, and I came across another box with old photos, postcards and letters from my parents.  We slowed down some after that, and started reading and looking at old photos.  And so it goes.

I am sharing this one today.  It was written on the 19th of October, 1989 and its description reads, "Bridgenorth Low Town from the bank of the River  Severn in 1985."  The artist's name is Davron.

It was in my Dad's handwriting, which was a nice surprise as Mum did almost all of the letters and postcards.  She loved to write both and we wrote to each other at least once a week for many years in between phone calls.  I had been married almost 14 years, and living in the States for as long. The address showed that we were in San Diego, California.

They purchased a permanently fixed caravan on a site not too far away from the town.  They lived in South Devon and would drive up staying in the caravan sometimes for a weekend, sometimes longer.  They had family and friends who lived nearby and used to enjoy a busy social life.  

Dad wrote that they had arrived the day before, and that the weather was good, and at 10.30 a.m. the sun was shining.  He also mentioned the earthquake they saw on the news in San Francisco, and hoped that everyone was okay.

An aunt and uncle were going to be visiting them for the weekend. This would be one of my Mum's brothers.  They had also visited us here in the States with Mum and Dad, and we have some wonderful memories of those times.  

Dad ended the postcard by saying they often enjoyed stopping for a cup of tea just to the right of the picture.  Mum and Dad loved their cuppa's.  

A nice little blast from the past.  There are loads of letters I have to reread, and will enjoy doing that with my own cup of tea this week.  I will do my best to continue spring cleaning also, but those letters are calling to me now, and so it goes.



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    1. Thanks Linda, I felt so too and always love the illustrated postcards.

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  2. I love old postcards. If they've been taken by a photographer they're fascinating especially if you can compare a scene then and now and those that are painted by an artist are charming. I'm sure reading your collection of letters and postcards will bring back poignant memories.

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    1. They are wonderful aren't they? Poignant, yes, very much so :)

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  3. Carry on reading, it's more interesting than housework.

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    1. I am taking your advice Valerie ;) thank you!

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  4. Oh what fun, I still like to send postcards do you? I fear it is a dying art!
    Wren x

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    1. I agree, it is a dying art but I loved sending postcards, and now I have found a lot of them I will be sending those out now :)

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    1. Obrigado e um abraço e uma boa semana para você também :)

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  6. this is most definitely a blast from the past. I did this same thing this week end. the cabinet that needs to be cleaned out has books of old photos. I took out the first few and got caught up in looking at old photos and ended up putting them back and closing it up in the same condition it was in when is started. no old letters from me, I toss everything after I read it. but there were not many letters since I spent most of my life next door in same town with my parents

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    1. Hi Sandra, I have been clearing out a few cabinets also :) I can see living so close to your parents, there would be no need for long-distance letter writing. Nowadays of course we also have Skype and Facetime. How lovely it would be to have had had that back in the day, but I am happy for what I found in the box. I also have dozens of tapes from them in the basement. My next task!

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  7. Hello, love the postcard. It is great you saved these postcards and letters from your parents. Wonderful memories. Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week!

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    1. Thank you Eileen. Wishing you the same for the rest of the week :)

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  8. Oh, I so would love to have a box of letters like that from my mom....I really even enjoy what you share from yours.

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  9. A family’s story is a peek into the history of the times. This is reliving the past in a unique way particularly since handwriting is becoming a lost art. I think you’ve got the makings of a lovely scrapbook as you sort through the collection.

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    1. Isn't it so, couldn't agree more Penelope. And I also agree about that scrapbook :)

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    1. Thanks Christine, like flashing back in time :)

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  11. Finding old pieces of communication will stop us. Usually it's something that has been forgotten and brings back many memories.

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  12. awwww sweet letters, snail mail, i love receiving it. i guess with email, instant messaging and Facebook, snail mail seems a little antiquated at times. i often just go to my computer or phone, so i can get my message across quickly. i do still send cards...i enjoy sending and receiving cards but almost no one sends cards anymore!! my youngest son is an awesome card sender, he sends beautiful cards with such nice messages!!!

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    1. Thank you Debbie :) Yes, I do a lot via e-mail now. Not so much Facebook though. I have a mental block against Facebook, not sure why. I do a lot of text messaging too.

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  13. Hi Denise,
    How wonderful to find these old cards, looking back in time can be a real time waster but also so enjoyable.
    I fear cards are becoming a thing of the past, everyone seems to text or one of these other weird medias, such a shame, we appear to be loosing the art of writing.
    All the best, John

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    1. Hi John, agreed :) All the best to you too :)))

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  14. Fun discoveries. I'd be pleasantly sidetracked, too!

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    1. Thanks Ellen, I am already on that trail :)

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  15. How lovely to come across old letters, Denise. I love seeing my parents handwriting. I could never let them go. I love seeing your parent's route in Devon. It looks familiar to us! Enjoy reminiscing.

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    1. I thought you might enjoy that map Martha Ellen, especially from looking at that wonderful trip you took Thank you and I will enjoy :)

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  16. Nice memories! It doesn't seem very old to me. :)

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