Dear Hilary & John, We are having a very nice holiday the weather has been very kind to us. We visited Widdicombe yesterday & today we are sitting looking at nice sea with quite large waves at Meadfoot Beach between Paignton & Torquay. Love to Mummy & Daddy. Grandad & G~~~ (Grandma to you)
A classic status update from my paternal grandparents to my brother and me. The postmark date is Newton Abbot, 1 June 1975. Five stamps adding up to 5½p which was the cost of sending a postcard second class in 1975 (this is approximately 50p in 2014).
The picture illustrates the old nursery rhyme which reads:
Tom Pearce, Tom Pearce, lend me your grey mare, All along, down along, out along lee; For I want to go to Widecombe Fair Wi’ Bill Brewer, Jan Stewer, Peter Gurney, Peter Davey, Dan’l Whiddon, ‘Arry Hawk, Old Uncle Tom Cobleigh and all, Old Uncle Tom Cobleigh and all.
Grandad died in the early eighties. Grandma was my last surviving grandparent and lived on to see me married, but missed being a Great Grandma. In actual fact she was my Dad’s stepmother, but when I was born it was decided (for ease) that she would be known as Grandma. She was a great needlewoman and textile artist and encouraged this in me. More about my love of textiles here http://www.textiletarts.co.uk/about