Dear Hiral – greetings from sunny Sandown & for once my luck is in, it actually is quite hot. Have been doing my first sunbathing of the season this afternoon. Am going to a glassworks & bird place tomorrow. Going to see my parents on Thursday for a few days – sorry to miss you. We’ve nearly finished the decorating! See you soon – love Anne xx
This is a different Anne from the one previously featured as indicated by the greeting – my nickname from school. As ever, when holidaying in the UK the weather is of interest – a ‘summer’ holiday can often include several days of rain! The glass works mentioned was established 10 years earlier and continues to produce beautiful hand blown glass.
The postmark date is Portsmouth & Isle of Wight, 11 Aug 1982 and the stamp is a second class 12½p for a small postcard.
The other postmark says ‘Be properly addressed POSTCODE IT’. This card does not include the postcode, it was still delivered; it was now eight years after postcodes were supposedly obligatory.
Anne and I were in the same friendship group at senior school, along with Sara, and we all went on to the same 6th form further education college. I selfishly abandoned my friends, in favour of the Canadian boyfriend, and was lucky that they tolerated and forgave my behaviour. Anne is clever and articulate; she wrote long, chatty, detailed letters to me in Norway – the writing often spanning several days. I am still in touch with Anne, via Christmas cards and emails, but we have not met up for some years now.
The Isle of Wight is like another country – really stunning and the Isle of Wight Glass works continue to be inspired by the Island (the founder – Michael Harris – had previously worked on the Island of Malta. I have put a link to my collection of Isle of Wight Glass here.
Hiral missed out – big time!
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