With love from Germany (1981)

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Dear Hilary, 11.00am Hope you are getting on OK in Norway as I’m sure you are. We have been in Germany 2 days and are really enjoying ourselfs. The weather is really hot – 90°, but as we are not near the sea-side we have to make do with 2 olympic size swimming pools on camp (Army Camp!) and at Winsen Aller there is a lovely lake where we can go wind surfing and water skiing. 12.30am Have been to Hannover tonight with Martin, Alan’s mate – Really nice at night. Will write properly soon Vanessa xx

This card is clearly postmarked ‘BAD HARZBURG 8.8.81’ and I received it shortly after arriving to live and work in Norway.

It sounds as though Vanessa would have preferred a beach holiday to an inland holiday, despite the lake and the swimming pools offered at the military base.

Sadly I have no recollection of Vanessa (or Martin and Alan mentioned in the text)… which is a shame as her writing is plentiful, informative and descriptive 🙂

With love from South Africa (c1988)

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MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR Best Wishes Kevin

A short, sweet, seasonal greeting from South Africa!

Kaapstad (Capetown) is just about visible on the postmark but the date of 1988 is a bit of a guess!

The 40c stamp features Frithia Pulchra and is part of the 1988 definitive succulent series.

Another card from Kevin 🙂

With love from Epcot Center (1991)

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To Hilary, Simon & Tallulah. We are having a great holiday, the weather is really hot, which makes a change! We have been busy visiting Disney World, Epcot, Sea World & the Kennedy Space Centre. Today we have been to Universal Studios & tonight we are going to a show with as much food & drink as you want! See you soon love Joanne & Nick

Phew! I’m exhausted just reading all this! Joanne & Nick are packing in the attractions during their stay.

Postmarked ‘ORLANDO 02 JUL 1991’ the card carries a 40 cent airmail stamp featuring William T. Piper. Another postmark featuring National Flag Day, which occurs each year on June 14, reminds us to ‘Pause For The Pledge‘ (this is partly obscured).

I have known Joanne nearly all my life; she is a bit younger than me and I remember her being born.  Our families enjoyed regular weekend visits to each other’s homes as well as many camping and caravaning trips together around the UK.  Her dad, John, was my dad’s best man and vice versa; our families have been friends for three generations now – it remains to be seen whether our off-spring will have the same commitment and stamina!

With love from Fallingbostel (1979)

With love from Fallingbostel 1979

Dear Hilary! I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a lucky New Year 1980. I’m always totally stressed before Christmas, so I send you only this card with the hope that we can continue our correspondence also 1980. Anyway have a nice holiday, many Christmas presents and perhaps a party at Christmas Eve. Yours Claudia

This card features another Christmas Greeting from Germany – the cards are very similar and sent just a year apart.  The German text roughly translates as ‘A merry Christmas and a happy new Year’.

The postmark is clearly visible and is dated ‘FALLINGBOSTEL 21.12.79’  There is another postmark promoting the town of Fallingbostel with its Kneipp Spa and Luftkurort.

Schloss Rheydt, featured on the 60 pfennig stamp, is a Renaissance palace in Rheydt, Mönchengladbach. The stamp is part of the definitive series issued in 1977 featuring strongholds and castles.

Another card from Claudia who was not ‘stressed’ at all when I met her in London on Sunday! Having not communicated for some 20 years we have now managed to meet up In Real Life twice within the space of twelve months!  Happy Days 🙂

 

With love from Market Harborough (1097)

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Weather OK so far – scenery very changeable. Went through Leicester yesterday but are back in the countryside today.  Been through 77 locks so far – only another 120 to go! Glad I’m the Galley Slave! John’s the Captain. Regards Jo & John

The picture shows the famous and challenging Foxton Locks in Leicestershire (UK), which continue to be a popular destination for canal users and onlookers today.

Clearly postmarked ‘LOUGHBOROUGH 17 SEP 1987’ the card also carries another postmark reminding us to ‘Pass on your postcode’ – it was now more than 10 years since postcodes became a requirement on UK mail and we still needed reminding!

Jo & John again, who, as I recall, went on several canal boat holidays and were so enthusiastic about them that Simon and I decided to try it one year 🙂