22nd Nov Dear Hilary, I’m having a lovely time the weather is good except for the first few days when we were seasick. Today we are going on a tour around an Island called Las Palmas. I hope you are feeling well Love Helen
The SS Australis, pictured on the front, travelled between Britain and Australia & New Zealand, calling at various ports along the way – Las Palmas (Gran Canaria) obviously being one of them.
The postmark date is not clear, but I believe that this must have been sent in 1974, as General Franco (featured on the stamp) died in November 1975
Helen and her family emigrated to New Zealand and this card seems to be from the voyage to their new life on the other side of the world. However, a few years later they returned to the UK. Despite several internet searches, I have not been able to reconnect with Helen.
Hello Hilary! I send you many greetings from the danish island Møn. I stay here with 5 friends. We rent a house very near to the sea and the beach. The weather has been very good for the whole week and I got very brown. I’ll soon write more. Yours Claudia
This card from Møn is postmarked ‘STEGE 14.30 8 8 1981’ and carries a 1 krone 30 stamp commemorating the oldest Danish coin.
Claudia is enjoying some good weather in Denmark; she sent this card to me not long after I’d arrived in Norway.
There are now many cards posted here from Claudia – she continues to communicate regularly although these days it is usually via WhatsApp 🙂
Sunday. so far so good, chickens and deckchairs aside. Having lots of fun – loads of swimming, snorkelling (have seen some great fish!), sunbathing etc Food – dirt cheap & the beer. We’re hiring scooters to see ruins of Heraklion tomorrow then a jeep to visit Vai (of bounty advert fame) & some other places. Have 2 trips planned too; a cretan evening with apt food & entertainment in scenic spot & an approx 10 mile walk along biggest gorge in Europe (apparently) + desparately needed boat ride! Loads of banana trees about. Malia‘s a pleasant combination of old traditional & new touristy. Hope to see you soon (after 25th) love Sara, Simon x
There seems to be an entire ‘rough guide’ to Crete contained in this message! Sara and Simon are certainly making the most of their trip.
Unfortunately, the card carries no postmark, so I am guessing this was sent around 1987
The 32 drachma stamp is from the Greek Gods series issued in 1986
Sara and I have been friends since school and continue to see each other regularly – I’m not sure if she still uses my nickname from way back, Hiral… that’s the thing about nicknames, you don’t notice them after a while!
Dear Hilary, You will gather I’ve made it to the sun, well some sun, but also cloud, but it is warm. The Island is beautiful – gorgeous flowers in profusion. The Atlantic seems always to be in fury. I tried to swim in it one day but the undercurrents were frightening so have stuck to the pool. Hope all is well with you, love Auntie Joyce
What an evocative and descriptive status update from back in the day – the picture on the front confirms the colourful flowers and we can imagine the waves crashing to the shore!
Postmarked ’18 FEB 82 TENERIFE’ the card carries 20 pesetas of stamps featuring King Juan Carlos I from the 1976-84 definitive series.
It is unclear which of the Canary Islands Joyce is visiting, but the postmark suggests that it is Tenerife.
This is an earlier card from Auntie Joyce who appears to be holidaying alone on this occasion. She has always loved cultivating flowers in her garden and is continually on the look out for new varieties. I remember that Auntie Joyce was a strong swimmer; it seems that she was wise to stick to the pool. About 6 months ago some of my family met Auntie Joyce with members of her family for a bit of a reunion and a saunter down memory lane – it was good to catch up 🙂
OK, so where has the sun gone? We had a really hot weekend, spent partly on the beach (the children were brave enough to go in the sea) and on educational pursuits – Carrisbooke Castle + Bembridge windmill. Today we’re off to the Blackgang Chine theme park and over the cliffs tomorrow. See you soon A + T xx
One of my favourite types of card – a map showing all the places that are mentioned, plus a great little riddle on the side!
It’s postmarked ‘PORTSMOUTH 30 MAY 1989 ISLE OF WIGHT’ in green ink, which is less common. The other postmark is partly obscured, possibly it says ‘WE LEAD’, but who or what this refers to is a mystery.
An earlier card from Amanda and Tony.
Dear Hilary, thanks very much indeed for your postcard. Are you living in London now? Hope your course is going well. I am doing SRN and am into my last year now (3rd), I will remember your b.day this yr! love to your family, love Ida xxx
Another perfect little status update from Ida, who appears to have settled in Eastbourne.
The postmark reads ‘SUSSEX COAST 1 OCT 198_’ and I am guessing it’s early eighties.
My ‘course’ and the fact that Ida thinks I might have been living in London are both confusing – I cannot recall the course and I have never lived in London!
Ida and I remain intermittently in touch but we have not met for many years.
Dear Hiraly, we are in beautiful sunny Spain and having a great time. We’re staying in the place on the front of the postcard. I’ve put a dot & a cross where I think our villa is. It’s a bit hard to distinguish one from another at that distance but never mind! So far I haven’t had time to write postcards but I’ve got a headache at the moment which really throbs so I haven’t been swimming. Too much sun I expect! I’m convinced I’ve got sunstroke though! I’ve bought myself some snorkelling stuff (very cheap here) and we (me, Neil, Ally, Paula, our friends) went snorkelling off the rocks. It was great fun. We saw shoals of fish, black very spiky sea urchins which I so cleverly got stuck in her big toe despite wearing plastic sandals. Luckily we managed to get most of it out. Trust me. I’d better go there’s not much space left as you can see. Hope to see you at end of summer love Jackie xxx PS Neil saw an octopus. I’ve never got of the sea so fast.
Another card from Jackie with her distinctive method of writing all around the edge and back across the top! Despite feeling under the weather she’s managed to pack a lot of news and anecdotes into the space. The cross she refers to is just visible to the right of the trunk and on the wooded area in the distance; the dot is just below it.
The postmark date is 16 06 1979 and the stamp is one of a set of three encouraging us all to save energy.
Porta de la Selva is featured on the front and still looks much the same although that tree might have gone now!
Jackie was seemingly quite a prolific card writer and enjoyed many holidays with her family.
To Mum & Dad x Been to some pretty cool places recently but missing the famolam!♥ Hope home life is still plodding along… Cannot wait for some QFT in October ☺ Love you both lots – Thanks for all the support hugs & kisses Tallulah (aka: your ‘seafarer’ daughter ☺)
This carries the postmark ‘TZABPOY 24.08.15’ which I have identified as the tiny hamlet of Tzavros on Corfu, Greece. The stamp is very colourful featuring an underwater scene and is part of a set issued in 2015 entitled ‘Diving Tourism’, promoting Greek tourism and the diving opportunities to be found there.
The picture on the front is self explanatory featuring the old town and fortress of Corfu which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The use of symbols and punctuation identifies this as a 21st century message which is simply ‘missing you and looking forward to seeing you’.
Tallulah is my daughter who travels the world working as a super yacht deckhand; this billionaire industry is jaw dropping… Tallulah loves being on the water and her trips home are becoming less frequent. However, in October 2015 we did enjoy QFT (quality family time) when she was back for a few weeks. Home life does, indeed, plod along – that’s the beauty of home; always there and always more or less the same – enduring security and insurance for the traveller! Like all daughters Tallulah is beautiful; I love her unconditionally and I am very proud of her.
Friday 24th August. Dear Hilary, Enjoying my holiday weather is very bad guest house and surrounding countryside are very nice though. We will be moving on to South Devon on Sunday, then we will go home on Wednesday We are off visiting friends tonight. Will write when I get home Love Helen
Postmarked ‘North Devon 7.00pm 28 August 1979’
A later card from Helen who, despite the ‘bad’ weather, appears to be enjoying another holiday in Devon with her family.
Lynmouth and Lynton are tucked away on the North Devon Coast (UK) and continue to be a popular destination ‘away from it all’ – not much has changed in 40 years.
Helen and I were friends in primary school; she emigrated, with her family, to New Zealand for a while, but they later came back. This card was written five years after I had moved away from my early childhood home. Sadly, I did not maintain contact with Helen and, as yet, I have been unable to trace her through the wonder of the internet.
Dear Hilary, Having a lovely time, I have just been to my uncles farm And seen all his horses And we went to the beach a few times and went in the sea Love Helen
This is one of the oldest postcards that I have – the postmark date is August 1972
The other postmark is asking us all to ‘Remember to use the post code’.
The stamp cost 3p (first class) which is approximately 37p in 2014
The view of the railway along the coast remains unchanged (although it was devastated by the storms in early 2014) however the trains have been updated slightly.
I have lost touch with Helen.