with love from River Tagus, Lisbon (c1982)

With love from River Tagus, Portugal 198

Hello Hilary, Happy Birthday. Yes it’s 27th Oct so hopefully this will get to you in time Hope to see you all at Christmas Take Care Love Sue xxx

Sent in plenty of time for my birthday, this greeting does not contain even the briefest of status updates – there is no clue as to why, or for how long Sue is in Portugal.  She hopes to see us ‘all’ at Christmas, suggesting that Sue knew the whole family, rather than just me. Look closely, and above ‘Miss’ she has written, in brackets, ‘I THINK’ Is she wondering if I have got married?

The crucial final number of the post mark date is missing ‘Lisbon 27 Oct 8?’ so I am guessing at ’82, but it could be later.  The stamp is from The Development of Working Tools series issued on 2nd January 1980 and in circulation until 31 August 1989.

The atmospheric picture on the front is of the mouth of the River Tagus, Lisbon.

 

This is the third Sue that has featured; sadly, also the third that I am unable to identify and with whom I have lost touch 😦 If your name is Sue and you think you recognise your own handwriting, please leave a comment – it would be lovely to reconnect… Here is the first Sue, and the second Sue

 

with love from Val d’Isère, France (1986)

With love from Val d'Isere

Dear Simon & Hiliary, Having a wonderful holiday & I’m just about managing to stay on my feet and ski. Weather apart from today has been glorious hot sunshine. Many thanks for the invitation see you end of April. Peter

This card is not actually addressed to me; however as I am included in the text (albeit incorrectly spelt) it has remained in my collection. The invitation mentioned refers to our wedding – 30 years ago 🙂

Post marked ’73 Val d’Isère Savoie 15H 15 21-3-1986′ and ‘Val d’Isère HIVER-ETE Ski, tennis, montagne, loisirs et detente’ promoting the leisure and relaxation that can be enjoyed in the area during winter and summer.

Val d’Isère is one of the most popular ski resorts in the French Alps and Peter’s upbeat status suggests that he certainly enjoyed his visit!

Peter and Simon became friends as graduate trainees working for the same firm. They subsequently lived in the same shared house. I spent quite a lot of time at the house as I was going out with Simon, and so I got to know Peter too. We are still in touch with Peter – he called me back in November for a catch up and we’ll all be getting together again soon 🙂  

 

with love from Longleat, Wiltshire (1981)

With love from Longleat

Dear Hilary, Thanks so much for your postcard. It was great to hear from you. You sound as if you are managing ok! I start nursing at Eastbourne on 6th Sept and will be living in. We are in Wilts until 28th Aug. The weather has been lovely, will write properly later, with lots of love from Ida xxx

‘Winter at Longleat’ is an interesting choice of image to send in August! And there is no mention of actually visiting Longleat and seeing the animals; the ‘lovely’ weather is featured, of course 🙂

The card is post marked ‘Devizes 18 Aug 1981 Wilts’ and also carries the feint ‘Be Properly Addressed’ post code reminder.

The 18p stamp features one of the Philip Sharland designs commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.

Here’s Ida again – it seems that she was quite prolific over the years 🙂

 

with love from The Cotswolds (1975)

With love from the Cotswolds

To Hilary, Thankyou very much for the lovely birthday card you sent me, I have forgotten exactly when your birthday is, I know it is soon so please will you let me know. My mum sends your mum her love. I am going to Wadhurst College as a boarder on Sept 10th Have fun Ida.

The text on this card offers no clues about a trip to The Cotswolds; 790 square miles of outstanding natural beauty in South West England.

Indeed the card wasn’t even posted from The Cotswolds as it bears a very clear ‘Tunbridge Wells 1.30pm 20 Aug 1975 Kent’ postmark.

Interestingly the other postmark promoting ‘The Pantiles ROYAL TUNBRIDGE WELLS’ was still being used in 1981

So, forty years ago, here is my good friend Ida dropping me a quick note to thank me for a birthday card. I still know when her birthday is, although, these days, I don’t always remember to send a card in time. I am one of those people that remembers dates, whereas Ida is one of those who doesn’t! Never-the-less, we have exchanged many other sorts of cards over the years 🙂 

 

with love from Palm Springs, California (1991)

With love from Palm Springs

14/5/91 Many thanks for your letter and John’s birthday card. Hope your problems are sorting themselves out now! Many congrats on your becoming parents for the 2nd time! We are having a great time here & after doing the tourist trip around LA, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Universal Studios & Disneyland, we hired a car this morning & went to Queen Mary and Spruce Goose, then drove here to Palm Springs went up in this cable car 9,000 feet for dinner & came down to fairyland it seemed. All lights & very warm. Love J P R & C

Phew! I’m exhausted just reading this one! Meticulous planning has ensured maximum use of the available holiday time 🙂

It’s ‘AIR MAIL’ postmarked ‘PM Palm Springs CA 15 May 1991’ and carries a 40 cent stamp featuring Lillian M. Gilbreth which is one of the Great Americans series of stamps.

The picture is of the Aerial Tramway, Palm Springs; the cars seem to have been updated since 1991; the spectacular views are much the same.

John, mentioned in the text, was my Dad’s childhood friend – their mothers were good friends – although he sadly died, suddenly, a few years after this card was written. The ‘problems’ mentioned refer to the UK recession of 1991 which caused many people, including us, to go into negative equity and lose their homes. Recessions/Banking Crises come round regular as clockwork it seems! The comment about being parents for the second time proved premature as we subsequently lost the baby early on in the pregnancy – it was a bad year. The friendship between the two families continues into the third generation and now spans over a hundred years!

 

with love from York (1991)

With love from York

Mum, Dad, Si, Hils & Tallulah, We’ve been to York today to learn a bit of Viking history. It’s quite an attractive city even when it’s wet and windy. The B&B is really smart – we’re in an old farmhouse and the fried breakfast is huge! We’ll be sightseeing on the ‘Dales’ tomorrow looking for Triston & Heriot. Had a good time with Don & Mor & Co. See you soon love Paul & Trace

The post marks are very feint on this card; the year is 1991 but the month is unclear and there is no clue in the text, since ‘wet and windy’ can occur all year round in the UK! The other post mark reads ‘The Magic of British Music THE BRITS 1991′

Inevitably, the weather features in the text, together with a descriptive status update on the accommodation and food. ‘Triston & Heriot’ refers to the popular TV series ‘All Creatures Great and Small‘ which was set in the Yorkshire Dales.

This card is written by Paul, who was, and still is, my brother-in-law. Tracey was, and still is, his wife. Presumably Simon (and Paul’s) parents were staying with us over the period as they are also addressed, along with our daughter, Tallulah, who was just a baby at the time. Lots of family info here as there is mention of Uncle, Aunt and cousins on Simon and Paul’s Mum’s side of the family – phew! We see Paul and Tracey regularly, along with ‘Mum & Dad’ and ‘Don & Mor & Co’ at family gatherings.

 

with love from Oakham, Leicestershire (1977)

With love from Oakham

Dear Hilary, hope you’re having a nice holiday – I am! At the moment we are in Rutland and we go home on Friday, hope to see you soon BYE!! Love Ida xx

Post marked ‘Oakham 5.30pm 17 Aug 1977 Leics’ as well as with the old favourite ‘Remember to use the Post Code’ and carrying the 7p stamp which was the cost of posting a small (40g) postcard in 1977

Leicestershire is a county in the middle of the UK with some beautiful market towns of which Oakham is one; close to Rutland Water and about eleven miles from the more famous Melton Mowbray.

The text is a one line status update offering no context, other than it is obviously a trip taken during school summer holidays.

 

This is another card from from Ida, my friend from early school days; I am not in electronic contact with her so I don’t think she has seen the blog yet; I have written her a couple of cards and messages, but it’ll probably be Christmas when I hear back from her – positively I hope!

 

with love from Budapest, Hungary (2015)

with love from Budapest

To Mum, Dad, Stormé, Gus, Belchior & probably a few dogs. Hope you are all having a good day 🙂 I have been exploring Budapest today – went in the Parliament Building & actually listened to some facts Mum – be proud! 96m high with 691 rooms! wow! This pic shows the Buda castle which was also very beautiful – loving all the architecture! Off to Sziget festival tomo to see Avicci & Kasabian play 🙂 Then onto Vienna & Italy! Hope trainings going well Gus, M&D having some QCT & Stormé have fun with Jake! Lots of love Jas xxxx

A recent delivery; postmarked ’19 08 15 Wien’ this carries a ‘Standard Europa’ Austrian stamp, as finding both a stamp and post box in Budapest apparently proved too difficult!

In the light of the recent problems in Budapest this description from a few weeks earlier hardly seems like the same city.

Much exciting status update info is contained in the text and note the modern usage of ‘text speak‘ abbreviations, plus plenty of exclamation marks and smiley faces – all very 21st century – compared with the writing of the 1970’s and 80’s.

Jas is my daughter who, this summer, went inter-railing in Europe. Belchior is a foreign student who is staying with us at the moment; I also offer a dog sitting service; the house can be quite hectic at times! M&D is (obviously) short for ‘Mum & Dad’, and QCT stands for ‘quality couple time’; as opposed to QFT, ‘quality family time’, both of which are slightly tongue in cheek (family) references to the importance of spending (quality) time together. Like all daughters Jas is beautiful; I love her unconditionally and I am very proud of her.

 

with love from Les Deux Alpes, France (1989)

With love from les deux alpes

Les Deux Alpes  Dear Hilary + Simon, I hope you’re keeping well. I’m fine (accept for some minor bruises). The snow is excellent and the sun’s very hot. Today we skied at 3500 metres and could see Mont Blanc. See you again soon Robert x

Post marked ’38 Les Deux Alpes Isere 16H 22-3-1989′ and ‘Les 2 Alpes Dauphiné.Isère France 1650-3600m Ete-Hiver’ which reminds us that the Alps can be enjoyed in both Summer and Winter.

Another 80’s status update from France – go high enough anywhere in the Alps on a clear day and you’re pretty much guaranteed a view of Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Europe.

The cartoons on the front ring as true in 2015 as they did 25 years ago – in the big resorts there are still long queues at the lifts, the wide open pistes are still crowded and the ploughs still give little consideration to anything in their way.

We met Robert on an earlier ski trip and, as was customary at the time, exchanged postal addresses with a view to possibly meeting up on subsequent holidays.  I do not recall skiing with Robert again and we are no longer in touch.  

 

with love from Scotland (1978)

With love from Scotland

Dear Hiraly,  We are in Scotland and having a brilliant time. We’ve had quite a lot of lousy weather but the last two days have been boiling. The other day we went to Loch Ness it’s really huge  22½ miles by 1½ miles! We didn’t see any sign of monster so we all sat & stared at Neil instead! ow! He just hit me. I hope you had a topping holiday what ho! By the way did I tell you I have definitely & decidedly gone right off Pete. You’re right he is a ugly spotty little weed! I don’t know how I ever could have liked him! Who’s the latest love in your life. I hope you’re luckier than me (that’s right I ain’t got one booked) I’d better go now not much room left. Lots of love Jacq x

PS I will write or phone you up so you can tell me what time you want me to come etc See you soon.

PSS Mum sends best wishes to everyone

Post marked Aberdeen 29th July 1978 and Jackie and I are still writing and apparently visiting each other. Once the status update is dealt with, Jackie gets on with the serious  business of teenage angst about our favourite topic, boys – it seems I was none to complimentary about her recent beau!

The other postmark is a different version of the post code reminder – it states ‘ABERDEEN is mechanised Letter Office PLEASE USE THE POSTCODES’. The whole point of postcodes being that mail could be mechanically, rather than manually, sorted.

Jackie’s brother Neil is mentioned in the card – Neil was the same age as my brother; it worked out really well when they lived right next door!