Wish you were here? – Show and Tell

I love postcards, especially old ones. I have inherited a box of old letters and postcards from my grandparents which make fascinating reading.

Since we got our holiday cottage I have been on the look out for old postcards of the local area, and here are a few on display at the cottage. I find them even more fascinating if they have been sent, so have the stamps, date, message and address on the back too. It makes me wonder where they have been in the intervening 50, 60, even 70 years or more., and about the writers and recipients.

I have a few of the local postcards on display in the cottage. In the hall way I have this flower frame (an ebay purchase)

and here are some more “stuffed” into a simple Ikea picture holder on the mantle piece.

Finally here is the back of one of the cards

However, are postcards dying out? Do you send postcards anymore? I now only send 3 a year, to international friends I never see, as a way of keeping touch in-between christmas cards.

A recent article by India Knight in The Sunday Times said

Britons are sending an incredible 30m more postcards annually than they were five years ago, according to the Post Office. I find this the most cheering news, obsessed as I am with the tragic demise of “proper”, as in pen-and-ink, correspondence.

Most of the people writing out the postcards could e-mail instead, or send a charmless text; what with sophisticated mobile phones and digital cameras, they could even send images of their whereabouts. But no: they choose the slightly cheesy postcard instead.

Perhaps it’s a form of bragging – “I’m on a golden beach and you’re not” – but it is also a long overdue and welcome return to the poetic and evocative art of putting pen to paper…….I hope that this newfound love of the postcard eventually translates into a rediscovery of the joys of letter writing: whatever you can say in person, or electronically, is 100 times more resonant and significant if it’s written down – even if it’s only “Wish you were here”.

Do you ever send postcards from your holidays anymore? Let me know.

Finally an older layout to share, along the post card theme

For more Show and Tell Friday visit There’s No Place Like Home

Our 5 weeks at the cottage is nearly at an end. We have one more week back here in August, before the kids return to school, so alas it is time to pack up, clean, and head home.

This past week has been a bit tougher than the previous weeks as I have had a flare up/reoccurrence of my shingles. It is a bit of a pain (literally!) but seems to be settling down. Fortunately my husband is still on his holidays so that has really helped, as has a sympathetic GP who was able to get us the prescription by a phonecall/fax within a few hours.

So on to other things

A digital layout to share, my daughter and a friend from England enjoying some time together.

Kit used – Circle of Friends by Katie Hadfield and Lili, available at The LilyPad Digital Store

Finally, I received this award this morning

from another Northern Ireland blogger Leanne at See the Woods and The Trees.

It originated from Memoirs of a Mommy

The rules of sharing the Love are very simple.

MemoirsofaMommy says the rules of this award are: SHARE THE LOVE!!! Share this award with all those blogs out there that you love. All the people who make you smile. All those that make you laugh. All those that make your day. All those that leave uplifting comments on your blog. **All I ask, is that you include a link to this post with the award and ask your recipient to do the same**

Obviously I will oblige.

Here are the blogs I have chosen for this award

Take 90 West
I have missed you while you took your bloggy break – glad to have you back
Musings of a Housewife
For helping me to finally makeover my blog
Mrs Miles
Because she is always there for me with a prayer and a smile
Surviving Motherhood
Because she reminds me to find the joy in parenting

I thinks that is all for tonight.

I can here the Wii Fit calling my name 🙂

Take care until next time.

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  1. Hi JanMary, What a great name. It’s very nice to meet you!

    I am sorry to hear that you have shingles. Yikes! That is not good. I hope you feel better very, very soon.

    Your cottage sounds like a dream. What a wonderful way to enjoy the summer. I could almost feel a breeze here in my little studio/office as I looked at your photos of the postcards and read your post.

    Thank you for dropping by my blog and for leaving a comment. I do hope that you will return. I will be back here again soon.

    It’s a pleasure to meet you.


  2. I do send postcards – especially when we go on vacation. I also like to send ones from my local area to college or military people.

    I used to have 2 shoe boxes full, but narrowed it down to just one shoebox full of postcards.

    As much as I love e-mail I hope that postcards never totally disappear.

    I’m signing in with my old site because the comment form won’t let me enter my URL which is now https://jendisjournal.com.

  3. Sorry to hear about your shingles- hope your feeling better now. I’ve had them twice now- so I know all about that pain!

    As for postcards, I LOVE them. I always buy some from wherever we vacation for keepsakes. And, I just joined the group Postcrossing. You sign up to swap postcards with people from all over the world. I just recently sent out postcards to germany, turkey, poland, finland, and brazil. I am a new memeber so I havent recieved any yet- but it should be exciting. Check it out at postcrssing.com
    have a good weekend!

  4. Awwww, thanks JanMary. You made my day!
    And I’m curious – did you say what you said about me because you know the book I’m publishing now is called Finding Joy? Or was that purely coincidental?

    And as for the postcards? I don’t get into postcards as much as greeting cards. I have a box full of ’em so there is something “on hand” when the need arises.
    Email is great, but finding a personal something in the mailbox is even better!

  5. Hello JanMary :),

    How wonderful to meet you! What a great post, I was just thinking about this not long ago. Not only do we not send postcards but we rarely write letters either. I often wonder if sending a postcard will make someone wish they were on some magical vacation or worry they will think I’m bragging. I need to rethink that and perhaps just sending a great post card telling someone you’re thinking of them :).

    I love your digital picture, my sister does some, I really must learn how :).

    Congratulations on your award!

    Have a Wonderful Evening!
    Kathi 🙂

  6. Yikes-shingles! My mom had them in her 70s and is still feeling the effects of them. Take care.
    Love your postcards! I actually get a few from pals in other states. I think it’s fun to get them and wonder if the postman and others enjoy reading them.

  7. Hi, I found your blog through DST. You know, I used to send postcards all the time, but it’s been a good few years since I’ve sent one now. Emailing is just so convenient. But I do send letters by snail-mail to the grandparents and great-grandparents. Hmmm…maybe I should send them a postcard instead. You’ve got me thinking here…

    Congratulations on your blog award, and I hope your shingles flare up settles soon.

  8. Thanks for stopping by my blog. The From Our Blog To Yours (FOBTY) is a weekly challenge posted on the Sweet Shoppe Designs blog. They ask a question that we have to answer on our blog. Pretty easy stuff, and we earn a point towards rewards that add up to discounts in their shoppe. The blog link is here: https://sweetshoppedesigns.com/blog/?cat=15
    I love SSD – it’s a great community and the shop is fabulous.

    I’ll be back to visit again, and to click on your outside links – they all look so interesting!

  9. Your blog is awesome, Jan. I can’t remember the last time I stopped by, but it’s been far too long. I’ll be a regular visitor From now on so you’ll have to keep it updated.

    You totally deserved that blog award and any other awards.

  10. I send postcards all the time. Actually, I just sent one yesterday and I’m not even on vacation. When I take the kids on outings, I get a postcard to send to my family back ‘home’ so they can see what we’re up to. A blog is great but for the 85 year old Gramma, a postcard does the trick.

    Love your blog!

  11. I too love postcards. When we travel, I always buy extra and mail them to our children (who are all young and love to get mail!) It’s fun to come home and for them to have mail from where our family just was!

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful collections.



  12. Love all the postcards! Such a nice keepsake! I’ve never done much traveling and neither has my family, but I love the idea!

    Glad your shingles are easing up now!

  13. I bet those post cards are fascinating. I love looking back through old cards and letters.

  14. I love old postcards too, and have a few for the different holidays. Your collection is wonderful and I love how you have displayed some of them!

  15. I LOVE old postcards too. What a beautiful BLOG you have here! Thanks for visiting my blog. 🙂


  16. I do send postcards! We buy a lot of them from where we live and send little notes to many people. I also collect them wherever we go for my scrapbooks.

  17. Hi JM thanks for another great blog. SO glad you are feeling a little better, hope the shingles soon clears up.
    Just love your recent photos, ab fab!
    Hz 🙂

  18. THANK YOU JM, for ‘warding me! Its a good boost on a day when it touches me very much. Your thoughtfulness meets me at a time when I need it, and is confirmation to think on all that is pure, good etc! Sitting here on the other side of the globe, I feel like we’re as close as the local coffeehouse. I know that I’m ALWAYS covered in prayer and have a good friend in you.

    OH JANMARY – get this, *hopping up and down* I was just looking at my family tree the other day and discovered my Great, Great, Great Grandfather was from Ireland!!!

    I will have to share more with you as soon as we can chat!

    One day, I’m GOING to come and see the beautiful place you call home, and was home to my ancestors, I just KNOW it.

    Thank you again for bringing a smile to my heart today.

    I think postcards, as well as hand written letters are in a class of their own, for I treasure letters saved from my Grandmother, Mother etc. Its a little harder to treasure a printed email, no matter what font – its not reflective of the person so much.

    Your layout is lovely – cute pic of your dd and friend.


  19. hey sweetie…I felt a little quilty for not blogging in English during our trip, but I’m so going to make it up to you!! 🙂 Thanks for visiting today and will make sure to post lots of photos th3e upcoming months! 🙂

    Sounds all great and also love old postcards. I keep each and every one I receive and so I have lots from my early years..LOL. I didn’t send any this vacation though, time was really flying by! Well hun we’ll catch up these days…glad to be back!

    Have a fab day and summer! Hugs

  20. Postcards are making a comeback, and becoming collectors’ items. Check out postcrossing.com to send and receive postcards to and from random people all over the world. It’s fascinating!

  21. Wow, I love your blog! It’s been a while since I stopped by, and I’m glad I did! This postcard post is so inspiring! It makes me want to run to the store and buy some postcards! I do send postcards when I’m on vacation, and I always send one to my own home for the scrapbook. I am now inspired to try and make one myself with my own photos- I just sent a message to my friend who worked at the post office for specifications. 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration! ANd I love that scrapbook page with your daughter and her friend!

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