Monday, 30 July 2012

Red Mail

Postcards to: Russia, Germany and the Netherlands

Saturday, 28 July 2012

A poem for the weekend (and a goodbye)

"Nature" is what we see by Emily Dickinson
"Nature" is what we see -
The Hill - the Afternoon -
Squirrel - Eclipse - the Bumblebee -
Nay - Nature is Heaven -
Nature is what we hear -
The Bobolink - the Sea -
Thunder - the Cricket -
Nay - Nature is Harmony -
Nature is what we know -
Yet have no art to say -
So impotent Our Wisdom is
To her Simplicity.
Yesterday, we bid farewell to Ben's Grandpa Dennis. It was of course a very sad occasion, but it ended up being a nice day with family, sunshine and laughter. The ceremony was personal and full of love - it was more a celebration of his life, rather than a classical funeral.
The funeral took place on a green burial site, where instead of a tumbstone, each grave is marked with a tree. At the moment the trees are still young and fairly small, but one day there will be a large forest on thi site. Dennis' grave is next to his wife's beautiful oak tree. I like to think that the're happily reunited now and that their trees will grow towards heaven together.

Friday, 20 July 2012

I'm a winner!

A couple of weeks ago, I won a giveaway on Carla's fabulous blog 365letters. Yey! I received this colourful little packet yesterday:
Isn't it amazing?! I think it's by far the loveliest envelope I ever did receive. And the cards are really sweet. Thanks so much Carla!
If you're into letter writing and stamps, please check out Carla's blog. It's one of the greatest and a fantastic treasure trove for all things mail related. You'll find lots of information on fun projects and articles, great suggestions for letter writing topics and giveaways. I also really like her posts about how to find people to write to.

Monday, 16 July 2012

A very rainy holiday

I just returned from a week's holiday at my boyfriends'. It was a little disappointing as it rained all day every day and we couldn't do much of the walking and barbecuing we'd initially planned. Ben and I aren't the kind of people who can just just hang out inside for days on end, so we spontaneously spent a day in London and visited Churchill's War Rooms. It's an attraction I'd wanted to see for a while and it was really interesting to see the underground space from which Churchill coordinated England's Second World War operations. We also saw The TenFiveSixty and The Stowaways perform at The Boileroom, a great venue in Guildford that showcases up and coming bands.
Despite the weather, it ended up being a nice break. We even managed to finally watch The Matrix (neither of us had seen it before) and the lovely film 'The kids are alright'.

It's the middle of July now and it has been raining in England for the past six weeks. It couldn't be more depressing - it was 16°C today!
How are you guys spending your summer? I hope it's nicer wherever you are!

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Mail art

Germany has not got much of a card writing culture, whereas in England cards are given and sent for every occasion: a new job, a house move, a celebrations of any kind. Not to send someone a birthday card can cause a serious strain on a relationship. Astonishingly though, it doesn't seem to matter all that much what you write in the card; I've seen plenty of cards which contained nothing more than a printed 'Happy birthday' or 'Thank you' and a signature.
I always try to write long and meaningful mail, because I don't see the point of paying postage for one line - it seems like a bit of a waste. Plus it's not very caring, is it? I also embellish the letters I sent to family members and various pen pals. As a teenager I once spent a whole week making envelopes from old calendars. (I still have dozens of them laying around).
I only discovered recently that there are lots of people who pursue the hobby of 'mail art'. And let me tell you - some of these people's mail is truly artistic! Check out the site of the International Union of Mail Artists and the Flicker streams of the Letter Writer's Alliance and Danielle Maret for some breathtaking examples.
I found these, and many other sites so inspiring that I really wanted to get more creative again with my mail. I recently bough this postcard book to make the beginning a little easier - et voila - my first official attempt at mail art - what do you think?
Postcard to the US