Monday, 22 February 2016

Mantelpiece

Bloody Hell I'm knackered. Night shift was particularly busy last night.
I've been finding it a little hard getting going today......so I shall be brief.

This is our mantelpiece. I love cards and postcards on mantelpieces. Getting correspondence through the mail seems to be a rarity nowadays what with the internet and texts, but , for me it remains a bit of a treat.
On show we have two birthday party invitations ( one in the village Hall and one in a posh London venue) , a sweet card from a friend in Derbyshire which accompanied a box of coffee, our valentine's cards ( mine is more classy) and a postcard from Spain, a greeting from one of our Flower Show committee members who has emigrated to a warmer life.
A hand written card, placed in an envelope and stamped and Posted takes more of an effort than thumbs on a phone keypad or fingers on an email
It says you're worth it.........

56 comments:

  1. Just catching up on your blog. Love the Tit blog, good job they didn't realize you were being a zombie, they might have attacked you/had heart attack! Saw film Triple 9 yesterday, good Norman Reedus cameo, look out for the 'Zombies Ahead' road sign if you see it.

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  2. I like your small wooden box. Tea caddy?

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    1. It isindeed a tea caddy ....i presume its Georgian

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  3. I agree 100%, John. I love sending and receiving cards in the mail. Hand-delivered is nice, too. Love your mantle. Deb

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  4. I agree whole heartedly. I told myself this year I was going to send more snail mail. I have not done so. I did, however, send four of my nieces and my great-nephew each an envelope of Valentine's fun stuff and they loved it!

    Cindy Bee

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    1. I think its a lost tradition that should return

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  5. i miss receiving cards though i do still send them. my pen pal died a while back and i really miss the letter writing.

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    1. Lets get you a pen pal here!

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  6. We are in total agreement .
    It is part of the pleasure for me to sit down with a cup of tea and hand write a sentiment in a nice card and stamp it and send it on its way at the Post Office where one can get stuck for a half hour chatting with the super nice ladies that work there.

    When we had a fireplace, I enjoyed changing the mantle every now and then .. I hope wherever I live next, there will be a fireplace.

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    1. I still do get cards now and then from friends in London and in Cannes : )

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    2. I love the mantel it gives heart to the room like the fire

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  7. That's what I love about Postcrossing: the excitement of checking our mailbox to see if we have received a new postcard :-D

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    1. I wonder if any of the readers here will send you and milo some postcards?

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    2. That would be nice! We can always send one back, too :-)

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  8. I love getting mail too John - a rare thing these days. Your wooden mantelpiece looks much like that in my cottage where my son lives. It is made of one solid piece of stained oak and I love it.

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    1. I found the mantle in a small art shop 2 miles away

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  9. I just put a postcard on my mantle. My partner had a trip to Hawaii with her sister and brought me a postcard. That's right, she forgot to mail it and brought it home in her luggage. Not the same!

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    1. The thought was there!

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  10. Put your postal address here and you will receive cards by the dozen! Greetings Maria xx

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  12. Should have spell checked my previous post... you might think I am illiterate :-)We don't have a mantel any more but we do have a room divider/bookshelf. Any cards that we receive are always displayed there. Postcards are magneted (is this a word) to the central heating boiler and the fridge

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    1. To be seen for years and years and years x

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  13. Dear John,

    Oh, hard copy definitely says 'your worth it'. But ... on the other hand, it makes it easier for long distance folks to keep in touch with email. After all, my emails are REAL LETTERs, but without the time/expense that some of us older/fixed income folks have to deal with. All my emails are exactly what I would've written in a hard letter, just with better spelling, a larger font and much easier for my older friends to read. In the end it's the communication that counts, not so much the format. I don't do facebook or twitter or all that social media. But I DO communicate. And much more frequently if I had to run around with cards, postage, posting, etc. Another benefit, I can include pics of special events, or just lunch. It all says : Thinking of you. and You're worth it. And you are.

    Sincerely, Kris

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    1. Kris, dont get me wrong, email, facebook..all these places are bloody wonderful for keeping in touch... But you cant beat a card in the post!

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  14. Well John, me and my mum like to read your blog and I must say that we relish when your posts come up to see!

    She is always to shy to comment (bless her) so I'll do it! We too, also see post as a treat as opposed to texts. Btw, love the mantle :) we haven't got on in our house, due to the land lord removing the fireplacee.

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    1. Well welcome aboard josh's mum, dont be shy...lots of people comment about this old pile of shite!

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  15. There nothing as appreciated as a handwritten note.

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  16. Stamp prices go up at the end of March so best stock up! I used to correspond by mail to my Nan and other older relatives but they are sadly gone now and my writing bureau sits as a lonely relic.

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  17. Something in the mail is a real day lifter, although I like a good email, too. ;)

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  18. I sit here in my little den with the desk by the window. I can see the mailman stop and put something in the mailbox. Anticipation ! Who sent me mail ? or is it just a bill ? I go out and sometimes it isn't just a bill, it will be a card or letter .. sometimes from London or Nice or Buenos Aires. It is a tiny moment in a day that brings anticipation, even dread lol ..

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    1. Email me your address and i'll drop you a welsh postcard

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    2. Awww...I will treasure it ! :)

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    3. I am packing up the house and moving South so I will send my address when I get moved .. otherwise, it will never find me. My sweet Welsh postcard <3

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  19. Would you believe I don't have a mantel. I miss it. Such a handy area to make a display of cards, ornaments etc.

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  20. Oh, how I love handwritten letters and cards and postcards! I hardly ever get them and it's such a treat when I do. I really like sending them, too.

    I would absolutely love a pen pal. If anyone would like to exchange addresses and correspond with a slightly eccentric middle aged woman in South Carolina, USA let me know!

    John, maybe you should organize an international pen pal club among your loyal readers here. There seems to be a lot of interest!

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    1. Yes it does...perhaps a monthly card sending club?

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  21. In almost fifty years of marriage, we have never lived in a house with a mantelpiece! Most house moves have been to brand new properties, and we always chose to have "hole in the wall" fireplaces (less dusting !). It seems we've missed out, but these days we keep in touch with friends and family by email, so maybe there wouldn't be anything to prop up against the clock, or the candlesticks, or whatever. It is nice to receive the occasional letter, and postcards from exotic places - and from a cousin in Rhyl !

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    1. Isnt rhyl exotic ? Hummmm nope

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  22. Love cards, postcards and notes. I was a greeting cards artist for much of my working life.
    I put my cards on my credenza in the dinning room /living room.
    Love looking at them.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Your homemade cards are so lovely, we still have your scottie card in the kitchen x

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  23. I love paper cards and notes too, and have a whole stash of them ready to send. Sad to say, I have only a few paper mail correspondents in this time of texting and emails. My favorite paper mail friend lives in the Philippines and I am in the USA.

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    1. I sense a card sending club being organised

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    2. Would anyone in the UK like to be a penpal with me in California? Leave a comment on my blog and we can trade snail mail addresses.

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  24. I love emails from friends. They are special. Especially late at night when I need someone to say what's up chuck.x

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    1. And said in a false yorkshi accent!

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  25. Rachel, those emails from friends have kept me going the past year .. I totally know how you feel .. the late at night part :)

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  26. My handwritten letters would make my elementary teacher despair; they are full of blotches and cross-outs and my writing wobbles all over the page. I would much rather type!

    Maybe I should get an old-fashioned typewriter and use THAT to send 'real' cards ...

    Personally I don't care how I communicate with people as long as there IS communication.

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  27. I LOVE a mantlepiece ...... we have a fireplace in every room in our house. They look lovely with invitations, cards, postcards and thank-you letters. It always remind me of the Victorian/Edwardian practice of placing their invitations on the mantelpiece. I'm afraid that it will soon be a thing of the past. XXXX

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  28. I agree with you, which is why I hand-write my Christmas cards and hand-address them as well. By the way, that's a beautiful mantel.

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    1. Last year i bought my christmas cards and i felt i had let myself down,, usually i design our own and get them printed

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  29. I'm with you, John. And it has been years since I have received a letter! I wrote one last week and mailed it and I'm not holding my breath for a reply. It is indeed a dying art...

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  30. I love to buy cards and send them. People love them and call to tell me so. So I send them out because I like to do it but none come to me.

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  31. I write to my sister regularly, she doesn't have a computer and just uses her mobile for calls, she loves the sound of the letterbox clanking with my letter.

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  32. Oh my . . .
    I so agree . . .
    Send cards . . . on as many occasions you can find . . .
    Intimate and kind . . .

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