Fred & Lorraine

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This love story made me cry a little bit. In a good way. When 96-year-old Fred’s wife of 75 years, Lorraine, passed away, he sat in his front room and started to hum a tune, then he wrote down some words for her. “Oh Sweet Lorraine,” he called his song, and he said “it just…

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Thoughts about writing letters

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Yesterday while I was walking home, a man came out of the post office just ahead of me and opened and started reading a letter as he walked. By the time I had caught up with him he had stopped dead in the path, oblivious to me or anyone else on the street, reading intently. I could see…

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How I overcome creative block

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How do you overcome creative block? Here is a trick that always works for me. To start, I go for a walk while listening to music (the music can be Tracy Chapman, or Bob Dylan, or Lamb, or something classical. I don’t tend to choose anything else because for whatever reason, for me these artists/genres don’t get…

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Happy things

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This little project, a tiny zine. I’m writing a book about snail mail and, while I’m at it, I thought I’d make this as a kind of a sneak peek to help get people excited about the post and open their eyes to what’s out there for them. The lemon tree is fruiting again. I…

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How to make iced tea

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On the weekend, a small group of bloggers and one two-and-a-half-year-old girl relaxed in the leafy and floral courtyard of the Travelling Samovar Tea House to chat, giggle, taste tea, and learn about how to brew and blend and make the best of all the (non-alcoholic) summer drinks: iced tea. Scout had begged to come…

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Box 469 is smiling

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The little box at PO Box 469 has been such a happy place of late, with beautiful mail and thoughtful notes arriving from all over the world. Thank you to you all, dear snail-mail friends. I am beaming. Gorgeous mail (top to bottom) >> colourful envelope bursting with crafty ephemera from Emily (Squiggle & Swirl) // sparkling,…

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The postcard that took a month to write

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I am writing this post in tears. I had planned it earlier and everything was OK, but then Mr B started reading aloud to me from the little journal he had been keeping for Scout since the day she was born. Little anecdotes: everything from her birth story to her first Christmas, her cousins, her favourite toys,…

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Milly the community cat

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I want to tell you a story about Milly the community cat. When we first moved into our neighbourhood, we were on a walk one day when we saw a sign on some people’s front fence, advising passers-by of the health of their cat, Milly, which had apparently been attacked by a dog. It was sad…

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Geometry + colour

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I’ve been painting triangles. Scenes, events, glimpsed through thick-paned, antique windows. I’m not exactly sure what I’ll make of them, yet. Perhaps I’ll create prints: a set of postcards, maybe? Or some note cards? ΔΔ Wet autumn watercolour, gouache and pen-and-ink on paper ΔΔ Passing parade watercolour, gouache and pen-and-ink on paper ΔΔ School fete watercolour, gouache and…

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February alone

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February finds me longing for a day off. I don’t want to complain because I love my life and I am INCREDIBLY blessed, and I know this. But I am greedy and what I would really love, what I find myself longing for with an increasing fierceness, is a day that is all mine. A…

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You make my heart sing

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I feel a bit sheepish admitting this in public, but Mr B is a huge country and western music fan. I know! Right?! Anyway he is, and I might not love his music but I do love Mr B. So I decided to write some tongue-in-cheek snippets of lyrics from three of his favourites (Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton and Elvis…

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Dear friend, email vs snail mail (+ mail art)

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Dear friend, Why do you think we set up email and snail mail against one another, as if one was superior to the other? Electronic versus paper. Fast versus slow. Wireless versus tangible. Really they’re all just ways to communicate with one another, aren’t they? To reach out, to stay connected, to be part of……

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