You will note that the postmark tells us that this postcard traveled back to Northern California from Idaho before making its way north to Portland. Sara also gives this information with her opening greeting. She reports that it was nice to be back in the Treasure Valley for two weeks.
This is from Zoe. She opens with the news that she’s never toured Alcatraz but this was that best postcard on offer.
Zoe tells me that it’s been in the 70s every day. This is in contrast to the Portland weather which has been Very Hot. She also reports that her new neighborhood has an amazing local grocery store, “but also the most deranged Whole Foods I’ve ever experienced. Overall hippie levels somewhere between Eugene and PDX.”
Jennifer sent me this trio of pictures celebrating William Barnes, the Dorset Poet. The are: the church at Winterbourne Came, “a small dispersed settlement and civil parish in the county of Dorset” (so says Wikipedia). Whitcombe church, scene of his early services. And Winterborne Came rectory, his home until his death in 1886.
Here’s more about William Barnes, including some of his poetry.
I enjoyed that this postcard was made in 1991. Getting a 31-year-old postcard in the mail is one of the reasons I enjoy Postcrossing. Also, Jennifer let me know that her daughter popped in for a surprise visit from Australia and that she hadn’t seen her for years. So that was fun.
As were the stamps!
Ed is an employee of his small town in Indiana’s post office.
He also let me know that he enjoys working on his YouTube channel Wilson’s Clubhouse. I looked him up and he does short movie reviews too!
Sara picked this up at the artists’ shop at the base of Montmatre.
We’ve both been feeling this feeling.
Postcard 2 of 2! Sara reports that the waves were not this high when they were visiting. Also that the sun has been out every day—quite perfection, really.
Having experienced the foggy summer mornings in the Humboldt area, I understand exactly why she says that.
Apparently the last family reunion was in 2016. Sara reports that all of the kids have grown so much, and some of them didn’t exist yet. She’s enjoying hanging out with the family.
Another delightful French postcard from Sara. Rochechouart is the place where Sara’s stepmother Barbie (and her two sisters) bought a house. This is a picture of the chateau that is a five-minute walk from the house.
Sara reports that Barbie has invited me to come and stay! Such a good invitation!
This is 1 of 2, but it’s mate didn’t arrive today.
Astute readers of this blog will note that Sara has sent me this postcard before. That’s okay. Newport probably isn’t a hotbed of unique postcards.
Sara reports that they are at Shawn’s family reunion and they are enjoying the company.
Sara reports that they drove two hours from Rochechouart to his medieval city built into the rock. Also that they got glace and crepes!
Sounds like a wonderful day.
This one was posted on June 30 and arrived July 9, which is also a very quick turnaround for international postcards!
Dana sent me this beautiful postcard from Amsterdam where they had traveled after visiting Zürich, then the Alps, then a river cruise from Basel to Amsterdam. They also spent a few days in the Hague.
She reports that Amsterdam has bikes. Everywhere! And that it’s a good news, bad news situation.
This was a very fun postcard to receive!