one step at a time.

Friday, November 23, 2007

That is it for me and the wink game. Tomorrow I am away so I'll catch up soon. Queenie I think had posted this link and today I am going to join in. Sorry - it was Akelamalu!

David's (Authorblog) question this week is:
When did you last write or receive a real snail-mail letter (you know, in an addressed envelope)?

If you want to join in here's what David would like you to do:Please answer today's question on your own blog, any time until next weekend. Just link to this blog (or to this post) so I can follow the progress of the discussion

Receipt of Letters:
I can't remember when I received a proper letter last. I am taking part in a blog project sending journals around the world and these come with a note but a not a whole letter. Although it could be suggested that 6 pages of journalling might in fact be more information than you would usually enclose in a letter so in fact it may well be better even.

When I started university for a year or so I kept in touch with friends from school. Several of us wrote back and forth a couple of times during this year. I keep all of these letters still in a folder which I came across when tidying out the music room this weekend. It is lovely to have them and is very funny to read them back now seeing how excited and nervous we were and how we changed after we started 'studying'!

I often received letters from my 'Aunty' Betty, who has now passed away. Again I keep these letters in a file. The last ones of these are three or four years old I suppose.

My mum sends me short letters fairly often. They don't really tell me much and are usually a bit of an excuse for Ma to post a fiver, or a small gift. They are always well received though, and definitely appreciated!

I complain... I'll admit to you now - I'm a complainer. If I feel service has been poor I will write to a company to tell them. The most recent of these was in relation to bank charges imposed on my account when the bank decided to reject a direct debit of £6 (as I would have gone slightly overdrawn) then charge me £30 for rejecting it, then charge me £30 for going overdrawn and then charge me £30 again for going overdrawn again. I have received a full refund of charges.

I have not sent a real letter to a friend or relative for at least two years. I have posted thank you letters now and then to relatives after Christmas or birthdays, but beyond that I can't remember a single occasion! It's the age of technology though and I think that letters are probably dying out.

I've been thinking about this all week - and it just isn't necessary to write down news or stories on paper any more, as all my friends and relatives probably know them already from my blog... or from my phone call.. or my text messages.

I will be interested to read some other posts about this to see whether anyone else is keeping letter-writing alive. I certainly am not, for no better reason than it's easier and quicker to send an email.


david mcmahon said...

G'day from Oz,

Thank you for the kind shout-out and for taking part as well.

Bad joke? Oven chips? We have much in common! My kids just graon at my corny one-liners!!

My mother was an amazing letter-writer. Shewould get up at dawn to write to me and my three brothers and all of us used to receive two or three letters a week from her. I was at boarding school and my older brothers were in the air force and navy respectively.

And I recently bought an air mail aerogramme because my kids had never seen one!

Do keep in touch.

Keep smiling


Akelamalu said...

Sorry that was me.

Great post. I'm a complainer too - If any friends relatives want to complain they get me to write the letter for them - I always get results!

I did this on Thursday, have you checked out this weeks question from David???? :0

Turnbaby said...

What a neat idea---both the 'game' and the journaling.

Leendaluu said...

Hi there,

I haven't been able to get my email to go through to you, ornament partner...

Can you try to email me at



Queenie said...

No it wasn't me...
I have to write to my family in Somerset as they have no phone or net, stange but I don't think I could do without either.