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Letterboxes and handbags



I know! What was I thinking? But it’s a scary prospect, fishing a weta and a spider out of a letterbox. What if they run up your arm?

I just came across a card from my grandmother who died 18 months ago and felt sad that that was the last one we’d receive. On the news the other day I heard that postage was going up because nobody was sending letters anymore and it was unsustainable. Letters were dying out along with my grandmothers’ generation. Of course we still communicate, copiously, but there is no longer that paper record of your intimate thoughts and feelings at a particular point of time – words chosen for an audience of one, rather than the group audiences that social media provides. I salvaged a lot of Katherine Mansfield’s dialogue in my book from her letters. I wonder how future biographers will go about recreating lives from our texts, feeds, emails and vlogs.

Also, I emptied out my handbag:


8 Comments leave one →
  1. 23/03/2017 9:51 pm


  2. 24/03/2017 6:48 am

    This is unequivocally fantastic. THAT ARTICHOKE is gold. ★★🌠★★.The state of mind that you were in…you’ve channelled to us something exquisite. -Robert

  3. daveyone1 permalink
    24/03/2017 6:49 am

    Reblogged this on World4Justice : NOW! Lobby Forum..

  4. 24/03/2017 6:59 am

    You’ve got me scarpering to read about Japanese sunscreen. Persons Japanese (and mostly female) and young will come here for the language school. They are never tanned nor sunburnt.

  5. 25/03/2017 8:27 am

    “nobody was sending letters anymore”: this is so sad and is so true. I have been a letter writer from a really young age (penfriends were fashionable then) and still do so – only there is no longer any mail in my box. People say they love receiving letters but really have neither the time nor the inclination to write. It is no longer easy to purchase postage stamps anymore either – probably because there is so little demand. I thoroughy enjoyed reading this post!

  6. 27/03/2017 11:43 am

    I really hate the fact that letter writing is dying

  7. 28/03/2017 8:30 pm

    We have a big spider in our letterbox too. And I mean big. I think it’s called a vagrant spider and it hangs around the letter slot at night. It can’t be seen during the day so I make that everything I take out of the letterbox gets a good vigorous shake before I look at it properly.


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