The World On My Doorstep

An ever-expanding postcard blog



Scan 2 - Version 3I love this really cool map card of Britain, sent to me by Ina in the Netherlands. I have no idea when it dates to, but I am a huge fan of vintage maps and seeing how differently places were once depicted. I guess this one can’t be too old as it is fairly accurate, but that doesn’t make it any less special! This one shows the kingdoms in the times of the Anglo-Saxons. Furthest north are the Scots, a little further south (in what is now southern Scotland) are the Picts, then Northumbria, below which are (left to right) Wales, Mercia and Essex. Below Essex is East Anglia and below that (left to right again) Wessex, Sussex and Kent. Most of these are still county/country names in the UK, but the counties are now far smaller. So fascinating! Thank you Ina!

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Hogback Tombs


Scan 2 - Version 2This stunning card comes from my dad during the aforementioned trip to the Lake District. These beautiful Hogback Tombs can be found in Gosforth church. What is particularly fascinating about this seemingly non-descript little church hidden in the Lake District is that it is teeming with Anglo-Scandinavian (read: Viking-style) motifs and carvings, including these beauties! Amazing!

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The Wastwater


Scan 3 - Version 2This stunning panorama of the Lake District came from my mum on one of her English holidays. She and my family climbed Great Gable, a peak behind where the photographer must have been standing. The Wastwater lake is more than 3 miles long and more than a third of a mile wide. At 79m deep, it is England’s deepest lake. Spectacular!

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Jane Austen’s House


Scan 5This lovely card comes from Richard in the UK and even had a Jane Austen stamp on it too! This museum in Hampshire celebrates the famous author, renowned for works such as Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice. In a time when women’s rights were virtually non-existent, Jane Austen worked hard to raise awareness of female social standing through her works and although she didn’t ever achieve much fame in her life time has gone on to be one of England’s most celebrated authors.


Portsmouth Harbour


Scan 2Next week I will actually be in Portsmouth, so it was great to receive this card from Manda in the UK of the famous English port city. Home to the world’s oldest dry-dock, it is full of fascinating maritime history, including the wreck of the Tudor warship the Mary Rose, which I am really looking forward to seeing. Alongside this, you can visit amazing vessels such as the HMS Warrior and Victory. In this card you can see the 170m Spinnaker Tower – a famous landmark built in 2005.

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postcards1_2This lovely card comes from Richard on a visit to one of England’s quaintest cities – Salisbury. The only city in the county of Wiltshire, it can trace its roots back to 1220, and that is only as a city. Prior to that, it was home to a settlement dating back to prehistoric times. Full of medieval architecture, Salisbury is perhaps most famous for its enormous cathedral and its stunning city wall – definitely worth a visit if you’re passing by.

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Beautiful Herefordshire

postcards3By surprise and coincidence I received another card from Claire in England! Herefordshire, where she lives is a stunning English county, right on the border with Wales. Renowned for its natural beauty, hills and rivers, with a large agricultural industry, this sort of beautiful view is typical for the county. Thank you Claire!

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Anne Boleyn

postcards2_2_3In my last post, I mentioned Elizabeth the First, in this one, you see her mother. Anne Boleyn – Henry VIII’s second wife who met her unfortunate end at the cold blade of an executioner’s sword. This card came from my sister Beatrice on a trip to London. She says Anne Boleyn was always her favourite of Henry’s 6 wives. As a child, she was mine too, perhaps because she always seemed so serene and beautiful. However, she ruled as Queen for only three years in the 1500s before Henry had her beheaded. The rumors around her death focus mainly on the fact she did not bear Henry a living son amongst more scandalous ideas such as adultery, incest (with her brother) and treason. Regardless of the cause, only three years after her marriage to Henry she was dead, having been the spark behind perhaps the most controversial annulment in history and the start of the Church of England.

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What Are Friends For?

postcards3_2My best friend, Minjae, in England, sent me this card after I’d had a rough couple of weeks at the end of November. She says “I feel that you of all people will relate and love the quote on the front.” I am not sure whether to be offended or not… Hmm… I can definitely relate! That’s for sure! This card is so simple but really put a smile on my face in a way that only a good friend can. Thanks Minjae!

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A Genuine Surprise!

postcards3_4One of my blog followers, Kara (who I didn’t even know before this card arrived in the mail!) took the initiative to send me this wonderful card of East Anglia, England. I just love it! And her card is so cheerful too! So, here you can see (clockwise): Colchester Castle (a small Norman castle – beautiful!), The Orwell Bridge, Willy Lott’s Cottage (one of Kara’s favourite places in the world, made famous by John Constable, who painted the house of his friend Willy Lott, who apparently only ever spent four nights away from the cottage in his entire 84 year life!) and St Osyth’s Priory (one of Essex’s largest monasteries and in use from the 12th to the 16th century). Now, this is a wonderful card for several reasons, firstly because it reminds me of home. I lived most of my life in the neighbouring county of Hertfordshire, but secondly, in the days of TOWIE and unfortunate news reports, the beauty of Essex is being forgotten and replaced with unfortunate presuppositions. So here you have it: beautiful Essex.

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