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Put Pen To Papyrus.

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Dermot Report 27 May 2013 19:52

When was the last time you wrote a letter? I mean, an actual, honest-to-goodness handwritten letter in an envelope with a postage stamp & not just a quick email or text.

And when was the last time you received one in the post? The chances are, if you're anything like me, you probably can't even remember when & have no idea what your local postman looks like.


Mersey Report 27 May 2013 19:57

I love writing letters, I love handwriting, I sent a letter a few days ago and I am always sending handwritten cards all the time........


eRRolSheep Report 27 May 2013 19:57

I received the most wonderful one just only the other day actually.


Mersey Report 27 May 2013 20:01

OMG !! please note my letter was not sent to Errol pmsl !!!

Errol you make me larfffff :-D ;-)


SheilaWestWilts Report 27 May 2013 20:01

I sent one in February - and wish I hadn't bothered :-S


DazedConfused Report 27 May 2013 20:04

sent 2 last week!!


GinN Report 27 May 2013 20:06

I got a lovely letter from a cousin when my Dad died. He is a proper gentleman, and always sends letters when it's appropriate. Electronic stuff is not for him!
I wrote to an elderly aunt recently, as she's been in hospital, and I wanted to cheer her up.
It's usually older people who stick to letter writing, isn't it. Definitely a dying art, but when you receive a proper letter, it means so much more than an Email.
As for the postman, we rarely seem to see the same one twice! We had a lovely post lady called Elsie until about 6 years ago - she was our village treasure! Then our post office and shop closed, and everything changed.


Mersey Report 27 May 2013 20:10

~~~~~ Wendawoowoo ;-) <3

Brenda from Wales

Brenda from Wales Report 27 May 2013 21:42

Sent one with a cheque to my solicitor last week!!!


AnnCardiff Report 27 May 2013 21:45

last letter I sent was to Jean when she was in hospital after her leg amputation but it was typewritten


Tecwyn Report 27 May 2013 21:56

I have a 97 year old aunt, my oldest and last surviving relative of the previous generation.
She writes to me about four times a year, and has the most beautiful hand writing, a real credit to her, especially at her age.
I always reply with a hand written letter, but notice that through lack of practice my own hand writing has deteriorated.



JustJohn Report 27 May 2013 22:10

I sent two today - first time for months. And my writing is appalling. It has always been a bit like a prescription, but has got even worse. I honestly struggled to read them myself :-D :-D


jax Report 27 May 2013 22:13

I would love to send a letter or even a birthday card that does'nt look like it was written by a 4 year will stick to Moonpig now :-(


GinN Report 27 May 2013 22:14

Mm, my handwriting is terrible, too. My 95 year old MIL puts me to shame - hers is like copperplate!


JustJohn Report 27 May 2013 22:22

Mersey. We all seem pretty hopeless. Is yours really good? How do you have nice writing? Natural, or do you have to work at it?


Wend Report 27 May 2013 22:42

I received a card from Mersey recently and she has the most beautiful handwriting I have ever seen <3


Andysmum Report 27 May 2013 22:45

I write letters quite often, although I'm not sure they are always readable!

The most recent one I received was a thank you letter from my teenage granddaughter - and apparantly written without prompting, according to her mother.


kandj Report 27 May 2013 22:48

Like Mersey I actually enjoy writing letters and cards. I send them most days and often receive replies too. I keep the postmen busy and the ones that come are usually happy to take my mail and save me having to walk into the village to post them myself.

I must agree with GeordieninNorfolk that it is usually the older folk who write letters and I certainly fit that description, although I try to be young at heart, most of the time!


LadyScozz Report 28 May 2013 02:50

I think the last letters I wrote was over 12 years ago, when we were living overseas.

Letters to my mother, who wrote volumes to me!

I can't remember the last time I received a letter (other than those from my mother).

I must admit, I "wrote" mine on the computer, and printed them on flimsy paper because of the cost of postage :-)

I send cards frequently, to family & friends.

Our postman recently retired, don't know the new one yet. The retired one is quite a character......we'd often see him on his post office motor bike, unbuttoned hawaiian shirt blowing in the breeze :-D

Tenerife Sun

Tenerife Sun Report 28 May 2013 08:41

I write letters to put in with Christmas cards to people I rarely see. Like Mersey I like nice hand writing and I write in italics I was taught at school to write this way.