I love getting real mail.
You know, that stuff with a stamp, real handwriting and a non-white envelope.
I've always loved it.
I was one of those geeky kids who had a pen-pal. And kept them.
I remember writing to one of my best friends who went away to South Africa for a year - every week for a year. The fun I had choosing the paper, the envelopes, the little bits and pieces to include kept me going while I was missing her so much. And of course it meant I got some replies.
I still get that little frisson of excitement if I see something handwritten and addressed to me in my letterbox - it makes my day.
So its no surprise that I joined up with a postcard swap I found over at Zoe's amazing blog.
(I would have joined the snail mail I found here in a FLASH if we had been around for the posting dates).
We have received some lovely postcards with reading recommendations in the last couple of weeks.
We've loved reading the cards, looking at the stamps and just enjoying the little thrill of mail from people we don't know. That we've found some fabulous new books to enjoy is a bonus.
So its got me thinking about sharing the love - I plan to spend some time every Sunday night writing a letter or two to some friends (instead of the brief facebook or email message that I seem to resort to when guilt strikes) and see if I can't inspire some return mail love as well.