Thursday, 9 August 2018

Postcards 2

The holiday season is in full swing and I wonder if anyone is still sending postcards these days. The seaside shops are full of them, with all the usual jokes and captions, some new and some that have been going on for years and years. Someone must be sending them or they would not be on sale in the souvenir shops. It seems to be* a tradition that has become much more* of a novelty than it used to be*, seeing as it is no longer the only means of communication. Maybe some people just keep the cards for themselves, as a reminder of their holiday, or have a postcard collection.

* Omission phrases "it seems (to) be"  "much mo(re)"  "used (to) be"

Here are some shorthand postcards from folk who seem to have not heard of email, social media or online personalised greetings cards. They just wrote them in ink on the left-hand side of the card, put the address on the other side, stuck on the stamp and then carried on with their holiday. With their phones (if they have any) switched off, they will truly* have got away from it all during the week or two and they can return home with minds swept clear of the minutiae* of daily life by the salty sea breezes and the complete absence of office and housework, lawn mowing, car washing and email answering. I am not sure how they crammed it all onto that tiny space unless it was in quite small and neat shorthand outlines.

* "truly" "utterly" Always insert the first vowel in these, as they are similar in outline and meaning

*  "minutiae" There are several variations on how to pronounce this

Dear All, Just a quick note to say we have arrived OK after a long hot journey. The hotel is simply wonderful, rooms are so big with comfy beds. Our balcony looks out over the bay, great views of the sunrise and countryside. The kids are enjoying the play area at the back with swimming pool and big garden. Going sightseeing tomorrow, and a visit to the funfair. Weather should stay fine. Food is great, big choice of dishes and lots* of fresh fruit and cakes, to keep everyone happy. Hope all is well at home and the dogs are behaving for you. See you in two weeks’ time. Mary, John, Chloe and Danny

* "lots" "masses" Always insert the vowel in these, as they are similar in outline and meaning

Hi Folks, We are having a great time here. There is so much on offer and we have decided to go up the mountain tomorrow with the tour. We should get some great photos*. Later on we are going water skiing on the lake and next week* we are going on a guided hike through the forests and river valleys, and camping overnight. So glad we got those walking boots, they will make a big difference. In between all that, there are lazy days on the beach to look forward to, but we don’t intend to get sunburned, we had enough of that last time. Say Hi to Christine and Linda if you see them, and tell Julie we hope her birthday party goes well. We will go and see her and the family when we get back. John and James

* "photos" "videos" Helpful to insert the last vowel/diphthong, as they are similar and could be misread for each other

*  Omission phrase "ne(k)s(t w)eek"

Hi everyone, We are having a good time here on the east coast. It tipped down with rain at the weekend, but that was a good excuse to check out the local pubs and bars. It rained yesterday as well so we spent far too long and too much in the shopping malls. Today is sunny, so we are staying* on the beach. The sea is quite warm in the bay but Cindy is worried about jellyfish, so we ended up just paddling in the rock pools. She was happy with the boat ride though. Our rooms are very good, and not much noise after 11 pm, so that is a relief, as we get up quite early so as not to waste any of our holiday time. See you soon, love from Jean, Jack, Cindy and Chris

* "staying" Insert the vowel, so it is not misread as "sitting", the same applies to derivatives of sit/seat/stay. No diphone, as the "I" sound is included in the Dot Ing.

Dear Evie, I hope you like the picture of the church, it is a really interesting place in the middle of the village with lots of history. Yesterday they gave us a guided tour and we went up the tower, with great views over the countryside. You would really have liked it. The village is very quiet and there are wonderful walks especially through the woods with different footpaths. We had a bit of rain but nothing that would stop us going out. I can’t wait to show you the photos* of the places, and I think we will be coming back again for another stay. Best wishes, Angela and Marvin

* "photos" "videos" Helpful to insert the last vowel/diphthong, as they are similar and could be misread for each other

Greetings Mother and Father, I have finally taken the plunge and gone on a little holiday to the coast. It is quite peaceful here, there are only five houses in the village. There is no traffic and only one very small all-purpose shop. The beach is a ten-minute walk away. It was deserted when I got there, but it was starting to rain. I found a shelter and watched the waves. I arrived back rather damp just before the rain storm broke. The guest house provided a substantial dinner of soup, potatoes and sausages followed by jam sponge pudding. I went to bed early and listened to the rain on the roof, the owls hooting and some sheep bleating in a field nearby. This is better than listening to the motorway traffic, airplanes overhead and barking dogs at home. I think I will do this again sometime. Much love, Samuel

Dear Auntie Muriel, We are on holiday. We are at Brighton. It is a big town and some shops have buckets and spades. Daddy bought us some blow-up dolphins for the swimming pool. We have also got some Brighton rock for you with words in the middle. We really like the fairground rides. We are going again tomorrow. The waves in the sea are too big so we will go to the swimming pool. They have little waves and slides at the swimming pool. We wish you were here. You would really like everything. We hope we have written everything right. Mummy is helping us so we think it will be. Kisses. Molly and Mandy. Don’t forget to feed the goldfish. Thank you, Auntie Muriel (1024 words)