New (and old) Hobbies!

So since I have been back for these last few days I have stumbled across some posts that have inspired me to try something new, or something old once again.

I’ll start with the old.

Pen Pals … this is something that I used to love having, and have had to some degree, throughout various parts of my life. I love putting pen to paper and the fact that I can meet people from other walks of life from the comfort of my living room is something that I’ve always found appealing, especially as I’m so awkward face to face!

When I was a child in school we were encouraged to write to someone abroad – being kids, this didn’t last very long but I appreciated and enjoyed it while it did.

When I was quite a lot older, I came across a website where you could write to a prisoner – this isn’t for everyone but I thought I’d give it a go. I opted to send mail to a guy in America who had been arrested for theft (I’d like to point out that I don’t condone what he did!) and he actually turned out to be quite a funny guy who was apologetic for his crime and did seem to see reason. His release date came up and, as I expected, I didn’t hear from him again. I have no idea if he ever reoffended, I really hope that he didn’t because from the things that he wrote, he had ambition and the ability to turn his life around.

I then joined a pen pal programme when my daughter was born where I was paired up with another mum from the same birthing group but that never really took off which was a shame and now I’ve stumbled across a post about The Snail Mail Project which is a group of people looking for pen pals that has been set up on Facebook.

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I’ve just received my stationary from Paperchase (I looooove Paperchase but I have to avoid them as much as possible as they too have the ability to leave me broke due to the sheer amount of things of theirs that I just need to have in my life!) in the post today and I’m itching to start writing so I’ll be cracking on with that later. I’m hoping to post updates about how I get on in the group!

Now for the new.

Postcrossing … this is something that I have never heard of before but after coming across a post about Mailbox Friday I thought I’d take a deeper look into what it is. Basically, you sign yourself up to a group of people from around the world and you send postcards to random people and some will send to you. I came across this Postcrossing site and have now signed up. After much ummming and ahhhhing I also settled on a pack of Ladybird book postcards from Amazon as I grew up reading these books through primary school and the pictures really brought back some amazing memories for me.

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I now can’t wait for these to arrive so I can get sending! So yeah, I’m also looking to be able to post updates about whatever I might send and receive.

I spoke to my hubby about all of this today and whilst I think he’s sighing and shaking his head at me on the inside, he said that he thinks it’s a quirky thing to do but then he thinks it matches me quite well. I’m good with that!

Do you have any hobbies that you enjoy? Have you got pen pals or do you postcross and if so what are your experiences? I’d love to know!

Happy hobbying … apparently not a word but I’m going with it!

Deb xox

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