Since I rarely send postcards when on holiday, here’s a blog substitute (minus the handwritten font)…


You’ll probably get this after we’ve been back home several weeks! Having a wonderful time- we’ve seen a lot of this kind of thing:

Yes, blue sky! Oh, and ancient ruins, carefully put back together by markeologists. It’s amazing how big cities like Ephesus were, and slightly strange how they look today. It almost looks like a builders merchant in parts- not just rubble, stonework and rows of pillars, but piles of pipes as well!

It’s mind blowing just how much is just below the surface…

…or propped up in a corner (like the goddess of trainers!)…

I’ve no idea how the wooden horse fooled anyone; even with the windows closed the steps would be a dead giveaway!

(That horse is the same age as me and it’s been refurbished already! Yikes!)

And that’s why I don’t write postcards!!! It was a brilliant holiday though, and I’d definitely like to see more of Turkey if I get the chance. (More photo’s on facebook.)


And the winner is…

The heated competition for a once in a lifetime opportunity to receive a postcard from Hursley has been won with a last minute entry of an impressive 6807 miles!

Congratulations Martin, the postcard will be on its way from this marvellous antique letter box the next time I walk past it!


Commiserations to everyone else who entered:

  • The prize for first entry goes to Jo
  • Pete’s promise of an entry from Antarctica which never arrived!
  • Wooden spoon goes to Nick for not being any further from Hursley than Jo!
  • Wearing the yellow jersey for most of the race was Kelly
  • Andy, who had plenty of time to travel somewhere remote, but didn’t
  • It could have been the winning entry, unfortunately Richard couldn’t hang on in New Zealand long enough
  • And of course Martin with his dramatic last minute entry

Thank you to everyone who took part; you made the competition far more successful than I was expecting!

(The judges decision is final!)

Competition time!

No idea whether this is going to work but I have a postcard of Hursley which I bought on some strange impulse recently. I don’t even send postcards when I’m on holiday usually, and I have no idea who would want one of Hursley…


…so, here’s the plan: this amazing swag (ok it’s just a postcard but it’s very rare!) is up for grabs. To win, just leave a comment below, and the comment from the furthest away wins. Simple; no need to buy anything, or annoy people with daft hashtags on Twitter!

I’ll even post it from the Hursley post office.