The art of letter writing

Screen Shot 2015-08-09 at 9.21.58 amWhilst we were in the UK a few weeks ago, we had the pleasure of meeting a lot of my online friends, perhaps once known as pen pals. Whilst at a hotel called The Ostrich in Robertsbridge, a village where one friend Charmaine Hardy and her husband live, we were wined and dined by the host and owner of the hotel Mr Tony Robins. We had a fun night with our friends, and were thrilled to have been so generously hosted.

Mr Robins gave me a book about letter writing, without having known that one of my loves is letter writing, and asked me to write a letter to him when I returned home. I have a large tub of old letters from pen pals, aunts, uncles and grandparents from when I was a child, and they are a wonderful record of hand writing, family stories, and from my grandma, also many of her delicious recipes.

To the left is an image of the book I was gifted from Mr Robins at The Ostrich Hotel, and below a copy of my letter of thanks, of course, written in the very formal style of a blend of two sample letters in the book he gave.

It is indeed, a delightful book, and even has a letter format to use when ‘An apology if one has accused of flirting’ is called for!!! Perhaps we really do need a wee more formality back in the world after all.

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12 thoughts on “The art of letter writing

  1. I am so happy to be living in the 21st century!! I couldn’t bare to read and write in this style of english!!! You did a brilliant job at it, Kate!!


  2. Good morning Kate, My colleague Jan said that she had the pleasure of meeting up with you locally whilst in the UK and perhaps I can do the same on your next visit here.What a wonderful gift to bestow. Note to self – thats a hotel to visit.
    Indeed, letter writing is an art form, and those of us who delight in the written word to express our feelings, particularly through poetry, love (and are pedantic) that our language is used well.


  3. What a charming post! And I am delighted that you had such a lovely visit. I don’t believe I will tweet this. I don’t know why – it just does not seem right. (Maybe I’ll change my mind later.) Best always, Mary


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