60 Postcards is a creative project documented in a blog and a book which explores the concept of scattering handwritten postcards around cities in memory of lost loved ones. You can read a summary here.
So, it seems to be the month of June in the year of 2016 and I have NO IDEA how that happened.
Time has flown. My grief has remained but adapted and moved in different ways, I've had new work experiences and become an Auntie. Life's been good, challenging, surprising and wonderful - things are ticking along pretty nicely. Yet, whereas I really needed to give my head and heart a break from the 60 Postcards project for a while, I've recently started to feel like there is something missing in my world. I soon realised that it was this. It's time to get writing and postcard scattering again.
As ever, I am going for the slapdash, totally unprepared, late-night blogging-over-a-glass-of-wine approach. As ever, I've decided to incorporate 60 Postcards in to my upcoming travels. As ever I am still no better at planning the what, the where and the how. Hey - at least I'm consistent.
But the idea is very simple - the way it should be.
I'm hitting Australia at the weekend for a 3-week trip, travelling around Melbourne, Adelaide, Cape Tribulation, Whitsunday and with a final night in Brisbane. There was absolutely no way I could head to the other side of the world for an adventure and not use this opportunity to scatter postcards as I go.
I will handwrite a message on 60 postcards - explaining that it is a project to remember lost loved ones, that grief is universal and shouldn't be shouldered alone - and scatter them around the places I visit. I will leave my email on for people to get in touch. I will wait and worry and hope that someone may find one. I will probably drink some beers along the way.
If you want to get involved by sharing ideas or spreading the word, please get in touch. And if you are an Aussie who happens to be around in the locations I am hitting, perhaps you could help with the postcard scattering.
Just 6 days ago I received an email from a man who had stumbled across my book in Brisbane. He is launching a postcard project of his own and I am going to meet him when I am there. Serendipity is back in my vocab.
With just 36 hours until I leave, I best get postcard writing. Failing that, I'm sure I will find some time on the delightfully long flight. Gah.
It's good to be back.
This blog post was first published on www.60postcards.com