When you receive cards, letters and notes in the post, what do you do with them? Do you pin them to a board, proudly display them on a mantelpiece or shelf, tuck them away in boxes?

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Mine frequently end up as bookmarks, which perhaps sounds ungrateful – but it means I can finish a book, wallow in that lost feeling for a few moments (you know the one, where you emerge from a really good book and wonder WHAT ON EARTH you’re going to do now it’s finished, and whether re-reading four times in a row is verging on obsessive… no? just me? oh.) and then re-read a little missive from a dear friend and smile. Perfection.

I also have an inspiration board on which live the prettiest of the notecards my friends have sent me over the years.

Several have been framed – two Gorjuss cards, one featuring books and the other a flying unicorn (I am proud to call such discerning people my friends), some horse and ballet themed ones in collages, and a particularly lovely London panorama are currently adorning my walls and shelves.

Still others sit on my mantelpiece for a while after they’ve come in, though I tend to take them down after I’ve replied to them and replace them with new ones.

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And of course there are the boxes and boxes of notes passed in class, post it notes, barely-legible scribbles, journal pages, decorated envelopes, those funny little folded-paper fortune telling contraptions, and pages and pages of handwriting from years of correspondence.

Those are the boxes that are unquestioningly packed, intact, whenever I move house. I wouldn’t give them up for the world, and there are few things as lovely as spending a rainy Sunday afternoon with a large pot of tea, your sweet thing of choice (mine is currently profiteroles), and a box of old,half-forgotten letters. You can laugh and cry your way through hours of memories. Highly recommended.

So what do you do with yours?

Wishing you unicorns, ducks and happiness,

Carla xx