Your postcard is part of an art project
called Dear Hope Street.
To read more about the project go here.
To reply to your postcard
– Click on the approrpriate number gallery below.
– Scroll through until you find your postcard number.
– Click the photo of your postcard and use the “comments” section below to reply.
We apologise if you received more than one postcard. We tried very hard for this to not happen, but …well…it wasn’t perfect.
Any questions? email alex @ maybetogether . com . au or comment anywhere on the website.
PS If you aren’t familiar with google translate, it might be useful.
PPS for those of you that want to keep in the loop of all the replies – the best way is to subscribe to the blog on the right ——>
Every few days we’ll write a list of all the replies we’ve received. They’re quite a nice thing to have in ones inbox we think.
Two never-happened-befores happened this week.
One was a newspaper article in the local Beeston Paper! Look! We really love the photo of the children holding #1150 in front of the real house!
And then we got a rather special email.
From a Canadian postman.
Turns out that #950 was sent to a shed (marked 69) that was actually the property of the street behind.
If you don’t understand. Don’t worry. But here is a picture of said shed.
House #948 is over 120 years old.
#859 got a response from Lapland.
Our first and quite beautiful response from Belgium at #1115
#1123 doesn’t know Harry Styles, but do know their neighbours at #1250
#1273 looks a little different now because of Hurricane Sandy.
#1265 & #827 got a joint response from a kindly Liselotte in Denmark.
#1189 from another sharehouse in Cambridge.
#861 is from a special family. Who taught us what ohana means.
#963 is from the same Hope street that our favourite postman delivers too.
Maruo at #994 is a bit wry and we like it.
#1344 is hoping for Spring and other things too.
#1197 was sent a postcard from someone rather small we expect. Which i think added to the initial confusion.
#1164 is our first response in French. And I’ve learnt I should translate the Quebec ones too! (sorry Quebec!) which was reiterated with postcard #891A too.
I think #824 liked their postcard.
#1321 win the most interesting pets on a Hope Street competition (!)
#862 is a gentle and answers all the questions.
Conversations and pen-pals are springing up all over the world.
Read these to see them growing:
#1135 between Payton & the Coopers, who shovelled a hefty amount of snow.
#995 between Kylie & Zane
#798 between Alice & The Millers.
#993 between Lauren & Jade.
#792 between Amelie & Barbara.
And to end this long list is #1154 which has been adopted by the real estate agent. Which makes us happy.
Ready to sit. To read? We’ve had many responses.
So set aside some time to read these responses from near and far.
Friendly, detailed, informative, amusing and hopeful.
I really liked postcard #993 with a cat. So was happy to see Jade received a reply.
Card #991 provided a bit of sunshine.
#837 will be taken to school.
#855 was our first from WA.
#899 was also sent to Albany. And tells us about this little town in WA.
#1091 got it’s second response.
#1118 got a response from Nick & Poncho the dog.
The house has changed a little at #812
#879 is full of cat love and our first response from New Zealand.
And #792 is our first from the US and isn’t sure who it is outside her house.
#1291 is framed!
The response from #1031, from Finland, is full of insight into living in Finland & why the street is called Hope. (well worth a read!). And (yay!) the child who wrote the postcard has since responded too.
A sweet as chocolate response to #883
And #949 just made my heart sing a little.
#802 is simple and perfect.
Our first from Italy is at #1003 and we hope Luke sees it!
We agree with #1098A & #1095. We like the pictures too.
And another response from Finland on #978 & #896A
Compliments for the railing at #1347.
A simple and joy-filled response at #854
I like the response at #798 because it summarises the project in some ways.
#980 is a considered and lovely response.
#1138 have visited Sydney before.
Our first response from Denmark is #1252
AND #1169 might make it into the library newsletter!
#1221 is one of those rare responses we get where the owners know the history of the house & its fascinating.
#1085 particularly liked the tree in their drawing.
#1229 is a quick hello from Italy.
Enthusiasm at #794 from the US.
News of -14°C in Finland at #852 (!!)
And full of more questions and surprise at getting responses, children have responded to their responses here:
#1216 & #875 & #1179 & #759 & #1135
Which is so lovely to see!
And that now is 68 responses.
And no word from France.
Argentina or Brazil.
Mexico or Belgium.
Tick. Tock. Fingers crossed.
So, it appears our postcards arrived in the UK before they arrived in WA or New Zealand.
Isn’t the postal service a marvel?
The Hope Streets in the UK have been rather thrilled and responded en mass around when they got their Friday night mail we think. Look at all of these!
#875 is headed straight for the mantlepiece.
#1105 shares a love of Dr Who.
#1150‘s response is short and perfect.
#1278 postcard made them smile. (hoorah!)
#1350 explain their house’s history and their neighbours feelings not living on Hope Street.
#910 is called Ebenezer Cottage because…(!)
Michael received #1271 and is going to show the postcard to his daughters.
& #1010 wrote a lovely response too.
#1155 is all about doors.
#1037 went to a lovely sharehouse
#1309 is another lovely sharehouse and they sent us a picture!
#834 is yet another sharehouse of 5.
& #1091 won’t be there much longer.
Good feelings from #1152 in Cheltenham
Discussions about the weather on #1114 in Carlisle.
City Reptiles in Belfast responded (our first shop!) at #1102
And #759 in Ballymeena is a bit of a favourite.
Meanwhile in Australia:
South Yarra #1216 sounds like a perfect recipient of a postcard from us.
#1073 is short and sweet.
#1006 & #1118 & #1281 & #1040 are all complimentary
#871 from call their house: “Hannah the House of Hope” !
#1061 got it’s SECOND reply!
#853 talked to their neighbours about it all & are looking for new friends. Heart this.
Our first postcards have arrived & we’ve got some super lovely & speedy responses.
First was #912 and their boat.
And #1015 from that same Hope St in Sevenhils.
At #1227 Nerissa appreciated the detail.
Carla at #1262 was initially a bit concerned.
And a friendship perhaps can begin here at #928.
#1099 was the second postcard this house had received from us.
But thankfully they weren’t annoyed but delighted.
We smiled when we read what Katie wrote on #1224. And are glad she got a reply.
#1063 feel lucky!
And #1061 told us a little bit about their house. And dogs. (we love dogs)
And #1182 reached a very new addition to a family: Fox.
Thank you Hope Street Residents.
There is always that moment when we post and wait.
Grit teeth and ask, “will we get any replies?!”
And then we do.
And it’s, well, the best.
So. They’re all uploaded.
All 599 of them.
Numbered from #756 to #1351 (yes, we skipped and doubled up a few numbers…!)
And now they are sitting in a postbox in Sydney.
Ready to fly all across the world.
From Redhead, NSW
to Carnarvon, WA
to Ballymena in Ireland
and Sao Paolo in Brazil.
To wait. wait. wait.
Sydney Festival finished on Sunday and we are busy busy photographing the 600 or so postcards we made.
It was a steaming week! And we offered a little place to rest and draw amidst the Speigeltents & Volcano demonstrations.
We are gradually uploading the new postcards here.
And we hope to have this finished by mid-next week before the lovely Jen (our producer) takes them to the local postoffice and they are sent out into the world.
Please be patient.
We’re finding it hard too.
Photos by Trainos Pakioufakis
We’re a prep-prepping for another swarm of postcards to be sent across the globe.
We’re looking at hope streets in Hungary to Israel, Smithfield to Yass, Rhode Island to Toronto.
If you’re in Sydney in January make sure you pop down and see us at the Sydney Festival Village in Hyde Park. Details are here.
To all those Hope Street residents – we hope not to send you another postcard, but perhaps your neighbour.
And yes, there are still plenty of Hope Streets in this world we can send to!
Stay tuned for new connections. More hope.
ps Perth writers & parents, we’re back in February with The Future Postal Service for Perth Festival, if you fancy visiting us again for a different project.