And then they landed in the UK

uk picSo, 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!

Beeston:
#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.

Cambridge:
#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.

Lancaster:
#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.

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And our first are here!

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.

x Alex.

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And now to let them fly!

So. They’re all uploaded.
All 599 of them.
IMG_3541Numbered 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.

And now.
To wait. wait. wait.
And hope.

x Alex.

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We made 600ish more!

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.
I know.
We’re finding it hard too.

x Alex.

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Sydney Festival here we come.

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.
x alex

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.

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Six months since our last post…

And there have been even more responses gathering away.
Tos and fros.
And new ones too.
Even only a few weeks ago someone received their postcard.
I like imagining where it’s been the last six months…

From Liz and Rob who received #576 who talk of cats and nests.
The need for bars on their windows is explained in #167.
#122 had a lovely invite from France.
Felippe answers delightfully with a variety of fruit to a question in #473
#726 continues on! As does #497
#456 got a response in Spanish.
Jessie responded on behalf of her mother to #554
Katherine and Dave of #19 speak of the zoo at their granddaughter’s house
#320 has introduced me to what lookalike books are.
An amazing & interesting response at #321 (I’ll come visit if I’m ever there!)
#350 only recently arrived in Cape Town (!)
& #674 in New York.

We also are excited that a class in New Zealand took the project on board and did their own Dear Hope Street.
Room 15
You can see them (pictured) and their postcards here.

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Hopeful.

Wishing everyone involved in this project a very Merry Christmas.
Particularly those far away from Australia.
I hope this project has brought hope.
It’s made me very hopeful about the state of community, and generosity and connection.
And strangers in general!
Here are the latest….

Am very please Averley saw her response at #357
We got our first response (i think?) from Italy at #630
A pub in Glasgow has clarified the residential situation at #50
Max managed to send a postcard to the catering manager at a school #277
Lilli is excited for Clara at #365 
Emma has helped us out at #21 and there is a little fan club happening there too.
We are very touched by the story evolving between the Kershaws and the Harveys at #377
And #16 too.
4 Hope St, Ringsend received three* postcards, which are the first bits of mail they’ve received at #295 and #115 and #97 
I loved Jorge’s last sentance in his response to #102
Christmas wishes from Germany at #2
And a lovely response from Canada at #155.

*oops system fail there. Apologies!

I hope the 2014 brings more hope into your lives…
Merry Christmas.
xx Alex.

 

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