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Today our spotlight features lucymonty (aka Lucy). She’s a big animal lover and a keen crafter who runs her own small jewellery business. Here is what she had to say:

How did you come across Postcrossing? What got you hooked?

I read about Postcrossing in a newspaper in 2009. I’ve always thought there’s something romantic and ‘olde worlde’ about writing letters. I imagine the characters in Jane Austen novels sending love letters!

Although I travelled quite a lot with my family when I was younger I’ve not been able to go abroad in recent years so Postcrossing is my window to the wider world. I can also get ideas for trips I’d like to take in the future…

Like so many Postcrossers I was instantly hooked- I love seeing what cards have arrived when the post comes!

Do you have any other interesting hobbies?

I’m a non-stop crafter- I make jewellery, cushions, trinket boxes and more and *try to* sell them through my Etsy shop. I also love photography, particularly local nature and animals (often my pets!) and I have some printed to send as postcards. This one shows the local beach at sunset:

Sunset photo postcard
Show us your mailbox, your mailman/mailwoman, your postoffice or the place where you post or keep your postcards!

Outside the local shop that also has a little Post Office at the back.

Post Office outside

Inside, at the Post Office desk, there is often a queue!

Post Office inside

I store all my received postcards in these two boxes, and arrange them by country or region. I’m a bit of a geek when it comes to organising things! I have a feeling I may need to move some into a third box pretty soon…

Postcard storage
Show and tell us about your favorite received postcard to date, and what makes it special.

Even though I limited myself to choosing only from ‘official’ Postcrossing cards and not direct swaps, I couldn’t pick just one favourite card! Here are five that stand out:

Favourite five

Clockwise from top left:

  • A beautiful flying squirrel card from Marja in Finland- it’s such an unusual animal!
  • The ‘I Love My Planet’ card from Keijo in Finland- it’s just so ‘me’!
  • The black and white dog card from Renate in Austria- the image is great but it’s the lovely message on the back that makes it extra special.
  • The cats illustration card from Anna in Russia- this was ‘the beginning of a beautiful friendship’ to quote Humphrey Bogart, we’ve been exchanging cards ever since.
  • The sunset card from Debby in Taiwan- I just love this stunning sky!
What is it your favorite part of the Postcrossing process?

Of course I love receiving postcards but my favourite part is when I get a new address to send to and I do my best to find something from that person’s wish list or something that would mean something to them. I really want all the cards I send to become one of the recipient’s favourites! I also enjoy looking up the place I’ve sent to/received from in our atlas.

Have you been surprised by any place that you have received a postcard from or sent a postcard to?

I was very lucky to be one of the people who received a card from Tuvalu to mark Earth Day in 2010!

Is there anything that you are passionate about?

I’m passionate about animal rights and conservation. As a result I’m vegetarian and have something of a menagerie at home- a cat called Monty, 3 tortoises called Puffy, Diddy and Clemmy and 2 chickens (rescued ex-battery hens) called Jack and Tony!

Monty the cat
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21 comments so far

acornishmaidinzelah, United Kingdom
Lovely to see you in the spotlight Lucy
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ned44440, Ireland
Lovely interview. I agree with Lucy that choosing the 'perfect' card to send someone is a special part of Postcrossing.
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Dodd, Taiwan
I recognise one of her favourite is from my country (Taiwan) and is the work of my favourite photographer. :D
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ekasyr, Belarus
Very interesting story! Amasing Stamp lamp!
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Janila, United States of America
And yet another reason that I like Postcrossing, I had never heard of Tuvalu before and now I have done some reading on it and am envious of your card. Very nice interview.
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Schleifen, Germany
Oh, you have such a cute cat!!!
I really like "Postcrossing Spotlight": you get to know people so much better. This is very interessting!
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javasparrow, Taiwan
i'm so surprised and happy that one of your favorite postcards is from Taiwan! :")
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isagv, Germany
Nice spotlight. :) Enjoyed reasding it. :)
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Antosie, United States of America
I enjoyed reading your spotlight very much. Thank you. You have some lovely cards.
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fisherman, Ireland
Great interview Lucy - You are always welcome to pop in on the British Isles Community on the Forum.
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oneprincesslea, United States of America
I love personal stories like this! I just joined but I love this epistolary community!!
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Patagonia, Chile
Hello Lucy, nice to meet you, you live in a very special place. Your cat is so nice, see you. :)
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alterego, Canada
Lucy is indeed special! She and I exchanged a couple of cards when she so thoughtfully sent me a replacement card after her first one to me did not arrive. And then, weeks later, the first one actually did arrive! And both cards were lovely cards from photos that she had taken! So nice to see you in the spotlight, Lucy!
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lucymonty, United Kingdom
Thank you everyone :-D So pleased to have been 'spotlighted'!
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ozbok, Australia
Magic
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clarissawam, Luxembourg
Ooooh Lucy lives just around the corner from me! :D
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dandilion, Netherlands
Great to read some more about the person who I'm sending an official to. Oops spoiled the surprise ;-)
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mingshu, Finland
im very glad to read about you lucy too :) you picked great favorite cards ! they could be my favorites too. great looking post office and store boxes. and i love monty :)
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jjmega, Australia
This is a gold winning prize photograph of Monty!
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lucymonty, United Kingdom
Thanks guys, and Monty is loving the attention ;-)
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Daggimaus, Germany
hello lucy monty
I read your Interwiev and happy to join your postcard exchange.
Greetings from Kassel Dagmar
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