Adventures in Letter Writing No. 52: Keeping it Real

I’m not expecting anyone to read these blogs if I’m honest, it’s just really good fun writing down my thoughts on “stuff”. Funny that for someone who does generally have high expectations in life, for this little Society I really don’t. I mean I want it to do well, I’d love to be super uber entrepreneurial but, at the minute anyway, I’m really not.

I was given some advice by a lovely fascinating and brave man (he did hostage negotiations in a former life) who I met at a fundraising course some weeks ago who said that the words we use give us away. He said I shouldn’t refer to The Handwritten Letter Appreciation Society as my “little” Society because it undersells it. I know what he means (to some extent), the Dragon’s Den would never give me their dosh on the strength of that, but 1) I use it more as a term of affection and 2) I so want to stay real, vulnerabilities, doubts and all.

So anyway, with no expectations of anyone reading them I want to write some open letters (that is they’re meant to be out there) to people who have made a difference to me over the years especially in terms of Outdoor Education but maybe not exclusively. I might also get bored of that or mix it up with other blogs. We’ll see.

Just delighted if you read them but really don’t mind if you don’t. I’m just having a lovely time, so thank you if you’re a part of the ride.



Camping in the South of France, 1983

8 thoughts on “Adventures in Letter Writing No. 52: Keeping it Real

  1. Silvana Withe says:

    Could just about read your writing but mine is just as illegible.
    It was fun to read especially about your sister who used the f word!
    All in all you kept it real…Silvana

    PS I write mega long letters 100 pages or more!

    1. D1nah_ says:

      Crikey 100 pages is pretty epic. Thanks for reading (even if you thought it was illegible!?). I can picture that moment like it was yesterday! 🙂

  2. john s.d. says:

    Well guess what, earlier i triedbto send an email to the letter writing appreciation Society & i don’t think it left my cell phone & just simply wasn’t sure how to get it off, & not even sure if this will go anywhere, however i am going to try.
    i just wanted to say i decided to go to the web (feet) site after hearing Michael Enright’s essay this morning on CBC, The Sunday Edition & his mention of letter writing & to say i appreciated the tips & ideas suggested on the site.
    i could go on about it all but it will have to suffice for now!
    So long,

    1. D1nah_ says:

      Hi John, thank you for your message. I got it, although I am gradually finding messages and comments amongst the annoying spam! It was a wonderful surprise to see we got a mention on Michael’s programme. Glad you like the website. You can always email at Many thanks again, Dinah

  3. lynne says:

    Loved the photo, loved the letter! My family also spent our vacations camping, with a canvas tent. We usually camped near a beach, and one summer we got caught in a hurricane and the tent collapsed on us during the night! We had to struggle to get that zip open and scramble into our car before the tent was taken! Miraculously, the pegs held it in place and it was saved, but we had to decamp to a boarding house for the rest of the vacation because a completely soaking wet tent and sleeping bags were not comfy. Thanks for this! I’m working my way backwards through your blogs, starting with this one. I enjoy reading your thoughts.

    1. D1nah_ says:

      Hi Lynne! Thank you so much for this! So sorry I missed it. My inbox has been swamped with Spam. Really worried I’ve missed other comments too. I loved reading your adventures and thank you so much for working your way through my blogs. That means such a lot! Dinah

  4. Gillian Osborne says:

    What a lovely letter – thank you for sharing it with us. I could read it perfectly ok….you should try reading my writing when I’m quickly scrawling down notes!!! When I sit down to write a proper letter however I do take my time as I love the feeling of the pen and the ink gliding across the paper and my writing is a hundred times neater (apart from my d’s – hate my d’s!).

    1. D1nah_ says:

      Thanks Gillian. Really appreciated. I’m glad I found your message amongst all the spam. Sorry I’d missed it! Dinah

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