MAIL Fun, important Mail, Mail trivia

Just around the corner is Oct 9, a postal service milestone. More about this, at the end of this blog. My involvement with communications via mail came naturally, having been a world traveler, family behind the iron curtain and serving years out at sea. All pre Internet. We have to recognize the existence of the Int’l Postal Union as it was established 1874. It established postal security. ( except Mail behind Iron Curtain)

My all time favorite envelope by a 7 year old Montessori student

It takes no special skill to reach out to someone “a most iconic act of showing someone that you care” my letters were illustrated, now I take a photo and push a button. Just not the same! I got involved with the IUOMA now going on 30 years.

Need ideas of embellishing a envelope, many ideas on their site

The last #mailartcall I did was here in Lake Worth, for our Lake Worth Centennial. Have done these calls several times. Wish I could show all the amazing envelopes from around the world. First one was for my gallery. My all time favorite envelope, is seen above by a child. Had a great write up, and here comes the Miami Post Master General? He loved it! I turn he sent me a piece of Mail Art seen here. My 2nd favorite.

Got to love it! That’s him. Holding Coconut while visiting the exhibit in the
Windisch-Hunt Fine Art

I also participate in different calls, like the Washington Calligraphy Guild “The Graceful Envelope” sponsored by the Postal Union of America They have themes but this year canceled. Others I submit to go to University Libraries. I gifted the Centennial Exhibit to our Historical Museum. Why should MOMA have a collection and we not. Do you ever Wonder what mail will look like a hundred years from now?

Go see their website the submissions are outstanding.

Now October is a important month. The 9th recognize the Postal Union now it is also an election year. and I’m advocating for #FreeUpTheMail. From Oct. 13 till Nov. 3. Saw it on #BillMaher

Getting out Bday cards that happen between Oct 13 – Nov. 3

So if you can support this, today being Oct. 1 start thinking of the birthdays in Oct. after the 13th, like Bama, Tom J, Mae G and beginning of Nov. Charka, Sylvina. I’m preparing those right now and will have them in the mail prior to the 13th. The bills, pay & send & post-date them. Ask your friends to do the same.

Recognize your postal carrier on Oct. 9th It’s World Post Day 192 member countries are part of it it’s an important day for your letter carrier. Let them know you appreciate them. They come to your door almost every single day maybe that’s the day to tip them. Now for the trivia! 1. Did you know. who our first postmaster general was in 1775? 2. What does ZIP code stand for? 3. When is National Letter writing Day ? 4. Where do you send your Mail Art submission to 5. What are the dates of #FreeUpTheMail. 6. When is the deadline for Mail Art.

This is the day to be grateful that your getting secure mail .

1. Benjamin Freanklin. 2. Zone Improvement Plan in 1963. 3. Dec. 7, 2020 4. Mail art. – P.O. Box. 46 – Lake Worth Beach Fl. 33460 5. Oct. 13 – Nov. 3. / 6. Dec. 15, 2020

Six months into COVID-19 sept. 16, 2020

Sharing my life sequestered can’t be very interesting, lakewortheveryminute blog is recording that and not just me but my friends in England from our Sister City. Our adjustments our similarities, our distancing from friends. Our smaller world due to COVID-19

My washing machine, all of it

Six month milestone should be positive, now its a measure of how long we have endured. Laundry used to be enjoyable, had my favorite laundry spot with WiFi, scrolling internet waiting for wash to be done. Purchased this thing with usb cord from the internet, yikes, did I make a mistake? My wardrobe has shrunk to 2 light weight t shirts 2 skirts, need nothing more. I see no one and it’s hot. Saving on Laundromat. Doing KonMarie clean out, 30 t shirts heading to Farm Workers. I suppose when I rejoin humanity I’ll be needing clothes again.

His first word was truck as he was pointing to a truck and We kept saying truck yes TRUCK

School is about to resume. Had not seen the kids since masks became mandatory. I handed out quite a few, but they were not worn. I’d say where is your mask “ it’s at home”. Me Ok. “Go home”.

Refurbished and loaded

Painted on each side portrait of the kids who use it. My cat Luna even made it into the painting, inside painting of a mother reading to her baby and the piece de resistance a solar light. They used to knock on my door to get books while it was being fixed.

That’s Kimberly in the middle lives on F st.
Happy again, visitors Chelsey and Corina from D st.

ended w a little birthday party for Chelsey’s 9th birthday.

impromptu Birthday party. Music from my iPad playing Corina Corina as the little girl on right is named Corina. This threw them into a whole lot of giggles. The pleasure was all mine! Might have been my singing

Still participating in Lake Worth Beach, sequestered. Thanks to ZOOM City Commission Mtg. Which Is available via ZOOM as well as Coffee with the Commissioner Herman Robinson, both I once attended. That was then this is now

I was one of 47 watching About the same that fit in the Chambers

I follow Instagram and love sharing the creative things I see especially this challenge to artists that are sequestered by the Getty. Love that kids are also participating. P.s. my Instagram tag is Annamaria33460 visit!

Thanks for reading my blog. I welcome your personal COVID-19 stories with photos

Mail art call extended to Dec. 15 #FreeUpTheMail. Send no mail no cards no letters home, no bills, no flyers. Allow those who have to use the mail their one VOTE

Six month timeline / hello from England

Hello. From England. Aug. 31, 2020. . . After a week of high winds and lashing of rain courtesy of storm Francis which battered lots of places around the U.K. Thank goodness the wind and rain have both gone and we were left with a serene Bank Holiday Monday. As a rule bank holidays are sunny and prompt lots of visitors to our coastline.. we, being the nearest beach to London experience crowding on our beaches which means that businesses thrive. After the last few months we could have done with a sunny weekend but never mind, there is always next weekend and I prefer it to get our seafront back to ourselves, we can swim and walk without weaving in and out of people.

It has been a busy week as the lockdown eases even further and more public places start to reopen. The community Hub that I run is one of those places and we have to jump through a lot of hoops to be allowed to open up. Risk assessments that show separate entrances and exits social distancing measurements, paper towels instead of material and copious amounts of cleaning in between groups. . . . Time consuming, but possible. But most of the paperwork is completed and now we have to try it out.

The first group we are welcoming back is the film group and the book club. Both on the same day but in different rooms which will make it slightly easier. I haven’t yet decided on how to serve tea and coffee yet. . . . As you know, us Brits can not go very long without a cuppa, so I have to solve that one pretty quickly.

And Our young people are back to school next week, I spoke last week how our system differs particularly in the area of holidays. It has been a longtime for our youngsters and they have to be back in school for a variety of reasons.. . . They really need to get used to learning again and to socialize in a different way of course. , but some of them haven’t seen their friends for ages. . They also need a routine in their lives. It will take some time getting used to the new timetable and regime. One of the big differences is that as a rule, students go to the teacher in specialist areas but now the teacher will come to the meaning students will be in the classroom for much longer periods. With staggering lunch and break times things should go smoothly, we shall see!!! There have been many instructions issued and many changes to those instructions almost as soon as they were issued which has caused some frustration but I think it is ironed out now, it is all new and you can rarely get it right the first time.

And now for something quite different, I thought I would tell you about some of the most interesting things that I have seen in our county of Essex, starting with Talliston House which is in a small hamlet not far from where I live here in Essex. This house looks like any other ex council house from the outside. The inside is very different. . . John Trevellian who bought the house in 1990 has transformed it into a wonderland of inspirational location, each set in a different time and place.

Each room has been deconstructed back to the brickwork and rebuilt from scratch that not one square centimeter of the original house remains both inside and outside.

At one point John had to reluctantly put the house on the market after he lost his job and could not afford the upkeep of the house. He set up a go fund me page and thankfully generous donors raised enough for the home to take it off the market. More than 1,650 objects from 27 countries fill the incredible house which he naught in 1990 for 73,000 lbs.

The word Talliston is Old English for ‘ Secret Place in the Woods ‘ and includes a 1950’s New Orleans kitchen Victorian Dining Room , Moorish bedroom, Cambodian Treehouse Loft and a Scottish Edwardian Hall. Even the smells are authentic as nutmeg and coffee prevalence the New Orleans Kitchen and the smell of jasmine wafts through the treehouse air.

Mr Trevellian opens the house to visitors and even hosts Murder Mystery nights and photo shoots , a perfect setting for both. He also of his house “it’s the perfect place for entertaining. People walk and are transported to different paces. I want Talliston to be the center of creativity. I want to inspire people.”

I so admire people who have the urge to do something different and actually create their vision, in this case it took 25 years and a lot of money . . . But it was worth every penny. If you have Netflix , you can see this house for yourself as it is featured in a new series about ordinary places turned into amazing interior space. Talliston House was one of only two properties to be included in the program ‘Amazing Interiors’

I must go as I have leeks to plant in the garden alongside of the carrots which should be on the table for Christmas dinner. Have a great week . I hope it is full of wonderful things.

Have a great Laborday weekend.


A early beginning at the beach Friday before the long weekend. I’m avoiding people, crowds. Haven’t been out in a while, not sure I still know my table manners. KEEP wearing a mask! We are not in the clear yet. Six Months and counting. Destination was Viva la Playa alas it was not open for breakfast. No sign on doors as to hours or when.

Next best Benny’s. Spotted long sleeves, must be a tourist. Indeed

Another early happy group

I had the Sunrise, no meat. Used to pay $5 for exact same called the “local special” at Mulligans but here it was $12. But what a view, sea breeze, the smell of salt air, took me back out to my years on the ocean. Of course location location.

This is their menu, just scan it. Welcome to the 21st century

It’s FRIDAY the beach front was getting a face lift.

Also seen so very early.

Very obedient. LOL.

Have a great weekend ! I opened my e mail about an hour ago say 5:15 p.m. and my VIP invite was in my box

Grand opening Sat n Sun. eleven to eleven both days

Sept. 3, 2020. Throw back Thursday.

This little sea side town of Lake Worth Beach also known by some as the isle of misfits. Has over the last 10 years been photographed/documented by myself and also the other professional photographers who have moved here and become part of the community here. Each having their own spin on how we see each other.

Coffee with the Commissioner

Each Wed. Morning Commissioner Robinson held open discussions of ideas. Everyone was heard. It was quite a civilized discourse as everyone had their turn as they turned up. Issues were discussed and laundry aired. That was then. Now due to the pandemic the meetings have gotten smaller, still being held each Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 sharp via Zoom. Anyone wanting to participate need only reach out to Comm. Robinson or myself and we will get you the invitation to attend. everyone is welcome as always.

The Sailing Club

Yes this small seaside town has a Sailing Club. Here they are pictured. Actively petitioning to get a marina up to make this town more picturesque. We have docks but usage is restricted. This might come under the heading of the isle of misfits. It would bring in day sailors who could visit Lake Worth Beach. Better yet create a yachting interest in the young.

one of many volunteer opportunities

Volunteer opportunities galore, so many here in Lake Worth Beach. There are advisory boards guided by liaisons from the City to help guide our quirky little town into the unknown future. A NAPC a neighborhood assoc. each has a President representing 16 areas of our town. New groups arise as the citizenry seem fit to create. LOL

Recognition of its citizenry

There are all sorts of honors bestowed on those who exemplify all that is good. Be it a loyal employee or an organization that has brought much to our community. National Holidays are also recognized all from the Dias.

First time train trip

Yes, there are those rogue personalities that see a gap and fill it. A little like “I’m depended on the kindness of strangers”. Don’t we all! We encounter them here here in Lake Worth Beach gratefully. Especially now serving in food banks. These kids were taken to West Palm, their very first train ride, very first time to see the holiday sand sculpture in West Palm Beach a stop at the Mandel Library. Exhausted, well behaved and quiet on the train ride home, engrossed in the reading material they were given at the Library.

Garden Party

They happen everywhere in our small city by the sea. Crashing one, no such thing, as everyone knows everyone and greetings are extended. Now there are some awesome parties that have become annual events, legendary. This year we missed out on the 4th of July back yard event. There is the holiday one on south M st. And for now on hold Diner en Blanc soirée.

Another Coffee with Herman Robinson
Tuesday night City Hall mtg. 32,000 could tune in via You tube. Just subscribe “City of Lake Worth Beach” and you will be notified when they or other boards meet.

Have I missed a groups, your gang, there will be more Thursdays to come. Cheers!