Calling all overseas MNers - My lovely boy has written some letters

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AllYouNeedIsAClickyBallpoint Tue 12-Jun-12 19:34:22

He's 7, and is quite taken by stamps.
He's written several letters (I'll give you an example in a minute), and I wondered if there might be some MNers in foreign parts who might help him smile

Here is one of his letters ( in very best joined-up writingsmile)

Dear Jamaica

If I writ you a letter, please will you send me one back, so I can see your stamps.
I am from England (Great Britan)
Good luck in the Olympics
Love from Allyouneed Junior.

There are similar letters for several countries, and his plan is to put them in an envelope with the country name on the outside, and several stamps.

Would anyone be able to send him a letter with a stamp on?
Thank you. He would be the happiest boy in the world!

I live in Canada if that helps (PM me).

mayaswell Tue 12-Jun-12 19:36:50

That is completely gorgeous, I wish I could help. You could always try the Tourist Boards for those countries if you get no replies on here. But you will because MN is fab at this stuff! X

justabigdisco Tue 12-Jun-12 19:36:51

Sorry can't help but HOW CUTE?

CJfromTheWestWing Tue 12-Jun-12 19:37:49

I could send a Scottish one

HMQueenElizabeth Tue 12-Jun-12 19:38:08

Aaawww that's very sweet, I'm in England too, so a stamp from me would be boring, but hope you get lots of overseas MNers to help. smile

timetomoveon Tue 12-Jun-12 19:40:05

I'm in Hungary - PM me.

mayaswell Tue 12-Jun-12 19:46:55

I would post this again, but ask for specific help from overseas mnetters in the title, I don't want him to be disappointed!

You could ask MNHQ to change the title of the thread for you... "Calling all overseas MNers" or something.

PurplePidjin Tue 12-Jun-12 19:56:51

I will be visiting Latvia in the first week of the summer holidays. Send me a pm and a reminder nearer the time and I'll send a postcard smile

cocolepew Tue 12-Jun-12 20:15:08

How sweet is that?!? I sponser a child in Malawi if you PM your name and address I'll sent the stamp next time I get a letter.

Unless I have one kicking about it could be a couple of months though.

AllYouNeedIsAClickyBallpoint Tue 12-Jun-12 20:17:59

You are all amazing!
Thank you grin

Are Scottish stamps different to Royal mail ones? <ignorant>

PM me as DH is in the Falklands until July 11th, so you'll have to be quick. And IL's live in Lanzarote with SIX YEAR OLD NEPHEW. Would he like a penpal?!?!?!

Aww, how nice of him!!!!

We are off to the Middle East at the end of August so if you PM I'll get my 6 year old ( will be 7 by the time the letter is sent) to send him a letter.

worrywortisworrying Tue 12-Jun-12 20:22:47

Ahh. I could do Ukraine and Ireland for sure.

I have friends in many different countries so PM if I can help.

(I have a 4YO who is obsessed with trains!)


My mum lives in France & I'm sure she'd do it. I also have friends in New Zealand who I could ask. PM me if I (they) can help.

AllYouNeedIsAClickyBallpoint Tue 12-Jun-12 20:25:11

He would love a penpal!

Can I apologise if anyone has got more than one message. I lost track of who I PMed blush

ruelachesty Tue 12-Jun-12 20:25:49

I could ask my friend in New Zealand. Also have friends in Aus but they would be less reliable!

CRbear Tue 12-Jun-12 20:31:24

I live in Norway and would be happy to help! PM me

robino Tue 12-Jun-12 20:32:11

I can do Qatar for you if you'd like. Once I've managed to get to a post office.

ruelachesty Tue 12-Jun-12 20:32:23

Also my sis is going to Dominican Republic in a few weeks if that helps too. Scottish stamps just the same as royal mail I'm afraid! Pm if needed

ForFoxsGlacierMints Tue 12-Jun-12 20:37:46

I could ask my sister to send one from America?

I can ask my sister to send one from Australia?

I'm going to the Bahamas soon. PM me and I'll send a postcard.

Cosmosis Tue 12-Jun-12 20:44:02

Dh has suggested sending some to the British embassy in some countries too? I wish we could help but live in Yorkshire and while independence would be great we don't have our own stamps yet grin

Sharpkat Tue 12-Jun-12 20:58:39

I have a letter from Armenia today that I could steam the stamps off and create something for you.

Armenia is pretty cool grin

Do you just want something with a stamp on like a postcard or would you prefer a letter? Just trying to work out what's easier for my mum!

AllYouNeedIsAClickyBallpoint Tue 12-Jun-12 21:01:15

Squirted, maybe it would be best if I came with you to the Bahamas grin

Cosmosis - I'm in Yorkshire too. Only bog standard stamps!

AllYouNeedIsAClickyBallpoint Tue 12-Jun-12 21:02:23

And thank you - writing to the British Embassies is a brilliant idea.

Selks Tue 12-Jun-12 21:06:56

Aw this is lovely! Hope your lovely boy enjoys all his new stamps, AllYouNeed smile

Just when I'm feeling jaded with MN and I find a thread like this..... grin

AllYouNeedIsAClickyBallpoint Tue 12-Jun-12 21:07:58

MrsHels - I think he'll be amazed and stunned to get anything at all smile
He's never been sent a letter before. I imagine he'll be overwhelmed, bless him grin

DestinationUnknown Tue 12-Jun-12 21:08:05

I'm in uk too but how abut posting on the Living Overseas board here? Am sure the lovely MNers who hang out there would help and they live all over!

Your boy sounds fab.

roguepixie Tue 12-Jun-12 21:09:48

I am in the UK too but may have some overseas stamps - I used to collect them (when I was mini-rogue) and may well have some. Late FIL used to collect UK stamps but will check his collection too. Will PM you if I strike lucky.

Btw, don't think I have seen something that cute for ages. He sounds lovely. grin.

Waedigirl Tue 12-Jun-12 21:11:50

I'm in Switzerland. If you pm me his name and your address I'm sure I can find an obliging Milka cow who can write a postcard smile

BellaOfTheBalls Tue 12-Jun-12 21:12:01

I'm in the UK but that is the most adorable thing. And all of those saying they'll help out. Thank you for restoring my faith in MN-ers and the world in general grin

FourEyesGood Tue 12-Jun-12 21:12:58

Please will you let me send you my old stamp collection? My mum brought it over when she had a clear-out a few years ago and I have no idea what to do with it! I doubt there's anything valuable in it but I used to spend hours on it when I was 8 or so. I've never used the PM thing before but will look out for one from you - let me know your address.

Whitamakafullo Tue 12-Jun-12 21:13:20

I'm in scotland so can't help but that is so gorgeous!! smile

AllYouNeedIsAClickyBallpoint Tue 12-Jun-12 21:13:49

Thank you all of you!
And yes, he is fab! Lots of character smile

PissyDust Tue 12-Jun-12 21:14:43

As an Essex gal I can't help but if you re-post on the overseas board can you add a link here. I love reading helpful posts grin

Horsemad Tue 12-Jun-12 21:15:43

Can't help sorry as am in England but this thread has got me all choked!

Bless him, that is soooo cute smile

MammaTJ Tue 12-Jun-12 21:15:56

That is so lovely!! Can't help. I am a new MNetter but have become very addicted very quickly. This is my fave so far!!

laraeo Tue 12-Jun-12 21:16:50

I'm in the US and would be happy to send him fun stamps. I just logged on to the US postal service website and they've just issued some Pixar stamps which might be fun.

PM me if you'd like.

showtunesgirl Tue 12-Jun-12 21:17:15

Awwww. Super, super cute!

AllYouNeedIsAClickyBallpoint Tue 12-Jun-12 21:18:55

Foureyes - that's incredibly generous of you!
I don't want to take something that you might regret one day.
I'll pm you, but I won't be offended if you decide it's too much smile

We're going to Spain next week, I can send something from there if you like?

If there are any countries not yet covered, let me know - owing to my 10 years in a weird job, I have friends in lots of different countries grin

FourEyesGood Tue 12-Jun-12 21:23:18

Seriously, I don't want these stamps and would love them to go to someone who'll appreciate them. Hurrah for mumsnet!

Gah, meant to say, any countries on his letters not yet covered...

AllYouNeedIsAClickyBallpoint Tue 12-Jun-12 21:26:26

Ice - if you know anyone in Jamaica that would be brill!
Ds thinks if he sends a letter addressed to Jamaica, it will be delivered straight to Usain Bolt's hands grin

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Tue 12-Jun-12 21:27:15

This is why I bloody LOVE mumsnet! grin

CJfromTheWestWing Tue 12-Jun-12 21:27:46

Scottish sams are the same btw, I meant I would try for a specal edition themed one from Scotland.

AllYouNeedIsAClickyBallpoint Tue 12-Jun-12 21:27:51

Foureyes - you're lovely xx

CJfromTheWestWing Tue 12-Jun-12 21:28:02

Sams? Stamps!

Rosa Tue 12-Jun-12 21:28:59

Yes from Italy send me a PM with an address.......

I will search through my friends, although I don't think I know anyone in Jamaica...

curlykate99 Tue 12-Jun-12 21:33:01

I can probably sort jamaica for you, not sure about usain bolt though soz! PM me

roguepixie Tue 12-Jun-12 21:36:05

Just remembered I 'know' an MN-er in Chile. Will PM her a link to see if she can help.

WhataTreat Tue 12-Jun-12 21:36:26

This is absolutely adorable smile

I've just checked some old postcards and have found stamps from Cambodia, USA and France if these are any good? I suspect I've got ones from Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Singapore knocking about... will have a hunt!

PlasticFlamingo Tue 12-Jun-12 21:37:55

I'm in Japan. PM me and I'll send some stamps. smile

DoingTheBestICan Tue 12-Jun-12 21:38:56

I'm going to Zante in July so I can send a post card from there if you want?

AllYouNeedIsAClickyBallpoint Tue 12-Jun-12 21:43:44

I am completely overwhelmed grin
I thought I'd maybe get a couple of replies, if I was lucky, and I'm inundated with lovely MNers smile

Ds is going to love this! He is very bright ( ahem, aren't they all on here?), and so interested in everything going on in the world. It wouldn't surprise me if he ends up the next Bear Grylls!
Once he knows how all you MNers have rallied round, he'll be trying to persuade me to start a thread asking for donkeys hmm grin

Thank you all so much thanks

QOD Tue 12-Jun-12 21:59:02

You've just reminded me that my dd used to have a real,THING about post cards! She was terrified and upset by them, they weren't letters they were word cards and "I don't liiiiiiiiiiike them"

I had to ask people to please not send them (we used to get loads lol) as she would freak out (real tears! Weird child)

Portofino Tue 12-Jun-12 22:03:16

We are in Belgium. I have an 8 yo dd - she would love to write him a letter. PM me too....

AllYouNeedIsAClickyBallpoint Tue 12-Jun-12 22:05:31

QOD that's really sweet smile
Is she ok with them now?

Maamekin Tue 12-Jun-12 22:07:18

Am in Germany, you can PM me too.

Sharpkat Tue 12-Jun-12 22:18:34

Armenian stamped letter will be posted tomorrow grin might be the best mail service ever as am in London smile

CailinDana Tue 12-Jun-12 22:29:36

I'll be in Ireland at the end of July, I can send you a postcard. PM me and let me know what kind of thing I should send smile

BikingViking Tue 12-Jun-12 22:40:42

I'm in Denmark - if you PM your address, I'll get 6 year old dd to write him a letter smile

QOD Tue 12-Jun-12 22:43:02

Yeah she's 13 now, and mostly just a crabby teen!!

She does have some sensitive child traits still, but she was just so funny about it, if it wasn't in an envelope it really upset her!

trumpton Tue 12-Jun-12 22:46:53

Pm me and I will send a manx stamp on a post card . Bless him .

weirdscience Tue 12-Jun-12 22:48:43

I think I have some stamps from poland and the czech republic (I always buy postcards and then never send them blush) I'll check tomorrow if I can find them and PM you if I do.

I'm also going to spain in a few weeks if you would like a postcard or letter sent.

lookingforchocolate Tue 12-Jun-12 22:57:04

pm me and i can ask dd1 friend in egypt to post

sagenod Tue 12-Jun-12 23:01:36

Aaaww! I'm sure France has already been taken, but if not my DS1 is always upset not to get any letters in the post box and it would make his day! Feel free to PM

trinitybleu Tue 12-Jun-12 23:46:11

I have a friend in Sweden with kids that age, if no one else has got that covered??

AdoraBell Wed 13-Jun-12 02:37:35

I'll see what I can do, next week though as DDs were diagnosed with flu today so we're housebound for a few dayssad We're in Chile.

I can send some from Australia if your son would like. I have a nearly seven yr old ds who is in denial about his writing if he'd like a penfriend from here too!

Horopu Wed 13-Jun-12 03:36:19

I can send one from NZ, if that has not already been offered. pm me.

Heartstart Wed 13-Jun-12 03:36:30

Too cute, my ds (7) wrote to the Queen and got a reply with a buck house post mark he was v chuffed

Horopu Wed 13-Jun-12 03:37:26

In fact if he writes to us I can get my class of Y3-Y6s to write back.

Shangers Wed 13-Jun-12 03:43:22

I can send him a chinese one - might not be until Aug at this rate though as we're heading back to Ireland (not so exciting!) shortly.

DronesClub Wed 13-Jun-12 03:49:34

Didn't spot hong kong on the list but pm me if you want that included.More than happy to help.

Bloomfieldmom Wed 13-Jun-12 03:58:34

We are in the US, my six yr old dd would love to write back! smile you can pm me too..

OpheliasWeepingWillow Wed 13-Jun-12 04:02:10

PM me your address and I will send from far far away smile

I'm in the US too if you want more than one!

savoycabbage Wed 13-Jun-12 04:27:22

I can send you one from australia too. I sent a postcard to a mnetter from her child's list dog once and the man on the post office spent ages looking through all his stamps getting the most interesting stamps out of his book.

bunnygirl80 Wed 13-Jun-12 04:38:05

I'm in Australia too if you want more than one. If your DS can wait until the end of next month I'm off on hols to Fiji, so could send something from there too

Pm me too I live in Greece so can send him one too smile

sharklet Wed 13-Jun-12 05:30:19

I can get my DD who is 8 to send him one from the USA if that helps.

PM me smile

OhNoMyFanjo Wed 13-Jun-12 05:36:25

This is so cute. He's is going to be blown away.

Graciescotland Wed 13-Jun-12 05:39:59

I'm in Australia, be happy to help.

LeMousquetaireAnonyme Wed 13-Jun-12 05:52:00

If you want Romania I have a 7 yo DD how can write to him too.

NunTheWiser Wed 13-Jun-12 06:07:16

Hi, PM me if you want another Aussie stamp!

NK254afb31X117b2a12183 Wed 13-Jun-12 06:15:16

We live in Dubai and I could get my little girl to write to him? We are leaving here in July so it would have to be quick!

Iheartpasties Wed 13-Jun-12 06:17:40

I'm in Sydney pm me and I can give you our address etc I'd be happy to send a reply with a stamp on, hopefully a kangaroo!

my2centsis Wed 13-Jun-12 06:49:32

I live in new Zealand and will happily do it smile

Longdistance Wed 13-Jun-12 06:51:23

I live in Oz. PM me if you like x

Longdistance Wed 13-Jun-12 06:54:58

Oh, and I have some spare stamps in my purse with tropical fish on if he wants them?

TeddyBare Wed 13-Jun-12 06:56:46

I'm in German and Switzerland for the next 8 weeks. PM me if I can help.

sashh Wed 13-Jun-12 07:03:03

I can't help on the stamps thing but have you considered the travelling teddy bear? Probably better to use a school address or a PO Box.

Basically Teady starts off with a message, usually from a class of primary school kids. Teady is passed on via people travelling abroad where he/she has adventures and sends pictures, or in your case post cards with stamps, before he goes on to his next destination. He/she usually has a back pack containing a notebook so people who host teddy, or help with travel can write about who they are.

Sometmes he travels alone in the hold of a plane, but mostly he hitches a lift with someone travelling from his current location to the next one.

When his log book is full he returns home.

Moving to Cambodia in 5 weeks. PM me if you want a Cambodian one sent to you.

desertgirl Wed 13-Jun-12 07:29:17

We're in Dubai with no plans to leave.... Almost-6 year old DS would write to him....

AllYouNeedIsAClickyBallpoint Wed 13-Jun-12 07:29:54

Again, thank you so much everyone grin
I cannot believe the response I've had!
I'm pretty sure I've PMed everyone, thanks to all of you!

Sashh that's a really good idea! Thank you smile

Shodan Wed 13-Jun-12 07:49:08

I haven't seen South Africa here (although it is early for me and I may have missed it). I could ask MIL if she can ask one of her friends to send a letter if you like? Or she may have some stamps knocking about already. PM me anyway.

Wilding Wed 13-Jun-12 08:12:02

I'm in Kazakhstan - PM me if you think he'd like a letter from here! Mind you the postal service is a bit dodgy so it might take a while to arrive grin

AllYouNeedIsAClickyBallpoint Wed 13-Jun-12 08:16:16

Wilding grin DH said last night that he bet no-one would answer from Kazakhstan!
He also mentioned Azerbaijan, so we'll wait and see!

Wilding Wed 13-Jun-12 08:21:17

One of my friends has just come back from there - wish I'd seen this earlier! I'll get posting this week...

happypotamus Wed 13-Jun-12 08:28:31

Awww, this is lovely. I am no help to you as I live in England and won't be leaving the country this year, but I hope he really enjoys all his post.

AllYouNeedIsAClickyBallpoint Wed 13-Jun-12 08:29:25

Just had a pm from someone who grew up with dh grin
How amazing is that?

DronesClub Wed 13-Jun-12 08:33:41

T'is a small world! grin

coldcoffeeinthemorning Wed 13-Jun-12 08:42:48

If you'd like a postcard from Finland I am happy to help smile

I've got stamps from France, the US, Russia, Holland, Germany, the Phillippines and Austria if you want them. And loads from the UK! PM me if you want them sent. I've been saving them for ages for some reason.
I'm going to France and Holland soon, so I could send postcards from there.

I wonder if I could ask my cousin- she's French and five, nearly six- to be a penpal....I mean they could send each other pictures?

AllYouNeedIsAClickyBallpoint Wed 13-Jun-12 09:55:03

49 countries!! Forty Nine
Incredible grin

Our postman isn't going to know what's hit him grin

Happenstance Wed 13-Jun-12 09:58:41

I could do Kansas in USA and possibly Switzerland does that help?

Iteotwawki Wed 13-Jun-12 10:00:44

If you want another from NZ (south island but the stamps are the same!) my 6 year old would love to write to him! PM me if you like smile

ScroobiousPip Wed 13-Jun-12 10:04:03

Very cute!!

I think you've got New Zealand covered but, if not, PM me.

legspinner Wed 13-Jun-12 10:06:49

Ditto (another NZ dweller here).

Viewofthehills Wed 13-Jun-12 10:11:47

Isle of Man-usually pretty stamps!

justcross Wed 13-Jun-12 10:14:13

I am so overwhelmed by how lovely people are! My faith in the human race is now restored.

AllYouNeedIsAClickyBallpoint Wed 13-Jun-12 10:22:31

I know just grin
Nest of vipers, my arse grin

Portofino Wed 13-Jun-12 10:30:20

I have made note of your address and get dd to write a letter later.....I need to go buy stamps as my Father's Day card is stilling sitting on the table. Might be a bit late....

AllYouNeedIsAClickyBallpoint Wed 13-Jun-12 10:37:20

Justcross is my sister, and she's at work sobbing over this thread grin

Katiepoes Wed 13-Jun-12 10:41:34

I'm in Holland if you want a Dutch one....

thanksamillion Wed 13-Jun-12 10:44:43

I'm in Moldova. PM me and DD1 who is also 7 will write to him.

FormerlyTitledUntidy Wed 13-Jun-12 10:48:02

Aw glad to help smile
I remember something similar to this last year, a little boy had lost his teddy and mum told him ted had gone on a trip so we all sent postcards
Our reputation is very undeserved smile

AllYouNeedIsAClickyBallpoint Wed 13-Jun-12 10:49:16

51 countries now shock grin

He's going to be spending the next 10 years writing replies grin

sayanything Wed 13-Jun-12 11:08:32

I see someone's already mentioned Belgium, but if he wouldn't mind two letters from Brussels, please feel free to PM me.

notmydog Wed 13-Jun-12 11:10:47

I haven't read the whole thread, but I'm from South Africa (and my dd is also 7). She has a little friend in England that she sometimes writes to, as she is very fascinated with the whole penpal thing! You are very welcome to pm me you address.

theodorakis Wed 13-Jun-12 11:16:19

Can send from Qatar, we have big stamps!

instantfamily Wed 13-Jun-12 11:29:54

Isn't MN great?

AllYouNeedIsAClickyBallpoint Wed 13-Jun-12 11:35:09

Instant - not only is it great, it is an education!
I now know where Qatar is, and that its capital is Doha grin

I will forget this fact in about 5 minutes.
Knowing ds, he will remember it for ever grin

I have friends in Spain, Holland, Norway and New York if thats any good PM me.

If anyone would like to write to a 9 year old ( with poor writing skill and a bit young for nine so younger children possibly better) my dd would appreciate it too.

Sorry to hijack! smile

papooshka Wed 13-Jun-12 12:04:35

checking in from Singapore...can happily send him a postcard :-)

claireinmodena Wed 13-Jun-12 12:40:01

I'm in Italy, would love to help if you want to pm me!

lulamoon Wed 13-Jun-12 12:48:28

I am in the Philippines, let me know if you would like one from me!

showtunesgirl Wed 13-Jun-12 12:48:56

Wow, I never knew how global Mumsnet is!

ChuckUFarley Wed 13-Jun-12 12:51:38

Sorry if France is already done but ds (5) loves writing letters to people and would be thrilled to send your ds one.

lagartija Wed 13-Jun-12 12:53:13

Can send you one from Spain if you like?

monkeybumsmum Wed 13-Jun-12 12:59:54

Another one from Belgium here, if your ds fancies receiving multiple stamps from one country grin PM me if you'd like!

Bartimosaurus Wed 13-Jun-12 13:06:50

Ahh this is lovely. Was going to offer France (and some scribbles from a 9 month old) but I see there are some older children in France with willing pens! grin

Must remember in a few years time to ask mumsnet to find a penpal for DS.... wink

Bartimosaurus Wed 13-Jun-12 13:07:58

Let us know his reaction when he starts receiving letters!

notmydog Wed 13-Jun-12 13:25:06

Your poor postman grin

Sent this morning....was amazed at how cheap the postage came to!

savoycabbage Wed 13-Jun-12 13:49:35

Verity, my dd is a young 8 if you want to write to her let me know.

Jenda Wed 13-Jun-12 14:45:46

I live in england so cannot help but I love this thread, hormonal and weeping quietly at my desk. lovely people and lovely mum!

Jenda Wed 13-Jun-12 14:46:00

PS please update us when he starts receiving them!

Frakiosaurus Wed 13-Jun-12 14:52:14


And probably a couple of random African countries if I smile sweetly at friends! Last week I'd have got DH to do one from Madagascar.

FormerlyTitledUntidy Wed 13-Jun-12 14:52:47

Sent mine today so expect it for Friday or Saturday smile

TheGalliantLadyDidymus Wed 13-Jun-12 15:09:00

Has anyone mentioned South Africa?

I can sort that out if you pm me.

AllYouNeedIsAClickyBallpoint Thu 14-Jun-12 14:47:36

One from the Isle of Man - what a big waterwheel!

Another with Armenian stamps.

Thank you thanksthanks

I've bought him a world map, and stickers, and he now thinks he'd like to have a letter from every country in the world hmm grin to fill his map!
Time to get on to some Embassies I think smile

Canada is winging it's way to you, with a pony on the stamp.

HMQueenElizabeth Thu 14-Jun-12 17:25:28

I love this thread. Your DS must be so excited, how does he sleep at night knowing that the postman might bring him all these exciting letters from anywhere and everywhere? grin

LeMousquetaireAnonyme Thu 14-Jun-12 17:25:44

romania too, far less exciting with pottery!

harrietlichman Thu 14-Jun-12 17:45:01

I have students in Pakistan, Iran, India, Sri Lanka Latvia and Lithuania - PM me and I'll see what we can get.

alexpolismum Thu 14-Jun-12 17:46:30

have you already got one coming from Greece? If not, PM me and I will be happy to send one

pigpog Thu 14-Jun-12 18:15:04

Another one from Denmark happy to help!

AllYouNeedIsAClickyBallpoint Thu 14-Jun-12 18:50:37

HM - he's sleeping fine, it's me that's awake until 2am grinning grin

I just can't believe the response this has had! It's fantastic!

I adored getting post when I was little, specially from my mum when she was abroad, because she always did special curly writing and little pictures instead of words. Downside, I had to read it all in French!

I've popped some old metro tickets in for some reason, but PM me if he'd like the rest, which is a load of flight/train/transport tickets- thought it might be a bit weird cos they've got my name on- but I used to play for ages with them pretending I was going on a round the world trip. I hang on to them for the sentimental value but they're not v. useful just in a drawer like that.

HaveALittleFaith Thu 14-Jun-12 20:07:20

I just posted in chat asking where MNetters were from and someone pointed me in the direction of this thread. It's luffly! How exciting for him as the letters start rolling in!

I am an ex Rep and also lived abroad for a bit (with DS father who now lives in a different country with his DW).

I will create a sin that is MN and ask on FB for everyone over the world to send me some stamps. DS dad is a stamp collector so he should understand!!

I can't garuntee the response but know I may be able to cover Greece, Tenerife, Germany, USA, Spain, France with my requests.

I'll PM you when I have some more info.

GirlWithTheMouseyHair Thu 14-Jun-12 20:18:09

I'm in USA too and would be happy to send a letter/postcard or two? PM me

AllYouNeedIsAClickyBallpoint Fri 15-Jun-12 21:00:58

O received two humongous parcels today!
One from Foureyesgood - a whole stamp collection shock I don't know how to start and thank you.

Another one (I'm not sure who you are here - possibly quirrelquarrel? Please let me know smile) a beautiful decorated shoe box full of postcards, leaflets and stamps, and a little chalk mr punch thing - which he is very taken with, and has it in his bed!

To say I'm overwhelmed today is a complete understatement. I am in awe of your generosity, and I can't thank you enough xx

Um, that's me :-) I think! at least- is it the Roald Dahl box? I kept looking around my room thinking what a 7 year old boy might like to do with geography and countries and eventually the chocolate box I had wasn't big enough, so I unearthed that from my bookcase.

I'm so glad he likes it! :D you're very welcome.

grumpleteaser Fri 15-Jun-12 21:47:03

pm me if you want a Bulgarian stamp to put on the map!

trumpton Fri 15-Jun-12 21:47:09

Squee indeed ! Glad the water wheel got there. grin)

This is wonderful! I'm in boring norfolk so I'm no use. But this thread makes me smile.

AllYouNeedIsAClickyBallpoint Fri 15-Jun-12 22:21:56

When he opened up the parcels, he was speechless (for the first time ever ), I was speechless and teary!
I know I'm repeating myself here, but I honestly thought I'd get a couple of replies, and that would be it. I never in my wildest dreams imagined this!
O is so excited to see the different stamps, and is amazed at how much better they are than our boring old uk ones!

I think it was squirted further up who suggested a world map and stickers - thank you for that idea, the map should arrive tomorrow grin

PissyDust Fri 15-Jun-12 22:51:15

Hi AllYouNeed as we spoke about in our PM here is my thread with a request for pen pals for DD.

Fingers crossed it works out as well for DD's as it has your DS smile


You have started something off in our house now!!!

DD wants not just stamps but letters and postcards!

I have to write to the embassies and President Obama apparently!

Magneto Fri 15-Jun-12 23:49:57

My dh is a stamp collector and he said if there are any countries you are missing PM me with a list and your address and he'll see if he has any to add to your ds's collection. He thinks it's great your ds is interested in it grin.

AllYouNeed, I can send you a stamp from the Vatican, if your DS would like that? I wont be posting it from the Vatican, so it won't be on a letter addressed to your DS with a Vatican stamp, IYKWIM, but I have received letters with a Vatican stamp, so can send a stamp on (or a few different stamps, if I can find all of the letters). PM me your address if you'd like me to send some to you. Delighted for your DS, he must be thrilled to have received so many different stamps grin.

I'm in the States, I'll help! PM me!

sagenod Sat 16-Jun-12 01:42:54

Letter in the post tomorrow without fail smile

ElaineBenes Sat 16-Jun-12 02:24:19

Can get you a UN stamp (yes, they have their own stamps!). PM if you'd like and I can pop a postcard to him.

Mustgettogym Sat 16-Jun-12 03:18:35

I can do Doha (lovely 5 year old Zara), Dubai or Pakistan? smile

Feel free to PM me but I'm back in London on 22nd!

bunnygirl80 Sat 16-Jun-12 10:41:59

I posted my letter yesterday. Unfortunately the Australian postal service have launched a collection of stamps in honour of the jubilee that just feature the queen's head, and don't look too far removed from a UK first class stamp! Had to plead with the miserable woman behind the counter to find me one with a more interesting picture on it grin

AllYouNeedIsAClickyBallpoint Sat 16-Jun-12 12:35:32

Very exciting letterbox today grin

A postcard from Helsinki, one from Luxembourg, some stamps from Sierra Leone, and a beautiful card with stamps from Germany.

Thank you thanksthanks

Damn you, Canada Post. Why hasn't my pony stamp got there yet?

HMQueenElizabeth Sat 16-Jun-12 21:58:59

It's Sunday tomorrow... Your postman can have a bit of a break! grin

AllYouNeedIsAClickyBallpoint Mon 18-Jun-12 16:49:23

No pony stamp yet!
But a packet from Japan, including a whole sheet of stamps, a pack of Pokemon stickers (which have been squirrelled away somewhere by a small excited boy!) and a pack of menko cards.
And, a letter from Germany with some football stickers (also been squirrelled away)

Thank you so much, as before, your generosity astounds me grin thanksthanks

FormerlyTitledUntidy Wed 20-Jun-12 20:09:13

Any post today allyouneed?

Portofino Wed 20-Jun-12 20:12:38

Oh God! Not only have I not sent a stamped letter.....I have forgotten to post my Father's day cards.....

BikingViking Wed 20-Jun-12 20:19:14

Portofino - I can top that. I haven't posted: the postcard, father's day card, father's birthday card, brother's birthday card, dh's father's day card from the children (he works abroad) and dh's birthday card (although his birthday is on Monday but everything else should have been posted last week).

Am suffering major guilt. Good news is, the postcard has got the stamps already on it and I asked the bloke to put as many different stamps as he could (which was a bit of challenge as it was only 12 kroner but he managed to get 5 different kinds on).

I will pop the postcard in the letterbox tomorrow on the way to work and I will leave work 20 mins early to go via postoffice to send the other stuff. Honest guv.

ElaineBenes Thu 21-Jun-12 03:38:39

me neither blush. tomorrow, i promise

mirai Thu 21-Jun-12 04:14:08

I'm in Japan, PM me!

kickassangel Thu 21-Jun-12 04:24:49

Haven't read the thread. Do you need anyone from the US? Pm me

Bobbish Thu 21-Jun-12 04:30:14

Can send one from New Zealand if you need it (not read all the thread!)

tomverlaine Thu 21-Jun-12 04:32:21

Am in Hong Kong currently- do you have that one?

LinzerTorte Thu 21-Jun-12 04:59:05

I'm in Austria and I'm sure 7 year old DD would be happy to write him a letter. smile

Just wanted to add, thanks so so much to ScroobiousPip, I have pmed you this morning but dd is made up!!

She has gone skipping off to school to tell them about her "friend" across the world!!

As I have said before she has SEN and is very shy and struggles socially so doesn't have many friends so she was absoloutley made up that another child sent her this.

TeddyBare Thu 21-Jun-12 10:43:42

Is this thread in classics? It should be.

AllYouNeedIsAClickyBallpoint Thu 21-Jun-12 22:05:18

Ok, time for an update! smile

There's been a lovely picture from France, a very well written letter from Greece, and a gorgeous picture from Australia. grin

A letter from Ireland, another from Australia with four fish stamps, which O is very impressed with!

A postcard from Venice with some other stamps, a postcard from Romania, a letter from Belgium with mythical creatures stamps inside (O loves "miffical beasts")

And finally, the pony stamp has arrived! O is so impressed that you have bears and cougars living near you, and wants to go and stay with you grin (he's been rather challenging tonight, and I was quite tempted to post him to you!)

We've had so many lovely, interesting letters and postcards, I really can't thank you enough.
O has been asked to take them all into school next week, to show his friends - he's very excited about it!
I suspect some of his favourites have made their way under his pillow, I may have to rescue them grin

Tell him that as well as the bears and cougars, we sometimes get great white sharks. And, an octopus was captured on camera eating a seagull here. Canada does wild animals very well. I'm afraid I am quite broody for another child at the moment so please post him with a return SAE just in case.

Thanks for the update.

Keep the updates coming - never fails to cheer me up! Maybe you could post pics of some of them <looks hopeful> v sad I am boring and live in England

FormerlyTitledUntidy Thu 21-Jun-12 23:48:30

Oh good, it got there smile
As I suspected, there were no good stamps just boring flowers sad

ICutMyFootOnOccamsRazor Sat 23-Jun-12 11:56:38

Ooh tell him to wait till the end of the week to take them in, and maybe mine will have arrived by then! (But probably not, the post is really shit quite inefficient.)

KatMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 23-Jun-12 13:55:04

This thread is so lovely! We've moved it into Classics smile

Ooooh! Thank you for Kat for taking a look and doing the right thing. <jumps up and down like a loon>

CotedePablo Sat 23-Jun-12 14:41:48

Don't think Portugal's been mentioned yet. I'll be there late August/early September, so if he'd like a card from there, PM me.

This is so lovely. What fab people there are on here!

Lexilicious Sat 23-Jun-12 15:03:54

I have a friend in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. If anyone's child would like a letter from there (will be a bluey most likely) please pm me!

LaVitaBellissima Sat 23-Jun-12 15:21:08

Love this thread grin

GirlWithTheMouseyHair Sat 23-Jun-12 15:39:07

Argh ok my aim this weekend is to send ballpointpen and verity's DC their postcards!!

doradoo Sat 23-Jun-12 15:51:41

My DS1 is almost 8 - we're in Germany so al though he has some stamps and bits from here already - if he'd like a penpal then let me know!

SittingBull Sat 23-Jun-12 16:08:31

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

SummerRain Sat 23-Jun-12 16:13:37

my dd is 7 and would love to send him a letter. We're in ireland and I'm sure you have that already but if he likes postcards and donkeys we can send him a postcard from the west of ireland with a donkey on a it grin

thanksamillion Sat 23-Jun-12 20:34:36

We posted DD1s letter from Moldova on Friday. Post is very unpredictable though so you could get it next week or in three months time hmm.

AllYouNeedIsAClickyBallpoint Sat 23-Jun-12 21:40:45

Feel quite teary that this has made classics!
Thanks Kat thanks
I do have updates, but I have a very busy night ahead of me, so I'll catch up tomorrow evening and send out pm's to all you lovely mners who have offered more stamps xx

Horopu Sat 23-Jun-12 23:03:28

Finally got letter sent yesterday from NZ. Should take about a week to arrive. Some of my class wrote and asked some (fairly random) questions. I put a couple of used stamps in as well.

yeyyy that this is in classics!

ICutMyFootOnOccamsRazor Tue 26-Jun-12 12:26:03

Any more letters yet?

jkklpu Tue 26-Jun-12 12:31:37

has anyone offered Portugal yet?

AllYouNeedIsAClickyBallpoint Tue 26-Jun-12 14:07:32

Time for an update grin
Sorry it's taken a while, I've had a busy few days.
I'll also do some pming - if I've left anyone out, it's not because I'm ungrateful, just organisationally challenged.

At the weekend, O had a lovely postcard from Denmark, and one from Italy.
A very generous MNer sent a whole sheet of special Canadian stamps with animals on, and loads of airmail letters (the sort that you write on then fold into an envelope shape)

Yesterday, he received a postcard from Tasmania, with platypus, echidna and lyre bird stamps, which he loves.

This morning, (O will open these when he gets home) we have a parcel from Kazakhstan (yay! Kazakhstan! grin), a letter from America, and a postcard from the UN in New York.

I'm really quite jealous of the fabulous places you all live!

I'm also thinking of starting a FB page, so if anyone wants to follow how he gets on and see pictures, they can! (please tell me if this is a crap idea!)

Again, thank you, all of you thanksthanks

Allyouneed I think thats a fab idea!
DD has a map and stickers going on from places she has got postcards from.


AllYouNeedIsAClickyBallpoint Tue 26-Jun-12 14:54:58

Well, I've started a FB page (not that there's anything on it yet!

If anyone wants to find it, PM me, and I'll let you know what it's called smile

CheerfulYank Tue 26-Jun-12 14:55:55

I'm sure some of the other Americans have already offered, but I would be more than happy to send him a letter and some stamps from Minnesota! smile And DS, who is almost5, would love to send him a letter I'm sure. smile

JustFabulous Tue 26-Jun-12 15:07:11

This is the first time I have seen this and it has made me a bit teary blush.

Reminds me of when I was younger and I had a lot of pen pals. I have one now but she is more a friend than a pen pal as we have met and text a lot as well as write.

I still think of YU who lived in Japan and we became penpals through school. We wrote for quite a few years and then it just stopped. I would so love to hear from her again but have no idea how to find her.

I was the same justfabulous, I had a penpal in France, I lost her address and she wrote again asking why I was not writing back and saying she was sad but did not include her address sad

On a happier note my postman who has been looking at me suspiciously for the last week, commented this morning as he has delivered a postcard each day since Friday of last week from different places around the world. He definitely thinks I am up to something blush I fear he is going to report me as a international secret agent grin

and can I just say dd got a postcard from Japan today from mirai and it arrived in 3 days!!!! I have had English post take longer than that.

Thanks Mirai!

JustFabulous Tue 26-Jun-12 21:17:35

Oh, that is sad verity sad.

AllYouNeedIsAClickyBallpoint Wed 27-Jun-12 10:51:00

The FB page should be up and running now (but there's still nothing on it!)
So pm me if you want the name smile

AllYouNeedIsAClickyBallpoint Wed 27-Jun-12 10:51:43

And verity, I still haven't forgotten - I'll organise myself this week!

dont worry allyouneed, just hope you didn't mind me hijacking your thread blush

mirai Wed 27-Jun-12 11:01:10

I am still astonished at the 3 day card! Love this thread! smile

AllYouNeedIsAClickyBallpoint Wed 27-Jun-12 13:51:00

Thank you PA smile

Meant to say yesterday, the parcel from Kazakhstan was chocolate! O very kindly shared it out, and it was delicious grin

Thank you very much thanks

IsSamNormansDad Thu 28-Jun-12 15:01:45

Hope you don't mind, but I've liked the fb page smile love this thread.

Camelscantdance Thu 28-Jun-12 20:14:09

Hi, I am in Bahrain if that is any help?

BikingViking Thu 28-Jun-12 20:24:44

Have also liked - is that my postcard on the right there? You need to photo all the stamps and add the photos so that we can all see (small project, should only take you a couple of days or so grin )

AllYouNeedIsAClickyBallpoint Thu 28-Jun-12 21:19:55

It could be Biking grin
I've lost track of everything and everyone at the moment!

Update today -

Lovely letter from Moldova - lovely greyhound stamp smile
Parcel from Denmark, with some Danish sweets in (they didn't last long grin)
Parcel from the British Virgin Islands, with postcards and beautiful stamps inside, and some gorgeous shells smile

Thank you all of you thanks

I should get a chance to take photos tomorrow and update the sad, empty FB page!

thanksamillion Fri 29-Jun-12 16:31:23

Yay! Our letter from Moldova arrived! That was very quick for the Moldovan postal service grin

ICutMyFootOnOccamsRazor Sat 30-Jun-12 03:04:57

And extremely quick for British Virgin Islands post - unheard of! Really shocked pleased it arrived.

arghhhmiddleage Sat 30-Jun-12 03:41:47

I've skim read the thread and haven't seen much mention of Spain. I'll be there trying to escape the rain in 3 weeks time, so PM me if you need one from there.

Hi OP, I have a pen friend in Sri Lanka, if you fancy some stamps next time I get a letter, then PM me. Great thread smile

I love this thread! It's fantastic smile dp has been rolls that when we have kids I'll be asking mn for pen pals for them :D I'm not abroad so can't help, though would send a postcard from brighton if he really wanted one grin

I had a email style pen pal in australia fire a few years in my teens, I miss talking to him now, he even sent me an aussie fiver so I could have a cup of coffee on film when I eventually got over there!

pigpog Sun 01-Jul-12 19:57:01

Glad you liked the sweets!

I'm visiting DH in Indonesia, PM me the address and fingers crossed it gets there!

(yes, that's you I'm hmm looking at, Mr Indonesian Postal Service)

AllYouNeedIsAClickyBallpoint Fri 06-Jul-12 14:10:01

Sorry for lack of updates, have had ill children, elderly dog going senile and fundraising stuff going on.
Verity, I promise you I haven't forgotten, I'm just struggling with time at the minute!
Will try to update her and FB at the weekend.
Thank you thanks

CharminglyOdd Sat 07-Jul-12 16:45:53

Am in Germany ATM, then the alps... May also be able to include an east German stamp from DP. Please PM me the address and I will try to find a current local or special edition somewhere as we are travelling back through other countries smile

IsSamNormansDad Sun 08-Jul-12 21:33:25

I found some Harry Potter stamps the other day if your DS might like them?

JollyGoodFun Sun 08-Jul-12 21:37:05

I love mn smile

itsthequietones Thu 20-Sep-12 22:10:25

if you're still doing this do you want a letter from Malta?

ScatterChasse Fri 21-Sep-12 23:51:22

Oh, I remember this thread smile

If you're still interested I have a Turkish stamp, don't think I've seen that mentioned. It would be sent from Scotland though...PM me if you do smile.

madbutnotbad Mon 24-Sep-12 11:09:19

If you are still looking for letters from abroad (and haven't had one yet) I have family in the Falklands who I know would love to send your son a letter. PM if you would like me to contact them.

KhaosandKalamity Tue 21-May-13 04:47:23

I am in New Zealand, not good with letters but happy to send an envelope full of stamps. I collected as a child and may even have some old NZ ones. PM me.

Gullygirl Wed 12-Jun-13 14:19:08

Hi,I am in Australia,also have a seven year old son.PM me.

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