Weekly photo challenge: Letters – a well travelled shopping list

A random shopping list travels across the world

There's a story here!
There’s a story here!

This is a random shopping list which my daughter inadvertently took back to England after a brief visit home to Australia a few years ago. 

She found it, many months later,  and used it in her Instagram #100daysof happy post, as it gave her a sense of happiness.

How random is that?  I somehow don’t think it was worth taking all that way, but then I think if it gave her a feeling of connection to me over on the other side of the world, then yes it was worth it!

As she says:

Finding a random shopping list in mum’s handwriting that weirdly made it back with me from Aus. #missing home

This post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Letters – click here for more details and to see other posts on the subject. I like the wording of the challenge from The Daily Post and once again I seem to have taken it fairly literally:

For this week’s challenge, share a photo with letters — no matter the alphabet. You can capture a neon sign, a sentence scribbled in an old phone booth, a random letter that’s seemingly out of place, or anything else. As you look through your lens, think about how your image might convey something bigger: a snapshot of how we communicate with one another, even if we don’t speak the same language.

Letters are everywhere and sometimes it is more the connection they create than the actual words they make.

Deb x

Sharing for Denyse’s #Lifethisweek 6/51 in 2018 and again in August 2021

Are you on Instagram? Check out Deb’s World here: Instagram for photo updates

You can also find Deb’s World here – let’s stay in touch!

You can contact me here

Debbie in rock chick mode

Everyone has a story to tell! Deb is a young-at-heart & active 60+ blogger/retiree, after being made redundant from her 22-year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre (jail). She now spends her time reading, blogging, riding her ebike and travelling. Deb was awarded a Bravery Award from the Queen when she was 17 after a tragic accident – a definite life changing moment! She is married with 3 grown-up daughters & has 4 grandchildren. She never imagined being Granny Debs would bring so much joy to her life! You can read more of Deb’s story here

Copyright © 2023 debs-world.com – All rights reserved

39 Replies to “Weekly photo challenge: Letters – a well travelled shopping list”

  1. I have also seen this #100daysofhappiness on Instragram – I have thought about taking part; but I don’t think that I could have 100 days in a row of happiness…

    Liked by 1 person

    1. It sounds like a nice idea doesn’t it – making sure you look for and find some little piece of happiness every day? Not necessarily happy days but happy moments.


  2. Oh I love this shopping list note. I enjoy finding old stuff, especially written, when I do laundry. These small notes bring back moments where they were important.
    Cool post, Deb.


  3. I find this moving, as the handwriting we use when we are not thinking about making it pretty (like on a greetings card) is so natural and part of us. I keep bits of writing people have scribbled, and over the years it just means more!

    Terrific post!


    1. Thanks so much for your kind words. You are right – we do write differently when it is for a different purpose and shows a part of us. It was a lovely moment when I found out just how my daughter felt when she discovered this random list.


  4. Ah, y’know – I do things like this too. Mostly out of forgetfulness, but also partly out of wanting to retain a connection with home. I’m a Scotsman living in England right now!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. I loved that she kept it, that she shared it, and that it reminded her of you. I also liked that there was lactose free milk on the list – I’ve been going lactose free lately to see if it helps my dry “old lady cough” xx

    Liked by 1 person

  6. I’m with your daughter on how shopping lists or anything handwritten bring powerful waves of nostalgia up inside me. In this world of e-everything and highly stylized and glossy hardcopies of things that aren’t digital, holding a piece of paper with handwriting on it is quite special.
    SSG xxx

    Liked by 1 person

  7. I believe we share our life beyond “life” when we have what is in writing. I was never particularly close to my mum (or dad really) but Mum wrote a few letters to me that mean the world to see and remember and she hand wrote recipes that I still have in my cook book. Dad, who is still alive, is a prolific writer but has slowed down. The connections we have with family via the “marks on the paper” are more significant in these days of tablets and iphones. As a K-2 teacher at heart, I have always loved seeing little kids writing get started and I even have some little vids I took of my 2nd youngest granddaughter when she was with me 3 days a a week in 2014. Watching her examine this thing that is a thick pencil and then giving it a go aged around 18 months. Best!

    Thanks for sharing on Life This Week. Next week’s optional prompt is: 7/51. Self-Care: Share Your Story. #1. 18/2/19. Denyse

    Liked by 1 person

  8. That’s beautiful Deb and I completely understand how it made your daughter happy. I get a lurch in my heart whenever I see Mum’s handwriting these days. Mum is still with us but her handwriting is so very familiar and comforting to me and so very uniquely her! Hope you have a wonderful week. xo

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks Min, it’s a bit old now but still resonates with me. I remember getting a lurch like that when I saw my grandmother’s writing and notecards arrive.


  9. This is so lovely Deb. I certainly can understand the happiness the shopping list would have given to your daughter, especially being so far away. I love the way you’ve combined two prompts into one post. Very clever x

    Liked by 1 person

  10. It’s a beautiful connection alright.and I re-read my comment fro 2019 so…”that” too.

    Thank you for linking up for Life This Week. Next week, the optional prompt is Time. I hope to see you link up again. Warmest wishes, Denyse.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. So lovely! We were clearing out some cupboards the other day and I found all the birthday and anniversary cards my mum sent us – made me quite teary but it was so lovely to see her writing. I think those little notes and messages really keep us connected, especially as we don’t write so much these days.

    Liked by 1 person

Let's keep the conversation going...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: