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Gillian Osborne

    I first discovered the joys of Month of Letters in February 2013 and ever since it has been one of the highlights of my year. Unfortunately various life events (divorce after 24 years and losing the job I loved) in the past couple of years have knocked me for six and I’ve had to give it a miss but I’m now getting back to the happy Gillian I used to be and am really excited to be taking part once more and meeting lots of friends, old and new, through the awesomeness that is the world of snail mail.

    As well as writing letters I also enjoy reading, hiking (doing the Walk 1000 Miles Challenge in 2024), painting and sketching ( I hope to exhibit with the Society of Feline Artists and the Society of Equestrian Artists one day!), tracing my family tree, visiting old houses and gardens, digital photography, decorating my home in a colourful boho style and I’m a lifelong obsessive gardener. Plants are my drug of choice and I am addicted to buying and growing them the way Carrie Bradshaw was addicted to shoes! To say I am aiming for a jungle would not be an exaggeration! I’m a huge nature lover too (been a keen birdwatcher since I was 13 years old!) and I love to be outdoors at every opportunity. Yet, at the same time, spending time at home curled up with a book and a cup of tea, sitting at my desk writing letters and postcards in front of the fire is also my idea of sheer bliss. 2024 is the year in which I embrace life and do everything that brings me joy and pleasure and lets me be me….whether that be with shocking pink or electric blue hair, a tattoo or two and that nose piercing I’ve always wanted to do!

    I’m also a HUGE cat lover and after losing my last wee boy, Tigger, last year I’ve been absolutely lost. I plan to get another couple in a few months time or perhaps go back to fostering old and terminally-ill cats for a charity which is something I used to do between 2009 and 2015. Whatever I choose I just know I NEED cats in my life! I DO love all animals but cats have that something extra in my heart. I’d love a dog or two as well but at the moment I work full-time and know I couldn’t give a dog the time & exercise they deserve.