Dispatch to a Friend
By Gillian Bell & Annabelle Hickson
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Two Australian friends read their letters to each other, revealing their love of books, gardening, travel and cooking, and the ordinary pleasures in life. Annabelle Hickson and Gillian Bell live in different states in Australia. Annabelle lives on a pecan farm in the north west of NSW. She is a writer, photographer and flower lover. Gillian lives in Brisbane, Queensland. She is a cake-maker and private cook who travels the world with her whisk to make wedding cakes.
||CleanS2, Ep11 Christmas Special: Wildlife Ambulances and Cheeses Christ||Annabelle is on a long road trip to tick off her Christmas present list while Gillian is cleaning out the pantry, celebrating numerous family birthdays and trying to catch a bird in the run up to Christmas. Dispatch to a Friend Website:...||26 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2, Ep10: A Snake in the House||Annabelle introduces a new member to the family after another visit from an uninvited snake, while Gillian recalls an invasion of moths while eating coffee cake. Dispatch to a Friend Website: https://www.dispatchtoafriend.com||25 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2, Ep9: Breakfast in Bed, and Other Divisive Matters||Gillian and Annabelle disagree about the merits of breakfast in bed and the writer Karl Ove Knausgaard. Dispatch to a Friend Website: https://www.dispatchtoafriend.com||18 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2, Ep8: How to Boil Water and the Trauma of the Credit Card Tap||Annabelle is in Sydney suffering from the ‘credit card tap’ while Gillian contemplates the pleasures of a good scotch egg, roasting chickens and a cookbook that discusses how to boil water. Dispatch to a Friend Website:...||11 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2, Ep7: Floating on Lilo with a Bowl of Cauliflower Soup UPDATED||Annabelle convalesces on a lilo contemplating a return to choir singing, while Gillian is keen to dress up for a joyful Von Trapp singalong. Dispatch to a Friend Website: https://www.dispatchtoafriend.com||27 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2, Ep6: 4P's, 3G's; Pickles and Banana Cake||Annabelle’s life takes a serious turn of events and Gillian chats about weddings, pickles and banana cake in an attempt to help her friend through a difficult time. Dispatch to a Friend Website: https://www.dispatchtoafriend.com||20 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2, Ep5: Birds and Star Signs||Gillian compares her life to a migratory bird in her own home and uncovers her friend’s star sign. Dispatch to a Friend Website: https://www.dispatchtoafriend.com||13 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2, Ep4: Catmint, Venn Diagrams & Bread Pudding||Spring has sprung, motivating Annabelle to get stuck into the garden, while Gillian hangs onto winter with a delicious, spiced bread pudding. Dispatch to a Friend Website: https://www.dispatchtoafriend.com||6 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2, Ep3: Coffins, Jam Tarts and Dirty Cars||Annabelle finds herself lying in a coffin, while Gillian writes to her urban neighbours making excuses for Annabelle’s filthy country car. Dispatch to a Friend Website: https://www.dispatchtoafriend.com||30 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2, Ep2: Reward for your Efforts||Gillian writes about walking with Charles Darwin and the importance of effort while Annabelle regales tales of dodging kangaroos and a country fair misunderstanding. Dispatch to a Friend Website: https://www.dispatchtoafriend.com||23 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2, Ep1: Uncookable Hags||Season 2 starts with Annabelle stumped by a dish of beans while Gillian comes out of the closet over flannelette. Dispatch to a Friend Website: https://www.dispatchtoafriend.com||16 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1, Ep12: Did Virginia Pass This Way?||Join Annabelle and Gillian for the last episode in season 1 as they ramble across the South Downs in Sussex to the home of English authors, Virginia and Leonard Woolf. Dispatch to a Friend Website: https://www.dispatchtoafriend.com||5 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1, Ep11: The Wedding Cake Maker||Follow Gillian as she makes a wedding cake in Scotland. Annabelle comes along for the ride and sees firsthand the lengths to which her friend goes to make the perfect cake. Dispatch to a Friend Website: https://www.dispatchtoafriend.com||28 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1, Ep10: You Really Should Have Told Me||Annabelle and Gillian arrive in Scotland and tour the Isle of Skye in search of Annie’s ancestral roots. They meet some fierce Scots along the way. Dispatch to a Friend Website: https://www.dispatchtoafriend.com||21 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1, Ep9: Annabelle Applauds Mediocrity & Gillian's Hygge||Annabelle applauds mediocrity and a poem, while Gillian talks about hygge and shares a proverb for life. Dispatch to a Friend Website: https://www.dispatchtoafriend.com||14 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1, Ep8: Post-hoc Women and the Tale of a Swedish Wedding Cake||Annabelle writes an ode to condensed milk and shares a story of a fierce woman and a book manuscript, while Gillian recounts the making of a wedding cake for a young couple in Sweden, under very trying circumstances. Dispatch to a Friend Website:...||7 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1, Ep7: Tree Shakers and the Tunnel of Whispers||Annabelle contemplates becoming a fierce, angry woman mid pecan harvest, while Gillian parties in Denmark and has a coffee date with Claus Dalby in his famous garden in Aarhus. Dispatch to a Friend Website:...||31 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1, Ep6: On with the Daffs and a Dachsund Called Dahlia||Gillian contemplates slowing down time and childhood holidays while Annabelle, packing for her own camping trip is distracted by gardening videos. Dispatch to a Friend Website: https://dispatchtoafriend.com||24 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1, Ep4: Gillian to the Rescue as Annabelle’s Common Sense Fails||Annabelle has a mental breakdown in the kitchen while trying to bake a cake while Gillian texts instructions from a train in Japan. Dispatch to a Friend Website: www.dispatchtoafriend.com||17 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1, Ep5: Monks House, Pecans and Complicated Love Lives||Gillian dreams about Virginia Woolf's garden and lemons, while Annabelle is occupied with surprise cats and Navaho pecans. Dispatch to a Friend Website: https://dispatchtoafriend.com||17 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1, Ep2: Ice Cream Tubs and Pantry Moths||Annabelle underestimates her ice-cream tubs while Gillian wages war against the pantry moths. Dispatch to a Friend Website: https://www.dispatchtoafriend.com||10 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1, Ep3: Tears and Toilets||Gillian, distraught, writes to Annabelle and Annabelle replies with thoughts on Japanese loos. Dispatch to a Friend Website: https://www.dispatchtoafriend.com||10 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1, Ep1: Two Breads and a Pumpkin Pie||Annabelle writes the first dispatch to Gillian after Gillian visits and completely takes over her kitchen. Dispatch to a Friend Website: https://www.dispatchtoafriend.com||10 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Delicious ... Delightful... Divine
A charming and quiet interlude in otherwise frantically busy days.
These stories encourage your breath to slow, your mind to calm and your heart to lament how as a society, as families and people we have lost our appreciation for simple, lovely pleasures and lives in our headlong rush to ‘keep up’ and ‘not miss out’. To fill our lives and homes with ‘stuff’.
Our aspiration should be to become more human and more like these two wonderfully charming and creative women who share their lives, recipes, reading suggestions and gardening tips so generously.
Love..... Love.... Love
Oh Gillian & Annabelle, you are just wonderful. I devour your episodes with gusto, hanging on every story, sound & tidbit you give me. It’s so refreshing to have something so wonderful, unique & best of all, Australian to listen to. Thank you!
My new favourite podcast
Dear Annie & Gillian,
I’m so happy I decided to listen to Dispatch To A Friend. It was on my must-listen-to mental list and I’m so pleased I did. I literally gorged myself on your wonderful stories.
I put in my headphones around 9pm Friday night and by morning I’d listened to most of season one. By mid afternoon Saturday it’d consumed the lot. So so satisfied. But I’m desperately left wanting more.
One of my favourites was the blow-by-blow account of the damaged wedding cake and missing cake stand. I stood standing under a tree in an unexpected hail storm walking my baby as I imagined a hot Swedish day with you protecting a cake from the hot sun with an umbrella. How I wished I’d had one. Oh, the irony!
I’d just like to say well done on creating this beautiful podcast. I just love the music too. It’s such a gift to us all and I look forward to the delight of listening to many more episodes.
Mind how you go.