Dispatch to a Friend

Dispatch to a Friend Podcast

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.

S2, 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: https://www.dispatchtoafriend.com...

S2, 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...


S2, 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: https://www.dispatchtoafriend.com...

S2, 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...


S2, 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...

S2, 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...

S2, 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...


S2, 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...

S2, 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...

S1, 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...


S1, 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...

S1, 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...


S1, 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: https://www.dispatchtoafriend.com/...

S1, 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: https://dispatchtoafriend.com...

S1, 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...

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S1, 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...

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S1, 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...

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S1, 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...

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S1, 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...

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S1, 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...