Local Heart, Global Soul

October 23, 2018

(Just Nuke The Bills Please)…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Regular readers of this blog will know that I love keeping my eyes peeled when travelling around for sights that are weird, wonderful, strange and quirky.

I have an eclectic collection of man-hole covers, many of them with interesting decorative features.

Then there is the Loo collection, interesting toilets encountered during my travels.

On this occasion it’s time to add to my eccentric and eclectic Letterbox collection.

Whilst this one is not amazingly creative like one I photographed here:

This Bird will Make You Do a U-Turn, And So Will Her Friend… ” , it is ingenious and creative for other reasons.

Someone has recycled an old microwave into a new life as their letterbox.

It’s rather ingenious really, not only does it keep your mail dry from the infamous West Coast weather (more on this later), it also saves an old microwave from landfill and conserves the resources of the planet.

Wouldn’t it be nice if it could just nuke bills and Inland Revenue requests demands for payment? Never forget the icing on the cake here too; should someone trying to reach you by post perchance forget your address, all they would need to do is to draw a little map of the Coast, make a small “x” fractionally south of Greymouth and note on the envelope that you are trying to reach the place that has a microwave as a letterbox. I am really sure that the post would reach this destination nuke problem.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

July 15, 2018

Hopefully Not Hung Out To Dry…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

On our trip north to Wellington we stopped for lunch at the“Beach House Café”, located on the main road that goes through Kaikoura.

By chance I found a charming little business right next door, called “The Little Laundrymat”.

Kaikoura is a tourist magnet because whales come in very close to the shore, seeking out the plankton rich area created by the Hikurangi Trench.

The town is a popular stop with backpackers, campers, long distance cyclists, as well as other New Zealanders passing through on their way to, or from Picton.

Travelling on the budget, and for longer periods of time it is always nice to find somewhere where you can do your laundry.

This little laundry mat is the perfect solution and is clearly a response to a need.
A an official lover of quirky sights, I love use of the old washing machine as their street-side signpost and the wringer guide as their letter box. (It’s for this reason that I have also added this post to my quirky letterbox collection on this blog). I’m sure that this will be a very handy business to have in the town, so I hope that they lather up an excellent success and do not get hung out to dry.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

November 19, 2014

Ticking Another Little Red Box…

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I have seen the red coloured round “pillar box” letter boxes in the United Kingdom, but this is the first time I’ve ever seen one that looks like this one. Therefore I’m adding this to my collection of letterboxes from around the world. It’s less quirky that some in my collection, but for me it’s nice to get some of the less well known ones into my collection anyway…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

January 4, 2014

This Bird will Make You Do a U-Turn, And So Will Her Friend…

Filed under: ART,BELGIUM,PHOTOGRAPHY,Quirky Letterboxes — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Continuing my yesterday’s post, Family Kiwidutch and friend “Velvetine” from Singapore are journeying northwards through Luxembourg and Belgium.

As we progress, we stray a little to the east, and suddenly find ourselves in Germany and a few kilometres later, back into Belgium.

We are travelling on a little side road, taking the scenic route (and doing this by choice this time, no via our usual getting lost routine).

That said, although we didn’t know exactly  where we were, we did at least know which general direction we wanted to be going in, which constitutes a fine differentiation between the two, because when we are lost we have no clue where we are and no clue which direction we should be going in.

This meant we were very happy meandering around leisurely though little villages, and since the border zig-zagged more than the road did we found ourselves in the strange position of only knowing which of the two countries we were in by looking at the number plates of cars standing in the driveways of the houses.

After a little while a game emerged where a new village would come into view and we would guess “Belgium” or Germany” and to our constination we were more often wrong that right.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

All of a sudden we entered yet another little village and meanderd down yet another little street full of houses, when all of a sudden I was yelling “Stooooop! ..we have to turn around!” at a rather bewildered Himself. Velvetine and the kids were just as perplexed but burst out laughing once we had turned around and they saw what I had seen.

Someone had created a most wonderful letterbox and I just had to photograph it.

It was like a startled roadrunner bird from the cartoons.

After a giggling photo session I was about to get back into the car when I spied a neighbouring letterbox across the road… smaller in stature but just as quirky and full of character, so I got a few photographs of that too.

Annoyingly I forgot to check our precise location, but it was somewhere close to where the Battle of the Bulge was fought (in Belgium) because that had been a military museum nearby with a tank in front of it that Little Mr. gotten all excited about. I love this sort of creativity… and it made everyone smile, isn’t that a brilliant way to brighten up a neighbourhood?

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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