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…
November 19, 2014
January 4, 2014
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.
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?