Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Red #4: Going Postal

It didn't seem as if red week was complete without something to represent our daily mail. Unfortunately in New Zealand post offices seem to becoming fewer and fewer, as many are shut down, and others are converted to a small counter in a stationery shop, pharmacy or other unlikely store. And our street letter boxes are no longer emptied between 6 p.m. Friday night and 6 p.m. on Monday (to save paying weekend rates of pay, presumably, although no one seems to pay shift allowances or overtime pay any more, anyway).

When we were in the UK in 2007 it was great to see that every small village still seemed to have their village post shop. This cheery example is in the Scottish village of Aberfoyle, the nearest village to where we stayed for a week.

I also have a photo somewhere of a yard full of bright red "Postman Pat" vans.

For more red-themed photos, visit Carmi here.

1 comment:

carmilevy said...

I love the aesthetic: What a beautiful contribution to an already stunning streetscape.

Sadly, all of the post offices in our neck of the woods are slowly being closed down. Canada Post has decided it's more "efficient" to stick then in counters at the back of existing retail outlets like pharmacies and convenience stores.

Another loss...