A Royal Mail post box is set into the side of a cottage and serves the community of the small settlement of The Brow. The Brow is on Scottish side of the Solway coast between Eastriggs and Gretna. I worry about how long this will remain in use now that the Royal Mail has been privatised. I guess it will fall victim to market forces and deemed uneconomic. Sigh.
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tyro (16744) 2013-12-03 13:14
Firstly, an inteersting note. And, yes, I do wonder just how long postboxes in small rural areas like this will survive. A bit like telephone boxes - they are still disappearing fast. I don't know quite what can be done to preserve postboxes - at least with the telephone boxes they are usually found to be unused and that's what apparently decides whether they're going to be removed or not: I remember I once found a website which told you how many telephone boxes in Lanarkshire had never had a telephone call made from them in a whole year - I thought it might be a good idea on my travels just to pop into one occasionally and make a single call now and again! I must say that I never quite got around to doing it!
To your picture. This is a nicely composeed shot with the curve of firstly the road and then the shoreline leading the eye well into the distance to the horizon. The picture is nicely divided into "thirds" (Peter would approve!) and the little mailbox stands out proudly against the pure white wall. What really amazes me is that you still have roses in bloom in mid-November! - and they are perfectly placed in the frame too, balancing the red postbox perfectly.
A beautiful shot from rural Scotland!
P.S. I hope that your kitchen repairs are now all over in readiness for Christmas dinner! :o)
danos (80248) 2013-12-04 0:48
looking the photo from the thumbnail i thought that there were two photos but open it i saw the different light conditions.Nice the view of the well decorated Royal mail post box from the roses as the coastline of the Brow that adds perpective in the scene.
Noel_Byrne (16143) 2013-12-04 5:01
Nice find, and out minds must think alike! Just last week I spotted one of these in a local pub (ours are green though, not red!!) and though how unusual it was to see one, like something from another age. You chose a really nice composition of this too, the box is placed very nicely with the road leading off creating excellent depth and sense of place.
Thanks as always
holmertz (33461) 2013-12-04 7:26
How nice to see you around. This is very nicely composed with the bay of the sea, the road, the white wall and the hedge with pink roses all balancing each other well. The roses and the post box brighten the fairly dull day.
Some years ago I saw a TV programme about a small-scale entrepreneur in India whose business was to receive and send e-mails for people who didn't own their own computers. He would receive a mail from somewhere far away, print it, put it in an envelope and forward it by ordinary mail. It saved a lot of time and postage rates. Isn't that a good combination of modern and traditional techniques? :-)
Royaldevon (23372) 2013-12-05 2:16
Glad to see you posting again.
We have a post box that still has VR on it: even older than this one. It's a real antique! I suppose it's not beyond the realms of possibility that someone could set up a trail (like geocaching) to link together all the VR, GR, ER post boxes. We'll see groups walking around with tick lists!
Nice composition, the red box well positioned in the frame with the attendant peonies to add to the attraction. The road emerges well from the corner and gives depth as well as good composition.
Have a good day,
saxo042 (35146) 2013-12-05 8:27
This picture is well divided into separate foreground and background, in fact two different pictures for the prize of one... Also an interesting note! The f/g with the red flowers and the red post box is really quite different from the the b/g view of the sea. A very attractive picture!
abmdsudi (35250) 2013-12-13 20:03
A lonesome bold and beautiful postbox that remains as a functional part of a system - an old style British iconic traditional red and a prime candidate for colour popping! I would trust my letters to be collected from what looks like a somewhat remote outpost, from the bad old days when people actually posted letters and cards to each other... A dying breed perhaps when Royal Mail is privatised, but how long would it still stay there before the only place we'll see this is in a museum. It'll be a cryin shame if they get rid of this, its like the end of a British legend. We need to look after this image - soon it will be a classic, how lovely that you were there just at the right time not only to catch this shot but you've captured a wee bit of history there too. Appropriate processing that reveals lots of tones, contrast, textures and detail. First class post Bev! just like the Royal Mail you always deliver the goods. This one has quality stamped all over it and a pleasure to view, My compliments.