I am a amateur freelance writer from Sydney. My passion is Aboriginal history, Australia and its unusual places. My aim is to share my knowledge to better your experience. Thank you
Published October 22nd 2013
Have you done a mailbox driveby?
I love taking a good old fashion day trip to destination nowhere. Along one of my travels, as I was driving along the George Downes Road near Peats Ridge, I noticed a few different styles of mailbox emerging the further out of Sydney we got. Homemade cow mailboxes, plain blue buckets cut down, such variations in mailboxes along this stretch of road made it a very pleasant drive.
The most eye catching mailbox I have seen would have to be none other than the bush ranger Ned Kelly. Stick up your postie, bush ranger style, and make him rethink what he puts in Ned.
This got me thinking - when we are travelling, do we really take in our surroundings? Last time we were away my son knew exactly where to look for the Ned Kelly, so I think the answer is yes, if we want to. I really enjoy travelling and now look for mailboxes that are unusual or radically different. I personally couldn't create any of these, but they brought a smile to my face while travelling and make me want to try (however my council doesn't allow it).
In my travels I have also seen a brilliant Bender from Futurama. The problem is I don't remember if it was near Ned Kelly or down south? Maybe someone can solve that mystery?
Show your postie where to stick your mail - on your bike Mr Postman. Get your postie to stick his delivery in the bum of a cyclist and see ya later mail.
Are you a Star Wars fan? May the force be with you Mr Postman. Create a R2D2 style mail box; surely R2D2 can deter the postie.
R2D2 from Star Wars, photo by David Heiniluoma, Jr. via Wikipedia
For coffee lovers and those who enjoy a chat around the front fence while waiting for their mail, grab an old coffee machine, glue a mug down, and hey presto! Expresso mail. Maybe your postie will give you a laugh by trying to grab a coffee.
One for the kids - let them design a mailbox. You may not be able to keep it very long but it doesn't always have to be for mail, you could use it for recycling (one for paper, wood, plastic, etc) so this one is a craft winner with dual purposes around the house.
Let the kids create an Out of Space experience for the postie. Make an alien mailbox, a UFO, there are no boundaries on this one. For the girls maybe they would like a fairy mailbox with a fairy garden around the mailbox, and the boys might like a wizard style mailbox.
Wish your bills away with a wishing well letter box. You could recycle old pots for the well, use some old fence posts for the roof structure, and paint it rustic looking for authenticity.
If you are a good woodworker or have a jigsaw, it's amazing what you can do these days with wooden designs adding elements of nature. A lot is left to the interpretation of your imagination.
Can't throw out your old computers? Here's are a few ideas. Grab your old monitor, make a hinge in the screen as your mailbox and now you can monitor your mail.
Still can't leave your computer at home? That's okay - create your own personal hotmail box, Its rather easy; dig a hole, cement a pole and just mount a microwave on top. Instant hotmail. I'm sure you will get plenty of giggles from this one.
If the more subtle country way, mount a basin as your mailbox and show your postie you wash your hands of his mail.
You might not need the 'dog ate my homework' excuse anymore, but the T-Rex ate my mail may be the next excuse, if you provide evidence.
Halloween spooky mailbox is a great way of keeping your old bike and being allowed to display it without getting harassed by the wife.
Do you have a creative mind or know a welder or mechanic? Have a BBQ and get creating. Get all your mates an activity so that everyone can have a go at creating a showstopper of a mailbox.
Jump in your car and go for a day drive to grab some inspiration. You only have to go two hours out of Sydney, and your fun letter box spotting days will not be your last. Don"t forget to stop at the little fruit markets on the country roads.
The only things to consider is council's regulations, (I don't want anyone fined) and your postie (to be honest, give them a laugh and make them want to deliver your mail). Use these ideas as a guide to unlocking your imagination.
If you do stop to admire someone's letter box please respect their property and privacy.