Amanda MackinnonLetterbox love

We have just come to the end of a 10 year house renovation. Our little 2 bedroom ‘holiday home’ has come full circle as the family has grown and now comfortably accommodates our family of 4 plus all the furry and feathery members too.

Our old letterbox

Our old letterbox

The garden has also seen major change over this period. New corners have been created and old ones rehashed. The one thing we keep putting off however is and update of our letterbox. Our trusty old one does the job fine of course – it’s keeping the mail safe and dry but I can’t help but think it’s out of place with our new front fence. It sits on an old post and looks rather like an outcast.

You’d think that after a decade of renovations that a simple letterbox update would be a breeze. However for some reason we seem to be finding this a challenge. I have been noting various quirky letterboxes of late and trying to come up with something that is a little different from the standard Bunnings purchase.

They say the letterbox is the ‘first impression of your home’. If that’s the case – what do you think of these rather nifty numbers that I’ve snapped around Tassie of late?

Boat outboard motor turned into a letterbox

Boat outboard motor turned into a letterbox

I love this outboard motor that just around the corner from my place. Recycling at its best, quirky and fits in with our coastal hamlet perfectly.

This collection of roadside beauties is found along the east coast of Tassie and includes the recycled toilet seat and drink cooler. Top marks for originality.

Toilet seat letterbox

Toilet seat letterbox

There’s such a wide range of homemade letterboxes out there. I love seeing all the different ideas but I can’t decide on the ‘right’ concept for my own place! Every time I try and make a decision it gets put back in the too hard basket.

Drinks cooler letterbox

Drinks cooler letterbox

I am interested to hear from others as to how their letterboxes came to life. Obviously Australia Post prefers boxes that are easy to access and not blocked by trees and shrubs, are at the right height and are big enough to fit all standard sized letters and deliveries.

Curious and quirky group of letterboxes

Curious and quirky group of letterboxes

I often notice that quirky letterboxes are completely out of character with the house to which they belong – they just seem to be a bit of fun in themselves. Hats off to these people I say! No doubt they create great talking points for the neighbourhood.

At the more conservative end of the spectrum there seems to be a glut of pillar letterboxes popping up in my area in recent times. I’m not a fan of these, but each to their own I guess.

I just need to find my own ‘just right’ letterbox…

What inspired your letterbox and do you think it says something about your home and garden?

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Amanda Mackinnon

About Amanda Mackinnon

Amanda is a freelance writer working from the quiet rim of the world - beautiful Tasmania. Amanda's career has led her on a fascinating journey through marine science, education, horticulture, marketing and communications. Living in a busy male dominated household – chasing around 2 growing boys, a sop of a golden retriever, one cheeky ginger cat, a handful of chickens and even some stick insects, Amanda loves to write in her 'spare' time. With a keen interest in achievable gardens and family friendly projects, Amanda loves to share her experiences of what works well in her coastal Tassie garden as well as tips and tricks handpicked from all corners of the globe.

One thought on “Letterbox love

  1. Jeff howes on said:

    Yes a difficult decision and one I suspect depends on your mood, or which way the wind is blowing or if you have faires at the bottom of your garden, hmmmmmmm cannot wait to see your innovative product you use.
    Jeff

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