Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

In the Local News


It has rained this week, rarely does such a thing constitute as news in this part of the world, but then the month of May has been exceptionally dry.

Other local news; someone has stolen the post box; as in, the red, Royal Mail post box from down the lane. We discovered this when Mr Uhdd went to post some letters, and there it was gone. It looked a bit like this,


except it bore the legend, VR not ER* and the slot was narrower (I know this because you could never get birthday cards in it without bending them.) So there it had sat**, in public service since since Queen Victoria sat upon the throne, and now it has gone (along with any post it might have contained at the time.) I interrogated the postie about its disappearance and his theory was that, ‘it would fetch good money in America’. My theory is that it will fetch little money when it is weighed in as scrap at some dodgy scrap yard. (although I’ve just looked up the price of Victorian posts boxes on Ebay and the postie is probably right!)

Here is a more soothing rural scene,

cutting sialage -2

even if the  silage crop isn’t very heavy this year, due to the lack of rain..

*VR, for overseas readers, Victoria Regina and ER, Elizabeth Regina

** This post box is in the Lakedistrict, well at least it was.


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

11 thoughts on “In the Local News

  1. A post box like that is very desirable to collectors! I suppose that you will get a replacement! xx

  2. What an absolutely stunning landscape. Just how I imagine it to be where you live. And – hope you find something to replace that beauty of an old mailbox. Wonderful images!!!

  3. What a shame – I suspect someone will pay very good money to a dealer for that post box. I hope they have the decency to re-post any letters that are in it!

    Lovely landscape shot – that sky is uplifting!!

  4. Well, our mailboxes are quite a bit larger, and not nearly so unique-looking. I don’t think there is much of a market for those around here.
    I visted the lake district while in England a few years ago. Absolutely fell in love with it. I hope to return sometime soon. Your picture brought back those memories. I saw a local theater show while there. Such fun!

  5. There is a bit of an issue with older post boxes being nicked. I hope that post boxes don’t ever disappear like the old red phone boxes. They were part of the landscape when I was growing up (and a handy place to shelter from rain showers!).

  6. Maybe ER was peeved that there were mailboxes with someone else’s initials on it.

  7. i bet its been pinched for scrap. We have had a few thefts at work again.

  8. Beautiful rural scene.

    Perhaps the Elephant & Castle restaurants/pubs here in the U.S. which have the old red phone booths in front wanted a post box to go with it. 😉

  9. We have a VR postbox at the end of our lane too but it’s embedded in the wall of the house there. It looks lovely, but the slot is so narrow that nothing other than a standard letter can be posted in it unless it’s folded. In the days of old-fashioned film cameras it was a real pain because the film in its container would not go in, regardless of how hard it was pushed. What a shame your local one has gone missing. Some people will nick anything.

  10. I wonder if I should nip down and snatch a nice blue mailbox to send you? It would make a nice change – it’s got quite a large opening, for one thing. No more folded up birthday cards.

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