I am delighted…
with my newly arrived Persephone Books ;
with their dove grey jackets,
their carefully selected endpapers,
and matching bookmarks,
and I’m smitten with the cute Lil packets they came in.
(Mem.: Refrain from vigorous mail opening. Reduces ability to decipher messages written on envelope.)
And I am also delighted to report that the happy Lil mailing pouches were able to land, safe and dry, in a new mail box.
And the mail person aka as the postie was most likely just as delighted to be able to place the mail in a secure receptacle, at long last.
However, I miss the old mail pail. It was full of character
and gave me a laugh but, unhappily, it was also full of water whenever it rained; which was frequently, during March and April and the first part of May. So, it had to go, back to hibernation in my neighbour’s garage.
Because the shared mail pail worked out well for my neighbour and I, we decided we would continue with our joint mail box. It seemed the economical, practical thing to do. (Mem.: ponder that an incident of vandalism, which could have produced fearfulness and distrust and heightened security has led to an atmosphere of greater trust and openness. …)
( Query: What was the postal delivery system like for Delafield and Woolf circa 1930s, when people exchanged letters almost as frequently as current trend with text and tweets; Answers possibly found here: “Robin’s letter arrives by second post, ” and here and here
W H Auden ” This is the Night Mail “
This is the Night Mail crossing the border,
Bringing the cheque and the postal order,
Letters for the rich, letters for the poor,
The shop at the corner and the girl next door……..
Letters with holiday snaps to enlarge in,
Letters with faces scrawled in the margin,
Letters from uncles, cousins, and aunts,
Letters to Scotland from the South of France,
Letters of condolence to Highlands and Lowlands
Notes from overseas to Hebrides —
Written on paper of every hue,
The pink, the violet, the white and the blue,
The chatty, the catty, the boring, adoring,
The cold and official and the heart outpouring,
Clever, stupid, short and long,
The typed and printed and the spelt all wrong….
(Mem.: Consider consulting McCall Smith on why W H Auden still matters ; and whether they can say if the post still matters. Suspect it jolly well does. )