Thursday, June 23, 2011

Lunchbreak

There's nothing better than breaking up a long day spent at a desk than a brisk walk in the country to replenish the mind and soul. It's sort of tricky when you work in the city though.
Luckily for me, I recently discovered a little country oasis tucked in behind my office. It's situated along a major river that has been bypassed for development because of limited access.
It's a treasure trove of flora, rustic homes and wildlife.
It's a wonderful opportunity to recharge my batteries for the afternoon while soothing my barnheart.
But what really causes me to do a double take is this.
My first reaction, as I glanced towards the house, was they must be expats living in the Canadian suburban countryside. Then I came to my senses and realized this is how they must be getting their mail while Canada Post is on strike. Why didn't I think of that? 

Please, could someone south of the border send me one of these?

I'd be much obliged.

I'm joining:



~Be well friends!~

31 comments:

Osage Bluff Quilter said...

So funny, I had to read the last one at least two times, I didn't see anything wrong with that mail box, except it's green. Then it dawned on me, not everyone lives in the US. LOL

Flat Creek Farm said...

Beautiful captures & processing! I'll send one of those lovely boxes your way tomorrow by donkey courier post. How's that? ;) -Tammy

Melissa said...

dang, I think I'm recharged now too! Lovely photos, hope I can go back to sleep now though!!!

The Fairy's Apprentice said...

Gorgeous place, I'm happy you found it near you office! So, you can recharge your batteries anytime you need :).
Camelia

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Hello Andrea!
What a wonderful post and I LOVE your photo's especially the one with the clematis...beautiful texture. Don't you just love mailboxes..we just found an old beat up mailbox in a little addition off our old garage...wish we lived closer! What a wonderful place to take a walk...such a nice surprise. Enjoy your walks and I look forward to seeing more beautiful photo's.
Maura :)

ain't for city gals said...

I wonder how long the strike will last? We had to take Canada off our selling list on e-bay for a while...so do people have two separate mailboxes there?

Windy Meadows Farm said...

What a treat to find that hidden spot for a lunchtime break. It'll clear your head and you may just discover something wonderful! I remember working in a big city and taking a breather in the parking lot one day. While clearing my head, I discovered a single volunteer flower growing in a crack in the concrete...I knew it was time to get away. Goodbye city life!

Buttons said...

These are beautiful shots what a peaceful setting.
I miss my mail too.
Just beautiful Andrea

texwisgirl said...

love the daytime retreat you have discovered! the US mail made me laugh. well, Canadian mail service might be on strike, but US mail service is teetering on insolvency, so take your pick... :)

Life-n-Reflection said...

These are gorgeous! It looks like you had the perfect day in the country!

Christine @ Stonehouse Living said...

Hi Andrea,

Lovely photos, the clematis is just gorgeous with the texture...

No sign of our mail carrier here either, oh well...they have to come back eventually.

All the Best,
Christine

Feral Female said...

Lovely words and images!

Linda Makiej said...

Really lovely texture work!!

misha said...

Yep, the U.S postal system is about to go under so that mailbox will be relic soon!
Hilarious, though! I thought, geez, Andi walks all the way to border on her lunch hour :)
Thanks for this...
LYLASS
xo, misha

Anke said...

Your photos are beautiful as always!

deb duty said...

What a lovely place to take a walk! Beautiful photos. My favorite is the old mailbox with the purple flowers.

Deb said...

Now that`s funny! We should all get one of those mailboxes. Your photos are just lovely.

Dandy said...

I was totally confused about the mailbox! :)

So gorgeous, can I move in with you?

Barb said...

All your photos are beautiful but I really love the clematis on the fence - outstanding! I really had to think about your post - hurts my head :)

Elena said...

Beautiful shots. Love the ones of the mailboxes!

Denise said...

I'm wondering if you live near the US border? I do and on one of my cross-border shopping trips I bought a mailbox at Walmart because it was $6.00 compared to one I saw at Canadian Tire here in Canada for $25.00. Maybe that mailbox owner is a bargain hunter like me...?

Gardener in the Distance said...

Andrea, hi. If you have all this near your office, it'd be like walking through the wardrobe into Narnia! How wonderful that pockets like this continue at their own pace, in their own slow way. What a lovely term 'barnheart' is.

Jocelyn said...

Your pictures are just beautiful. That looks like a lovely place to get lost in.

Barbara said...

Funny about the mailbox, but is also a very pretty photo.

Kerry Estey Keith said...

Absolutely beautiful! I am linking to your blog on my Bloglines so I can get updates. I am a RuralGirl myself. Nice Work!

Red Gate Farm said...

I'll be happy to send you one! I guess it will have to be fedex or ups for shipping ;)

And I do love the clematis growing up around fences and mail boxes...

~Chris

Fishtail Cottage said...

Thanks so much for linking your garden post to Cottage Flora Thursday's - the photo's of those mailboxes are so charming. xoox,tracie

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Ha Ha,Tammy from Flat Creek Farm-- that donkey courier express would be faster than our Canada Post during this strike. Lovely photos and great that you get a break from the city desk. I love my drive home because I hit farmland (for the time being anyway!) half way home.

mountain mama said...

beautiful shots...nothin' like getting off those city streets for a bit!!

Elle Bee said...

"bypassed for development because of limited access" Hallelujah! :o)

Rose said...

All are wonderful shots!!! I cannot pick a favorite one!