I like to be busy. That's probably just as well, as I just added a whole new layer to what I am doing around my "Local Letterboxes" exhibition, which opens tomorrow in Gairloch.
Yesterday, I painted twelve postcard-sized sketches of most of the letterboxes which will feature in the exhibition. A photograph of six of them is shown on the left. Later in the day, I drove round the letterboxes and posted the corresponding postcard in each one.
So postcards from all these rural letterboxes are now wending their way towards the GALE centre in Gairloch. I had an interesting conversation with the postmistress at Aultbea, as the post office was open when I was there. I learned a bit about how the post is collected and distributed in the area.
I'm looking forward to having more conversations about letterboxes, post offices and the mail system in general, as well as art, of course, during the coming week. I am sure I will learn a lot. There is a great deal of local knowledge around in the area. I have had great responses from folk so far, when I have told them what I am doing.