This blog is dedicated to Malta - my island home. My aim is not to bore you with history but to share my thoughts and a few facts together with a photo or two. For a more in -depth background of the island please go here. The purpose of this blog is not to point out the short-comings of the island. There are plenty that do that already. My wish is to show you the beauty of an island at the cross roads of the Mediterranean, a melting pot of history; a place where fact and fiction are sometimes fused to create unique myths and legends; a country that has been conquered so many times that our culture is a mish mesh of the lands that surround us and of lands far away. I confess that my greatest desire is to make you fall in love with this tiny enchanting island.


Monday 13 June 2011

Ruby Tuesday: Another Post Box

Mail boxes are red here and the older ones bear the insignia of  the British monarch who was on the throne when the mail box was put up. You may read more about this in my post  Red and  Regal. This particular post box bears the insignia of King Edward VII. Edward VII was king between 1901 and 1910, which makes this post box over 100 years old.

I never thought post boxes could be fascinating but these older ones, bearing the royal cyphers, are very intriguing. I must admit that it has become a bit of an obsession to hunt out the very old post boxes and snap some shots. It is a great way of getting back in touch with our past. In reality a post box is just an everyday object which serves an important function but just stop and think of all the letters and messages that have been mailed inside this box. Letters of hope, of love, of encouragement. Letters from loved ones in foreign lands. Happy messages, sad messages. So many secrets in one little  post box.

Birgu (24)-1

Birgu (23)-1

Photographed in

Main Gate Street


This is my entry for this week’s Ruby Tuesday. For more Ruby Tuesday posts visit Mary at Work Of The Poet.



  1. Great shots....well done Loree.

    greetings, Joop

  2. as usual, a fascinating snippet of history... and this could be the makings of a great book as well! just imagine if someone could trace the letters that came through that box over 100 years. i once saw a movie about a post box that had survived from civil war times in the US, and a man discovered he could exchange letters with someone living in those past times - I guess it was a "time travel" mailbox :)

  3. The royal crest in the second photo simply glows!


    Yellow’s the color I wear at dawn
    When dancing dewdrops spangle the lawn.

    Red is the color I wear at dusk
    When earth and sky are dry as a husk

    And nothing stirs—not even a wing
    Of bat or swallow or anything!

    © 2010 by Magical Mystical Teacher

    Kuan Yin Temple

  4. Great find for ruby.

    Happy RT.

    Mine's here.

  5. They look so romantic with their royal crest !
    Our mailboxes are also red, but mostly hanging on the wall. The once like yours have disappeared over the years.

  6. Beautifully kept. They remind me of my childhood in London when I'd go there to post letters and drawings for my grandparents!

    Re. duck landing: ducks are depicted on the lace curtains.

  7. Terrific shot for Ruby Tuesday!! :)

  8. So interesting! Our mail boxes are plain blue. That King Edward VII mail box is beautiful, I love the insignia.

  9. Perfect RT shot. They remind me of the older ones here in Israel, but these days most are just ugly red rectangles, completely devoid of charm.

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  10. Hi Loree
    Love these post boxes.. I think we did have some here [being part of the commonwealth] but not sure if any are left... must check it out...

    Glad you saw the eclipse.. must have been evening for you?.. it was before dawn here.. so I of course was snoring my little flu head off under the covers,.

    Have a great weekend. ciao xxx Julie

  11. What a beautiful mail box! Nothing quite that majestic looking here...as Diane said above, ours are plain blue.

  12. Ruby.. one of my favourite colours. Wishing you a beautiful week! xoxo, B


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