Later this week there’s an election. Where I live we’re voting for MEPs and our County Councillor. Our current one is the best councillor I’ve ever been represented by and I definately want him to be re-elected, so I offered to help him by delivering leaflets.
It didn’t take as long as I had expected, but it was interesting. I did the whole of the estate that I live on, and it was amazing to see somewhere so familiar to me from completely new angles as walked back down garden paths.
I enjoyed looking at all the lovely flowers in the gardens, and the variety of different designs in front doors was amazing! One thing that did surprise me was that some front doors had clear glass in them and without meaning to pry, I could see straight through the hall into the kitchen and out again into the back garden. It didn’t give much privacy. You’d have to rememeber to get dressed before nipping downstairs to make a cup of tea!
I used to have a brass backing to my letterbox, but it took to falling off so I abandoned it before it chopped my toes off. But I discovered during my leafleting that most houses have these sort of brush sandwiches to keep the draught out. The problem with them is that they do their best to keep the post out too! The leaflet – 4 layers of thick paper – wasn’t strong enough to open the brushes, so I had to push my fingers in first to make an opening for it. I tried to do it very quickly as I was a bit nervous in case there was a dog behind the door who might be unable to resist juicy fingers coming through the letterbox! I mentally started inventing a tool to use to make the job easier. I think the brushes must have made the task twice as long as it would have been without them.
I wonder what postmen do. If I had to do lots of delivering I would have a tool to help – something I could fold round the post and then push it through the brushes and push the post through the tool into the house, without risking my fingertips!