poetry and prose about place

rural relics (day 10 to 12)

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On my virtual bike trip along the north coast of New Brunswick, I am seeing many aspects of rural New Brunswick that are almost relics in our modern world.


11 to 12

distance travelled (map from Google Earth)


8-11  January 31, 2014   45 minutes  3.0 km (Eel River Bar to Charlo)

8-12   January 28, 2014   30 minutes  7.0 km (Charlo to Blackland)



  1. object that is interesting because of its age or association
  2. surviving custom, belief or object from a past age

(Oxford dictionary)


One of these relics is the rural mailbox.  Amid controversy, the single mailbox at the end of a driveway is gradually being replaced, so there are very few end-of-drive mailboxes along the route I am travelling.


We had a mailbox for many years and it was always fun going to the end of the drive to get our mail.  Once when I was at my grandfather’s farm for a vacation, my Aunt Anna sent me a parcel so I would have the fun of getting a box in the mail.  I remember well reaching up to get the parcel and I remember what was inside – a snow globe!

getting a parcel in the mail

getting a parcel at my grandfather’s mailbox


About ten years ago, we were shifted to a community mail box.  We have a key and an assigned box.  It is still fun to get the mail, but less convenient …


mailboxes near New Mills

mailboxes near New Mills (image from Street View)


Another relic of a more self-sufficient way of life is the remnant apple orchard.  In some cases, the apples are still used by thrifty families, but often the fallen fruit is left for the deer …


orchard near Blackland

orchard near Blackland (image from Street View)


I also see derelict barns and sheds along the road, abandoned as people give up farming and a more rural way of life …


February 11. 2014 'old shed near Charlo'   Jane Tims

February 11. 2014 ‘old shed near Charlo’ Jane Tims


Do you encounter remnant bits of our past in your travels?  Do they bring back memories?


Copyright  2014  Jane Tims

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  1. Hi Jane. We still have rural mailboxes here. It’s a 1/4 mile walk to ours (good exercise!). I can see how the community mailbox would be more efficient. There is a lot about the Eastern Shore that reminds me of times long ago. Your painting is beautiful. 🙂



    February 17, 2014 at 8:19 am

    • Hi Robin. Thanks. My son and I used to walk along the road and at every mailbox there would be a small path worn where the wheels of the postal car drove in close to deliver the mail. Whoever got there first could take the ‘low road’ (the worn wheel path) and the other would have to take the ‘high road’. A small game but it is a favorite memory. Jane


      jane tims

      February 17, 2014 at 2:07 pm

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