Oh my, even I am shocked that we lived with this mailbox for so long. It came with the house. It's on the side of the house and so we drive by it, plop it open, grab the mail, park the car in the garage and never think of it again. Egads, that is one ugly, ugly eyesore!!
So when Architectural Mailboxes had a giveaway in conjunction with a favorite blogger, Maria Killam's blog called Color Me Happy, I JUMPED at the chance!!! And I was rendered speechless that I won. And excited!!
When it first arrived, it looked sooooo large. It was twice the size of this old metal clunker. Mr. CJ rocked that old mailbox right out of the ground.
Woohoo, it's out of the ground!!
We laid the new post next to the old one to make sure that we had the correct height.
Do you like the stirring stick? LOL. A fallen branch to the rescue. It worked.
And then we had to be patient and let it set up. Promise, we used a level or two to make sure it was level.
This is Billy, watching us from a few feet away. Always wondering what we are up to.
It's not good to name the stray kitties.
We dug up the surrounding area, removed the grass (which I sprigged into another area), purchased and planted a dwarf yaupon, a ground cover juniper, 7 golden lantana and the bushy thing. There is already one on the other side of the driveway, so I thought it would make a cohesive look. Can't wait for these to grow up. Hoping this variety of Lantana overwinters. In the fall, I'll add some mums. Pansies for the winter. I'll also plant some bulbs come late fall. This little area even weathered the last storm with 80+ miles per hour winds. It was meant to be!!
I love the sturdiness, the deep coating on the box,die cast aluminum accents. And the many options there are! Made making a choice really hard.
Thanks again Architectural Mailboxes and Maria Killam!
And Regan.. well displeased that we didn't spend the entire day with him!
I am so proud of this mailbox I am shouting with glee.
We'd still be discussing models if this hadn't happened.
Thanks for your visit!!