Christmas is almost upon us so it seems appropriate to give some thought to the postmen that are running hard to deliver the billions of cards and gifts across the planet that represent so much love and care between people.
When communication by email first became popular there was a concern for the future employment of our ‘posties’. Now the popularity of online buying means that Australia Post has coped with the delivery of 20 million items every daythis year – to a 11 million addresses. These statistics don’t include the mail handled by all of the private courier companies! The population of Australia is only 22.7 million – approximately.
These ‘postmen’ were running in our garden as early as Spring:
Running Postman at Balligar
Also known as Kennedia Prostrata, they run along the ground forming a tangled mat. This rendering of them in pen and watercolour is the last in the series of 12 wildflowers found in our garden this year that I painted in a style reminiscent of stained glass designs. I’m looking forward to creating more paintings in various styles in 2014.
Meanwhile I hope the festive season brings love and care to all and a happy, peaceful New Year. It’s nearly here – run postie, run!