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2002

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A day in the life of a rural postman

post box
Rural post box

This postman came from the Knighton area:-

4.15am
Alarm goes off. Got up, go to loo, wash, get dressed in uniform. Go downstairs. Eat bowl of cornflakes. Mug of coffee, clean teeth. Pick up bait bag.

5.00am
Head for work on pushbike.

5.15am
Start work, sign in, stand at bench. Start sorting mail into rounds. Quiet day. Not too much post.

5.40am
Pick out my post and start putting it into my "fitting" ready for delivery.

6.15am

Load all my post into the van.

6.30am
Team brief with manager (chance for a cup of coffee).

7.00am
Leave yard to begin round.

7.45am
Spoke to 2 people since starting out. Quick good morning - no further problems. Coffee stop - chance to catch up with local gossip.

8.00am
Away to go again. Listening to 'Wogan' on Radio 2 between calls. A few more customers out and about to greet me now. Farmers and gardeners comment on the long period of dry weather. Deliver village.

10.00am
Normal coffee stop not available today as she had to go out (it shouldn't be allowed!!) Had to park van next to a wood and have water with my sandwich for lunch!

10.15am
Away again into caravan park. Gas bills all round - cheered up my customers no end. Back into country. Chased by dog - tried to bite the van mudflaps - they have had the back two so now they try for the front. Collect box and back to the yard for 1.00pm.

1.00pm
Unloaded the van. Sort out post that already arrived for tomorrow. Clock out at 1.15pm.

1.15pm

Cycle home. Uphill, so arrive home out of breath. Greeted by mad dog (West Highland Terrier). Sort out a bite to eat; toast biscuits and cup of coffee and sit down to relax.

2.30pm
Cleaned house, hoovered and polished, washed up and did ironing so "she who must be obeyed" can't nag me when she gets home from work.

4.30pm
Prodigal son arrives home from school. Can't stop for tea. He's out to football.

6.00pm
Mrs arrives back from work. Sit down for tea together, discuss how day has gone.

8.00pm
Once all washing up put away, sit down to view TV with a brandy and lemonade.

9.30pm
Get bag ready for tomorrow. Brush teeth, shower, shave, head up wooden stairs to bed.

9.55pm
Lights out!

 


A day in the life of a sub postmaster can be seen here and a postman in 1891 can be seen here

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