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DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT ROYAL MAIL IS DOING? It seems that I missed the 7am collection from my local post box – or did I?

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my nearest post box - says 7 am on saturdays

my nearest post box – says 7 am on saturdays

I went out just after 8 am this morning to get a paper, and as I had a couple of large letters to post for ebay customers, I stopped off at my nearest post box to send them on their way – only to read the new notice on the box, that the last collection on saturdays is now 7am!  

As far as I remember is was always 12 noon.

As I’d already marked the items as dispatched, I didn’t know what to do – because the Saturday tab would have been replaced by a Monday tab if the box had been emptied, but, maybe the postie had forgotten to change it!

Lucky I’d taken the car, or I’d have given up at that point.  I also had my camera with me, as you can see.

next post box, showing 12 noon...

next post box, showing 12 noon…

The next post box isn’t too far away, so I stopped off there – and got even more confused.  It said the last Saturday collection WAS 12 noon.  Now I couldn’t be sure what time it was, and decided not to chance it!

Asda's post box - last collection 9.30 am

Asda’s post box – last collection 9.30 am

I knew there was a bright new postbox in Asda’s (Asda built their new supermarket here only recently) so its post box is dazzling new & clean compared to the others – smile.

The last collection on Saturdays is 9.30 am.  So I posted my letters – only, just as I put the first one thro’, I realised that

asda box full - Version 2in all the confusion, I’d forgotten to put the stamp on it!  I had a book of large letter stamps with me and was going to put the stamp on at the first post box!  I did manage to stamp the 2nd letter, but when one of the staff saw me standing there stumped, she came over and asked me if she could help.

I explained to her what I’d done, and she suggested that I wait until 9.30 am (it was 8.30 am by then) and ask the postman to pull the letter out for me, so that I could put a stamp on it.

I had put a return address on it, so I reckoned that the worst that could happen was that it would be returned to me, and I didn’t want to hang around for an hour.

Amazingly, the woman saw that I had the stamps in my hand and actually offered to intercept the postman for me, as she was working on the desk just opposite the post box.  So I gave her the missing stamp.  I also asked permission to photograph the box, and she said yes.  Sorry I didn’t ask her name, or I’d mention it here, but  thank you, that’s what I call customer service!  I hope she caught the postie in time!

 

 

What’s even more confusing is that the weekday last collection times at Asda are 5.15pm, at my nearest box they are at 9am, and at the one in the middle – 5pm.  Doesn’t make any sense to  me!

So, before going home, with my newspaper and the other odds & ends I sort of ended up putting in my trolley, I thought I’d drive round and check out the other local boxes.

This is what I found……the same notice as on the nearest box, in the middle of the shops…..

the box in the shopping area says 7 am.

the box in the shopping area says 7 am.

close up of notice - last collection on saturday - 7 am, weekdays - 9 am!

close up of notice – last collection on saturday – 7 am, weekdays – 9 am!

post box outside the post office - says 12 noon

post box outside the post office – says 12 noon

and the old notice on the post box outside the Post Office.  So I popped into the Post Office, as it was now after 9 am, and asked the guy who runs it what was going on.  He didn’t know about the last collection times, he’d not been informed of the changes.  He knew there were some changes to the delivery rounds, but not what they were.

He suggested I phone the sorting office a few miles away, and they said – WHAT?  They didn’t know about the change in collection times either!  A very confused sorting office man advised me to post items at the post office, if I was in doubt, as the collection on Saturday was definately 12 noon there, but he knew nothing about 7am collections, and asked me to ring him on Monday to see what he’d found out!

SO – DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT ROYAL MAIL IS DOING?  THEY DON’T SEEM TO KNOW –  AND I CERTAINLY DON’T!

BEORE PRIVATISATION, YOU KNEW WHERE YOU WERE, NOW THEY KEEP CHANGING THINGS, AND WHAT THEY ARE DOING MAKES NO SENSE TO ME.

IS THIS HAPPENING THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY,

OR IS IT JUST IN THE SWANSEA VALLEY AREA?

AND WHY CHANGE THE COLLECTION TIMES JUST BEFORE CHRISTMAS, WHEN THE BOXES WILL BE FULL, THES SYSTEM OVERLOADED, AND EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW THEIR LETTERS & CARDS WILL ARRIVE IN GOOD TIME.  

I “knew” the last collection on Saturdays is noon, its always been that way, that’s why I stopped off at the post box, and I “knew” it would be collected and sorted and arrive at its destination on either Monday or Tuesday.

IF I’D POSTED MY LETTERS IN MY LOCAL POST BOX AND THE NEXT COLLECTION WAS MONDAY MORNING, WHEN WOULD THEY HAVE BEEN DELIVERED???

I’d be interested if anyone else knows, and, when I do get back to the sorting office, I’ll  keep you “posted”.

(Apologies for the layout of this “post” but I’ve tried to keep the pictures with the relevant text, but the template seems to have a mind of its own!)

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before the op …….SOME SPECIAL OFFERS!

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If you’ve been following this blog, you will know that I will be going into hospital on the 19th for a knee replacement op …BUT JUST BEFORE THAT…..I thought I’d fulfill my promise to re-stock the colours available in the Landcapes of Australia WOOL & ANIMAL FIBRES DYES.

I bought quite of lot of pots  and a bale of creamy off white merino tops (roving) for you to try the dyes on…You can also just use the 23 micron merino to spin and felt as it is, and the dyes for any other wool, silk, alpaca fibres you have and it also works on nylon and bird feathers.  If you click on the pictures you will get to the ebay listings, and they are also listed on etsy ……BUT …. don’t buy them there if you want to take advantage of the ….JULZ SPINNING & WEAVING CLUB SPECIAL OFFER…..

DIRECT CLUB PRICES ARE

£2.50 per 100 gm of the ecru merino tops (a saving of 49p per 100 gm)

£8.50 per 100 gm pot of Landscape dye (a saving of 29p each)

In addition, for UK customers, all parcels weighing up to 750 gm will be posted for a flat price of £2.50 (2nd class postage).

TO ORDER DIRECT please email me at  julz@julzweaving.plus.com and tell me what you want, and I will generate a paypal invoice for you.  Please make sure you have given me your name & address & phone number, AND the email address of your PAYPAL ACCOUNT.

If you want to add in any other items from my listings, please request them at the same time.

Overseas Postage & Packaging prices will be at cost for DIRECT CLUB ORDERS, and I will give you the total postage price before you pay –  use the postage on the published listings as a rough guide.

To make sure you get the dye colours you want, please order NOW, as it will be first come, first.  This is a time limited offer, as I will only take orders up to midnight on Tuesday 16 October – see below.

After the op, I will be recouperating for a few weeks, and rather than give bad service, I will be limiting the listings on ebay (85solway ) & etsy (julzcraftsupplies) to items that can either be posted in my local postbox – when I can walk to it – or despatched direct from the supplier.

My LAST POSTING DAY for current listings will be WEDNESDAY 17 OCTOBER, so if you were planning on buying something particular,  please order it in the next week, or keep an eye out for newsletters & blog updates.

“Normal Service” resuming will depend on how quickly the knee mends, and when I can drive again, but you should be able to buy Xmas presents in good time – smile!

You are welcome to drop me an email, or leave a comment below, if you want to reserve any particular items you have seen on my listings – I will be taking most of them down before I go into hospital…..the above dates assume the op isn’t delayed or cancelled.  I will also be planning what stock to buy in for the Xmas period and any requests would be helpful.

Oh yes, and I have finally got around to photographing the Berber wool, which is now listed on my ebay page (85solway).

Please also feel free to use the CLUB NOTICEBOARD which is looking very empty, altho I have to approve messages before they get published, I am quite happy for you to talk among yourselves – smile.

All the best to anyone reading this….

the advert box below is for anyone who wants to source other craft products whilst I’m out of action….I get a small commission from sales if you buy after clicking on it….I prefer to tell you that, so you don’t feel ripped off – other adverts for personal Xmas cards and business cards are on the Club Notice Board page…

Thanks