365 days of gratitude

A parcel addressed to Kay and Philip, on a farm, situated up a long drive with cows, opposite Cust pub or thereabouts” got to where it was meant to go.

That’s not the first time a rural mail deliverer has delivered a vaguely addressed item to the correct recipient.

Melanie Dalton said her family owned a large and “very distinctive” white goat they kept tethered on a long wire across from their house in Balclutha, a small town in Otago.

“We got a letter years ago asking for the letter to be delivered to “the old house with the pretty garden … across the road from the big white goat with one horn. We got the letter!”

Another said she once got a letter with her name, Lisa Norrie, and “the butterfly house opposite the school” as the address.

A New Zealand Post spokeswoman said mail addressed to vague addresses, such as “Grandma on Main Street”, occasionally slipped through the system.

“Sometimes the local knowledge of those working in our postal network does help locate the correct address to deliver these items to. . .

Many years ago a letter addressed to my farmer and me by our first names at a farm near Windsor got to us.

Such tales are a positive reflection on the people who work in the postal system and the benefits of living in spare self populated places and I’m grateful for both.

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