Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

The Wit and Wisdom of White Van Man Continues


You may remember a few weeks ago a courier was so inspired by the view from our doorstep that he took to quoting Churchill? Well today I took deliver of a new mattress for Tom’s bed, after the two guys had hauled the thing upstairs for me (and lugged the old one back downstairs, so they could take it way with them, how useful a service is that?!) They too paused to take in the view.


‘You could never tire of looking at that view’ said one.

‘The last guy that made a delivery here’ I told him ‘said that this view was was what Churchill was talking about when he said ‘we will fight them on the beaches.’

‘Humm’, said the other one thoughtfully, ‘if Churchill said that, who said ‘Defeat is bad?’

‘I don’t know, who did?’ I asked.

‘Nelson Mandela’s chiropodist.’ he replied.


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

6 thoughts on “The Wit and Wisdom of White Van Man Continues

  1. Took me a moment, but….

    …..ha, ha, ha, ha, ha

  2. And these guys are delivering matresses? They sound like they should be delivering monologues. What a view, really.

    • It totally threw me too, well Nelson Mandela would say something as profound as Churchill, wouldn’t he, I wasn’t expecting his chiropodists words of wisdom ‘de feet is bad’! It was was the guys timing and they way he linked Churchill to Mandela that was the clever bit

  3. Genius! I never get delivery men like that……………. just the ones that wake me off a night shift!

  4. That was funny – you obviously attract the right kind of delivery men {:) The view is absolutely wonderful though, he was right, you would never tire of looking at it.

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