The Post Office was central to village life, and gave Flora the opportunity to find out all about village affairs.
Flora was lucky to have the opportunity to work at the Post Office - in a larger town she would have needed to pass a Civil Service exam, which her education wouldn't have allowed.
Flora left school aged 14 and was offered the job of assistant at the Post Office. She worked there from the age of 14 and a half in 1891 until 1897, and lived with Kesia Whitton, the Postmistress. While she was there, the telegraph was introduced. This was a machine to send messages long distances over wires. They were very expensive to receive, and often the villagers had to pay to receive bad news. Flora had the chance to wander the countryside when delivering letters and her interest in the natural world showed in her writing.