a cooking range in use in the
I was up at 6.30am. The bedroom was cold, no heating, and no hot water to wash with. Many's the time I had to break the ice before I could wash. I had to clean the range with blacklead and light it. The sticks had been put in the oven overnight to dry out. I used to light the sticks with the coal placed on top. Then I had to sweep and wash down the front steps. There were 5 steps, and I had to clean the brasses on the front door. Every day, I had to do this. Then I laid the table for breakfast.
At 8am I took the Housekeeper up her cup of morning tea on a tray. Then I helped with the toast for breakfast, which was cooked by Cook. I ate my own breakfast on the go, when I could - I had a job to keep up with all I was told to do. If I didn't keep up, at the end of the month they might say I had to go, and get rid of me. Because both Cook and Housekeeper gave me jobs to do, it was always difficult to keep up. Then I used to clear and wash up breakfast, and go upstairs to help with the bedrooms.