A veil is best drawn over Tuesday.  You really don’t want to hear about today, either … but I’ll tell you some of it anyway.

  It started with me being woken prematurely by a cat that wanted out.

  I was woken prematurely for the second time by a dog that wanted in.

  I checked emails to find some news I most definitely didn’t want to see. More about that in future – really very sadly educational.

  Then the electricity went off – apparently poles were being worked upon or renewed or something. An important email I had nearly finished was lost.

  We shot out to Sr-i-L who is finally mobile enough to be able to drive again after injuring her foot again. Meantime her battery had run flat.




You already know that the battery is in the boot. However, you carefully open the bonnet.

 Inside, on a bulkhead, you will find a set of instructions for jump-starting the car; or rather, for how to disconnect afterwards if you don’t want to scramble all the electrics. No, there is not another copy anywhere near the battery. Read and memorise.

 Now you can dive into the boot, locate the battery which is cunningly concealed under a tray for loose thingies, attach cables between the cars – matching correct colours – start the car that starts, and rev gently.

 Start the BMW. Rev a bit.

 Turn on lights of BMW.

 Turn on rear windscreen heater of BMW.

 Stop revving BMW and let it just idle.


You are now permitted to disconnect the cables.

   I kid you not!

   At least collecting R from school went without incident. As usual, at a certain same point of the trip home, she asked me about how the ship had been. It isn’t the first sight of the sea or anything like that, so why the timing …?

   I had a swim with R in the early afternoon before her nap. She is now diving down like a fish to the bottom of the pool to collect rings and fings.

   Then the electricity came on again.   I got some work done and almost finished another long email. The lights went off again. That one was lost, too. The outside main had gone, for no reason I was able to determine. While I was sorting that out there was a wail from Sr-i-L on the phone. Her car had only just made it home and now wouldn’t start again.     Tomorrow I’ll have to take the battery for testing. Oh, joy!


So, how was your day?


© Colonialist February 2011 (Letterdash/Wordpress)

About colonialist

Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies. Recently Indie Publishing has been added to this list.
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  1. Better than yours, I suspect, Colonialist…hope today is an improvement!


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