This was a day in which I should have been doing editing, fixing a leaking pool filter, and some much-needed repairs on electrical equipment, where some of the recent workmen had the idea that for anything with a button the harder you thumb it the better it works. Result: dimmer for lounge and an on-switch for a solar lantern completely thrust into the fitting and inoperable.
Not much of that got done.
First, I had to run a school bag to J’s school in case she needed it. It had got left behind in the morning rush. Only a 6Km round trip, but disrupting. Then I had to collect a friend, who had been given a lift on her daily commute by Younger Daughter, so that he could collect unemployment benefits at an office near to where she works. This should have been a 30Km round trip, but some 10Km into the return he discovered he’d left his keys behind. Then a 1 Km detour to look for spares – failure. Returned home and fed friend tea until it was time to go and collect J from school. Then took friend with me and after another unsuccessful spares-seeking detour, collected R and two schoolmates from her school. This was a journey of 13Km to get there. Then a detour to drop off the friend of some 1,5Km. Home from there – about 12Km. Dropping off the two extra kids – add 6Km. Finally, later in the afternoon, a trip to take R and a friend to swimming lesson – another 4.5Km there and back.
Let’s see, that makes 6+30+20+1+13+1.5+12+6+4.5 = 94 Km! Good grief – it just shows how trickling around town can mount up! I suppose, though, that very many parents/grandparents have far more impressive ‘Family Taxi’ scores? How working parents cope unaided beats me.
P.S. I dismantled, fixed, and reassembled the lantern with a fair amount of pain and suffering.