I was up at 6.50am as the boiler man was coming to service the Vicarage boiler. In the country, 8am is too early to be up (not including Farmers) let alone be ready for the tradesman while 8pm is too late in the night for any social activity!!!
Unusually, I had to have a nap before lunch as I was not feeling great.
At lunchtime, I heard aboutthe train derailment in Stonehaven which was shocking. How devastating for the families! I hope there were no school children on board the train as school has restarted in Scotland.
Soon after lunch, the Mhinisteir left for his meeting. By then, the temperature had gone up to 37c! I decided to catchup on housework. First on the list was changing of the sheets. I turned on the fan and started stripping the bed. The next minute I was on the floor with the fan mangled!!!!!! What have I done???? The fan stopped working and the head was detached from the body. What was I thinking? We can’t do without the fan today of all days. What am I to tell the Mhinisteir? The truth of course!
I needed to act fast. I grabbed a screw driver and took the fan apart. I tightened all that needed tightening and put the fan together again. It was not easy and I was sweating a bucket load. I said a quick prayer and turned on the fan. It worked!
As I write this, it is 3.30pm in the afternoon and I have just had my second shower of the day: the heat has been so unbearable for the past few days. It saps your energy: making me tired and a little grumpy ( according to the Mhinisteir, very grumpy). I have been unable to sleep at night since the heatwave began. In fact, it was almost 4am by the time I went to bed this morning. Tiredness doesn’t help my health condition one bit.
Anyway, I had something to look forward to this lunchtime. The hairdresser was due to visit: my second haircut since the lockdown rules were eased. As usual, I was pleased with my haircut. The short bob theme is coming along nicely. The Mhinisteir too had his haircut.
As I was chatting to the hairdresser, I told her about something that I had read in the latest Country Living magazine: that hedgehogs are lactose intolerant! She knew about it! Am I the only one who has been in the dark about Hedgehogs and their dietary needs???
Back in the Scottish Highlands, there was never a need for a fan as such was the weather. We might get a couple of days of Sunshine in August but that’s about it. It was never clammy as it will turn cool the moment the sun goes down.
The summers in England are v hot and heavy. I struggle with the heat but for some weird reason we never bothered to buy a fan. Last year, I did try to buy a fan but they were sold out. I quickly learnt that one does not try and buy a fan in the height of a heatwave!!!!
This year, I decided to be clever and started my search early. I liked one that I saw on the John Lewis website. It was a free standing fan. Just when I was about to press the checkout button, I decided to reread the product specification.. It said partial assembly required. After my experience with the purchase ofa Waterhose, I promised myself that I will NEVER EVER buy anything that needed self assembly.
i decided to look for another model that didn’t need self assembly but in this day and age of do it yourself everything, it was impossible. I decided to settle for the one with minimal self assembly but it was out of stock. I clicked email me when in stock.
A month had passed and I didn’t get any email from JL. Last week, when I went to their website, that item was no longer available. I didn’t think that I wanted to wait any longer and so I purchased a 9″ Desk fan instead.
The desk fan arrived on Saturday but no attempt was made by the Mhinisteir to unwrap the box. The excuse given was that due to the coronavirus, the parcel should be left untouched for 72 hours!! For those who follow my blog, you might remember what happened with the trouser press
The Mhinisteir is just hopeless with his hands. The 72 hours passed but the Mhinisteir was still not doing anything. Yesterday, I decided to take matters into my own hands and assembled the fan myself. I needed a bit of help from the Mhinisteir as he is physically stronger.
We had a good night’s sleep thanks to our new fan!