"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."



('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)




Saturday, December 30, 2006

Lives of their own

I've never had much trouble with electricity and electrical gadgets until I moved to Wales. Things always worked more or less consistently and power cuts were very few and far between, apart from the so-called Winter of Discontent back in the seventies of course.
But here, power cuts happen surreptitiously. I can come home in the evening or get up in the morning to find that the clock on the microwave needs resetting or the answerphone is blinking and Sky goes off if there's so much as a hint of stormy weather ahead. And then there are the times that things around the house mysteriously develop a life of their own.
The washing machine decided today that washing the clothes was fair enough, spinning them was just too much trouble.
The kettle has become temperamental too. Now and again it boils... and boils... and won't switch off.
The digital radio in the bedroom refused to work while I was away last week but has behaved perfectly since my return.
And then there's Keith's grey computer (not the yellow one, you understand, the grey one). When I'm sitting alone in the living room late at night on my laptop and Keith's computer suddenly whirrs unbidden into life - well, it's a bit unnerving, to say the least.
But then, this is Wales.
You get used to it.

6 comments:

  1. Oooooooooo Jenny, it sounds like your house may appear in the next series of 'Most Haunted' ! You'd better warn Keith to take care - nothing worse than being grabbed by the ghoulies ha ha ha ! By the way, what was life like BEFORE electricity was invented, Jenny ? I know you were there....... ;)

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  2. Yes Craig is on the right track. I also suspect that your house might be haunted. So sell up and return to fair Albion.
    By the way what EXACTLY were the "services" to the Welsh sheep industry that won Mr Hugh Hughes a gong in the Queen's New Year's Honours list? And would the sheep agree?

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  3. Stopping by to wish you and Keith a Happy New Year!

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  4. Hugh Hughes, SP? Sorry, I must have missed that item of news. I'll leave it to your imagination!

    Happy New Year to you and to A, Michelle.

    Old age comes to us all, Craig. When yours comes, I shall make sure I come back to haunt you!:)

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  5. Happy New Year, Flighty. :)

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