"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)

Monday, July 07, 2008


Yesterday we were mostly underneath the Range Rover. Well, Keith was. We got in at about 11am, Keith turned the ignition key and...nothing, nada, niente, rien. After a few minutes, he decided that the fuel pump was to blame but on our model, the fuel pump is practically inaccessible. Our kindly host, Robin came over to put his head under the bonnet, quickly followed by the French farmer from next door. It's amazing how much conversation and understanding can ensue from a mixture of French, English and gesticulation. I did try to keep up a running translation for Keith but was ignored by all. I am a wimmin, after all! What do I know about these things?
Anyway, to cut a long story three hours short, it finally transpired that, as Saturday, when we arrived, had been very hot, followed a yesterday which was more like a midwinter day in the antarctic (only a slight exaggeration here!), a vaccuum had been created in the fuel tank, and the diesel pump, which must be faulty to some extent, was not able to pull the fuel from the tank because of the vaccuum. It was solved by the use of an empty water bottle to prime the diesel pump manually.
Today we have been out and about locally and all (touch wood) has been fine.
But there is still no sun and it is still cold.

See, not such a slouch, am I!!


Dale said...

France! Again! Oh, how lucky you are, Jenny. Please post some more photos. And I do hope the weather improves. How are diesel prices in France? Here, for the first time ever, diesel is more expensive than petrol.

Yorkshire Pudding said...

Here in Sheffield it has been sweltering in the high 80's. I have been going to work in some flip flops and my tiger-stripe Speedos. Shame you have been having some unsettled weather in France but glad to hear the Range Rover seems sorted out now.

Jennyta said...

I will put photos on my Picasa account when I get chance, Dale, with a link to it. Diesel here is a bit cheaper than at home - about 1.40 to 1.50euros a litre but certainly more expensive than past year.
YP, I presume you are exaggerating and were also wearing your snorkel and flippers!


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