Asparagus from the fertile fields of the Tesco Plain, served on a heated, specially selected china plate with a butter dressing. (Asparagus from Tesco with a blob of Country Life Spread.)
Lightly dusted pan fried Haddock served as above with Gherkins and Capers in a white sauce. (Tesco lightly dusted Haddock with Ocean Spray Tartare Sauce.)
Ice Cream a la Vanille. (Tesco Vanilla Ice Cream, melted in the freezer when the contact breaker tripped and re-frozen.)
Its been a funny few days. On Friday evening last, the lights by our chairs went out. My initial reaction was to prepare to change the bulb in mine, but on realising that the other light which has an LED arrangement had gone out too, I began to see that there might be more to this. It then became apparent that everything plugged into the extension socket by my chair was off power too. So I trogged all the way out to the garage in the spotting rain and examined the breaker box. The breaker labelled “Sockets” had tripped – I pushed it up, and it bounced back down. So then began a long series of trips into the house where various items were progressively unplugged and then back to the garage to try to reset the breaker. In this I failed every time, so eventually we gave up because we were tired out – it was knocking on for 10.00 pm by this time – our bedtime drinks consisted of hot water from the tap (fortunately the gas boiler did not get affected) and so to bed. FYI, hot water ain’t so bad.
On Saturday we telephoned Stuart Ross our local electrician who really doesn’t work at weekends. However,on hearing what had happened and that the fridge and freezer were off line, he came round, went straight to the garage, reset the breaker and all was well !!! It turns out that to reset the thing you push it down hard, and then put it up again. Simple when you know how. He advised us to plug things back in one by one and wait and see each time. This we did, and all was well, until my wife plugged in the micro wave and tried that – whereat “phut” – everything off again. This time I was able to reset the breaker myself, and we now assume that our microwave oven – a mere 40 years old, is defunct.
And then . . . . my wife announced that her little kettle that she uses (because it is light in weight and easy for her to lift) was leaking. So, that is two things which have gone wrong – what will the third one be ?