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Having seen the length of what I have written I thought it ought to have its own post.

Yesterday YD rang to propose that I took Nana (see on Camilla's post below) to see La La Land. (I wouldn't mind seeing it again, would I?) In the event YD came too having found a babysitter and so we all went and sat at the back and ate (something of a first for me as traditionally I haven't liked the stuff) popcorn.

But just as I was leaving the house the burglar alarm went off.
Now what you need to know about the burglar alarm is that it has never gone off before in 25 years Indeed it has never been turned on before. Still it made up for this deficit in noise.

When we bought the house, the alarm was new, but we couldn't use if for we had a large Newfoundland dog which would have set it off. By the time we stopped having Newfies 10 years later we had lost the booklet about the alarm. So for the last 15 years the alarm has been switched on (as we didn't know how to switch it off) but never set because we didn't know how to set it either. But then last night when I already had my coat on, after almost 26 years of in inactivity it set itself off. Now it is very hard to concentrate when you are rushing out of the house and the alarm is in a frenzy and the alarm box is hidden away under the stairs and almost inaccessible.

I peered and dabbed at buttons 'Set' 'Reset' 'Unset' lots of numbers, but I must have struck lucky for the alarm stopped and a sign saying 'tamper' came up. All the same, outside the house the red box flashed dementedly, signalling to all and sundry that we were being burgled. I rang YD saying I was going to be late. She said, bless her, why don't you just turn off the electricity? I did. And then, so as not to leave J in the dark, turned it back on again. The red box stopped flashing; under the stairs the alarm box showed green for normality again. So I went out.

But before I returned home the alarm went off again and this time J had to turn off the electricity. When I eventually reached home I looked for further ways of disabling the alarm and eventually, well after midnight found it had a fuse that could easily be removed.

So all is well. For another 25 years. Or until we get burgled. But I shall miss the little red light and the little green light of the alarm which for the last 25 years have always winked at me as I went upstairs to bed. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted at 24th Feb 2017 - 09:35AM   Posted by Fennie   Alarmed Lark Comments: 5

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Camilla's Avatar Oh Fennie, what a to do especially when you were just going out the door yesterday evening. We have a burglar alarm too although we have not set it there are alarm systems in all the rooms in corner of the ceilings that stay red all the time in their white very small casings. I have a number to put in to the front door security code if need be but don't use it at present my Patch is my burglar alarm he can bark for England.

I am getting used to the electricity with bulbs here if one bulb dies out or pops no matter where in the house then you have to go downstairs to a swish long narrow white cupboard in the hallway where the mains are and re-click the switch back on again it trips switches it. All obviously I suppose because of keeping safe.

What did your YD and Nana think of the film Fennie? What not like popcorn! What's not to like .Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 24th Feb 2017 at 11:04AM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar Our neighbours had an alarm which they never used (why they ever had it fitted in that case is a mystery) the sound box however was put on the side of the house which meant it was right outside our bedroom window as the terrace of houses are stepped back from one another by 10 feet.

The woman that moved in after them started using it and it would go off for no reason at all, which inevitably would be in the middle of the night and she worked nightshifts. Rolling Eyes
After the third night in a row we called the police who eventually tracked down which care home she worked in and made her come home and turn it off.
Less than a week later it went off again earlier in the evening and someone else must have complained as she was dragged home from work again to switch it off.
We then had a week of winter storms and power cuts, which would also set it off... it dissapeared off the wall the following week.
It wasn't us (we were at work) but we suspect it wasn't her that removed it either as it was left with the wires dangling down the wall.
Silence prevails. Very Happy

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 24th Feb 2017 at 11:11AM

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Fennie's Avatar Ho Ho. Mine would have had wires dangling too if I hadn't been able to remove the fuse. Very Happy

Fortunately, Camilla we live in an area of relatively low crime and we have nothing really that a thief might want to take and sell for ready money. No stashes of jewels or cash or gold doubloons, no widescreen TVs with the latest gadgets, no sophisticated computers, no fast cars - quite a boring household in fact.Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 24th Feb 2017 at 11:17AM

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Camilla's Avatar He annoying FN with that alarm going off with neighbour.

This cottage that we have just bought and moved into used to be a holiday cottage the owners we bought it from live in Wales perhaps they live near you Fennie.Very Happy lovely couple the Manwarings. I suppose that is why they had the burglar alarm fitted while they were living in Wales although our next door neighbours used to look after the cottage for them and clean it when they were not here. Seems a low crime here too and it's comforting to know my neighbour next door is an ex- police officer also.Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 24th Feb 2017 at 12:15PM

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Camilla's Avatar That should be how annoying not He annoying FN can't even spell even with my specs on.Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 24th Feb 2017 at 12:17PM

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