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We had been driving for an hour this morning, bound for Frome and a weekend's dog, chicken, duck and bee sitting while the beautiful young things high-tailed it to the bright lights of the capital, when, after an hour, the glowplug light on the dashboard started to flash and the engine to shudder quite horribly. We pulled over and consulted the guide book: 'fault with the engine management system,' it said helpfully. We juddered our way to a layby and waited for the AA who came armed with a computer to plug into the car's innards. 'Number 3 injector has failed', said himself, tapping the screen, 'Garage job! !s the car under warranty?' I drew breath, 'That bad,' I thought.

Still, in next to no time he had the car hitched up to the van and said he would drive it to the dealer's in Cardiff, while the SKODA assurance people would kindly provide a hire car free of charge so that we could continue our journey meanwhile. But rather than wait in the layby he would take us to a nearby pub, he said, and thus we made the acquaintance of the Compass Inn - an excellent hostelry except for the fact that it could provide no sandwiches until 2pm. So, with the clock ticking (ED was to depart at 1.30) we waited in the pub garden over a fine cup of coffee for said hire car to arrive. An hour went by - by which time our little stock of free time had expired. YD would not be on time at her party - but then she called us to say that FIL had been again taken into hospital in an ambulance. He is dying, basically, but is decidedly taking his time: this must be the fourth of fifth emergency admission. He is not eating or drinking and is on copious amounts of morphine. So maybe they would not have been happy going off anyway to London.

After an hour someone rings 'to sort out a hire car for us.' Things begin to get fraught - not as a result of any unpleasantness but simply through the difficulty of arranging a hire car through specified supplier on a Saturday afternoon and remotely - questions of licence, insurance and all that palaver all not helped by my rather dodgy mobile phone skills and even dodgier mobile. Stress levels mounted.

Eventually Elder Daughter who I am sure could solve the crisis in the Middle East on her afternoon off if she put her mind to it, procured us a taxi (a large Mercedes too) to drive us home, all free of charge. So we are back here again, though hot, sticky and stressed and without a car which remains stuck in the garage in Cardiff facing a repair that will cost an eye-watering amount. No doubt I shall be told how all my troubles would be solved at a stroke if only I would buy one of their shiny, warranteed, environmentally friendly, safe, comfortable, speedy new cars, £5,000 off to you and with £500 worth of free fuel and free servicing etc etc. Oh dear. I am so easily tempted. Like Oscar Wilde I can resist anything except temptation.

The only good news is that I shall be able to attend the cheese and wine 'get to know you' party hosted by the Porthcawl town twinners this evening, which I had had to cancel when ED requested our attendance.

The Taxi Driver who was a talkative and thoughtful young man with a tidy beard, seeming to hail at some point from the sub-Continent, had a philosophical take on it all. He opined that our car breaking down stopped ED going to London and if her FIL does die this weekend, she will be on hand - so this is evidence of some greater power arranging our lives and that this sort of thing (a blessing in disguise) happens all too frequently. As I said he seemed a thoughtful young man. A follower of The Prophet, perhaps.

So there you have it.

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Posted at 8th Jul 2017 - 05:02PM   Posted by Fennie   Woeful Lark Comments: 4

Withy Brook's Avatar A wise young man?
What an adventure or should I say drama? Never a dul moment

Posted by: Withy Brook on 8th Jul 2017 at 08:44PM

Camilla's Avatar My goodness Fennie what worry's you have had. Hope the car is soon back with you and just hope the bill won't be too high.

So sorry to hear about your ED Father in Law, at least she will be to hand and not already as planned in London.

Hope you enjoyed the Cheese and Wine Party last night.

Posted by: Camilla on 8th Jul 2017 at 11:42PM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar It could all turn out to be what you might call "Car"ma in the end.

We had a journey like that one New years Day and it wasn't even our car it was my MIL's.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 9th Jul 2017 at 12:18PM

Fennie's Avatar Car ma Very HappyVery Happy I like it!

Posted by: Fennie on 9th Jul 2017 at 12:46PM

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