So, at 6.10 a.m I was on the telephone to Severn Trent Water chatting to a VERY cheerful lady, and once we'd established that yes - we had water the previous evening, no - there were no untoward wet patches/ flooding/ dribblings inside the house, no - the pipes were not frozen and yes - I had checked ALL the taps, the conclusion was that there was something occuring beyond the environs of the cottage. That, and the chatty lady saying, 'Oh, hang on a minute....yes, we are getting more calls from your area about a problem.'
And amidst all this, Andy texted to say he was back in the local NHS walk-in centre having been bitten by a dog! He then freaked me out by putting picture of aforesaid dog bite on Facebook; it looked horrendous, but actually is not as bad in real life and not bad enough to keep him off work. Still, he is back to dressings and antibiotics...🙄
Which brings me to a point regarding rules. Now, when our phoneline got damaged almost a month ago, Plusnet and Openreach faffed about with excuses of having to get the permission of the council to install temporary traffic lights in order to carry out the line repair safely, permission which took a week to achieve. And yet here are the water board, within 3 hours of the problem being reported chucking traffic lights out of the back of their van, setting up various road signs, and just cracking on.
'Yes,' they both agreed, 'BUT water is more important than phonelines.'
'I don't disagree,' said I. 'But it is still the SAME stretch of road.'
'Perhaps this is regarded as an emergency?' they offered.
'Again, true,' I said, 'BUT...it is STILL the SAME STRETCH OF ROAD!!'
One rule for one, one for another. Rules? Bah!!