I have had a couple of people out to quote getting the wiring sorting out. Darn it. It looks like money that I was hoping to put aside for the fridge will go on the wiring. Sigh.
We may also need another phone. Ellen - I tried unplugging and replugging but to no effect. In the end I hid the handset under the sofa seat cushions until the handset ran out of charge. I can't imagine how you managed with power going out half way through dinner!
I don't know if there is something going on with the local wiring. A man has just climbed up the telegraph pole in front of our house and unscrewed things at the top. For a time there was nothing but a nest of exposed wires - and with the local magpies he was luck that was all he came back to!
Bless - thank you, I looked up Where Go the Boats and I loved it. I haven't read much of Stevenson, but what I have read I have loved. I am feeling quite low, but your comment brought back to me all the poems I have loved. There is something about good poetry that is so much more than just words. I had a wander through Drake's Drum and Sea Fever and all the old favourites. I have found Bartleby.com and I plan to use it. My knowledge of poetry is desperately limited, so I want to go and play. It's given me a real boost - thank you.