Our Europe trip this year started with an almost total disaster....
I knew quite well that the flight booking was for 12 midnight, so, with a few jobs still to do before departure, I was up early and went to Steph's unit to fit a new washing-machine for the tenant. I figured that since I'd ordered an identical machine it would be a breeze....
For a start, I found that whoever had installed the washer originally...me...had been too fine with the tolerances, and I couldn't get the hose-fitting through the hole, and since I had no tools with me other than a screw-driver, I had to resort to some butchery.
Borrowed a bread-knife from the the gorgeous lads who are the tenants, and began hacking in the confined spaces at the back of the vanity cabinet....
Apart from a couple of very bloody gashes on one hand, I managed to retain all my fingers, and extracted the offending hose, but there was a surprising amount of claret spilt around...
This will be easy.... The machine is the same so it will plug straight in....
For some unknown reason the drain-hose is now about 300mm shorter, so a trip to the hardware to get the bits to extend it, and all's good.
Back home at about 08.30 and I thought " I'll just check the flight details, even though I know it leaves at 12 midnight"...
Not midnight - It's 12 noon! Have to be there before 10.00, so leave here about 09.30!
Treas in tears!
Literally running in the house to get stuff done that I thought I had all day to do.
Luckily, we were actually basically all packed, so it was just cleaning up and showering changing etc
Treas had rung Froya and blubbered something about a total disaster, and Friya in her usual totally unflappable way arrived at 9.30 to chauffeur us to the airport, and we arrived bang on time at 9.50.
Disaster averted, but poor Froya is now left with a whole lot of linen to wash and re-make a bed and clean and tidy up.
Easy trip to Singapore, and again to Dubai, and about to depart for Frankfurt.