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Entry for March 15, 2009 – Crises in Chislehurst

Posted by HelenEdith on March 15, 2009

We are still without heating. It was supposed to be fixed last Thursday but the engineer who was due to do it called in sick. I phoned the plumber on Friday, but by then they had two out sick. I have an appointment for tomorrow. I hope the engineer booked for the job is fit and well.

At least it was warm today and we didn’t have to run the fan heaters continuously. It still gets cold at night and Stephen’s really feeling the cold. He found an additional fan heater so now we’ve got one in the living room, one in my study and one in our bedroom and we don’t have to keep unplugging them and moving them around.

This morning I was supposed to be playing wind quintets with the girls at Sutton Valence. I got everything in the car and set out up the road and decided that I could hear noises which weren’t coming from the car radio, so I turned off the car radio and listened and sure enough, I could hear a crunching noise.

So I came back around the block. Stephen was on the driveway and he’d heard the noise when I left, so wasn’t too surprised by my return. He got in the car with me and we drove up the road with the windows down for a listen and isolated the noise to the exhaust system, which after 10 years, had picked today to let go. 😦 So I missed my trip to Sutton Valence, as Stephen didn’t want to think about what would happen if the whole exhaust came off. He later decided that it had enough anchorages that it would just make a big noise, use lots of fuel, and hopefully not do drastic things to the turbo, but he didn’t decide that in time for me to make the 60-mile round trip to Sutton Valence.

Being a somewhat unusual car, I decided not to just front up at the nearest KwitFit but to phone around first. I got a consistent story: bring it in for a look-see so that we know what it is and we’ll order it in for tomorrow. Stephen wanted to come with me for the look-see and I wanted him to come, too, because if I order something that he doesn’t approve of, I won’t hear the end of it.

So we duly took the car for a look-see and it needs the central and rear parts of the exhaust replaced. KwikFit will make some calls in the morning. I’m not altogether optimisitic that they will locate the spare parts by tomorrow, so I suspect that getting it fixed might have to wait until the next time I’m home-working later in the week.

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