Sorry I haven’t posted in a few days, but it’s because I had no electricity or hot water. Let me explain:
I came home Sunday night from Shelby’s (my soon-to-be-new-house-mate/house) and I was ready to start my script. I go to turn the hall way light on and then BANG. Then downstairs lighting blows. So, I’m standing in the dark, BY MYSELF, and the first thing I do is check the fuse box.
I have a history with fuse boxes: I know how they work. The house I grew up in had bad wiring, so lights were always tripping out.
But, after an hour long conversation with my mother, and then Paul – none of us had a clue, so I went to bed terrified and surrounded by candles.
The next day, we had a plumber due to come and look at a leak that had long been ignored, so I thought I should tidy up a bit. I picked up a blanket that had been on the floor in the living room, and low and behold: it was soaking wet. Only it wasn’t under the leak patch, it was under the light fixture.
I hadn’t noticed the leak the night before because it wasn’t making any sound as it hit the blanket.
So, I got back on the phone with my landlady (who is very scared of me) and told her what was going on. She then told the plumber and called an electrician.
The plumber came out and checked some things, and then said he was coming back the following day to change the boiler (because it’s so old that they can’t get replacement parts) and today he was going to prep things. I was a bit confused, but OK fine.
Then the electrician came and I had to explain about the leak, the patch of mould on my ceiling, when the electrics blew, blah blah blah.
The electrician stands on a chair in the living room and takes the light fixture down (a three-part eighties flowery disaster) and when he takes if out of the ceiling and moves it slightly, water comes streaming out of it from every angle. The light had filled with water from a leak in the boiler, which caused the electrics to shut down.
He cleaned it all up and left the fixture to dry for a few days. When he said it should all be fine now I didn’t believe him. He pointed into my room and I saw the all the lights and such had come back on. I have never been so happy to see lights!
I then spent the rest of my day hungry (the off fridge had ruined all of my fresh food) and watching Season Three of House.
The plumbers are here now to replace the boiler – and I can’t go anywhere until they do. It’s like my house wants me to do my assignments!