Ooh dear. The Sage told me this morning that, coincidentally, both our and next door’s drains blocked yesterday. I may not have mentioned before (for why should I?) that we are not on mains drainage, but that each house has a septic tank. Ours is a splendid large brick underground affair whilst Al and Dilly’s is the smaller modern plastic sort – still buried safely out of sight, of course. They both last for some years without needing to be emptied (ours was last emptied at least 23 years ago, it digests its own contents) but occasionally the drains block, as drains do. Sometimes tree roots get into ours, which are very old. Once a poor rabbit crawled into the pipe at the further end and got stuck – that was a nasty one.
So yesterday and this morning, the Sage and a helper (a friend y’day and Al today) have been glumly struggling with the drain rods.
AND I WASN’T HERE TO HELP!!(!)
I am the only regular churchgoer in the family. Maybe drawing conclusions from this is simple superstition, but I rather like to think that I have a guardian with a sense of humour.
A young couple came to church today whom I didn’t know; from their air of uncertainty I assumed that they were the pair whose banns of marriage are currently being read out at the services, and so it proved. I said ‘hello’ to them, and when the banns were being read I looked their way (seated on the organ stool, I am in front of and sideways on to the congregation). They looked so happy, and I gave them a big grin. They stayed for coffee afterwards – we serve very good coffee and it is not an ordeal – and chatted to people. I like it when this happens as churchgoers are always portrayed as such freaks. This isn’t surprising when you read what some representatives of some churches say, but we’re not all bigoted narrow-minded unpleasant types stuck somewhere in one of the more ignorant eras in history with a refusal to accept that another’s point of view may be valid even if we don’t share it. Just some self-styled Christians are. And I suspect that makes Jesus quite cross.