I really don't quite know where to start with this. I suppose it all started this morning when I thought that the black plastic bag that I drove over on the motorway this morning might have got stuck to the car.
I did check the undercarriage of the car as soon as I got to work but it didn't appear to be there. This, of course, is a perfect red herring but it makes sense if you bear with me.
The day at work was fine - even had lunch down the pub with colleagues to celebrate someone's 40th birthday and no it wasn't mine, goodness me I am not 40 for years and years yet!
Anyway...on the way home I suddenly noticed that the engine temperature gauge was shooting waaaaay over into the red and in the four years that I have the car is has never gone over half way. Uh-Oh is my immediate thought and I am on the motorway. My first thought is that it's that plastic bag. I slow down to 50 mph but it still hovers right over in the red.
By now I am panicking of course. So you can imagine my relief when I spot the flashing lights of an AA van ahead - already dealing with another car. So, rather than continue driving the few miles home and potentially ruining the engine I pull in behind the AA van and ask very politely if the man would look at my car.
He agrees and, after a bit of manoeuvring to make the car safer, he pops the bonnet and would you believe it...no plastic bag. Instead the problem was far more serious. The cap of the engine coolant tank was off. Yes, you read that right. The STUPID garage that I had the car serviced and MOT'ed about two weeks ago had forgotten to replace the cap properly. Which meant that every time the engine heated the coolant escaped the tank leaving me with a little bit less every day. I cannot believe how angry I am - it's a very simple thing that needn't have happened and yet, I could have ruined my engine completely. You can be sure that I will be writing a letter to the garage.
Fortunately the AA man replaced the coolant and put the cap back on. The remainder of the drive home was completely ordinary with no other problems. Grrrrr.
But. What you don't know is that as I got out of the car and went to hop over the barrier I didn't spot the shallow gully and my ankle turned (in my high heeled boots no less) and so I am now on the sofa with a fat ankle wrapped in a support and elevated. Arrrgh! So you see...I didn't know where to start!!!
How has YOUR day been?