Sunday, 30 October 2011

Stand down, everyone


No gas smell this morning, just cool autumn air. Seems that the smug and patronising emergency gas man was right. What a relief.

Two fellow dog walkers told me yesterday of their similar experiences.

Mr Frayed at the edge, with a career in the petro-chemical industry behind him, suggested that it was the "stenching agent" that we could detect, and that an explosimeter could be used to let me know if I was about to be blown up. I accused him of making that last word up, but no, it appears to be a real and no doubt awfully useful gadget.


Flossie's new job description will include responsibility for becoming the household's own private stenching agent.

I may treat myself to a nice modern explosimeter to ensure that the household remains safe.


We know that Flossie takes her duties very seriously.

19 comments:

the veg artist said...

Does this mean that you could record Flossie's overnight gas? That is so mean. How's a dog supposed to relax?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the stand down alert, now we can all relax. Now there's only the small matter of ongoing renovation chaos .... keep strong and think of the rewarding outcome. OllieV

Lesley said...

My God, Rachel. What is happening down there? After all the work you put into the house you were leaving, all of this seems very unjust.

Nevertheless, you appear to be taking your usual pragmatic and stoic approach.

My heart goes out to you all. xxxxxxxx

KitKatCot said...

Flossie looks like the kind of girl who will do her very best in her role as 'stenching agent'.I have a peg for your nose should you need it.....

Bow Street Flowers said...

Beautiful Flossie!!

flwrjane said...

The things we learn in blogland.

Flossie, I salute you!

xo Jane

Razmataz said...

When I was last in the Uk, I was babysitting my nephews. I noticed a gas smell from the fireplace which the youngest said they always smelt and his mum said it was from the pilot light. I opened the windows and called the gas company and they definitely had a leak....we were all given stern lecture on the smell of gas and what to do!

Glad your situation seems to be resolved.

jabblog said...

'Stenching agent'? The imagination boggles.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Poor Flossie seems to be trying for "misunderstood"in that photo , rather than aggrieved . How noble of her .
That modern gadget looks extremely useful . I must investigate .

frayedattheedge said...

Malcolm is sitting beside me on the couch, and we are both chuckling at your mention of him! He is very impressed that you have already tracked down photos of the explosimeter. His further words of wisdom are that the stenching agent is persistent, so the smell might linger, although there is no gas present.

Noelle said...

Flossie, you are gorgeous!
Rachel, I am so glad you are going to invest in this device! Your little family is worth every penny of the original cost!
Be safe (and not sorry),

Arthur Ransome said...

Flossie has a perfect look of hurt nobility. And that art deco explosimeter looks to be worth a bob or two. I find myself rather fancying one. Thank goodness the pong and the worry are abating.

Anna at the Doll House said...

Perhaps you should get a canary to keep in a cage like the miners had down the pits. On second thoughts, that modern explosimeter is probably a better idea and wont need feeding every day.

Anna

Lyn said...

I hope everything settles again soon!
xxx

Von said...

Good Lord!!What adventures you've been having.When you buy your meter, how much time do you get before lift off?

dinahmow said...

Oh! I'd quite forgotten the stenching agent! When we were switched from stinky old town gas to new, clean North Sea Gas, I recall(now) that the plumber told me that, because it had no discernible smell, the Gas Board would add a chemical to it so that, in the event of a leak, we would know!
Glad you're OK now.

Val & the Girls BK & CK said...

well that's a relief....lovely photo of Flossie btw

Toffeeapple said...

Ooh, I can't believe you would gainsay Malcolm! But I am very pleased the the smug one has been proven right.

I remember being told about North Sea Gas being without scent.

Marcheline said...

Yay! Great old gadgets, btw.

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