Well, I thought I’d be able to write about the lovely nature walk Miss E and I were to have this morning. We had a little seed bag from Nature Detectives printed off and stuck together to go looking for things like acorns and chestnuts with a group of friends. The weather was lovely for it too.
I put Miss E down early for a nap as I wanted her to have at least an hour before we left otherwise she would miss out on her nap and she didn’t sleep so well. She went straight to sleep and I had trouble waking her up. I almost left her sleeping and cancelled, but as we had already missed two other events this week due to circumstances, I decided we needed to go.
About 10 minutes from our destination in the middle lane coming up to a roundabout just after being on a dual carriage way, I needed to change down gears and slow down to come up to the roundabout. Horror of horrors there was this awful grinding noise and NO GEARS. I tried every single gear while braking to no avail. I whacked on the hazards, and came to a standstill about 2 car lengths from the roundabout.
I was now in a dangerous place with a child in the back who could get smashed into at any moment with no way of getting us tot he side of the road or out of the car. Cars kept streaming past us on both sides. I had no info on our breakdown cover so needed to get in touch with Mr P, but he was unavailable. The moment I thought he could be in a meeting and may be in that meeting for a very long time and I would have no way of getting us rescued panic started to creep up on me slowly.
Just as my mind was about to unravel a man pulled up beside me in the other lane and asked if I wanted him to push the car in to the side so we wouldn’t be in harms way. Relief! At least I wouldn’t be a target any more. He and his friend pushed us in under the bridge and up the curb. Shortly after that I finally managed to get in touch with Mr P so he could sort out breakdown recovery. Then I had to get Miss E out of the car and walk on some very dicey parts of the road to get to McDonalds which was thankfully not too far from where we broke down.
We sat there and awaited Mr P and the RAC’s arrival. We got home safe and sound, and now we have plans for the weekend….trying to find a new car. We have been holding off, hoping we could ditch the two and get one good car when we are able to move, but there comes a point when constant major repairs are just too much and it’s all too unsafe.
I am thankful for God’s protection on us today and all week. I was quite annoyed at having had to miss the other two events, but looking back I can see the Hand of Providence. Both those journeys were rather long and involved motorway driving (not a place I’d like my clutch to go-yes that was the issue in the end not my gearbox), and also mr P is out of the country for a few days next week when I would have had to make one of those long journeys again. I would have been totally stranded then as we have no one near us who could’ve rescued me.
And, now to unwind from the days events. Did you have any adventures this fine Friday?!