Well it's the Aga Saga again I'm afraid. Aga Man arrived bright and early as promised and we both stood in silent contemplation of the beastie. The silent, still and very, very cold beastie.
He knealed down and opened the heart of the beastie, he prodded and poked and twiddled with knobs and metal widgets.
He turned the gas tap, took out a lighter and lit the burner. flames leapt, and so did my heart. Would she be ok, this beastie of mine?
Alas no, she is leaking gas like a zepelin with a puncture. Aga Man looks up from the danger area, "It's a new burner unit I'm afraid". Could he say anything less mind numbingly expensive? I doubt it. Oh god that's just short of £500, but guess what, it'll last for another 20 years. What joy, I have no intention whatsoever of living here that long.
I accept the inevitable and ask when the new part will be here. "Well Karon, it could be within a day or two or take up to three weeks". I, of course, have an out of date Aga who's personal bits are no longer available anywhere except from Aga's own archive system. Joy oh joy.
How will we cook, I whinge. "I did Robbie Coltraine's Aga yesterday and he's using 2 camping gas stoves on top of his until the new parts arrive" says A.M. cheerfully. I imagine the larger than life (Haggrid) actor with two little stoves merrily boiling up a hearty stew on one ring, and maybe the odd magic brew on the other.
He gives the Aga the Last Rites and we both solemnly give her a pat and I put the (electric) kettle on for a calming coffee.
"Don't fade away to nothing, before I get back with the part" cries A.M. as he leaves.
Not much change of that as Idgy and I scoff fish and chips last night. Then I scrounge around and now have a mini cooker perched on top of the chilly Aga.
A.M. phoned last night. "Should be with you next Wednesday if the part arrives" he says. "Pulleaaase don't let me down" I beg, my kitchen cold, no heat, no washing to dry. Yuck, the Aga is not the thing to have when the damn thing isn't working, even if you are in the good company of Haggrid.