There was a storm last night. Usual thing, the sky goes dark, the thunder starts, the lightning follows, the wind starts to blow like crazy and within a few minutes everyone is running for cover. It usually happens towards the end of the afternoon, and earlier this week it caught me on the way home from work. I was less than a hundred yards from our accommodation. By the time I got to the gate, I was drenched through to my unmentionables.
Last night was nothing out of the ordinary and only lasted for a short while, maybe an hour. The scene moves to this morning.
I didn’t go into the Ministry first thing. Both Linda and I are doing some teaching on an in-service Teachers’ training course at the university which is on the edge of town. At the end of my lesson I received a call from my counterpart, the County Education Director who wanted to borrow my camera.
I told him that I had the camera with me but would not be in the County Office for about an hour. No problem.
After finishing my class, (and my cup of tea), I cycled through the mid-morning sun into town and on to the County Office. There are only two rooms in the County Office. One for the County Director and the other for the Deputy, – and me, if I’m there.
I cycled around to the front door and found it locked. Nobody at home. A couple of goats keeping guard. Unfortunately, this is not an usual event, so I didn’t get off my bike. I just kept on pedalling, rode round the building and off to the State Ministry building where Linda works. Just a normal day at the office.
When I arrived at the State Ministry, who did I bump into but my County Director. “Ah”, says I. “I’ve just been to the County Office, but there is no-one there. I’ve got the camera. What did you need it for?” He looked at me a bit strangely.
He wanted the camera to take a picture of the County Office roof that was lying some 50 yards away from where it should have been!
I had just ridden right around a roofless building and hadn’t noticed a thing! Sometimes I despair!
In my defence, I should point out that there was absolutely no debris anywhere to be seen. The wind had just lifted the roof up, carried it across a road and dumped it at the foot of a rather magnificent tree. Amazing!