July 28th, 2006

island calm

Useful things done

I think the computer saga is slowly grinding to a conclusion. I didn't go into work today because G wanted to go out again to take some pictures. I'll work Monday instead.

Anyway, when I checked my email, there was a message saying that, despite all my emails and the letter saying that I wanted a refund, my replacement computer had been despatched. *Gnashing of teeth!* The message said that they had only just received my letter (the one sent recorded delivery) and hadn't had any previous letters. I fired back a reply saying that they had, indeed, only just received my letter, but I had emailed them on numerous occasions and they couldn't say that they hadn't received those because they had actually replied to a couple of them. I quoted the reply in my reply. Aha! Hoist by their own petard!

Fortunately I had the despatch number in the email, so I was able to phone the carrier and head the computer off at the pass. It will now be returned to Watford Electronics aka Savastore.

Just before we set off, the phone rang and it turned out to be a very apologetic employee (who said she had only just joined the company, which I can believe because I suspect they have a high staff turnover). She did promise that the refund would now be processed, so hopefully that will be the end of it.

We then went out for our walk that turned out to be rather longer than I expected. Because I had been led to believe that we would be back for a late lunch, I had not taken sandwiches. And I am a hobbit and need my regular small meals throughout the day! A handful of bilberries, however moist, slightly sharp and delicious, are not sufficient to sustain one through that amount of exertion. Fortunately I had slipped an apple in my rucksack, so I didn't totally starve, but I was getting irritable and footsore by the time we were finally back on a solid road and descending towards Dolgellau.

We ended up walking more or less non-stop for 6 hours over rough mountain land. Photos tomorrow. Too tired now to deal with them. I don't think I'll actually measure the distance travelled though because it will doubtless be depressingly small, probably about 8-10 miles. But I have now seen parts of the local countryside that I have never previously visited in the 28 years we have lived here.