Floppy Disk

This is what the BBC might refer to as a ‘library photo’. Meaning you may have seen it before.

It’s the only computer related shot I could find. It isn’t even strictly relevant to this sad and sorry tale, because the mouse belongs to my Mac. Mike’s computer is (was) a Windows PC. But for the time being at least I cannot provide you with another. You see, it is he who has (had) the Nikon software that processes the digital image once it has left the camera. It is he who has (had) the copy of Photoshop which adjusts, crops and sizes the picture and provides the watermark that I often use.

Mike calls it ‘accident prone’.

I call it clumsy.

I believe my American friends call it ‘Klutz’.

Whatever the terminology, Mike can now tell you that a gin & tonic and a laptop do not mix.

I hope that for the next post normal service can be resumed. The bill so far is £850. That doesn’t include the petrol for the 6 hour return trip to Bristol. In Bank Holiday traffic.

And now he says he needs a drink.

Best avoid Gin Sling.


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  1. Jill. August 25, 2013 at 9:10 am - Reply


    • Jessica August 25, 2013 at 9:55 am - Reply


  2. Denise August 25, 2013 at 9:14 am - Reply

    Oopsidaisy…suddenly my a-dropping of a kitten in some marmalade has paled into insignificance. Something good will come of this, because the Law of Karma says so. All will be well. May the rest of your weekend be dyspraxia-free. (That’s official edu-speak for ‘clumsy’.)

    • Jessica August 25, 2013 at 9:57 am - Reply

      It has – I have learnt a new word!

  3. minerva August 25, 2013 at 9:24 am - Reply

    Oh dear! Anything that necessitates a trip to Bristol is best avoided at all times, especially on a Bank holiday weekend…….! Hope everything is sorted soon.

    • Jessica August 25, 2013 at 10:01 am - Reply

      Hi Alison, thank you and welcome to rusty duck!
      Having spent many hours stationary on that stretch of the M5 I think I know almost every inch of it.

  4. Jo August 25, 2013 at 9:30 am - Reply

    Oh no! I can also tell you from experience that laptops and wine don’t mix either.

    • Jessica August 25, 2013 at 10:05 am - Reply

      There but for the grace of god..

  5. Serendipity August 25, 2013 at 9:40 am - Reply

    Oh no! disaster. My husband’s laptop met with a glass of water a while ago and no amount of drying in the airing cupboard would fix it, but he found a local chap who took it apart and replaced a small bit very cheaply. Big relief!

    • Jessica August 25, 2013 at 10:08 am - Reply

      Oh, lucky!
      We’ve tried the drying out too. Lights are now on but no-one is home.

  6. Cumbrian August 25, 2013 at 9:42 am - Reply

    Happy to report that red wine spilled onto (into) a keyboard doesn’t seem to affect it.

    • Jessica August 25, 2013 at 10:10 am - Reply


  7. countrysidetales August 25, 2013 at 9:46 am - Reply

    It’d be cheaper to get a new computer…

    • Jessica August 25, 2013 at 10:10 am - Reply

      That was a new computer!
      Welcome home CT, glad you had a good holiday.

      • countrysidetales August 25, 2013 at 1:44 pm - Reply

        Thanks Jess 😉

        Perhaps an IPAD instead?

        • Jessica August 25, 2013 at 1:54 pm - Reply

          Always being one to look for opportunity in the face of adversity, I did suggest that maybe I could have an ipad and he could have my mac…
          but he is too heavily tied into Microsoft, sadly. Next time!

  8. Simone August 25, 2013 at 9:49 am - Reply


    • Jessica August 25, 2013 at 10:14 am - Reply

      It gets worse Simone.
      When Mike opened the box of the new laptop he discovered that he’d been given the wrong one.. he is back on the M5 as we speak!

      • Simone August 25, 2013 at 8:39 pm - Reply

        Double yikes!!!

        • Jessica August 25, 2013 at 9:41 pm - Reply

          Hopefully tomorrow will be a bit quieter!

  9. CJ August 25, 2013 at 10:25 am - Reply

    Oh dear, commiserations. I’m a really clumsy person too, so I can sympathise a little with Mike. It’s not easy going through life dropping things and smashing things all the time. Bitter experience has taught me to avoid mixing things like gin and laptops. The M5 is indeed hell on the August bank holiday days, sorry you had to experience that. Hope all is better soon. Can you get Mike insured..?

    • Jessica August 25, 2013 at 1:14 pm - Reply

      Women learn better from experience than men I think. I shall just have to continue following him around everywhere with a dustpan and a mop!

  10. wherefivevalleysmeet August 25, 2013 at 10:34 am - Reply

    Dear Jessica – a lesson here – drinking and computers do not a good cocktail make.
    Cribbs Causeway! a week later would have been better on the roads once the schools have returned.
    Tell me why do you not do your photos on your Mac?

    • Jessica August 25, 2013 at 1:25 pm - Reply

      Unfortunately Mike needs a laptop for a meeting on Tuesday! Great timing, eh.
      Your question is a good one. Especially in light of recent events, eggs and baskets etc. etc. Mike was the photographer before I started the blog and got interested in it myself. Whether it’s his photo or mine, he’s just carried on doing the processing bit, which interests me less than composing the picture. But maybe now is the time to invest in Photoshop for Mac!

      • wherefivevalleysmeet August 25, 2013 at 10:54 pm - Reply

        I use Picmonkey which is free

        • Jessica August 26, 2013 at 10:05 am - Reply

          Thanks Rosemary, I will look into that one too.

          • knitsofacto August 30, 2013 at 8:10 pm

            Check out BeFunky too. I use it as well as PicMonkey. I do pay the £20 odd squids a year for pro membership of both though.

          • Jessica August 30, 2013 at 9:39 pm

            Will do. Thanks Annie.

  11. 1gus1 August 25, 2013 at 11:23 am - Reply

    Oops! £££

    • Jessica August 25, 2013 at 1:30 pm - Reply

      Mega £££.

  12. woolythymes August 25, 2013 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    oh, NO!!! (my burned up pants-post pales in this light)…..I do hope things get straightened out…..I’m so very not a good post processor of photos—and in Photoshop never get beyond ‘bridge’, but I think you might be quite happy investing in the Mac version. (Those in the know tell me Lightroom is the cheaper way to go—meant for photographers instead of graphic artists…..if I hadn’t already invested in Photoshop, that’s the way I would have gone!!!)

    • Jessica August 25, 2013 at 1:40 pm - Reply

      I put a comment on your burned up pants post, but I think Typepad dumped it in the spam file again. Ironically, I said that perhaps you should meet my husband…..!!!!

  13. Rosie August 25, 2013 at 2:22 pm - Reply

    Oh, no! Well it puts my having just put my husband’s spectacles through the washing machine, because he left them in a shirt pocket, into perspective. Hope all gets sorted soon:)

    • Jessica August 25, 2013 at 3:09 pm - Reply

      Spectacles are expensive things too.. hope they survived!

  14. Rosie , Perthshire August 25, 2013 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    oh no – that’s my worst nightmare – happening on a bank holiday weekend too! Sounds like was a very expensive G &T – have you accidental household insurance?

    • Jessica August 25, 2013 at 6:01 pm - Reply

      Hi Rosie and welcome to rusty duck!
      A very expensive G&T. We’re looking into the insurance, makes sense doesn’t it. At least most of his stuff, including all our photos, is backed up!

  15. ournewlifeinthecountry August 25, 2013 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    Ooops …… an expensive little spillage. That’s me being all polite this Bank Holiday weekend.

    I should imagine after two trips along the M5 over the Bank holiday weekend Mike will not be anywhere nearly as polite when he returns, although I bet having a brand new computer has calmed his soul somewhat, it works for my man anyway !!

    • Jessica August 25, 2013 at 6:10 pm - Reply

      Computers do seem to have that effect on them don’t they. What happens when wearable technology takes off, that’s what I want to know. I could soon find myself married to a Borg.

  16. Crafty Gardener August 25, 2013 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    Yikes, yikes!! That was a good time to switch to Mac 🙂 But you probably had lots you wanted to retrieve from the old PC. I use a great photo editing tool on Mac called Pixelmator and it does just about everything Photoshop does at a cheaper price.

    • Jessica August 25, 2013 at 9:39 pm - Reply

      I will look up Pixelmator, thanks!

  17. Wendy August 25, 2013 at 10:59 pm - Reply

    Ouch – sorry to hear about this. After a similar incident here (with tea) and a wrecked laptop – I’ve imposed a no drink zone around future laptops. And travelling on the M5 in August is a kind of punishment, isn’t it?

    • Jessica August 26, 2013 at 10:08 am - Reply

      Just deserts!

  18. CherryPie August 25, 2013 at 11:04 pm - Reply

    Oh No! I hope you get things fixed…

    • Jessica August 26, 2013 at 10:11 am - Reply

      Getting there I hope! Thanks Cherie.

  19. haggiz August 26, 2013 at 6:57 am - Reply

    oh dear that story made me wince, especially the £850 part. Then I read down the comments and am immediately banning any drinks near the computer with immediate effect. Was a bit worried about the throwaway comment of kittens in marmalade that nobody seemed to bat an eyelid at though! Julie x

    • Jessica August 26, 2013 at 10:19 am - Reply

      The G&T was back in its usual place last night. I give up.
      Don’t worry about the kitten, it is extremely well cared for and lives with a vet!

  20. rachel August 26, 2013 at 9:01 am - Reply

    And the man still lives…. you are a saint, Jessica.

    • Jessica August 26, 2013 at 10:21 am - Reply

      No saints here I fear. His ears have not recovered from their bashing yet either.

  21. Suzanne Dutchess County, NY, USA August 26, 2013 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    That is the absolute worst! I use an iMac for that reason. My children and husband love laptops and carry them about, which worries me and there has been mishaps. Power cord jack breakage, spillage and worse, dropsy.
    I know I am a klutz…( yes you are right on the term) so I avoid potential accidents. I have in the past had to replace my keyboard( cup of tea incident) replaced and went wireless. It was an inexpensive fix.
    If one needs a laptop for work then I feel its for work not home. A desk top at home with external drive just to be safe and a laptop for on the go. The lap top doesn’t have to be the biggest or fastest or priciest for this purpose. What is it with men and Microsoft products?…

    • Jessica August 26, 2013 at 7:56 pm - Reply

      It’s a good point about the external drive.
      The man and his technology are joined at the hip. He has just discovered that new laptop will not synchronise with his phone. Major calamity. Now wants a new phone. I give up (again).

  22. frayed at the edge August 26, 2013 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    I think that calls for another lending of my bad-words vocab – that’s even worse than a quilting needle under the nail!! As I do very little to my photos, I simply use the Microsoft Picture Manager (I think that’s what it’s called). I did look at the cost of Photoshop, and decided I could buy a lot of fabric for that amount of money!!

    • Jessica August 26, 2013 at 8:00 pm - Reply

      I shall not repeat the words that were uttered..
      A lot of very good fabric!

  23. snowbird August 26, 2013 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    Oh Nooooooooooooooooo…..I’d have a double if I were you….WELL away from any machines!!!

    II’ve done that a have felt the pain!xxxx

    • Jessica August 26, 2013 at 9:50 pm - Reply

      At least if it happens to me, he won’t be able to complain..

  24. elaine August 26, 2013 at 10:03 pm - Reply

    Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.

    • Jessica August 26, 2013 at 10:40 pm - Reply

      It cost us dear too.

  25. Anna August 26, 2013 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    On no Jessica – not the best bank holiday entertainment 🙁 Himself did a similar deed last night with a pint of beer but it was paperwork that came to grief and luckily nothing vital. Perhaps our menfolk should use beakers with lids on for their liquid refreshment 🙂

    • Jessica August 26, 2013 at 10:59 pm - Reply

      Now there’s an idea!!

  26. Heda August 27, 2013 at 9:35 am - Reply

    Demon drink? I’d miss those great photos so am pleased to hear you have already made plans to replace the drunken PC.

    • Jessica August 27, 2013 at 10:23 am - Reply

      Hi Heda!
      The last time I saw the drunken laptop it was in bits, being “mended”. We will definitely be needing the new one now.

  27. Anne @GtSlamseysFarm August 27, 2013 at 11:10 am - Reply

    Oh dear! When I first started to use a computer a very long time ago, the computer was housed in a special “Computer Room” and nobody was allowed to drink (or indeed smoke) in that room. I remind my children of this as they balance drinks next to their laptops but they just ignore me. Maybe I should forward them the link to this post.

    • Jessica August 27, 2013 at 12:55 pm - Reply

      I remember ‘computer rooms’ too (oh dear again).
      It has certainly caused a lot of disruption, it’s not just the cost. We tend to take these things for granted until we don’t have them!

  28. Linda August 27, 2013 at 11:15 am - Reply

    Sorry to hear this as it sounds like a bad dream, both the laptop scenario and the Bank Holiday travelling. Hope you recover soon in every respect!

    • Jessica August 27, 2013 at 12:57 pm - Reply

      We will remember this bank holiday weekend for a while I think. Thanks Linda.

  29. Jenny August 27, 2013 at 11:19 am - Reply

    Not so good. Hope you’re all sorted out soon. The M5 is never much fun, but definitely not on a BH.

    • Jessica August 27, 2013 at 1:04 pm - Reply

      It was supposed to be a quiet weekend at home, well away from the motorway. Hey Ho!

  30. Sarah August 27, 2013 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    Oh dear i thought it was bad enough when I reached the gin and tonic! It got worse with £850 and bank holiday traffic. I should think Mike needed several drinks after returning home! Hope normal service will be resumed shortly as the BBC say!
    Sarah x

    • Jessica August 27, 2013 at 9:23 pm - Reply

      You’re right. It was more than one..

  31. Wendy August 28, 2013 at 10:13 am - Reply

    Oh no, hope it can be fixed without too much expense.

    • Jessica August 28, 2013 at 11:32 am - Reply

      Hi Wendy and welcome to rusty duck!
      He got a new laptop out of it, the old one was well and truly drowned. 🙁

  32. Em August 30, 2013 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    No drinks allowed near this one but if crumbs could kill…..

    • Jessica August 30, 2013 at 9:38 pm - Reply

      Mine bears the evidence of countless breakfasts Em..

  33. knitsofacto August 30, 2013 at 8:30 pm - Reply


    PCs don’t like icecream either … just don’t ask me how I know!

    • Jessica August 30, 2013 at 9:40 pm - Reply


  34. Natalie August 31, 2013 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    Oh noooo!!! I’ve spilled tea on my Mac keyboard, and it survived. And usually there’s a year’s worth of toast crumbs in there, along with some cat hair. 🙂

    • Jessica August 31, 2013 at 3:47 pm - Reply

      It’s when the keys get stuck that it gets annoying. Then you have to do something..

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