Me, shouting out of the bedroom window to Jam at the bottom of the garden (in the workshop, not with the fairies...) - 'Honey, how are you getting on?'
'Fine, nearly done, shall we go for a drive to catch the sunset?'
'Great idea, meet you in the car in five.'
Off we trundled, in Red, our trusty little car, given to us by a friend now down under, (in Australia, not in the ground, that would be a bit morbid, although it was probably only me that thought of that?) Red is really on its last legs, every corner sounds like someone is being murdered and going over bumps causes all manner of untold grievances. So a trip to see the sunset was something I imagined to be a short ride, a few ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ and back home again in time for supper. Oh no. Not with Jam at the wheel with a schoolboy's lust for adventure in tow.
Rattling around the lanes, up and down the hills of the Quantocks we hit a diversion that takes us through a little village that looks familiar, although by now they all look quite similar and so it is easy to be confused. It's also dark, the sun having set behind clouds a lot earlier and I'm hungry and thirsty as I realise we have been out for a little longer than the presumed five minutes.
Jam seems to be getting a little irate as the road stretches on and on, no signposts are to be seen and someone is right up our behind, bright lights to boot that do not help induce sleep in the babe. Suddenly we swerve and pull over to a bumpy dirt tractor track, I'm slightly bewildered (my sneaky snooze in the back disturbed!) and then almost frightened as I realise the bright lights are still on behind us and the car that had been following is right behind us still. Jam goes to get out, 'NO!' I scream hysterically, 'don't leave us in the car alone, he could be an axe-murderer or something!'
'Give me the map then, let's see if we can see where we are, my instinct tells me that way is to Taunton...'
The chap from the other car is now by the window leaning in, asking if we were also following the diversion back there. He's dressed in his supermarket deputy manager's uniform and seems quite annoyed that he's lost. The relief! Not that he's lost too, but that he's not an axe-murderer or worse ...