Murphy’s law

It was not the worst of all possible times for the gas to run out.  We were not expecting people for dinner.  We were, however, just frying the chicken when the gas started to stutter then went out.  It was around 20:00 on a Saturday night.  The gas supplier was closed. They do not open on a Sunday.  It’s fortunate that we have a two-ring gas stove in the back house and that had not run out.

Hilary had to run between houses with a hot pan full of chicken schnitzel…  Fortunately the rest of the dishes were cooked during the afternoon.

Sunday’s breakfast soup had to be warmed up and tea made in the back house.  Sunday dinner was prepared in the usual place and taken to the back house for cooking.

First thing on Monday we phoned the gas…  Tea and soup were made in the front house today!

Either we use a lot more cooker gas in winter or the cylinders are not evenly filled.   Most seem to last about two months but the one we got last April was good till October….   In winter we have tea on the stove for hours, cook beans, and stews.  In summer we probably use a lot less gas.

They say that natural gas is coming, piped in from Izmir.  It may happen in time, like the Metro which is also meant to be coming.  In time.  But until then we are subject the vagaries of gas bottles and Murphy’s Law.

12 responses to “Murphy’s law

  1. We had the same problem last month. Our last but one bottle last 5 months, the next one only 6 weeks. We invested in a new regulator to see if this solves the mystery.

    • Please let us know if you solve the mystery. I know we cook more in winter (and we make tea in the back house in summer) but remain unconvinced that we use three times as much gas. Though, thinking about soup and tea and beans and vegetables that need longer cooking, perhaps we do…

  2. Annette newton

    Did you get my e mail about meeting up think I sent to right add. Xx

  3. Was it cold when the gas spluttered to a halt? Cold weather reduces the pressure if the gas level is low. A shake of the bottle, and a warm (not hot) hot water bottle and a blanket could help in short term.

  4. . . spare bottle? 🙂

  5. I’ve had mine run out at the most inconvenient times, usually when my husband is away, and we don’t have a delivery service to this village. The village shop man sometimes keeps spare bottles but not always (and usually not when I actually need one). We do adapt though, I am thankful for my microwave and electric slow cooker. Alan’s right…we should keep a spare. I always mean to but forget to get round to it.

    • We keep meaning either to keep a spare (but there is a question of where to keep it) or to convert to the same sort of bottle that goes in the other house and in the gas soba. But when it’s working we tend to forget our good intentions…

  6. Sounds annoying to say the least! But you managed …:))

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