I was in the kitchen making a cup of coffee. Suddenly, there was an almighty explosion behind me in the breakfast room, followed by the sound of tinkling glass that seemed to go on for ever, with slivers showering into the kitchen. This was the scene that greeted me when I turned round.
The dining table was in fragments, the only untouched remnants being the two extension leaves that would normally slide out from beneath the surface of the table. My favourite vase, together with its contents lay amongst the debris beneath the table.
Apparently this is more common that you’d think and can be due to many things, thermal stresses, binding within a frame, internal defects/inclusions in the glass … We never discovered what had caused the explosion, but we concluded it was probably the latter since the table was unframed and had never been exposed to direct sunlight.
Not all bad news though… after I was interviewed by BBC Radio about this, the manufacturer supplied us with a brand new table free of charge, not to mention heavily discounting a matching set of coffee tables. 🙂
Sunday Stills challenge this week was the letter F.