Listening to: Mediocre Bad Guys (Jack Johnson)
Weather: Clouding over after a sunny start
Successfully ignoring: the tennis
Getting ready to ignore: the Olympics
I turned the tap in the pigshed. Nothing.
I stomped back to the house, muttering darkly, reminding myself what a good idea it would be to get connected to the main supply.
The switch for the pump was on. I checked the cold water tank in the barn - nothing happening. I changed the fuse on the switch - still nothing, so it was down to the bottom field (swearing lustily) to check the pump itself.
We have lodgers in the bottom field. About 40 ewes and lambs are giving the place a clean-up. The lambs can just about be seen above the buttercups, dock leaves and patches of long grass.
One of the ewes was sunbathing by the door to the little pumphouse. She got up and wandered off as I approached and I noticed the door had been left ajar - I hadn't bolted it properly.
It was no surprise, therefore, when a startled lamb popped out of the door - a little more of a surprise that he was followed by three more.
Light began to dawn and, sure enough, the problem was obvious. It wasn't quite a Wallace/Gromit/Shaun the Sheep situation, but the lambs had managed to unplug the pump from the covered, outdoor socket. I plugged it back in and bolted the door firmly.
So, Malc's handy household hint for the day: If an electrical appliance fails to work, check there are no sheep in the area.
Which brings me to the subject of Tesco shareholders.
I'm generally wary of celeb bandwagons, but Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's campaign to force Tesco to adopt basic animal welfare standards struck a chord.
He went to the trouble to buy Tesco shares, raise (with the help of Compassion in World Farming) the £80,000-plus needed to bring a resolution to the annual meeting, but it was, we now know, a non-starter and was voted out by 80 per cent. Depressing.
Tesco are opening a new store in Kirkwall in a couple of weeks (Harrogate will be the only place in the UK without one, I believe).
I will not be shopping there and I urge you not to use Tesco either.