Did you ever have something happen, and just as soon as it's over think : " blast, that would have made a fantastic blog post"? Blast because you forgot to take photos.
That's what happened this week.
We bought a gig-bag a couple of months ago for daughter's tuba. After about 3 uses, it began to rip, so I contacted the seller, a website in Germany. They asked me to send photos, which I did, and then asked me to return the bag, by post!
Of course, we had got rid of most of the original packaging, in fact all but a huge box that was way too big for the bag, and which I had given to the Art Department in school.(image from Google- ours looked nothing like this!)
Eventually, after more emails, the company agreed to send a courier to collect the bag, but we had to have it ready and packed. So, Thursday night, Hubby wrapped the bag in Clingfilm, and on Friday I brought that package to school, and put it in the huge box. When I say huge, it was about 4 feet cube!
This is one of the photos of the bag that I had emailed to the company. The bag cost €160!
The company had warned that we had to pack it in such a way as not to cause more damage en route, so, to fill the empty space in the huge box, I gathered all the bubble wrap and plastic bags I could find and packed them round it. Then the Art teacher showed me a great trick..filling a black refusesack with air by running along the corridor with the bag held open! And that black air-filled bag helped to fill some more space in the box.
The last job was to secure the lid, as one layer of flaps had been cut off. One roll of duct tape later, it was still not secure, but the courier was already on his way! When he arrived, he didn't think he would get the box into his van, whereas my only worry was that the lid would give way! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it gets to Germany in 1 piece.
The lesson for me? Take photos! Oh, and don't throw out the packaging, give it to the Art Department!
Have you ever forgotten to take photos of an event that would have made a great blog post?