Last week Peter the electrician, who did the wiring for our kitchen extension last year, came back to install lights and power in the garden. As luck would have it, the heavens opened just after he arrived, reminding us that his previous visit was the day of the Great Flood of 2007. As London descended into chaos that day last July, he temporarily abandoned our work in order to go to the rescue of another customer in Wandsworth whose house was a metre deep in water.
Peter began to chuckle as he recalled the owner’s stoicism in the face of disaster. As she moved precious items out of harm’s way, she discovered a new benefit of a smart wardrobe. "The really great thing about Jimmy Choo shoes," she mused, "is that the boxes float!"