Sometimes people get nasty surprises. Some may find their belongings wrecked, while others may experience theft or suffer sudden injury. But my latest unwelcome discovery was the work of a species of small termite.
I’d stored supplies for my world record attempt in cardboard boxes in a dry room which I give a basic clean regularly. Like most of us, I don’t spring clean every few days so understandably, a few things can go unnoticed and change over time. That’s how my storage boxes turned to soil in front of my very eyes, I now realise. When I picked one up to get at the box beneath, I was left holding torn flimsy cardboard as bottles and packets dropped to my feet in a shower of crumbled termite nest.
That was the start of a 5-hour cleaning job. As I scratched, swept and scrubbed, I thought of my world record attempt goal. And I reminded myself that giving up on this education-based project would be tantamount to not even having begun.