On Thursday my car engine blew up.
Last night - just after I'd posted my blog - my newish laptop died on me. And it still shows no signs of life today.
I've added these to a list which includes a malfunctioning boiler, a dead water heater and a water pump down a 50 metre well which blows all the house fuses when you switch it on.
My suspicion is this is Fate taking revenge on me for the hubris of saying I knew how to get things done in Spain.
Anyway, I'm a little dispirited. My younger daughter arrives at Oporto airport early tomorrow morning. Right now, this is all that's standing between me and suicide.