We have a new cordless strimmer with "Lithium Battery Technology", the upshot of which is that if you recharge the battery after using the strimmer, the charge will remain so that it can be used again the next week.
SWMBO is a little wary of technology but had to agree that it did a good job and was so much easier than dragging the corded version around.
I showed her how to remove the battery, put it on charge and then disconnect it when the charger LED (Light Emitting Diode) changed from red to green, suggesting the battery could be left by the charger so we both knew where it was.
Anyway, this morning, the back garden had been finished while I was engrossed in replacing skirting boards in the dining room and as I stopped for a break noticed the corded strimmer was out.
Enquiring, I was met with some very uncomplimentary comments about the new strimmer's battery life and also my obvious misinterpretation of the instruction manual in asserting that the battery would maintain charge over the period of one week.
I was concerned because I'm well aware of the capabilities of a decent Lithium battery and asked SWMBO to demonstrate what she had done.
"You told me to push in the little red button and then push the big red button and it would work" I agreed, that was indeed what I had said. She then demonstrated that the reverse was true and that nothing happened at all. It was at this point that I asked when she had fitted the battery to the strimmer.
After a second or two of stunned silence she said "You didn't tell me I had to put the battery back in to the strimmer"
"Anyway, I still think it won't work" she said, grabbing the battery and ramming it home in the housing. Pressing the buttons caused the strimmer to whizz into life.
"...but she does make exceedingly good mince pies." It had to be said and I knew I would regret saying it... silly me
One - nil to technology I think