And luckily we missed it.
After breakfast, we wandered off to the shops to grab the paper and see what shops were open.
We returned home to find one of the kitchen cupboards having a little lie down.... and the kitchen floor completely covered in broken glass.
Those of you who have been to the house will know that above the kettle is the cupboard where we keep the large collection of coffee cups, wine glasses and tavern mugs. On top of the cupboard we keep a collection of large glass jars that we use as storage containers. In fact, the mug and bottle collection was getting a little large for the space.
Well.... we have considerably less of them now.
Most of the few survivors were lucky to be draining or awaiting washing on the sink, but there were some that survived the fall miraculously.
We also lost the kettle and Tops' coffee machine when the shelf fell on them. The toaster appears to have been protected by Tops' stainless steal bodum. Having broken so many of them he was determined to get one that was indestructable.... and he was right!
The bin is completely full of shattered glass and despite multiple sessions of sweeping and vacuuming we will be finding glass around the place forever, I'm sure.
We can't really replace much right now since there is no shelf to put it on. But now we know what to put on the Christmas wish list....
We are just glad that we weren't under the cupboard when it went and neither were the cats.
Why did it fall, you ask? Having examined the wall, I think the question is now, why did it stay up as long as it did? It was held on by.... SEVEN nails! And a bit of paint.
Nothing like good workmanship.... :)
Topsy has some photos of the carnage which he should post soon... (hint)