Well than and unblocking the dishwasher. I am not sure what was stuck in it but I think I have managed to get it flushed down the drain. Had stuck it on a delicate cycle full of various bits of the fridge so it was not that there was obvious food.
What I found really useful was a baseball cap with a light in the brim. Toby and I spotted them the other week when we stopped at Aldi. I have seen them before in the USA when I bought one for Carol in Fry's Electronics http://www.frys.com/ (think it was the Tiki hut style one) when out shopping with Stuart and Dianne. The one from Fry's was much nicer as the Aldi one is a bit cheaply made but it does work. The beam of light from the brim was very good at peering into dark corners of the water filled sump of the dishwasher.
Been thinking about appliances. Toby and Kate got a new one delivered yesterday by the repair people as theirs broke and the part needed was no longer made. I have a similar repair agreement for my washing machine. It is almost 13 years old now and I think I might not renew the plan next April. Then plan to buy a new one next year or whenever it breaks next after that. I want this time to choose it myself, for various reasons I did not get to do that last time and there are some things about it I find annoying.
I think what I ideally want is one with a wifi connection that will email me when it finishes it cycle. Wonder if that exists. Failing that a remote beeper I can have in the living room that will let me know when it stops. It is very annoying nipping out to the shed in the rain to find it has not finished yet. Do you stand in the shed for 5 mins waiting or get wet an extra time heading back to the house.