Well that's one mystery solved.
I went out this afternoon to give the car a bit of a scrub on the inside.
To put it mildly, it was hairy.
Dog hairs are a bit like marmalade – they fucking stick to everything. The back seat was awash and any joints, such as between the seat and the back were wedged solid with wodges of hairs. I thought it was about time to do something about it and today seemed like a good time as there is yet another storm coming which will shut down the front garden for a couple of days.
I decided to start on the boot, so I opened it up and started removing the usual junk that accumulates in car boots. When I reached the floor it looked a bit mouldy. Bugger!
I have been having a problem with the car for some time. Every time I go to drive it, I have to mop down the windows first. They are always dripping wet, which I put down to winter condensation. Now I discover mould in the boot which sort of indicates that my problem is a little more than just a bit of condensation on a cold pane of glass.
I lifted the floor out of the boot to get rid of the mould and give it a proper clean.
And that's when I saw my little problem.
The well in the floor of the boot where the spare wheel goes was full of water.
And I mean full.
The spare wheel was almost entirely submerged. The car jack was drowned. The water was about five inches deep. I swear the fucking thing was deep enough to be tidal.
I baled it out and must have removed at least a couple of gallons. Then I had to sponge it to get the last bit. I got it reasonably damp which is a lot better than wringing wet,. I left it all open to dry off and went to clean the rest of the car.
Then I discovered that the boot had overflowed into the back floor and that too had to be mopped out.
I haven't a fucking clue where the water came from. It is, and shall probably remain a mystery. There are no holes in the car which is unusual for one of my vehicles. The floor is certainly watertight as otherwise my little ocean would have drained out. I can't even blame Penny as it didn't smell like piss and even she couldn't have produced that quantity anyway.
I found an old dehumidifier I had been going to chuck out and it is now running full tilt inside the car.
It has also started to piss rain.
It will be interesting to see if the dehumidifier can suck up the water faster that the rain pours in.