I spent quite some thinking time toying with how exactly to call EDF and enable it's rescue.
There was a 'call in an emergency' number on the sub-station but I felt I'd put myself at risk of being arrested for making crank calls if I rang that and presented myself as an adult woman who'd had her ball stolen and wanted it back.
So that left a 'general' EDF customer help-line which I feared would actually put me through to someone in Mumbai reading off a script - a script highly unlikely to contain the words necessary to rescue a birth ball from a sub-station..... I can't think they have too many calls of that nature.
Me: It's my ball, it's gone over the fence, in the electricity sub-station.
Them: Your bill? Your bill has gone up? Electricity?
Me: No BALL. BALL. Big ball. In danger. In sub-station.
Them: Your bill is too big? You have difficulty paying? It is a danger to you?
Me: NO BALL.....
Them: Your ball has risen? It is too big? Electric ball? Ah bill!
Me: Arrggghhh - don't worry about
You catch my drift.
While I was pondering all of this I went back down there as I realised I would need the 'number' of the sub-station (they each have their own unique ID - fascinating fact of the day there). So off I went, armed with paper and pen, and whilst I was rustling around in the bushes and peering through gaps a man approached me and asked me if I was OK. I think this was actually a polite way of asking me 'what the f*** are you up to you strange woman lurking in the bushes - we've got you on CCTV taking photos and now this!' as I was actually now on the property of the water sports centre and clearly acting quite strangely.
I explained the situation (as briefly as I could) and although he did give me a very strange look and clearly hadn't a clue quite what my ball was really for and what it was doing in the middle of a sub-station, he did summon a rescue party and, finding a 'less well protected' spot in the fence, they scaled it and I got my ball back..
So thank you to everybody who had been involved in the Great Ball Liberation - it's nice to see people come together and break the law - even if it's (once again) due my misfortune.
And that - I hope -is the end of that.