Waking up around 4-00am HBTW discovers a storm raging round about. In another hour the power goes off. That means no lights, no heating – in other words disorientation. By the time I had surfaced at 07-30am there were candles everywhere, gas fire on in our sun porch and a cup of tea at my elbow. First job was to contact the electricity company – only to find that they were predicting more than 80,000 in our area without power and no update due till 6pm this evening. They promised they would try to phone everyone to let them know if the outage would last until tomorrow. The most worrying thing was that for an hour or so we were unable to phone out as the lines were somehow blocked at the exchange.
Well – here I am now – Thursday evening, online and with the oil heating firing up (only just – it took the boiler four goes to start.)
It has been a strangely peaceful day. HBTW had to get a telephone consultation with one of our GPs – he was all off balance and dizzy, (it was not the doctor who was dizzy by the way.) The verdict was that it was likely to be labyrinthitis, an inner ear viral disorder. Himself was instructed to have a quiet day so we both settled down with books, hot drinks, and alternating turns of dog on knee. The odd patches of snoring were heard. Eventually the minimum of chores were seen to: gate bolt re-fixed; (the wind had almost torn it asunder.) waste bins righted; dog walked round the village; food prepared on the gas hob.
And all is right with the world.
And all the better for being connected to the net again.
PS – the invalid is slowly improving.