This morning, at half past nine, we had a power cut for an hour. Now, much as I like living in north Wales, I have to say, during the past 8 years of living here, I have experienced about four times as many power cuts as I have during the rest of my life living elsewhere. What is it about the electricity supply here? Sheep gnawing through cables?
Anyway, once again, I was reminded of all I can't do when there's no electricity to do it with.
Computer? Forget it. Battery life is about 35 minutes when online.
TV? Radio? CD? Nope.
If it's winter - no heating.
Cup of tea/coffee? Only if I have a match to light the gas.
Cordless phone? Well that relies on mains electricity too.
Mobile phone? Because the signal is so weak, we have a signal booster which, guess what, is plugged into the mains.
Still, as it happened, I didn't need to do any of those things just then as I was waiting for my first counselling client of the day...
who didn't turn up.