"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."

('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Power Cut

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.


Anonymous said...

And when your client didn't turn up, did you think "I'll just go and do the ironing."?

Rosie said...

It's times like that we realise how much we rely on electricity isn't it?

Jennyta said...

It certainly is, Rosie. :)
Lucy, no, I thought I would put the kettle on for a coffee and then had to search for matches to light the gas hob to boil a saucepan of water. :)

Sage said...

I have a rechargeable digital radio for such emergencies, as long as it is charged of course :-) xx

mrsnesbitt said...

Oh yes power cuts! We have a few of these but manage to get by. The Aga provides heat/cooking so we can boil the kettle. Hubby has a lister engine - so he wired it into the mains - so we can get light. lol!

Jennyta said...

We do have a wind up radio somewhere, Sage - if I could find it!
You sound very well prepared, mrsnesbitt.


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