Power-less

Yesterday we lost power at about 1.30pm. Fairly unusual for this to happen. It was cold without the air-conditioner. As time went by it became obvious this was more than a short-term power failure. My husband and I spend a lot of time on our computers and I was right in the middle of doing something when the computer shut down. I worried that I lost all the work I had done.

As it got closer to dinner time I worked out we could still have a hot meal as we have gas burners. We have plenty of candles and candle holders so I gathered them together so we were prepared when it got dark.

We had no TV, no computers, no tablet, no music – except for those downloaded from the smart phone. Only trouble was it used the battery up. My Kindle battery was nearly flat. Anyway we had an early night (no electric blanket), confident that the LED lights on the alarm clock would start flashing and signal the return of power. It didn’t happen.

This morning was very cold and we dressed with several layers of clothes. I boiled some water on the gas stove so we could have coffee. Our showers were OK as we have gas hot water. But … no hair-dryer! Bad hair day coming up! My electric toothbrush worked OK because it was charged up.

We went out for coffee (had to walk as the car was locked in the garage and we couldn’t get it open). We hoped we would get home to find everything OK but the news was worse than we expected. The power came on very briefly and we managed to release the car from its prison before we lost power again.

What to do? We went back to our local pub for lunch and met several of our neighbours there too. At about 3:00 pm the power came back on. We restrained our excitement in case it didn’t last, but it has, so far.

There are a few theories/rumours about what the problem is. It appears that the generator for our village has broken down and a new part is required and it is not available in Australia. What? Anyway, the hired generator is working OK for now.

I never realised how much I take electricity for granted :-). The more comfortable my life is, the harder it is to deal with challenges like this. I am very grateful that I have so many comforts on a daily basis and it is a good reminder to not take them for granted πŸ™‚

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12 thoughts on “Power-less

  1. When the power goes out, we realize how much we rely on electricity. Sounds like you managed well.

    Our garage has a release when we have a power failure ~ we just pull a cord and can then push up the door manually.

  2. You have my sympathies πŸ™‚
    On the other side of the Indian Ocean (SA) power outages are the rule, rather than the exception.
    In some areas cuts happen weekly at times. During Jan and Feb this year in the part of Jhb we stayed in we had a cut for at least 8 hrs every week, and twice a week a couple of times.
    Shorter duration outages happen more often and continue. Uninterruptable power supplies for the computers are essential – or a lot of work gets lost, and the possibility of corrupted files and damaged hardware is possible,
    A few years back we had “scheduled” outages every couple of days for 4 hrs at a time. A lot of companies had to install backup generators simply to stay in business.
    Those cuts are mostly over for now, but every now and again we still have this so-called load-shedding.

    • Thanks Mike. It would be really difficult to work with those sort of outages. It just an inconvenience to me and it was cold with being able to use the heater. I am getting soft!

      • We’ve adapted I guess, but it’s still really inconvenient.
        On the brighter side, I moved to a small coastal town – been here since mid May – and so far no outages at all πŸ™‚
        Even better, we have a wind farm producing about 5 times the power consumed by the local municipal area. It feeds the national grid, but even so I feel justified in claiming we work and live in a green power area.

  3. We are in the middle of our annual ‘monsoon’ (rainy) season. Thunderstorms abound and we regularly lose power. I guess adaptability comes with the frequency with which we experience loss. Wishing you rapid restoration!

  4. Hope the power stays on. The little things we take for granted become much bigger when taken from us. I am back home so catching up on blog reading. I always enjoy your thoughts.

    • Thanks Ruth. It has been on and off for the last few days but hopefully to problem is resolved now. Thanks for your interest in my blog. I also enjoy reading yours and seeing your amazing photos πŸ™‚

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