Yesterday morning we woke up as usual, at 06h15. My first action, after getting out of bed, would be to switch on the on suite light. No joy. I looked around quickly. The telltale signs were there. NO power, utter darkness. So I fumble my way out of the room, down the passage, through the living room and the kitchen, to the fuse board. I felt for the trip switch, all is well. I felt again, for good measure I flipped each switch. No joy.
To cut a very long story very short… the good lady rings the network service, no… they have no reported fault in the area. Yes, they’ll send someone out… for a call out fee of €135 if it’s not a line fault. Well… after ringing the the electrician and the supplier again I take a saunter to go and open the electric gate. Lo and behold… there are 2 vans parked at the gate. Yes, the linesmen inform me, there’s a massive line fault! So, at about 11h20 we eventually find out there is a fault, as we suspected all along.
You may ask how we could’ve suspected a line fault? Easy, the tail end of Hurricane Gonzalo was lashing across the little green island, that’s why. Yep, it’s not the first time we’ve been subject to power failures during storms. The best part of modern life is that when the power is out we are totally screwed! We can do nothing! No shower, no water from the taps once the pressure has gone… no hot coffee, no internet. No land line… and not many hours later the mobile phone batteries give out. No nothing! No shower means no going to work… which in turn means lost pay for the day. I wonder if Hurricane Gonzalo or the network maintainer will refund me?
Modern life! Granddad and Junior Son get a fire going. The GLW puts a pot of bottled water onto the fire… yep, fortunately we have bottled water in the house. Soon the water boils and we have coffee… aaaah, life’s almost back to normal. In the meantime I take to the camera and having myself some fun. That’s what you see today… a sad, lonely rose posing for a few pictures. The GLW suggests I try some of the fancy effects settings so I dutifully oblige… and voilà… we have a modern-day photo of an ancient theme!
If you were wondering, the power was restored at 16h18… some service! Some first world environment we live in, this modern life of ours!
PS – I’m still wondering about claiming for lost pay…
PSS – If you’re wondering about the fire, in the fireplace!