You know how they say, you don't know how much you need something until it is gone? Well, yesterday, I realised just how much I need electricity in my daily life! Twice, yes twice, I was thrust back into the dark ages when power cuts struck.
The first one was at lunchtime so at least I could see and the Gods were being kind as I had just finished heating up my lunch in the microwave and sat down to eat it when everything went off. Now as I have said, it wasn't too drastic as there was plenty of light (apart from the fact I was in the middle of watching a really interesting programme on SKY!) but it was sooo quiet. I never realised just how much noise the general whirring of equipment made but it was spooky to not have anything. Even Misty (the cat) was disturbed by the silence. Thank heavens for battery operated radios!!
Around 10 minutes or so later, a few beeps indicated that power was trying to come back and very shortly afterwards, the reassuring whirr was back. All except for the SKY+ box - yes, folks the fun and games started again!! Anyone who has been following my blog for a while knows my love-hate relationship with SKY+ boxes!!
The ominous red, standby light was on so there was power but after a 10 minute wait for it to settle itself down again, pressing the button on the remote to start it up produced.... nothing! (Visions of all the recorded programmes disappearing again started to form in my mind)
You know the drill - unplug for a short while, leave to let the hard drives to restart, press the SKY button... Nope, not having it. Repeat....
Well, after just short of an hour of pleading & cursing, unplugging and pressing the magical green light appeared!!
Fast forward to the evening...