Beautiful, ripe, vine tomatoes were on offer at a ridiculously cheap price, and they smelled seriously tomatoey, so I bought a big bagful to make some sauce, as mine in the polytunnel won’t be ready in quantity for a few weeks yet.
As I arrived home, Sylvie was in the lane. I stopped the car and simultaneously we each asked the other if we had electricity and then laughed. I suggested that as she is French and can be better understood than I can that she use her mobile to contact EDF to see if they knew about the powercut.
So – all that food and no fuel to cook it – frustrating eh? I put three Weetabix into a bowl and drowned them with milk and sprinkled them with sugar. No bacon for breakfast today then.
I’m not sure how long my battery lasts on this laptop. I’ve just checked and I currently have 2hrs and 28 minutes, and now Sylvie’s arrived with news about the powercut.
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So – we may have power for lunchtime and then nothing this afternoon which is a real pain as I have loads of things I want to do, all of which involve electricity, for instance both my mobiles are nearly out of battery and need charging, laundry etc. etc. That’s the trouble with modern life. At least I’m slightly better off than Sylvie, who has electric shutters on her windows which she closes every night. They shut out every pinpoint of light and so she’s in pitch black over in her house until midday.
I have stood out in the lane with my mobile, walking around until I found a signal, and called my friends who live about 3 miles away. Sylvie was out there too trying to make contact with the outside world! They have electricity, so after lunch I’ll pop over there for a cup of coffee and to continue using and simultaneously charging the laptop.
My little hamlet is a very quiet, calm place, hardly any noise except for birds and the lunchtime siren which you can just hear from the town three miles away, if the wind is in the right direction. However, today is it very, very noisy. Men with very big red machines are resurfacing the road. This is one of them - a grader apparently.
I’ve never seen so many big machines at once. They started on Monday, but disappeared for the whole of yesterday and now they are back in full force. We have had some terrible potholes after the last two seriously snowy winters, so it will be lovely to drive along without having to negotiate the worst of them.
Well – midday came and went without the promised lunchtime electricity supply. I went out into the lane to see if anyone knew anything and our two English holiday home owners were chatting to Sylvie and have arrived to spend a shortened month in St André.
Sylvie’s shutters were still firmly closed and her three daughters were all fast asleep still, having not been woken by daylight!
I had coffee with my holidaying English neighbours as they have a gas cooker and could boil water. We caught up with events since they were here around New Year. I then went on to my friends to charge my laptop and have some coffee. When I returned at 4.35pm, via the veggie patch, we had electricity again – thank goodness. I picked some spinach and runner beans, the first runner beans this year, and will look forward to having them with my supper.