We have had a number of powercuts in this first couple of weeks of 2022
The realisation that we are not at all prepared for them has hit me like a train.
We don't have a wood-burning stove in the hut - something we decided against because it was so warm in here with the oil-filled radiator. It gets very very cold with no heating.
We are able to cook and heat water on an old gas stove that belonged to my grandparents. But I wasn’t able to reheat the lovely fish pie I had made the night before.
And our water comes from a well, which is pumped with electric...
We have also got a tilley lamp working, which provides excellent light, but does make the hut smell or fuel and gives me a slight headache.
I know things could be a lot worse - days and days without electric. But our living conditions are already quite difficult, and I think the electric was really taking the edge off!
After the first powercut I was tempted to get a propane heater, but I felt like it was one of thoe things that if I ordered it, I’d never need it again.
I was wrong, and by the third power cut I had ordered a propane heater, and an invertor to run the wifi and laptops on from a leisure battery.
Since they arrived, we haven’t had another power cut.