Power cuts still on going. Power went at 7pm
yesterday evening; workmen turned up at 10pm, lights came on for about an hour.
Then the digging started, yes they started to dig up the pavement directly
outside my house at midnight, why couldn't they do this when they came at 10am
in the morning??!!
They continued digging and looking for the problem
until 2:45. I did telephone to complain, but the thing that got me. You won’t
believe it. The power company do send text updates during the power cut but
they stop at 22:00 until 7:00 because of the noise nuisance. Yes, blogging
friends they won't send updates because its (and I quote) 'it's against the
law' as it causes a noise nuisance but its ok for them to erect powerful lights
and for them to dig up the pavement in the middle of the night directly outside
my bedroom. I am not happy.
Eventually got to sleep to be woken by the house
alarm going off - you know what that means - yes another power cut. More
workmen, another hole in the pavement a few doors up. Clearly the hole they had
to dig in the middle of the night in front of my house was a waste of time and
The customer liaison officer phoned me this
afternoon after the power had been off for 6 hours, to apologise for the
inconvenience but they still hadn't found the fault and we should expect more
Just sitting down to
Christmas lunch and darkness, after stumbling around for mobile phone I managed
to phone the power company – it’s not the same as the one we pay our bill to
for power cuts you have to know who is the supplier of electricity.Anyway got the number logged the call – they
were already aware; I did point out that the auto messages whilst waiting do
say to check the website or yellow pages or utility bill.Yellow pages we recycle as we have the
internet,ah except when we have no
power, and we don’t get a paper bill it’s all online.Fortunately I have a phone that is internet
enabled but what about those that don’t; anyway I had my whinge.We were able to carryon eating and the day
wasn’t really spoilt; just over an hour without power, but some of the
neighbours where still cooking and they have small children – it can’t have
been much fun.One of the positive
things is when you phone and report it you can get text message updates – that was
Boxing day – quite day;
visited MIL. Just sitting down to dinner and again - darkness – yes another
blackout.This time the number was
already in my phone – the man on the
phone said I was the first to phone; and was I really sure it was a power cut
and not my fuse box – deep breath; yes I was sure as we had one the day before.Again just over an hour without power.
Went to bed early as
have been suffering a cold and sore throat; didn’t sleep well so woke late at
just after eight; that’s odd the digital clock isn’t working – yes you’ve got
it another power cut.Phoned again –
blah blah blah.This time they will send
out a gang to see if they can identify the fault and fix it.This time is wasn’t as bad as it was light so
we decided to go out and collect medicine for the cat – it could have waited
but might as well do something useful whilst the power is off.SonnyHens birthday next week so pickup up a
few presents in the sale – shhh.By the
time we got home the power was back on.First
thing was to make sure all the phones are fully charged.
We will now put
together a power cut kit and leave it in the draw in the hallway so we don’t have
to rush around finding touches, matches, candles, radio with battery.
Do any of you have a
land line phone that doesn’t use electricity to work – remember the days before
digital phones; we don’t and it’s a real pain.
Although I’m working
next week – it’ll be much less busy and stressful as most of my colleagues are
on holiday, so finishing work yesterday was a relief.
Went to Mr S’burys
today and to spend my nectar points and do a final shop before Christmas – it wasn’t
as bad as previous years.Speaking of
previous years – I looked back at how much we spent last year on Christmas;
everything gifts and food; it was a real shock, north of £3,000.No, I can’t believe it – this year I have
spent under a third of last year – just the butcher to visit on Monday and then
we are done.
I received a lovely
cook book for my birthday from SonnyHen along with a request for a gingerbread
– never made one of those before; ok I’ll give it ago; had everything in
the cupboard except the decoration; so have started
What are you going to
prepare over the next few days?
Four weeks until
Christmas, I love Christmas – I had hot Christmases as child when we lived in
Africa and cold Christmases here in England, both very different – the food,
traditions, and obviously the weather but the constant was the family being
together, carols and church.
How do you prepare for
I have ordered meat and
poultry from the butcher – in previous years I’ve used high street supermarkets
but in more recent years I like to support the local butcher.
I have made drink –
mentioned here in my previous post.This
will be decanted in the next week or so ready for gifting.
I have made food and
stocked the freezer for the days after Christmas and New Year before life gets
back to normal in January.I am hoping
to take time off from work and have a rest so I little planning ahead will
I have been crocheting
a table running – my poinsettia table runner.I used 100% cotton and a 4mm hook.
Start with yellow,
create a magic loop or chain 6 to form a circle/loop, chain 3 (counts as 1tr),
11tr in to the same space. Slip stitch into the first stitch to join.12 stitches in total.
Change to red and work
12, 2tr & chain 1 clusters into each space. Slip stitch into the first
stitch to join.
Change to green and
work 12, 3tr & chain 1 clusters into each space. Slip stich into the first
stitch to join.
Change to white into
the next space work 2tr, chain 1, 2tr 1chain.
Into the next space work
2 dtr (double trebles), chain 3, 2 dtr, chain 1.This forms a corner cluster.
Into the next space
work *2tr, chain 1, 2tr 1chain*.Repeat
Into the next space
work 2 dtr (double trebles), chain 3, 2 dtr, chain 1.This forms the second corner cluster.
Repeat until you get
back to the beginning the format is two clusters [2tr, chain 1, 2tr 1chain] in between
each corner cluster.
I joined as I went
along but you could create all the squares and then crochet them together. There are a few ends to sew in but its worth the effort.
I think I will block it as the edges look a little wonkie
After a week of sleep
deprivation in the Netherlands I had the best night sleep last night ever and I
do mean EVER.This is the photo of the bathroom
that I couldn’t post the other day – it’s not a great but you can see
there’s no roof and the glass ‘walls’.
I do enjoy going away
especially for holidays but on business it’s different – it's jolly hard work,
it’s always good to connected with colleagues that you only hear their voice.But is nice to be home; except the jobs I had
hoped that would complete are still far from complete – well a start has been
made but not much else.DH informed me
that money would be needed as:
had gone in the kitchen
3.The door on
the dishwasher is hanging off
machines sounds like a cement mixer
is blowing not sucking
And there’s me eager to
not spend anything, other than household bills, from January until end of March
– I want to get back on track with paying down our debts.
The week before I went
away I received my annual statement for the car loan – the monthly credit
amount didn’t look right, it was £12 lower than the amount that was leaving my
bank each month.I phoned to query and
was reminded that I took out a ‘return to invoice’ insurance but now that there
are only 10 more payments left of the loan and the car value is far higher than
the amount owing I cancelled this insurance.I remember us deliberating if we needed the insurance when we bought the
was the best thing as six months after we had the car we were burgled, and the
car was taken – after nearly four weeks the insurance company was on the verge
of paying-out when the car was found in a container at Felixstowe ready to be
shipped to Mombasa.Now, if the car had
not been found there would have been a difference between the amount the
insurance company paid out and the amount remaining of the car loan.Anyway, this £12 will go towards paying off a
We’ve not used our
credit cards at all since beginning of July – everything has been debit card or
cash – and we are seeing a difference.The first card is nearly paid off – should will be gone by end
December it will be tight we will have to keep close eye on spending over
All of the Christmas
shopping is done – just food shopping to do and we are NOT going to go mad –
why does the population think that a famine is coming and clear the shelves;The shops are only closed for 1 day.