We knew we were going to be in for a wild & wooly night on Friday, the Weather Bureau had predicted very high winds & freezing cold driving rain throughout the Hills. MOTH got up around 2a.m. on Saturday morning for a wander & noticed the power was out. And it stayed out for 30 hours!!! As the mains gas supply doesn't reach us here in the Hills & we are totally reliant on electricity, we were stuffed. The sky was so dark all day Saturday, which made the house exactly the same. I dug out every candle I could find, & bunkered down in front of the fire. It was too dark in the BFH for MOTH to do any work. Food & drinks needed to be heated up outside in the rain on the BBQ gas ring - MOTH tried to hold up the umbrella for me, but it was blowing so hard I just got drenched. We sat & ate dinner on Saturday night, all talked out, just staring sat each other. Our bedroom was as cold as a slide-out mortuary drawer & I ended up wearing a tracksuit to bed just to keep warm. When the power was finally restored at noon on Sunday, I dropped to my knees in thanks!
We lost the contents of our freezer, which is no drama as things can be replaced. But what the experience did reinforce was that I need my hair dryer, T.V., electric blanket, instant energy cooktops, washing machine, etc to function. So don't put my name forward for the next reality TV show involving a trek across the country in a covered wagon. I'd be voted out on the first night!