Its cuppa time. I can't boil the kettle and if I use the gas top, I can't vent the fumes. No cuppa then.
Jason had just brought in some printing and I'm inspired to email the others to tell them how good it looks. With my email in the cloud, I can't save my draft email.
We're hosting a shared dinner and film screening tonight. I could pull together a salad if I can't cook, but there'd be no film screening. It's a long time off though.
I've been thinking for about a year about solar ovens. I wish I'd done something about it now, but the sun isn't shining at the moment. Even if I had one, there'd be no cuppa.
I've also been thinking about hand wound torches and radios. When the electricity comes back on, I'll get straight onto it.
Well, there's nothing for it, but to do the dishes.
Jason gets home. The electricity will probably be off for a couple of hours. We sit on the verandah and discuss resilience*. He wants to get a camp stove, the type which can burn any liquid fuel.
Then Jason hears the sound of the refrigerator compressor. The kettle was left on and comes to the boil.
It has been a good reminder to get on with introducing multiple ways for meeting our basic needs – cooking, lighting and heating. When “essential services” fail, we want to be better prepared.
But first, that cuppa...
* Resilience is the ease with which we adjust to 'set-backs'.
Written by Kate Leslie