The energy crisis came early here. Sort of. Well, maybe just a practice run. 😉
The weather today has been windy. Actually that’s an understatement. Today has been gale force. Today has blown is all the way to tomorrow. Today has taken out the power.
The power went out around 11:45am and didn’t come back until 8:30pm. At the moment we have not yet connected gas to the house and we cook exclusively with electricity. Thermy is electric. The microwave is electric. Everything that we use to cook is effectively run on coal. 😦 Today has indeed been a practice run for living in a world where there is no ready power. I loaded the dishwasher n switched it on, then laughed. I have turned on lights every room I’ve entered then sighed. And I’ve had to think hard about dinner. In the end, after promises the power would be back at 1:30, 3:30 then 5:30 I decided I had no choice but to light Ignisa. It’s now 30*C inside our house. I asked Jas to turn on the fan to move the air around, then we both giggled. Electricity.
Power is out from not far out of Bacchus Marsh and extends gods only know how far so all of Ballan is out. I rang our friends, Cam and Ginny from Phoenix Park and they’re coming for dinner. The more the merrier and we might as well enjoy the mayhem together. 🙂 The freezer revealed pastry sheets, more mince meat and peas n corn. I had mince thawing in the fridge and added carrots and beans from there too. Some de-alc’d red wine from way back, some equally dated gravox, onions, garlic and flour and I’d call that a meat pie. 😀 Our guests brought spuds which we didn’t need or use and a most delicious salad and I made an apple crumble using apples that I’d picked from a friends tree and bottled only last week. A real community dinner. 🙂 We had a wonderful time. 😀
The kids had an understandably hard time getting their heads around it all. Mummy, I want to watch Thomas. We can’t because there’s no electricity. We want macaroni cheese Mummy. I can’t because there’s no electricity. The fan isn’t working. The light isn’t working. The dishwasher, washing machine, computer, phone, internet, the list goes on, isn’t working. It won’t because there’s no electricity. It’s made me very very aware of just how much we rely on it, just how heavily dependent on the grid we are to function. In winter it’s less of an issue as I can cook happily on the stove but today wasn’t cold. And to cook on the stove or in the oven of a wood fired range you need to really crank up the heat. It was hot in here and I take my hat off to those ladies who cooked meat and 3 veg for their men 365 days a year, be it snowing out or blistering hot. I salute those men who had to hand chop that wood too! It’s hard enough with a car, trailer and chainsaw!
Anyway, I’m determined to prepare a few more things now in case this happens again. And for long term when it does happen in a more permanent way. I’m looking at a couple of kero lanterns, even though I know kero is a petroleum product. I’ve also found a few ways to make an oil lantern that burns olive (or other vegetable) oil which is very cool and very sustainable.
I am so grateful that the power went out today, despite the many frustrations (a canner full of coconut milk to process and the dehydrator full of the leftover coconut which I want to dry, grind and use as coconut flour, that all just had to sit and wait) as it has taught me some very valuable lessons about our state of preparation and preparedness for a world where electricity may not be readily or cheaply available.