Baby, When the Lights Go Out . . .


Thursday night we had our first real storm of the season. It came just as quickly as it left, ten minutes of action followed by no more rain. The sky poured out 6mm in that ten minutes. It battered the earth so when I woke the next morning the ground dimpled from the extreme force. I love watching storms however this time around I was out of luck. The power cut out just after it had left, leaving me with a limited amount of light and a five month old who needs to eat & bath before going off to bed.

We have one candle, so I got it going after ten minutes of rummaging for a lighter. Then I remembered I had some battery powered tea lights from when we went to the hospital. Luckily they were still scattered around the place and you just need to flick the switch for those. The sun was setting and the light was fading into the night. I had to move fast.

Isla had her dinner just like normal followed by a bath. We are lucky enough to still have running water when the power is out. So slowly I filled up a big pot to boil some water. Once again super lucky to have a gas cooker. I made up her bath and boy isn’t it too much fun having a bath by candle light.



Candlelight also makes great lighting, warming up the simplest things like Isla’s pile of toys and the basket with the days produce from the garden. I did manage to save all my tomatoes if there was hale on its way.

The power conveniently came back on once Isla was down for the night. It had only been two hours but it got me thinking about how people use to do it. Looking after a little one only in the day light hours and then making sure everything was ready for the night when there is limited light.

Also does anyone know who sang the song – Baby when the lights go out. da da dah da? It’s most likely from the nighties but I have no idea.

How would you go with out power?

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Lizzie Moult

Lizzie Moult

Planning, cooking, chasing kids & running an online business; it might seem like there is a lot going on. Yet Lizzie is all about living simply and creating a flexible lifestyle that enables plenty of travel, adventure and quality time. A lifestyle writer and photographer for over 10 years for numerous publications, working online for over 14 years Lizzie also works as a mentor for women who are looking to create and live a life with passion & purpose at

7 Responses

  1. I do living history so access to light (and water!) is something I am quite aware of when I’m at events. Access to light makes you really think about your day. We switched from having our main meal in the evening to having it at midday for mostly this reason. If you’re eating at night then you can do a lot of prep in the afternoon, such as chopping etc, but by the time you come to start cooking the food it is dark. Light to eat by isn’t a problem, candle lanterns are fine but leaving the dishes until morning is not pleasant. Neither is trying to wash up by lantern light, especially when dealing with very sharp knives. We still have dishes to do in the dark when we have a lighter evening meal, but they don’t consist of pots to be scrubbed and many very sharp knives to be washed so it’s not so hard. Of course, with no access to running hot water there’s another planning element to washing up. Someone has to go and fetch the water, bring it back and then we need to boil it so it’s ready when we want it. There is almost always a pot of water boiling on the fire for something.
    Sewing is something else that’s hard to do in the evenings. Far better to get up extra early if you’ve got something to mend last minute than try to fix it the night before!
    But the real interesting thing is how quickly you adapt, you think you’re so used to living without electricity and then when you get back home it’s back to being a normal part of your life by that evening.

  2. I remember when we were kids the power would go out all of the time. I was an adventure to us. Candles and board games. Now as an adult the last time I can think of that we lost power was in the flooding Brisbane had a few years back. Then all I could think of was all of the food in my deep freezer.

  3. What a beautiful baby! I love her name. We are expecting to lose power a few times this winter, but it shouldn’t be for too long if it does happen because we aren’t too far out into the country. Our whole house is wired to run on a generator, however we don’t own a generator yet because they are so expensive 🙂 Someday.

  4. Adorable baby pics. I remember was I was about 18-20 or so (can’t remember the year exactly) that Energex went on strike and we had power outages on and off for 2 weeks it was a nightmare. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane

  5. We got the storm too but did not lose power. For us it hit at 11.30 pm and lasted only half an hour. It was raining so hard we could not even hear the thunder. We got 20 ml in just half an hour and the next morning you could see where the water had rushed across the ground carrying the mulch with it. We do get power cuts a bit here in summer so I have 1 big candle in a glass hurricane lantern on hand but you have reminded me to track down the lighters and matches.

  6. Having the lights go out is such a pain, isn’t it? We don’t often experience it, but every time it happens we’re reminded about how much we depend on electricity. Love the pictures of Isla!

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