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?