The town centre is still off. The butcher opposite Al is quite despondent about the meat in his fridge – it’s a huge walk-in larder fridge and although the meat will still be quite all right, it may have risen above the temperature he’s allowed to sell it at. They reckon the power will come on later this morning at about 11. Al will put his Saturday girl and boy on to shelf stacking and he’ll serve the customers – the Youth of Today aren’t too good at adding up, and he thinks the lack of a till will confuse them completely. The scales are operated by mains or battery, so they’re all right.
A sudden and complete power failure really made life difficult for businesses. The banks had to close and Clays the printers came to a complete halt. The amount of electricity they use means an emergency generator would not cut the mustard. We called at the local garage – obviously, the petrol pumps were not operational, but Jonathan said that cars were stuck up on ramps and couldn’t be got down. Not good for anyone who’d sent their car in for a service and wanted it back later in the day.
There is a wedding at the church today. Not knowing if there would be any electricity, I had to explain that there could be a problem with the music – an organ is powered by air, provided by a pump. One local church is in the middle of a field and has no electricity supply, so it is still hand-pumped, but nearly all church organs were converted to an electric pump years ago. The groom, a resourceful young man, arranged to get a generator and I said I’d meet him this morning and help set it up – I was glad to be able to ring him and say that the power was back on after all.
At least I defrosted the fridge.
I have a little list of things to do before I go away on Monday. One of them is to buy more credit for my phone, which is down to £2.30. I remember there was about £25-worth at the end of October last year and I haven’t bought any since. Those of you who have met me will remember how reticent and taciturn I am, as that will demonstrate.
It’s raining. It’s a good think that I, bored, went out for a half-hour bike ride last night, because I probably won’t be getting my healthful exercise today. You know how moths and things fly at the car in the dark in the summer? – they do the same at bikes. I had to blink constantly not to get eyefuls of insects.