Excuse note 

Power cuts are now to be
Seen here intermittently;
After parts of every tree
Were removed, the lines to free,
Lightning fried a vital part
Inside a substation heart,
Blasting the whole thing apart,
Not allowing a re-start;
Now the current comes and goes,
Starts and stops, and no-one knows,
How soon after current flows,
It will go back to a doze. 

Some fault set in during the early evening after the day of no internet, and power vanished again for a while.  It was restored, but the lightning tripped our earth leakage. Then a most spectacular thunderstorm raged in the wee hours of the morning – I really thought the gods were trying to boil tea in the sea with thunderbolts.  That successfully put paid to electricity again for the rest of the night – it was a steaming hot one, and the lack of aircon was sorely felt.

I was just looking into hundreds of stacked emails this morning when the current went off for the whole area again.  This time we learnt that they are trying to patch through and beg borrow or steal from other areas, and that reliability of supply is something that we should not expect for quite a while.

And now, the pooch pack has pointed out in a panic that another thunderstorm is brewing.  Sea tea again?

© Colonialist January 2014 (WordPress)



About colonialist

Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies.
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17 Responses to CUT TO THE SLOW …

  1. Oh, not again! It seems that you’re more off than on. I hope Escom manage to fix the problems, so that you can wade through your e-mails, but please don’t hold your breath. 🙂 No air con at this time of year is no joke. I hope we don’t find our house is all mildewed when we get back in March. 😦
    Love your little misspelt missive. 😀


  2. oh no. how frustrating. We have electricity and a beautiful sunny day here at the sea today and my wifi problems persist. Thankfully the tourist office has free wifi so am going to catch up and maybe even post on my own blog today! Hang in there. Hoping you have gas stove so can make tea while the storm makes its own!


  3. What a pain! I do hope normality is resumed soon, Col. Meanwhile: a swim in that gorgeous pool of yours?


  4. bulldog says:

    Sounds as though Escom or some such supplier is having problems, causing you problems….


  5. oh dear – not good! For a moment I thought you had been kidnapped 😉 power to you soon Col!


  6. adeeyoyo says:

    Ugh, we have it too! Never know whether it is intentional or not – ie for maintenance or break downs, ha! ‘They’ don’t answer the phone, but sometimes have a l-o-o-o-ng recorded message of all the areas affected… Fat lot of use that is when you don’t know the cause and the estimated length of being without. 😦


  7. misswhiplash says:

    Oh my goodnes, gracious me
    to be without elect..ric..ity
    Must be hard and must be rough
    but you are getting just enough
    to send a little note or two
    when electric works for you.
    Do not worry, have no fear
    we shall wait for you…right here
    until normality is back again
    our fellowship will not wilt or wane
    Best of thoughts my friend to you
    And hope the storms will be but few
    then when all is well again
    you, ll see the sun instead of rain
    lots of love from me to you ,…..thinking of P


  8. nrhatch says:

    Love the note . . . sorry you had to write it in the dark causing you to misspell a few words. 😛


  9. These power problems are most frustrating. Hope it all gets sorted very soon.


  10. Your summertime weather sounds like ours, Col. Stay safe and away from lightning during these storms.


  11. suzicate says:

    Welcome back for however long until the next outing. We take our electric for granted and are quite lost when it’s out…at least, I am!


  12. Pussycat44 says:

    I think in Durbs we are used to the power going off at the slightest snap, crackle and pop in the sky. My area in Toti always seemed to be the one without power while I could lights elsewhere.
    I’ve been lucky in my area in Joburg so far, but the Ark warns me the power outage can happen here during storms, too.


  13. Grannymar says:

    PS, I lurve the art work!


  14. Grannymar says:

    Unannounced stoppages are a nuisance. Pity you cannot make real tea from the sea.


  15. Do you have a plain old sit up and beg typewriter? You could still write, then scan it when the power’s back.
    I’m very sorry for your power problems, but at least it’s warm where you are!
    I’m blowing some cool air towards you.


  16. guyportman says:

    It seems the weather has been wreaking havoc this year virtually everywhere.


  17. disperser says:

    I was going to say we take things for granted until they are gone, but apparently that only applies here. There, it seems you have frequent reminders.


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