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We have not had power since Tuesday - so we have been invited to friends out of town today for a shower and roast meal. Bliss. Another friend has helped with doing washing and recharging things. The Salvation Army were dropping off food parcels in our street yesterday! Somehow I actually feel like a victim of sorts for the first time now.
As the prospect of being part of the 20% with no power for a long time looms up on us we managed to get a wee two stroke generator yesterday though so have saved our tropical fish tank - if I am lucky my partner will let me use it for the fridge! At least we can recharge phones and run the modem - which we appreciate as we have no tv to see.
The queues at the supermarket put me off shopping yesterday and as we have now lost all the contents of both freezers, we are just making do now. My days of prawns and sirloin steak are over... beans and rice and pasta await. We won't starve at least.