Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Power cut ...

So Marco looked at the food and back at the contestant ...

Marco Pierre White ...
He said, 'I hope this tastes better than it looks' ...

Which in chef land is a very bad place to be, and so were we. That was the exact moment the power went off. A momentary flicker as a distant circuit breaker tried to restore power, and that was it ...

I wonder what happened next ...

For me, no more Masterchef Australia, and my eyes left trying to focus, In what was total pitch black darkness. Both inside the house, and outside too. Not that it did not stop someone with a scooter, and no lights themselves, to try and negotiate their way up the street.

I went for the torch, left by me where I know how to find it in the gloom, only to find out the SWMBO had tidied it away. Eventually we lit some tea lights, no point putting on the gas lanterns at a late hour.

One of the tea lights, was doing a good imitation of a sparkler. Spitting hot wax everywhere, swiftly it was extinguished, and a further clean up required this morning.

So we just waited it out, thoughts along the line of will it be an hour? Is it something serious? or has someone twanged a telegraph pole on the ring road, with their car on the way home again ...

What you do here when the lights go off, is unplug all items, regardless of whether they are protected by a surge protector. Power cuts and the restoration of supplies, can work out expensive. That fridge freezer can go bang, along with the microwave when supplies do return.

All plugs removed, and we waited, but in the end you go to bed. Within five minutes the lights are restored as was all power. The kitchen appliances and computer live to fight another day ...

Up this morning, clearly no point going at the correct time to office number three, after all last nights power cuts. Who knows what may have damaged the PC, the internet connection or even the alarm clock ...

Time to adopt GMT = 'Greek Maybe Time' +2hours, so at 11am rather than the required 9am ...

The return to Office number three - Day 2 - Visit 4 (11am):

No Person in charge, just the charming assistant who now 'did have authority' to give me my desired piece of A4. The 'door handle' has of course, still not been fixed ...

Onwards to Yorgos at the stationery shop, for yet more photocopies ...

The return to Office number one - Day 2 - Visit 2:

So back across town we went, on another chilly morning, clutching more of the paper trail. Today office number one, had lights all electricity for PC's, and full access to its database. Quite surprising really, more so as we were first in the queue, as everyone else in Skiathos had adopted GMT like us, and seemed to storm in after us too.

Papers filed in a sweltering office, running three wall mounted dimplex heaters, one plug in heater, and two aircon units on full blast. The lovely lady who is the only civil servant, in the true meaning here on Skiathos, still wearing her coat, to keep out the chill ...

Job done, its taken three days or so, walked across town countless kilometres, and on two occasions like today, the rain has caused a leak from the boots. Trench foot factor 3 ...

On to Carrefour, slip sliding in the aisles, where they were stocking the shelves after the delivery. Must say the quality of goods is steadily improving, they actually have some things worth buying. 

I know many of you think its endless summer here, but really it is not. In winter here you really see the locals wrapped up. These last few days they are fully wrapped in winter clothing, often holding handkerchiefs across the mouth, to help keep the cold air out of the lungs. Seems strange but it really does work. 

My hands are feeling the cold, one younger neighbour was also feeling the chill. We had fun whilst I showed her, the skiers trick, of throwing the blood out from your body, to circulate chilled fingers.

Back home, and as daylight slips back into the gloom before night, The woodburner is prepared, and ready to go. The spell of wet weather has really cooled everything down. There is a very noticeable nip in the air, and you really appreciate the heat, that the fire will bring ...

Later: Woodburner on Woodmark 5 - Lovely. Sadly no Marco Pierre White tonight either, far too windy outside again ...

2 comments:

  1. I guess living on a Greek Island in the winter is not always rosy, but at least you made some progress today......running over town keeping fit.....a lovely woodburner to sit by......and who wants to watch Marco Pierre White anyway........

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      MPW is the 'Godfather of English Cookery'
      Love to watch the man change from a cool calm collected individual, to one entirely focussed, a madness for perfection and barking orders to the teams like a sergeant major. However the coaching and Influencing skills of the guy is amazing to watch ...
      Today the weather outside is glorious, amazing sunlight but a cutting chilly breeze. Last nights gusting winds and rain just a bedtime memory ....

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