The Candlelight by Candlelight

It was bitterly cold this morning but before breakfast the power was tripping off and on several times.  I managed to cook us scrambled eggs on toast and then the power went off completely.  We went to get the paper and then made ourselves a hot coffee using the kettle on the woodburning stove.  After reading the paper for a while we decided the best thing to do in a power cut was go down the pub!!

When we got there they too had a power cut and had lit several candles around the place, quite appropriate for a pub called “The Candlelight”.

We found out from Western Power that there was a problem with a transformer down at Keats Farm in Bishopswood, and as we drove to the pub we saw the men up the telegraph pole working on the problem. Most of the cables are overhead cables here in Somerset, so occasionally there are problems. We were told the power should be back on by 1.30pm.

We settled down on a sofa near the woodburner, only to be accosted by the owners new 15 month old Labrador called Poppy.  Poppy was a rescue dog who had been very overweight as she had not been walked much and fed too much.  The pub owners had had her now for 5 weeks and she had already lost some weight and gained some muscle mass.  She was very friendly and really took to us.

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We enjoyed sitting in the warmth with our drinks and talking to other locals about the power cut.  The pub had lost all its lunchtime meal trade as they couldn’t cook without electricity. (There is no mains gas in our villages).

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At about 1.35pm the lights came back on and there was a huge cheer in the pub.  We were lucky the power was not off for longer as it would have made cooking the roast dinner impossible this evening!!

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7 Comments »

  1. Glad your power is back on. We had a big storm here, too…snow and ice, but a nice hot woodstove to keep us warm, kind of like the one you are sitting by. 🙂

  2. Nikitaland said

    What a great way to enjoy a power outage – Drink! Love it! The way we look at it sometimes too, is “It’s 5:00 Somewhere!”. Poppy is adorable!

  3. The UK weather is big news. Clearly not global warming 🙂 But climate change really does seem to be having a joke on the planet this year. Glad you found a nice spot to wait our the punch line.

    • Yes, where is our Spring I wonder? At least the power out didn’t last too long and we enjoyed our stop off at the pub!

  4. Damaris said

    That’s definitely the thing to do in a power cut. I’m not sure how it would work here in Italy, with espresso machines (in the bar) and even our pellet stove being dependent on electricity!

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