It was a cold blustery day with squalls of sleety rain coming from somewhere near the Antarctic, and given that Beechworth seems at times to be at the end of a very long piece of string, the power would occasionally flicker momentarily.
As Beechworth doesn't have mains gas, and we don't have a wood heater, we're reliant on power for heat, light, data, the whole shebang, so understandably we get a little nervous when the power flickers - we seem to get more than our fair share of outages and a winters' day when it was struggling to reach five Celsius is not the day to have an outage
I'd just made a crock of Boston style beans and had them bubbling away in the oven when suddenly the power went out.
Over the years we've got quite good at managing outages :
- check if all our trips are on and if the smart meter says connected - if they are or it doesn't it's a power company issue
- wait twenty minutes and see if the power comes back on
- fire up the 4G travel modem and the lightweight laptop I use when we go travelling and check outagetracker.com.au for an incident report