Wednesday, 10 August 2011
Trying to be nocturnal
I asked my neighbour if she knew how long it would be off. She shrugged her shoulders. She doesn't really care. After all she has only had electricity in her house for a couple of years. She's used to managing without.
I hadn't intended to go over to the hotel because the bus fares are adding up...and so is the petrol if Mr A has to bring me home. It's also unbearably hot and waiting around for buses isn't pleasant. It's also Mr A's busiest time and he really can't be away from the hotel or he will miss customers.
However, on the spur of the moment I decided to go. I spent a hot sticky day there and although really not looking forward to it, was prepared to make the return journey by bus. But Mr A insisted on bringing me home. Just after he dropped me off and was about to return there was an announcement from the Muhtur over the public address system to say that the electricity would go off again this morning and wouldn't be switched on again until around 6pm.
It would seem that work on the new electricity system for the village, which should have started last month, has finally begun.
Today I decided I would stay at home. We just can't afford all this travelling back and forth. But I was prepared. I stayed awake as long as I could last night to make the most of being able to use my laptop, get the washing done and vacuum the house. The dogs woke me up as usual at 6am, and after being fed and going out, I managed about an hour on the laptop before the power was cut just after 8am. It returned again at 6.30pm.
As you can imagine in this heat food in the fridge is going off, and stuff in the freezer is gradually defrosting. It's a bloody nuisance! Mr A phoned to say he had spoken to the Muhtar who informs him that these daily powercuts will continue for the next 10 days!
So I am trying to adjust my body clock to accommodate. Today I have had two long naps and am hoping this will enable me to stay awake tonight, to do all the things that require electricity, that I would normally do during the day.
By the end of the 10 day period I should be completely nocturnal.