This is an attempt at a post before I am disconnected.
Today we had one of the worst storms I can remember. The thunder was so loud it seemed to shake the house and the lightening so vivid, it was like being in a war zone.
We pulled out all the electric plugs then decided also to trip all the switches in the fuse box to be on the safe side. One flash of lightening produced a loud bang inside the house which appeared to come from the fuse box, and we could smell burning. Mr A checked inside the box but all seemed to be OK.
Once the storm had subsided he tripped the switches again and electricity was restored. I plugged the wires back into the modem and switched on my laptop. No internet connection. We phoned TTNet but as there has been a lot of damage from the storm, all they could do was add my name to the list of problems being passed on to the engineers to deal with, and gave us no idea when this would be likely to happen.
In the meantime, I am using my dongle which I keep for such emergencies. The problem with this is that I can just about manage to open my email box, get into Blogger, and occasionally get into Facebook. The oddest thing with Facebook though is that I type out a status, and it just disappears on it's own without me pressing any keys. But all this is very s l o w and it's very frustrating.
There is another problem with the dongle. It's on a pay as you go tariff, and I have not topped it up for months so I'm pretty sure it will disconnect at any moment. I can't log into my bank account to top it up.
About half an hour ago I checked the modem again and the wires leading to it, only to find that I had forgotten to remove the wire from the splitter box that runs into the house. The splitter box had exploded and burnt out, clearly hit by lightening, and the plastic connector was stuck in the splitter box leaving an exposed wire.
I found a spare splitter box, and some spare plastic connectors, so it could easily be fixed. But there's not much point because Mr A has just received a phone call from TTNet to tell us that the whole village is without internet connection and they have no idea when they will have engineers available to fix it.
I could go into Milas tomorrow to top up my dongle....but it's highly unlikely because the village is flooded and impossible to get in and out at the moment. More rain is due tonight, so here I am confined to the house with no connection to the outside world.
And my dogs are completely unperturbed by all this. The four big guys have been snuggled up in their cosy room, whilst Poppy and Monty have slept through it in their beds in the bedroom.
Well there's nothing else for me to do now but go to bed early and catch up on some of the many books I've been meaning to read.
Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible....I hope.
Update 6.00am. Up early with the dogs so Mr A fixed the wires and connected to spare splitter box and...hey presto...we have internet connection. TTNet must have resolved the problem overnight, unless we are just one of the lucky ones, being up on the hill, and those down at the bottom perhaps still don't have connection. If that is the case it's kind of karma isn't it? Remember when those at the bottom of the village used all the water so there was none left for us at the top?
The phone line is dead but that doesn't bother me too much and will no doubt get sorted in due course.