Happy New Year! May it be a healthy, peaceful and prosperous one for all of us! May it have a better start than we, here in Charing, ended 2008: cold, cold and very cold!
We had a lot of finishing/preparing work planned for New Year's Eve, but alas. On Tuesday around 5.45pm the whole Village turned pitch black: power-cut! And that on the coldest night of the year!
We saw that around 11pm parts of the Village got their electricity back on - not us.
On New Year's Eve we woke up to a house temperature of 14 degrees Celsius (57 degrees in 'old money' - Fahrenheit)! I hoped it would be better in our showroom, but not so: only 12 degrees there. So.... the old ways became our 'new ways': open fire to try to keep warm, boiling water in a pan for coffee, pen and paper to write webpages and blog-posts and finding batteries for the radio.
We feared we would enter 2009 shivering, but around 3.30pm - almost 22 hours in the cold - all the power came back on.
(And so I'm catching up with some of the work on New Years Day ;-))