londonbard: walking tabby cat, (Tyger) (Default)
An LJ friend wrote about being out in a storm when lightening struck the power lines above her!

lightning at Lonsdale )
The roof seemed fairly solid but I developed a real preference for being outside during thunder-storms.
Prayer at maisonette 17 )
londonbard: walking tabby cat, (Tyger) (Default)
The water was cut off throughout Tuesday, from 9 a.m. to 6p.m. We'd been warned, in theory - but the leaflets went to the wrong blocks and most of us thought that it wouldn't affect us. I'd filled containers in case.

The cut was longer than the warning had stated so I rang the Water-Board and was told they were fitting a temporary mains supply. It was cut off again overnight with no prior warning. (Apparently we had the original Victorian water mains. That figures.)

(It was probably because I'd been writing about the 1980s and 1990s that I kept expecting the power to go off, too. [Incidently, a kid of about 9 called it a Heath-cut and told me that's what her mother calls it. Local dialect? Oddly enough, Maggie Thatcher, a far more powerful PM, hasn't entered the language in the same way. Of course, TV has been discussing the three day week a lot. ]

Edited to add that I've realised I "had a feeling power might fail" because interupting the water supply led to a spilt pipe and flooding when it resumed a few weeks ago. The wiring channels run under the floor so = power failures. Neither kitchen or bathroom has natural light so I now have candles and lighters where I can find them in the dark.)

The water went off again this evening at about 7.30 - while I was filling the kettle. (So I missed Water Aerobics because there was no water...)

There was no warning of either of the evening water-cuts so I rang the Water Board again. Apparently they didn't know about the water was off. The supply was restored by about 11p.m. and I'm still wondering if the temporary main had failed. If it did I suppose we'll be having more cuts. The fishtank needs cleaning out but it doesn't seem like a good idea to do until I'm sure I can refill it.
londonbard: walking tabby cat, (Tyger) (getting there)
The police turned up today - one of them, anyway. The investigation turned up some creepy results. There has unquestionably been somebody very big and heavy in my garden, outside the windowon on this side of the flat. (The computer-room side. I would once have said the living room.) It would take full adult weight to break the hydrangea as it has been broken. The foxglove is flattened to an extent that - I'm about 5' 7" and I don't think putting my whole weight on the crown of that plant would have done that much damage. No squirrel did that. The signs say a big man, trying to get right up to the window.

There's no indication of how he got in and out of the garden itself.

There is much more evidence of an intruder on the bedroom side of the flat. He broke plants dropping in and he broke plants and the fence getting out. Nasty situation. Not much I can do except be very wary.
londonbard: walking tabby cat, (Tyger) (Tea)
I have been both worked off my feet and almost unable to get on-line.disasters spawn (it must be the rising water... )

The whole thing has been unfunny, TBC.

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