Powerless – The Year the Lights Went Out

The story so far….the UK has been without electricity since October 3. Households no longer have mains water, petrol pumps can’t function, there are no UK radio or TV bulletins, mobile phones are useless and the nation has ground to a halt. Towns and cities are chaotic and dangerous, but in rural areas people are proving resilient and are determined to survive…..

Friday, November 15

Today is cold again, but it’s bright and dry, for which I am thankful. Martin cycled into the village and brought back aspirins, vinegar and news. It seems that help may be on the way. Apparently a young soldier cycled through the village yesterday and handed posters out to the shop, the chemist, the pub, the surgery and the rectory, saying that every effort is being made to restore the power and that foreign aid will soon bring supplies. Of course there is no clear indication of when this will come and what form this aid will take.

We all began to speculate on what should be brought into the country. Martin said petrol is the most important commodity, so generators could keep running and then we might have regular broadcasts on radio stations we could actually hear clearly. I think supplies of staples like rice, flour, oil and potatoes are the most important, along with fresh vegetables. I had sent Martin to get Vitamin C tablets from the chemist but we had forgotten that they are not open on Friday and he could only get the aspirin from the village shop, which is hardly the same thing.

The thought of news travelling by bike amused us all, but presumably even the army, which surely must have secret reserves of fuel, needs to conserve its supplies. And I am not placing any great faith in rations of any kind spreading beyond the cities and reaching us out here in the sticks. I think we should continue to manage our own supplies carefully until we have confirmation that help really is coming our way. We are eating quite well and although I think we have all lost some weight since this all began, I don’t think any of us are less healthy so far. We enjoyed our venison stew last night and I extended the stock to make a good soup for us today.

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About Suzanne Goldring

Suzanne Goldring writes the kind of novels she likes to read, about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. Two of her novels have been placed in the Winchester Writers' Conference First Three Pages of a Novel competition. She is currently working on a novel set in Corfu and her blog is a diary, set in real time, called Powerless, The Year the Lights Went Out.

One thought on “Powerless – The Year the Lights Went Out

  1. Absolutely enthralling. I can’t stop turning the virtual pages. Only difficulty is navigating in reverse order. I can visualise very clearly from your narrative and can’t wait to find out how the story develops. A bit dissapointed that Martin hasn’t rigged-up a wind generator/methane digester (sheep and chicken manure) to generate 12V electricity to charge car batteries. Using an invertor to then generate 240V AC to run essential appliances including lights and central heating pump. Oh well different skill set required post apocalypse – and it would then be a different story. Can’t help thinking you could have an oven made from a metal box beside the fire.

    Wonderful writing – I would like to see this published. I undestand that you can self-publish on Amazon Kindle and that might be a good start.

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