Powerless – The Year the Lights Went Out

Tuesday, December 3

Martin bagged a couple of rabbits on Sunday. We hung them in the garage and will eat them later in the week or maybe take them along to the pub on Saturday, as we have plenty of beef for the moment. The rabbits remind me of my childhood when we stayed with my great-Aunt Hilda and Uncle Will in their pub near Midhurst at Christmas, where the cellar was filled with well hung game as well as barrels of beer and cider. The hares and pheasants were given by locals in lieu of payment, which fed us well over Christmas, but didn’t pay the bills, my aunt would complain.

I think Martin’s enjoying his role of hunter gatherer and Stephen is going out with him and learning to shoot, which he must do in case Martin is indisposed in future. An accurate shot with an air rifle can bring down the smaller creatures, but if they go after deer they will have to borrow Neil’s gun.

Yesterday Jane opened the second drawer of the Advent calendar and Anna presented us with a homemade Advent candle. I had been saying how sorry I was that we didn’t have one this year and now we do. She had marked a tall white candle with evenly spaced scratches, engraved numbers with a pin, then painted the etched marks with red nail varnish. We shall burn one section every night, just as we normally would and it will seem as if Christmas, and life, is more like it should be.

Only two eggs again today, so I hope there will be eggs on Saturday.

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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. Just a technical point: The oil lamp that exploded would be because it was filled with petrol – not paraffin. Parrafin is the correct fuel for oil lamps and will not explode: but petrol certainly will. Also the central heating oil is similar to diesel fuel and although not as refined as paraffin can be used in oil lamps and possibly diesel cars: but not petrol cars. The heating oil would be a tremendous resource for heating and cooking with a little ingeniousness.

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