Scotland Winter Storm - Or Why We Lost Electricity For 2 Days

So what's the big deal about losing power in a winter storm.  Well, if you live out in the country and your nearest village is 2.5 miles away and the snow plows come up your road last, then you learn to go back to basics.
Left - our garden in May.  Notice the stone wall at the back.  Right - during the storm the wall is hidden - you can just make out the hedged across the road.

Below - Scot collecting snow to melt on the wood stove.  That's right, because
we get our water supply from nature -
not pipes, it goes through a filter which is powered by electricity.

Cooking on the wood stove, dinner by candlelight, no internet, no outside news and lots of reading before the sun went down!
Is it the Colorado Rockies?  Nope, it's our wee corner of Perthshire and me taking a walk.


  1. Are you all dug out now? We had the same sort of weather here in Indiana, but never lost power. I have done, though - once for a whole week, and a houseful of kids and foster-kids, one of whom was pregnant and due any minute. Thankfully she waited til the day the power came back to go into labor.

    All a rather big adventure, looking back!


  2. Hi Susan! Yes, we finally saw the last of our snow a week ago - March 15. In the winter you learn to keep the larder full and the flashlights and candles handy, so even though we didn't know a storm like that was coming, we were ready. But we had little water and no bathroom facilities....ahem. But where our adventure brought peace and quiet, I see your's brought the opposite with all the kids! Glad it turned out well for you. They're predicting a warm summer for us now! BTW, you look too young to have all those children!


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