I've spent the day doing a load more admin and financial stuff, sending a lot of emails and making what seems like dozens of phone calls. One of the admin tasks involved checking and signing a form full of financial stuff that was filled in by an official body, using information supplied by me. Good job I didn't just sign it without checking....several pieces of info were wrong, some missing altogether, one or two sections seemed to be completely made up, I can't imagine how they even arrived at the figures. So the form has to be redone and resubmitted, annoyingly. My head now feels like it's exploding.
We've not had much damage from Storm Ciara - well, none at all really, a few things got blown around the garden but that's it so far. We've certainly not suffered like other parts of the country, I do feel for those whose houses and businesses are flooded or property damaged. Betty hasn't been liking the strong winds....it's the noise she doesn't like, and she's not terribly keen on going out, unsurprisingly. However, the last house in our little row of 4 (2 pairs of semis) has a problem - the main electricity cable has been almost disconnected and is hanging off their wall. The tenant has been in touch with the power company who will be coming out as soon as they can (they couldn't say when). They did say that they'll probably have to temporarily cut the power supply to all our 4 houses. Oh well, dinner's in the oven but we do have a camping gas stove and I've just filled a flask with boiling water. We have plenty of blankets, candles and torches and our mobiles are charged, so we'll be fine for a short while if the power does go off. We have regular (short) power cuts here anyway, always have done, so it's nothing new.
Lack of sleep continues to be a problem, as do my stomach and bowels (I know, too much information). I'm sure they'll settle down once all this stressful stuff is over.
Meanwhile, I'd like to go and live on a desert island with basic facilities, enough simple clean food, warmth, light and plenty of books and crafting supplies, but no technology. A sea view would be nice.