The power came back on at 03.11, the phone pinging and various lights coming on woke me up. It's been off for 18 hours. I doubt I'll get back to sleep. It's been a downright bloody nuisance having no lights, heat or power - how people cope when their power is off for days and days I just don't know. The house feels freezing, like it does when heating has been off for ages, the cold seems to seep into the walls and takes ages to warm up again.
I got up because I thought I'd have to start on a mammoth cooking session, cooking things that had defrosted. Well, I've just checked the freezers and amazingly most things are still frozen, more or less, there's only a few things that have partially defrosted and I will throw out, just to be on the safe side. Things like 2 turkey and veg pies I made from Christmas leftovers, a few homemade and then frozen ready meals such as a couple of risottos, pasta bakes with meat in them, and some fish. I'd rather throw them out than run the risk of getting food poisoning. There's bacon, milk, yogurts and soft cheeses in the fridge I'm going to chuck out too.....I've checked official advice and it says they're no longer safe after 4 hours without power. I'll photograph everything, add it up and see whether it's worth claiming on the house contents insurance.
Other than that, we've escaped relatively unscathed.....unlike our neighbours whose shed roof blew off, and falling tiles off their roof narrowly missed their car. Plants in pots and various bits and pieces have been blown all round the garden, we have a few odds and ends of things now in our garden which belong to neighbours (having been blown in), and a couple of things are missing from our garden which have obviously been blown elsewhere. Never mind, it's all over now (hopefully).
Oh, one annoying thing is that our broadband, never particularly reliable at the best of times, is currently in and out like a fiddler's elbow, no doubt as a result of the power outage. Hopefully it'll get back to what passes for normal out here in the sticks (at a speed of less than 1 mbps, no fibre round here!) soon.