Friday, 12 June 2015
A week offline
Our neighbour who keeps the bees and grows Christmas trees in the field beside our house is now building a new house. And in the first throes of clearing the site, the guy with the digger cut our telephone lines - woohoo! Not! One whole week we've been offline and out of contact. No phone, no internet, no mobile, no cable tv. (Our mobile phones are boosted through wifi cos we're so close to the border and have a terrible signal).
For the first day or two it was weird - driving into the village to sit outside the pub where there's a good global wifi signal - then for the next few days we realised we were getting loads done around the house and offline, but after the 5th day it turned to utter frustration having to go to a cafe in town to get a good enough signal to collect emails and check bank and do any work.
It was an interesting experiment. Hopefully as this house progresses it doesn't become a repeat occurrence. With a bit of care, the red tape he's put up to mark out the phone line will keep that digger in its place.