The Sun’ll Come Out Tomorrow

Posted: November 20, 2008 in Life, Spain, Tenerife, Travel
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A seriously undernourished woodpile

A seriously undernourished woodpile

This morning we woke up to find that this dreaded flu bug seemed to be finally in retreat (touch wood – appropriately).  So with rediscovered vigour we held our normal morning business meeting…sitting up in bed with a coffee (much better than the stuffy boardroom business meetings that we were used to in Britain).

With heads full of plans we leapt out of bed ready to get stuck in…but TIT (this is Tenerife), so with typical in ‘the best laid plans of mice and men’ fashion we discovered that, somewhere between making the coffee and getting out of bed, the electricity had been cut-off, stopping us dead in our tracks.

This is the third time this week and I knew why. A bunch of goons are working on a trench near the main road. They finished it at the weekend and filled it in, but in true Tenerife fashion, forgot to put everything back the way it was and hey-ho, had to dig the trench back up again (this happens with frightening regularity).
But even though I knew the reason the ‘Luz’ was off, it doesn’t do any harm to phone up and check with the electricity company.

It took a while to get through, during which time I was treated to a loop of the soundtrack to the musical, ‘Annie’.
This being Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, I know the ‘sun’ll come out tomorrow’ – but what I really wanted to know is will the electricity?

Anyone else thinking - Jack Nocholson and The Shining

Anyone else thinking - Jack Nicholson and 'The Shining'

Eventually I got through and the fact that there was a problem was confirmed, except the reason was a technical issue with the generator (they’re hardly going to admit to the real reason being the utter stupidity of some pipe/cable layers) and that it wouldn’t come back on for around two and a half hours.

Still, every cloud has a silver lining, so unable to do any ‘proper’ work, we decided to tackle a pile of cut branches that had needed clearing for the past few months and start on some wood management. With winter fast approaching, our wood pile was looking decidedly underfed.

Two and a half hours later at midday, the electricity came back on accompanied by the sound of bells from a nearby church (don’t know whether that was a coincidence or the Padre was equally happy to find his ‘power’ restored).  We had cleared a huge pile of crap, I had blisters on my fingers and the wood pile was looking a bit healthier.

Next job is to dig out the chainsaw and start on the big boys…I can feel the testosterone rising already!!!

This is why there’s no word for ‘planning’ in the Canario vocabulary.


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