Monday 3 December thunderbolts and lightenning…

…very,very frightening is a line from Bohemian Rhapsody. More about that later.

So up and took the dogs for a walk after doing breakfast. A busy day ahead with four cottages to do and three to come in later in the day. Two cleaners up to change cottages over. Usual tasks today with laundry collection, rubbish collection etc. Had started bright but by lunchtime the showers had started to arrive. Chris and the handyman spent the morning with the guys who were bashing in the new fence posts around our front garden. Luckily they finished before the showers. Did lunch and the three guests arrived between 2.30 and 4pm by which time the showers were becoming more frequent and heavier. At 4pm Chris took the handyman back down to Bakewell en route to the Plumb Center up at the Industrial Estate. With all the guests in I went upstairs to sort out our washing when I heard it hailing outside. The ground went white very quickly and it was coming down so hard and fast that it started to build up on the windows. I heard a rumble in the distance then suddenly there was a flash and an explosion and the lights went out. I realised we had had a near lightening strike. The lights came back on and I thought I had better go down stairs and check on things. I found Smudge cowering behind a door (Blue had gone with Chris). In the office there was a burning smell and I checked the phones which were out. I couldn’t see anything else and assumed the smell was from the phone lines. One of the guests came over and said their TV was not working. A few minutes later another guests came over to say their TV was not working. When Chris came back I broke the bad news. He checked and discovered the burning smell was a computer server. This runs the computerised heating system (means we can turn off the heating from the office when guests leave rather than physically turning it off) and emails. Also the wireless Internet was down. We do have a lot of computer equipment on surge protected lines but still some equipment was affected. Chris found that the amplifier had blown which had taken out the TVs. He repaired that but found one TV and two digi boxes were dead. I went round the rest of the cottages checking that the remaining TV’s were working. The Internet company came to fix their equipment but didn’t have the right bits. Chris went over to their base in Ripley to pick up some bits but it was not enough to get it going again so they will come back tomorrow. Chris arranged with BT to divert incoming calls to his mobile, fine so long as we have a signal. Trying to work out what would be the priorities over the next day or two and ascertain the full extent of damage kept us up until 11.30.