Trying to recreate the grapefruit tea I enjoyed in France, I made my own version using dried grapefruit. The addition of spices and fresh mint made it most refreshing.
It is amazing how we take basic things for granted. We turn on a tap and water comes out. We flick a switch and we have light. And we feel we need both conveniences to survive. Two weeks ago we had a power failure. I cooked before it got too dark and Dave and I ate by candlelight. Our biggest problem was knowing which lights were on. Most of our switches are two-way for my convenience. This makes it impossible to tell which ones are on and which ones are off. I had turned the kitchen light on, so I knew to turn that one off. Dave assured me that the television would not turn itself back on. I had been watching the news while drinking my grapefruit tea and completing a puzzle.
When we woke up the next morning I walked from the bedroom in the cottage to the bathroom in the house. I could hear voices and it took me a few moments to realize that the television had turned itself on. The volume was not on too high, and the wind was howling. These two things combined meant that the news did not wake me when the power came back on. That was a good thing as I think I would have got quite a fright at 4am to hear voices in the house. I had also managed to work out which lights were on and so all of them were turned off when we woke up. Little did I know that the power would only be on for a few hours. This very basic need that we take for granted is for some people a luxury.