Monday, October 28, 2013
WE NOW HAVE UNDERGROUND POWER
At about 9.15am this morning my other half wondered what the noise was out the front so thought he's best go and investigate. There was a young man (obviously an electrician) working on our meter box. The government employs private enterprise people to do this work and they do a wonderful job too.
"Good morning" said this young man, "we're here to switch you over to underground power".
We, of course, knew this was coming as for several months now there have been men digging holes all around this part of our suburb and leaving holes with orange mesh trellis around them etc. etc. and then filling them in. We have already paid some of the cost to have underground power ($AUS2,500.00 for pensioners spread over 5 years). The Council did allow us to vote on whether we wanted underground power and about 75% of respondents answered in the affirmative which pleased us.
We have quite a few trees growing in our front garden and from time to time have had to have lopping done to keep them away from not only our overhead wires but of those belonging to the house next door. You can imagine my delight when I stood and watched a chap roll up the wires that used to lead from the street pole to our house. No more worries about trees and wires. What a wonderful thought.
I am now waiting for nightfall to see if the new street lamps are turned on or are they still using the old ones. We are of course hoping that eventually the huge wooden poles (one of which is on our verge near our front gate) will also be gone which will make out streetscape look so much tidier.
I didn't even miss out on my morning cuppa (you know I get up late don't you?) as MOH got the small gas stove and kettle out and brewed me a cup of tea while the power was off. I ask you "what would I do without that man?' I'd be absolutely lost without him.
Now, that is interesting. I just realised that night had fallen so we checked and it's the old street lights still in use and not the new ones. We have the underground power in our houses but the street lights don't, as yet. I won't even try and fathom out how 'they' do that but it gives us another bit of excitement to look forward.
The pictures?? Just to show how happy I am with this development today. Whoopeeee!!!!