Firelight and candlelight are very conducive to relaxing.
Some good books, a glass or two of wine and some Isle of Mull cheese with rosemary and sea salt reganas went down very well. I do find myself being in the present moment in these circumstances (ignoring the gale blowing and the rain battering the window, and relieved that it's not the sound of glass flying through the air that I'm listening to, and that it's only the greenhouse and not the house that is gone).
The evening is long and leisurely and I'm enjoying every minute of it.
Day four, and the power went on at 3am.
So, I ask myself, could I be happy living this simply?
Well I rather enjoyed the short break from my everyday life. The focus was on staying warm, eating and sleeping, and figuring out how to do the essentials without electricity, and totally ignoring all the inessentials.
Lots or reading. And some writing. With the addition of enough interesting work, I think I could be happy living this simply.
Back to basics, and very nice it was. For three days.
Then I got cabin fever....