For the first time in it's history of more than 200 years, our home has mains electricity. In the 40 years that we have lived here we have managed without it, but it seems that the time has come to be connected to the mains. This does not mean that we cannot also use alternative energy, fortunately there are ways that the two can be combined. In the 1960s everyone without electricity was connected to the national grid for nothing, but the people who lived here declined the offer as they were afraid of it.
We now have a freezer which is quite a novelty and I am hoping that a reliable continuous source of power will mean that we can have an electric kiln.