Anyway, having shown that I've no skill as a naturalist...
The emergency team was called in, and by this morning a new pole was in place.
The electricity had to go off of course. Given an hour's warning that you would have no power for the evening, what do you do? Have an early shower - tick. Have the evening meal early - tick. Look out the candles - tick. Set a battery alarm for the morning, so not to be relying on the alarm clock radio - tick. Fill a flask of coffee for later - tick. Make sure there's enough wood for the stove - tick.
So it was an early bed, and sometime in the middle of the night I was woken by people talking. The television had come back on. Well done and thanks to those that worked into the early hours to set things right!
Photos © Skip Cottage