One of the bad things about living in the countryside is that you don't get everything on the mains like you do in urban areas. Sure, we get mains water and electricity, but we need oil for our heating and the AGA, which is delivered every 6 months or so, and yep, we've run out. Four days before Christmas. So now, we're very cold and can't cook anything. Plus as it's Christmas all the oil delivery companies will either be running low or they'll be really busy, so we may be cold for a while.
Buy hey, at least we get to go out for a meal and I can have a nice steak ;)