Was well prepared this year, or so I thought.
Ran the genny for 30 mins the evening before the major snows came as part of it's routine check, started first pull as usual.
A day later and the electric went. Took me two hours to get it started. Had to leave the choke full on. As soon as I tried to run it at full revs it died. So in the space of 24 hours the carburettor reached a point where it was working fine to being gummed up and needing maintenance.
I was able to run the boiler and heat the house though even with it limping.
Couldn't run kitchen appliances so dug the food into a snow cave I made in the garden. It had drifted to 1.6m in places so it was quite easy. Food easily kept for the 5 days we were without leccy.
Bigger issue was the water going. Was off for almost three days, with an ill 12 month old baby in the house it wasn't easy, but we had it handier than some people nearby, army had to get them out so the ambulance could get them away.
On the plus side the over wintering kale and garlic loved the snow and I had a bumped crop later on!
So in terms of what I've done differently this year:
Since the repair I've run it under load for an hour at least a month. Previously I was just running it for 30 mins per month under no load. The petrol gets changed out every three months (used in ride on) and topped up with fresh stuff.
I also built a trolley (mars rover 1) with oversized inflatable wheels to get the genny over gravel and rougher ground more easily. It was an awful pain hauling 60Kgs through waist deep snow
I now have secure storage for 50L of petrol for the genny but don't keep that much on hand. Usually only ~15L in it and 5 nearby. Don't like having petrol lying about, no matter how good the storage is. Earlier this year I only had the 15L in it and 5 in the ride on I siphoned out.
I just didn't expect that things would get as bad as they would, I'm in the sunniest part of the sunny South East after all!
So if the electric goes again I'll be having heat, light and fridges and TV going.
In terms of solid fuel, I have 1.6 tonnes of coal and smokeless with some blocks to keep me going for a year or two
Stove is a real miser on fuel and reddens the living room. The kerosene for the boiler is not allowed to go below 500L in winter so that'll last months too.
Food I can get on the week but won't go hungry even if I can't get to the shops.
Clothing wise I was always into mountaineering, rock, ice climbing so am good down to at least -20 sleeping out. Not even vaguely worried with a roof over my head on that front. So no change needed there. When I was single and had no kid I would have loved those conditions.
Have 400L of water in butts that I can purify and use should the water go again. Have a Millbank bag to pre filter it before boiling it too. Butts are fairly well sealed but the odd leaf can make it's way in.
Oh and there's always the BBQ!