We started off with a spate of them in 2012, then it settled down for a while, we had another one last back end and then it went out for an hour and a half yesterday again. Several have been in the middle of the night where I only realise it happened because the clock on the cooker is flashing and has lost its settings when I get up.
I'd assumed it was just some specific fault on a wire local to our little enclave here which some bugger really ought to get round to fixing properly but finally I phoned up the power company yesterday when the phone started working again and it had knocked out the power to 352 houses over a several mile area and was reported in as "an explosion at the top of a power pole in someone's garden".
He also looked up the previous outage and that was over a wide area too. So no general problem with our local supply, just sod's law it seems. Branches falling onto cables etc.
So I'm happy it isn't just my house or its supply but surprised it happens so often. Is this just a "living in the sticks" sort of thing we have to get used to?