Saturday, 15 July 2006

cider, shrews and a greenhouse

  • Small local towns that have organic veg shops visited: 3
  • Village pubs visited and landlords chatted to: 1
  • Vicars spoken to whilst on their evening walk: 1
  • Live shrews rescued from living room and released in to the wild: 2
  • Dead shrews disposed of by chucking out of bedroom window: 1
  • Mysterious squeaking noises in bedroom during night ignored: 1
  • Assumed shrew livers found on bedside rug and disposed of: 1
  • Gallons of apricot wine placed in fermenting vat: 5

Boy - I have plans for the garden. Watch this space :).

Lisa - our back boiler seems to be actually up the chimney, which I think is unusual - as Kate said, they are normally behind the fire. Apparently being up the chimney means that it is more efficient, because it is catching the heat that normally disappears upwards. Have a look at these guys. Ours is a boiler over an open fire and has just been disconnected from it's water pipes, which stick up folornly in to the airing cupboard above. The boiler is cracked because a fire has been lit in the grate without any water in it; which is only an issue if one ever wants to use it as part of the central heating system again. We are thinking of replacing it with a similar, open-fire-and-boiler system - Dunsely still make the exact type - which is not so efficient as a multi-fuel stove, but which will be less expensive to put in, although less efficient to run.

It is three thirty in the afternoon and I have had a pint and a half of cider. I am going to wait until I sober up a bit and then move greenhouse panels around so that R's kids don't lacerate themselves when they come to visit on Monday. At the moment they are laid out all over the garden.

As you have probably noticed, we are still having fun ...



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15 comments:

  1. *waves* I hope you are wearing gloves!

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  2. Well now I am very puzzled - sorry to hijack your blog, but how does ours work then? No real sign of anything boilery; we have a woddburning (or presumably it would burn whatever we put in) stovey thing. I am feeling very dense.
    Mind you, I thought we had a combi boiler too - no tank - yet the hot water seems to switch itself on every morning.
    Cider sounds fun: we just sampled the first of last year's homebrew (not sure what to call it, cider made with apples and pears). Hugely successful; enormously alcoholic.

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  3. Well now I am very puzzled - sorry to hijack your blog, but how does ours work then? No real sign of anything boilery; we have a woddburning (or presumably it would burn whatever we put in) stovey thing. I am feeling very dense.
    Mind you, I thought we had a combi boiler too - no tank - yet the hot water seems to switch itself on every morning.
    Cider sounds fun: we just sampled the first of last year's homebrew (not sure what to call it, cider made with apples and pears). Hugely successful; enormously alcoholic.

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  4. Marvellous to hear that you're still having fun. Hope you sobered up well - cider and greenhouse panels don't mix!

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  5. Marvellous to hear that you're still having fun. Hope you sobered up well - cider and greenhouse panels don't mix!

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  6. Shrews. Out cat's favourite play thing. I'm not so keen, especially when he leaves them on the door mat. It's not nice to come down to little rodent corpses in the morning.

    "Apparently being up the chimney means that it is more efficient, because it is catching the heat that normally disappears upwards."

    That would explain why ours wasn't much use. It took ages to get enough water for a bath. It was a shame because I liked the idea, and had it worked it would have meant we only needed to install an immersion heater for the summer months. As it was by the end of the first week I was pleading for central heating.

    Lisa - back boilers are usually part of an open fire. If yours is a stove type thingy, it might be something different like an aga. I think they can be used for heating water though. My Gran had one, and I'm sure I remember her saying it could do that.

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  7. Shrews. Out cat's favourite play thing. I'm not so keen, especially when he leaves them on the door mat. It's not nice to come down to little rodent corpses in the morning.

    "Apparently being up the chimney means that it is more efficient, because it is catching the heat that normally disappears upwards."

    That would explain why ours wasn't much use. It took ages to get enough water for a bath. It was a shame because I liked the idea, and had it worked it would have meant we only needed to install an immersion heater for the summer months. As it was by the end of the first week I was pleading for central heating.

    Lisa - back boilers are usually part of an open fire. If yours is a stove type thingy, it might be something different like an aga. I think they can be used for heating water though. My Gran had one, and I'm sure I remember her saying it could do that.

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  8. I shall await garden updates with anticipation!

    Don't discount putting a stove in. When we moved into ours ten years ago we had an open fireplace. Very open, all the heat went up and none out. Put in one of those Nordic jobbies that reburns the smoke and is both environmentally sound, plus heats the living room a treat. You can get back boilers on them as well, but ours wasn't placed well enough to do that.

    Do find a friendly tree surgeon to get your wood from. We bung ours £40 a year and get a massive pile delivered.

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  9. I shall await garden updates with anticipation!

    Don't discount putting a stove in. When we moved into ours ten years ago we had an open fireplace. Very open, all the heat went up and none out. Put in one of those Nordic jobbies that reburns the smoke and is both environmentally sound, plus heats the living room a treat. You can get back boilers on them as well, but ours wasn't placed well enough to do that.

    Do find a friendly tree surgeon to get your wood from. We bung ours £40 a year and get a massive pile delivered.

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  10. Ooh no it's definitely not an aga! That would be most exciting. It's a wood-burning stove in a fireplace, not something you could cook on.
    Never mind (she says, conscious she has completely comandeered the blog for discussion of her own heating system)

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  11. Ooh no it's definitely not an aga! That would be most exciting. It's a wood-burning stove in a fireplace, not something you could cook on.
    Never mind (she says, conscious she has completely comandeered the blog for discussion of her own heating system)

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  12. Lisa - I don't feel hijacked at all - I am becoming a complete Boiler Nerd and am probably going to go around the country peering up people's chimneys for the forseeable future. It's all so COMPLICATED :).

    Are there any pipes going in to or out of the fire that might be taking water somewhere else?

    Boy - point taken re the stove. It's about an extra six hundred quid for the bits, not counting any more serious altering-the-space-to-fit potential building work. We have decided to sort out the solar panels first and see what cash we've got left over. It does make sense to sort out all the plumbing-related things at the same time ...

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  13. Lisa - I don't feel hijacked at all - I am becoming a complete Boiler Nerd and am probably going to go around the country peering up people's chimneys for the forseeable future. It's all so COMPLICATED :).

    Are there any pipes going in to or out of the fire that might be taking water somewhere else?

    Boy - point taken re the stove. It's about an extra six hundred quid for the bits, not counting any more serious altering-the-space-to-fit potential building work. We have decided to sort out the solar panels first and see what cash we've got left over. It does make sense to sort out all the plumbing-related things at the same time ...

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  14. Well, next time you are in Chester, please pop by and peer up my chimney. I'd be delighted! No pipes, but definite thermostat activity.

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  15. Well, next time you are in Chester, please pop by and peer up my chimney. I'd be delighted! No pipes, but definite thermostat activity.

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