Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Keeping Warm

Today is so grey and miserable, I can't even see the Downs or the field at the end of the garden. We are nice and warm though, thanks to our Rayburn. The picture above is Chichester Harbour on a cold Autumn day a few weeks ago. I love going for walks on cold days so you can come back to warm up in front of the fire with a nice cup of tea, made in a teapot and a piece of cake.

I had to take a picture of the last of the glowing embers of the last fire we had in the solid fuel rayburn just so I could be reminded. I miss the little fire, it was so warm and cosy and made a lovely little comforting noise.

The new rayburn is in place and just about working, I can't begin to say what an ordeal it has been. We even nearly missed a siting of a Barn Owl on a walk because we had been too busy moaning about the chap who fitted it for us.

It is so exciting having on and off heating and hot water. The house feels much better for it too. Its not that I like to have loads of heat but having it all thermostatically controlled, is so much better than arriving home at mid night and having to make a fire just so there is hot water in the morning. Or going outside and finding dry kindling, or sitting in front of it willing the fire too light. It was a kind of love hate relationship with the old rayburn.

The new rayburn has pressure jet burners so only burn when needed and this hopefully means we will burn less oil. I was very lucky, to find a five year old one for a a very good price in the free adds. Otherwise we had been think about getting the old one converted which is apparently not as efficient and much noisier. Its noisy enough while the burners are on. I hope we have made the right decision.

The other exciting thing is we created all this space in the kitchen. For 5 months we had the old and the new rayburns sitting in our little kitchen. What to do with all this space......well I'm going to save that for another post.

Since now we did not need so much wood the wood fairy decided to visit and left us with stacks of wood.

Which Captain Rupert guarded over.

Hopplesham bunny arrived with my parents and a chain saw, to chop all the wood up. My parents helped us out with finishing of lots of out standing DIY, which was worrying K. Thank you very much to my parents for all your help.

Hopplesham is an old favourite I used to play with him all the time at my grandmas. He used to belong to my aunt. I thought it was about time he came to live with us after seeing Michelle's lovely rabbit collection. Hopplesham is a stieff with a bell in his tail, but no button in his ear. I think this has long been removed due to a believe that it is cruel to pierce animals ears.

Now I have a good log pile, I can light the wood burner. Its so warm and cosy having real fire. I wood like to heat the house as much as possible in this way so we don't burn too much oil. Its a little too hot for Captain Rupert so he sneaks of to hide behide the sofa.

I have a few thank yous in order,

First thank you to Louise @ www.thehomeiswheretheheartis.blogspot.com for the Schmooze award and www.katherinesdream.blogspot.com, for another award which does not seem to be showing up in the side bar where I placed it, (I will look into that). I was really honoured to receive these. I had never had an award before. I should pass them on because I thought it was so nice, but I'm going to cope out as I could not possible decide. Thank you and sorry its taken so long.


this is my patch said...

Hi Joanna, so pleased you are back in 'blogland', I hope you spent a lovely time with your parents and in a warm home too, you must be so pleased to get some heat up and running at last, we are always moaning about tradesmen too, that is why John always ends up doing jobs around the place himself. My dad would love your logpile, he used to have a rayburn but now just has an open fire and I see you have an orange Le Creuset casserole, my mum had one of those and could hardly lift it out of the oven once it had a casserole inside! Do you know I have never been to Chichester harbour although John fishes the lakes along the A27 bypass. Captain Rupert really does make me laugh, he never misses a 'photo opportunity' does he, although he is doing a good job guarding the stack. I love Hopplesham bunny although I do hope CR hasn't had his nose pushed out of joint or his ears burnt by the fire! Louise x

Louise said...

I thought you may have gone on your Lake District weekend, I guessed you probably wouldn't get to visit Hill Top as you were on a walking break, maybe next time if you don't mind the travelling, it is a long way isn't it. It rained a lot when we visited and I remember when looking around Windermere the heavens opened and it chucked it down and we had to take refuge in a cafe, any old excuse for a coffee and cake! x

Libbys Blog said...

Glad you are all warm and cosy again, makes everything seem so homely! We love our multi fuel stove in the lounge too, especially when the north wind doth blow!!!!

Cowboys and Custard said...

Hello Jo
Your latest post has a very cosy glow to it..
I can't imagine the chore of having to light the stove every day but then it is so easy to take things for granted isn't it.. I love Rayburn/Agas.. they are the heart of a home..
We bought a reconditioned one.. a fraction of the cost of a new one!
Love Captain Rupert.. and Hopplesham.. two snuggly bunnies!
Have a lovely cosy week.

Carol said...

Hi Joanna,
I am pleased that the Rayburn is now installed. The log burner looks wonderful as does the log pile! For some strange reason everyone who had received a Christmas award seems to have lost the image.....too tech for me I am afraid.
Enjoy your cosy home.

ginny said...

Hi Joanna,
Your home sounds so inviting. If you have enough space in your kitchen now the old rayburn is gone what about putting in an armchair to curl up on.
Have a cosy weekend
ps. Love Hopplesham.. his closed eyes are so pretty.

this is my patch said...

Hi Jo, just wanted to say that I have wrapped up the boxes of little cards I bought from you, as Christmas presents, they are perfect for my friends and family. I hope you and K have a lovely weekend. Louise x

weirdbunny said...

Finally got round to sewing you a gift in appreciation for the lovely seeds you sent me. Will pop it in the post with a bar of chocolate on Tuesday ~ love Julia x

Anonymous said...

We had a really gloomy grey day like that here yesterday - just wasn't worth even going out!

The rayburn looks very nice and i hope works out well for you!

AC said...

Forgot to say that my cards arrived the other week and they are gorgeous...I love them!
Take care,
Alison x

Libbys Blog said...

Rupert has been tagged by the Woodlands World Kitties