November 3, 2013

A few thoughts from yesterday

Yesterday was something of a disaster. It rained all day long virtually without stopping so every time the dog had to go out, he got sopping wet. OK, I’m used to that, but I also had to keep going out in it myself, to get more wood in. And every time I did so, I found that my small stock of wood was getting wetter and wetter despite my having been careful to keep it covered up.

It turns out that all of the lightweight blue tarp that I’ve been using (left-overs from MYRO’s old covers and new stuff that I’ve bought over here that’s similar) is as about as useful as an ashtray on a motorbike when it comes to holding back water, which just passes straight through it. You have to ask yourself, therefore, what can it possibly be useful for? All I can think of is dust covers – other answers on a postcard please 😕

I managed to get by by bringing in as much wood as I could and leaving it to stand for as long as possible to dry off before bunging it into the wood burner, but although I managed to get by and still had enough of a fire left this morning to get going again, it could hardly be called successful and by the evening, the house was quite cold. On a brighter note, Russ’s glass cleaning method worked a treat and I’ve decided that my regular morning regime will include cleaning the glass every day before the muck gets a chance to build up, as well as clearing out the old ashes. Like anything new and unfamiliar, it’s a learning curve, isn’t it.

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The downside is that with all this messing about with the wood burner, I’m beginning to smell like an old bonfire all the time. If I can notice it myself, what on earth must I smell like to other people 🙂