The last couple of days have been pretty cold, especially during the evenings and nights, although probably not as cold as it might get over the coming few weeks. So although I’ve now had 56NE’s new battery and spark plugs for a few days, because the mist has hung around over on Galinat’s north-facing hillside, much as I’d like to have done, I’ve not been tempted to go over there in the cold, clammy conditions to fit them.

Another source of concern for me is the rate at which I’m getting through my wood. When I look back to the picture that I shot on 14 December when I finished cutting and splitting the second batch of wood that I bought in, I’ve already used up all of what’s shown stacked in front of the vertical supports of my grenier landing. That’s in less than three weeks, and at this rate I can hardly see the stocks that I have left lasting me through the whole Winter.

I’ve been bringing in a good stock of logs every morning that I’ve stacked next to my wood burner to use that evening and I’ve been amazed just how much I’ve used every day. I wouldn’t mind so much if my house has been really warm as a result, but it hasn’t really. I suppose that’s the price that you pay for buying an old, poorly insulated converted barn stuck in the middle of the French countryside 🙂

The solution will be to put more insulation in, together with double glazing and, probably, shutters. But that won’t be possible until I can do the work to convert my grenier to make a couple more rooms in what is now my roof-space and that won’t happen for a couple of years or so because of all of the other more pressing things that I need to do beforehand. So that means that I’ll be stuck for at least another couple of Winters, but at least I should in the meantime be able to get around to doing some of the other essentials that will help, like fitting some insulating curtains for a start.

Until then, I’ll just have to keep doing what I’m doing now – my wood burner is already lit and on its way to chucking a good bit of heat out into my living room and also, as for the past few days, I’ve got a convector heater on a low setting to warm my kitchen up a bit. This takes me back to when I was a kid in the 1950’s – we were hardy stock then, so it isn’t as though I haven’t had a bit of practice, even if it was a few years ago 😉

4 thoughts on “Cold weather blues

  1. Well done mate. Linda Lusardi eh – now there’s a woman worth warming your hands on 😉

  2. Yep Roger, quality (dryness!) of the wood make a huge difference. Sawed, chopped and then loaded a tonne of ash with my old man today then took it home and stacked it! So by the time it gets in the burner it will have made me hot more times than Linda Lussardi.

  3. There speaks a man with more experience of a wood burner than I’ve got 😉 It’s running pretty well with this new wood and the oak smell in the house from the pile that I keep ready at the side of the stove when it gets hot, is really nice. If I have to buy some more in, so be it really. It’s a heck of a lot cheaper than electricity and it’ll just mean doing a bit more sawing and splitting. That’s if my wood man still has some dry stocks though.

    The film might be a good idea. From the look of it, someone has tried something similar in the past on some of the windows so I’ll check and see if I can find anything over here to do the job. It’ll only need to last for a few weeks and even if it just helps a bit it’ll be handy.

    Tell you one thing Russ – remember when we were talking about cleaning the stove’s glass door? With this new wood, it’s hardly getting dirty at all and most mornings it can be cleaned with just a few wipes with dry paper. Just shows how bad the wood was that I was using last year eh.

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