Monday, 6 February 2012

Wretched SNOW.


The compact Royce has been moved to the shelter of the barn, the wood shed is piled high with sawn and split logs, and Cro is wearing 3, yes 3, thermal vests. Winter has arrived.
As a space saving solution for our new kitchen, I had our cooker's gas bottle placed outdoors, with the rubber supply tube going through the two foot thick stone wall. I had insisted on a gas hob, and an electric oven. But the cold weather has unearthed a problem; the pressure valve on the gas bottle has frozen-up, and unless I go out in the freezing cold and pour hot water over it, we have no gas supply to the hob.


Luckily we also have a wood-fired oven in the kitchen, which not only cooks, but also warms one half of the house. So my Sunday morning fried breakfast was safe; even if it was consumed a little later than usual.


How I hate the cold, and snow in particular! I'M STAYING INDOORS.

26 comments:

  1. Brrr! That looks wintry. But I am missing my log fires and cosy evenings. Is this Monty's first experience with snow?

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    1. I think it must be; and for Bok too. They both seem more interested in the ice on puddles, than the actual snow.

      Roughly 32 degrees C where you are? Hmmmmm.

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  2. Oh my, I am so sorry that the bad weather that I have heard about has taken over Europe, has come your way. It will be over soon, since spring is just a llittle more than a month away. Winter often brings the freezing weather and your mindset is compromisesd. Hold on, grab something/ someone strong? Sunshine is just around the corner, and life will be beautiful again,

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  3. Ah, bet you wish you had a pair of those Glastonbury slippers with the pompoms on, now...

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    1. Do they do mail order....Black with red pompoms please.

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  4. Never mind, Cro, just remind yourself that it won't last for ever... well hopefully not!

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  5. Good job you chopped all those logs then, Cro. Look on the bright side - at least you don't have to travel to go to work.

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    1. I've just been up to the barn; the bloody battery's FLAT.

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    2. not cold but damp here.....
      a day for clearing out the cupboards... keep warm

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  6. I was wondering if you were included in all that cold weather that hit Europe. I guess so..stay warm.

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  7. That doesn't sound like a nice cozy winter day. Sorry it's hit you guys so hard all of a sudden. Spring is more than welcome to break in early.

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  8. When you are not used to it, it's that much harder to take. Stay inside indeed and keep warm. This too shall pass.

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  9. it is said that Rome is snowed in too!

    the temp is a damp, bone chilling 29f here in North Carolina.

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  10. Cro...why did we love it sooo much when we were young?...oh I know...we were young!! keep warm!

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    1. You're right. I loved it when I was small.

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  11. It looks like you're getting our weather. Here in Ontario, Canada, we have no snow and above zero temperatures!

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  12. No matter how cold it looks and feels it looks wonderful to us that don't experience the snow...I also hate the cold Cro, I always want to hibernate and come out when it is a nice day,however last year we had no real winter to speak of and now this year you can count the hot summer days on one hand at the moment..our upside down world is upside down at the weather wise.

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  13. Cro - it looks B cold where you are too.

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  14. I've read several blogs this morning that are talking about the woefully LACK of snow, and how it will impact water supplies and plants. So, there you go. Send some snow over to the states.

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  15. That does look cold. Reminds me of getting the washing in at Lingfield when it was stiff with frost, standing it up and watching it gradually thaw and collapse.

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  16. I have the gas bottle problem when it is cold and I'm firing the kiln. TRY....
    1. rubber hot water bottle on top of the regulator.
    2. if the bottle starts to "freeze" (it is actually condensation freezing, not the gas inside) the best way to get rid of that is to pour COLD water over the bottle, not hot.

    Also the smaller the gas bottle, the bigger the problem in cold weather.
    Best of luck.

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    1. Thanks for that, gz. Ours is the small 25ish kilo (?) bottle. I'll try the HWB.

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    2. Mine are the 47kg size

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  17. Oh Cro your home sounds exactly what My husband and I want. Would you consider a trade for our big organic farm ? You'll get the miniature donkey, Doolin, for free

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    1. Would you put up with my grandchildren (and me) each Summer?

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