|The sitting room we inherited|
Nothing spurs you into activity more than physical discomfort. We moved into our little
cottage in the summer and even then it was cold,”indoors.” As the evenings
started to draw in through autumn we started to feel the chill even more and
the light was never quite, well bright enough to see. I was thinking of getting
my eyes tested and constantly cleaning my glasses, but had to accept it was the
general gloom of the interior once actual direct sunlight stopped shinning
through those tiny windows.
|Starting to "improve"?|
|The wall down dust and boulders|
Because of the dust we had set up camp in our bedroom, but do you know dust can come through floorboards and carpets! When we were busy it was not so bad, but once we stopped, I had taken to getting into bed with a thick cardigan on and knitting with gloves on. I looked like a character out of a Dickens novel, all poor and Victorian!
We would leave the windows and solar panels to the following year, but the difference with the wall going down was amazing even though the floor was full of boulders and dust half tiled and half cement, it looked brighter already.
|Brr freezing outside and in!|
|the "beast" holding the promise of warmth & cosiness|
They were all up to their neck in work and would send us a quote ASAP. Three weeks later, nothing, with another round of calls and promises coming to nought we came to the conclusion they spent all their time going round chatting to folk and living off tea and cake laid on during their mammoth visits and didn’t actually install anything. Having invested so much time we tried to recruit one guy who although “busy” had shared a lot of good ideas with us, but he had to tell us he couldn’t actually do the job because he was too "busy!".
He came round about three times advising us and he was great and we selected a burner with his guidance and he delivered it and helped Phil and good old brother in law carry it in. It was a beast I have never got so excited over a lump of metal with a glass door in it before, not even a new car has thrilled me to the extent this handsome multi fuel burner did. It was, actually beautiful and it hinted at warmth and cosiness something I yearned for with a passion.
Next time Phil becomes an expert central heating engineer!