Monday, 25 December 2017

A wet Bank Holiday Monday

For those who celebrate - 🎄Happy Christmas🎄

For the rest of us, it's a wet bank Holiday Monday and the sooner this is all over and life returns to normal, the better.  I am medicating via caffeine 😕  as Daisy had me up three times in the night, twice to eat grass and once to be sick.  This morning, typically, she is perfectly fine, bless her 🤬



(a chilly morning in April)

Lack of sleep means I don't have quite the reserves to cope with this week's "little challenge".  A month ago the central heating boiler was playing up and our regular plumber had no flippin' clue as to what was wrong, however changing a gas sensor as part of the annual service seemed to fix things.  On Saturday the problem returned, accompanied by very little gas pressure on the cooker so we called Northern Gas Networks - who were brilliant and someone arrived within a couple of hours, pronounced the system safe and reckoned we had low gas pressure due to a faulty valve.  Another engineer arrived Sunday afternoon (Christmas Eve for goodness sake, I hope they were paying him a lot of overtime), decided he couldn't fix the valve but told us who to call and what to say after Christmas to get the meter replaced.



(nearby wildflower meadow in June)

But the boiler co-operated and we were lovely and warm all day Sunday . . . but this morning things are not so good.  Thankfully Management has been acquiring Special Skills over the last few weeks as to how to put the boiler in Engineer Mode to see if it can be coaxed into co-operating, which it does, about 50% of the time.  We have a sneaking suspicion that both the gas supply and the boiler are at fault, the latter being a right pain because we had this boiler fitted less than 10 years ago.


So "Ho, Ho, Ho," what with this and whatever bug we brought back from Bellingham, it is going to be a very quiet 25th December at Bag End.


In the great scheme of things it's no biggie.  We have electricity, half the world does not, we have lots of lovely heating from the wood burner if the boiler wants a vacation day, we have lots of lovely hot water thanks to the immersion, and if the boiler is completely knackered we'll raid an ISA and get it replaced.  It could be so much worse - M. bumped into someone earlier when walking Daisy to learn that the mum of one of our friends here died unexpectedly on Friday morning - massive heart attack.

I think I'll go and get some more logs in . . .


Here's a couple of completely unrelated photos that have sat in the Pending folder for far too long!





Being a home-based worker, Management spent his actual retirement day at Bag End.  I managed to persuade him to go for a walk in the afternoon and this is the very moment [5.00pm on 19th May 2017] when he left the Rat Race!






10 comments:

  1. Always a joy to see pictures of Daisy. Glad she's feeling better this morning, even though it means you're feeling the after effects.

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    1. Thank you m'dear, hope your Christmas Day was happy and relaxed.

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  2. It is stair rods here. We were hoping for a walk but a roaring fire, box of chocs and some fizz will keep us suitably distracted.
    Special Skills are so useful. Mike is an honorary coffee machine specialist. He even bought the Special Screwdriver to allow access to the secret chambers within. Saves us a fortune.

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    1. Thanks Jessica, hope your distractions proved satisfactory! Special Skills wrangling expensive and essential pieces of machinery are to be treasured :)

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  3. Sorry to hear your boiler has been acting up, I hope you soon manage to get it fixed properly.

    Glad to hear that Miss Daisy is feeling better now even though you missed out on some sleep.

    Weather-wise yesterday here was lovely and sunny so my two got a good walk, today has been dull and only in the last half hour has it started raining hard :(

    Love the photos, just right for brightening up a grey day :)

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    1. Cheers eunice, thank Crunchy for the woodburner as the boiler has completed departed for a long vacation.

      Glad you've had some decent weather, and I hope Christmas was lovely for all of you.

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  4. I'm sorry to hear of your boiler problems and hope you get it sorted soon. I hope Daisy continues to be OK after her upset tummy and you, M and Daisy enjoy your quiet Christmastime together and thanks for the Lovely photos as always :)

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    1. Thanks Eileen, management will be on the phone to a plumber tomorrow and we'll take it from there ... thankfully everyone had much more sleep last night :)

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  5. Sorry to hear about the heating woes. That's never fun. Thank goodness we had our fireplaces a few weeks ago when we lost power for 26 hours due to a snow storm. And, yes, our woes can be put into perspective when a true tragedy strikes. Hope your boiler can be repaired or replaced shortly and you'll be toasty again soon.

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    1. Thanks Sue, the heating stuff is not fun and I will feel better once M. is able to contact a plumber and start the process of diagnosing what's wrong and working out how we fix it. Hope the holidays have been a happy time for you all, xx

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