>I think the last of our white stuff has gone now – and the dirty grey stuff left behind. We’ve had plenty of rain, slightly warmer temperatures, and today we have glorious winter sunshine.

I had a bit of a mixed weekend, company on Friday, which was lovely, stayed in on Saturday, then unexpected company on Sunday. I wanted to go out Saturday night but really couldn’t afford it, so stayed in front of the telly instead. I got loads of washing and drying done over the weekend, plus a bit of ironing, and I baked too. If I hadn’t had so much company for so long, I’d have got a load of writing done too, but I ain’t knocking it – or not all of it.

Today I’ve finally succumbed and called a heating engineer to look at my hot water. I currently have a badly running gutter, but with no hot water for a week and a half, I was wondering where my priorities should be. I’d lined up a roofer to fix the gutter, but he’s not been down due to workload and weather. I’m not sure how much longer I can put up with boiling pans of water – it takes 4 pans and 3 kettles to get a half decent bath, and then there’s limescale left behind. I think I need to get my hot water back on tap – I’m not getting any at all now.

So I arranged for an engineer that lives in the next road to pop in on his way home tonight. And I’m dreading it. If it needs a new pcb, it’s going to cost £200 – £300. If it needs a new boiler, it’s going to cost £600 – £1,000. There are grants available at the moment of £400, but only if your existing boiler is below a certain energy level – I think it needs to be a G, and I’m sure mine isn’t a G.

EDIT: I just checked, and typically, my boiler does not qualify for the new scrappage scheme in England. (1:45pm)

I want to get some writing done today too.

10 thoughts on “>Sunshine

  1. carolwarham 18 January 2010 / 1:03 pm

    >Hope things are improving in Baggy Bottoms. We returned home to find our boiler (condenser) had completely frozen up, apparently this was a common complaint. It was so cold by freezer, in the garage, had ice on the outside.Keswick was lovely, but very icy. The journeys there and back were great, just the first and last 200 yds were a struggle. I have never seen the whole lake completely frozen before. On the Sunday hundreds were out on it, walking, sledging and ice skating. There was a great holiday atmosphere.Glad to see the snow has virtually all gone now, we all need a break from it.


  2. Diane 18 January 2010 / 1:05 pm

    >Ha ha ha – it's gonna get called Baggy Bottoms anyway now, isn't it? :o)Someone else suggested it might be the condenser frozen, but I don't know if it's a condensing boiler, and logic dictates it would no longer be frozen.E.on were going to charge me call out + parts + labour + £16 per month every month for the next 12 months. That doesn't seem right.I thought you'd have a nice time in the Lakes.


  3. Becky 18 January 2010 / 1:12 pm

    >Hi Diane, It's quite scary what damage can be caused by bad weather isn't it. Lots of burst pipes around causing havoc. I noticed we've also got those grey snow piles all over supermarket carparks..hopefully they will melt over the next day or two. Bring in the Spring weather !


  4. Diane 18 January 2010 / 1:16 pm

    >I kept my fingers crossed I wouldn't get any burst pipes, but I think the central heating and lack of water cylinders aids all of that these days. I quite like the spring too. I do like winter best, but I like the differently defined seasons when they are defined and not when they all merge into one. So I've enjoyed having a proper winter for a change, and I look forward to (hopefully) a proper spring.


  5. Melissa Marsh 18 January 2010 / 5:44 pm

    >I don't know how you've lasted this long with boiling water. I agree – you need to get hot water!Hope it isn't TOO costly…


  6. Diane 18 January 2010 / 6:21 pm

    >It's not such a hardship, nor is it impossible. But it is inconvenient, time consuming and inadequate. I just didn't want to call anyone out if it was just an extreme weather blip. They would charge extra for that at this time of year when everyone is having problems, and I could, realistically, get it done for less in the warmer weather.However, he is going for the cheapest option first and taking it from there, so fingers crossed.


  7. Lori 18 January 2010 / 8:29 pm

    >Things NEVER break when you can afford them to, do they? The water is a necessity. The gutter can hold its horses, so to speak. Get thee hot taps lest the freeze come again!


  8. Josie 18 January 2010 / 8:54 pm

    >more snow for wednesday….have you looked at british gas homecare something or other, we used to have it at the last house.Josie x


  9. Diane 19 January 2010 / 10:47 am

    >Lori: Absolutely not. And today I think the brakes have gone on my car. :o( It's one thing after another at the moment.They hope to fix the water at teatime today ..


  10. Diane 19 January 2010 / 10:48 am

    >Josie: You're the 3rd person to pass on that news. Do you think it will be so bad this time?I tend not to pay insurance on stuff because I'd rather put the monthly amount in a savings account as I rarely use it from one year to the next, and there's usually enough there to cover any emergencies. This past year I've not been able to do that, but it starts again this month.


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