Hello Dear Reader,
I had a lovely time yesterday with Foster Mummy and Man Wonderful and we often find solutions for problems over a cuppa. We were discussing heating and not heating our houses. I don’t heat much of mine. I only heat two rooms, the living room and my office. My office has an oil filled radiator that I have on the lowest setting and it keeps the room very warm. It has thermostatic control that turns itself off once the room is warm enough. I only turn on the central heating in dire circumstances! See the video below of Cornwall being battered by the sea, it’s always wet here in the Spring, Autumn and Winter and the humidity is usually at least 95% at this time of year. We do get a few crisp dry days but the sea air makes it damp.
I can get away with so little heating because my house has big south facing windows and any light warms the house. We also have cavity wall insulation and loft insulation, thick lined curtains, door curtains, lap blankets and an electric blanket on our bed. However, parts of my house, such as behind curtains, the corners of rooms get colder and the warm circulating air means there are damp spots and mould can grow there. I get rid of it as soon as it develops by spraying a very diluted bleach solution and clean it off where ever I find it. I’ll often touch up with some emulsion paint to keep areas bright. I also air the house whenever the air is dry. I light the open fire and now the wood stove and that pulls the cold air around the house.
We are a little obsessed with damp and mould. The picture below is a sample of a worse case scenario, I never get anything as bad as this as I keep on top of it. I keep clothes that I won’t wear for a while in vacuum sealed bags to stop any mould. Foster Mummy told me about the damp traps and I’ll buy some when I find them to put on window sills to try and combat some of the damp so it doesn’t turn to mould.
My winter preparations are about shrinking the house down to the rooms we use and preparing the rooms I don’t use. Firstly, I pull all the furniture into the middle of the rooms so the air can circulate behind and I make sure I air the rooms when ever I can. I stash bedding and pillows in vacuum bags and turn beds on their sides. I can always heat and prepare the rooms if I have any visitors.
It’s not really cold yet but the air is constantly cool and humid and I keep a low fire lit when I can (although I need to burn wood sparingly, it’s not free after all) to keep the house dry.
Well that’s me done for the day. What ‘odd’ weather conditions do you have to make allowances for and prepare for? Anyone stocking up on salt and grit yet? Anyone got any hints about dealing with extreme weather without spending a lot of money?
Love Froogs xxx