Hello Dear Reader,
I hate the gym and sport and keeping fit! Anything that involved lycra is not for me! I can’t see the point in it. I’ve always thought people who enjoy it must have a lovely life with lots of time on their hands and need something to fill their time. I do exercise though. Today, I stacked away 1.27 metric tonnes of wood. Most of it, was too big, so I chopped it too. Lots of upper body exercise to keep the bingo wings from flapping. Dearly Beloved shared in this workout. Yesterday, the wood was dropped on the drive at the front of the house and he then barrowed it round to the back of the house, down a narrow path and then back up it again with the empty barrow until he’d moved all of it.
It’s still relatively affordable with a tipper truck full for £100! That seems like a lot of money and it is. However, this is pay as you go heating, or pay for it first heating. I can now, for the first time in years, have my home as warm as I really like it and know I can afford it as there won’t be a bill in the new year for gas. I can also dry all my washing and can keep ourselves a lot cleaner and tidier, which makes us feel a whole lot better. I’m still revelling in the luxury of heating of any kind. The last two winters have been extremely hard as we had next to no heating as we didn’t dare run up a gas bill. Now, other than the hob on the cooker, we don’t use any gas at all.
It has also dried my house out, and we seem to have completely eradicated any mould or damp as the fire dries the air too. The chimney is in the middle of the house and warms the stairwell, the bedrooms and the landing. It’s far more efficient than I thought it would be. As for next winter, we’ll be burning our own wood, from the trees we had felled, both this winter and last winter. It will also take us a while to chop up the metre wide logs and then split them even further. Carbon neutral? I’m not sure with the amount of puffing I did whilst stacking the wood. I did enjoy standing back, mug of tea in hand and admiring my handiwork.
Am I alone? Do any of you in blogosphere enjoy manual labour, chopping, stacking and sweaty toil? Do share?
Love Froogs xx