|photo by Kayleigh Tallulah Wilson|
Hello Dear Reader,
Another storm. My heart goes out to the coastal communities who are literally having their homes battered by one storm after the next. The photo above is of Kingsand, a coastal village in South East Cornwall and below in the aftermath of that storm is the street full of shingle (small sea pebbles). The debris and the force of the sea smashed down doors and windows. In future, all coastal houses should fit shutters on the outside to protect them from the elements. I notice in France, especially when I go there ‘off season’ that the houses are tucked away behind their blue or red shutters.
We have central heating but don’t use it to heat the house, instead we use it to keep the house from being cold. It’s a different way of thinking. If I want heat, I light the wood stove. In spite of the weather, this thick walled cottage stays at 19-20 degrees, which is warmer than a lot of people are. Our heating comes on in the evening from 6pm – 9pm and the house seems to retain the heat there after.
We keep ourselves warm. I get home and put slipper socks on and sometimes my slippers on top. If my feet are warm then I am warm. we both slip on woolly jumpers. We keep moving and don’t sit around. We get off to bed early and read with the warmth of an electric blanket that warms our bed. It uses a lot less energ than room heating.
We eat a hot meal in the evening, usually something that has simmered away in the slow cooker. We have plenty of hot drinks.
|photo by the BBC|
We don’t have the unpleasant choice between heat or eat and comfortably do both. However, we would feel the pinch financially if we ran our heating at standard temperatures and for the hours that some families do. I would also never suggest that anyone with an illness or if elderly tried to live with as little heating as possible. Everyone else, who’s fit and healthy can (and usually has to due to cost) turn the heating down and have it on for less time.
I’m looking forward to lighting the wood burner tomorrow as I’m having a hunkered down home day…….I’m going to ride out the next storm with a big pot of tea and a good book.
Love Froogs xxx