27 12 2013



We had a couple of inches of snow and the weather has turned cold again.  I wonder how my friends in Ireland are as they were suppose to have winds up to 90 miles an hour and expected flooding.


I found this bag of alpaca that I have had for sometime.  I want to make some hats to sell and decided to spin up the whole bag.


 I am spinning it rather thick so it won’t take that long. Its a nice shade of brown.


I do love spinning on my Irish wheel. spinning brings one a sense of peace.  I good way to wind down from those busy days of the holidays.  I will be teaching a How To Spin Class at Sheep  soon.  


Today  my oil company is installing a new oil tank.  My old one was very rusty and old.  I want to get away from oil but  I have to say its nice not worry about heat and just switching it on but there is a cost to that luxury. This house is not easy to heat.  The kitchen is by itself and frequently has frozen pipes in the winter .  I have a wood stove in there and keep that going during the day and the oil picks up at night.  I have a pellet stove in the  diningroom but at the moment it need cleaning.  I hope Chris and I can do it and I can get that going.  Both those things require lots of work and time and money.   It would be nice if I could figure out a way to have one simple thing to heat the house with.  I have thought of a chimney going through the center of the house.  There was one there once but it was taken down.  A brick chimney running through the house and exposed may be the answer.  A Russian Fireplace comes to mind  but they are extremely expensive to build .  The Europeans have long know how to heat their homes with AGA stoves which heat the house and also heat hot water, I have looked into them and they cost around $5000, it would a good choice for the kitchen thought and then I would have hot water and no more pipes to freeze.  I think the pay back time would be quick.

 I am familiar with Ireland more than other countries, their cost for fuel is much higher than here in the states, of course ours are subsidized by the government.   Because we have always stayed in self catering cottages we have become very familiar with different heating and hot water systems.    Instant hot water was something that I found to be so efficient.  Why have we not done that in this country.  I know the systems are out there but if everyone had them imagine the savings .  My boiler runs all summer just to keep the hot water hot.  What a waste.  I do want to install that system in my house.  Everytime I go to Florida I am amazed at how few houses have solar on them.  It wouldn’t take long to get your money back on solar there.  Until oil goes up to maybe 5 or 6 dollars a gallon people don’t care.  So far this season I have spent 1000 dollars, I will get another delivery today with will be 250 gallons at 4 a gallon so about 1000 dollars, that will last for a month or 6 weeks depending on the weather.  I will spend over 3000  dollars in oil this year.  The wood was free gathered around here and pellets are about 240 a ton and I use 2 tons.  One system would be the answer.  Changes like that need a lot of thought.

I hope you are warm and cozy wherever you are in this world. I thank you so much for reading my blog today.   Carole



3 responses

27 12 2013
Anne Wilson

The winds here have been horrendous up to 90 miles per hour, some damage, roofs off of hen houses and some damage to the roof of the straw bale barn that we are building, but nothing that cant be repaired by us. In the West we have escaped the flooding and snow so far.
Our cottage is about 2000sq.feet which we heat with a Stanley range. now made by Aga, from this we run fourteen radiators, we have constant hot water, and of course we cook on and in the range. During the summer we light the range every third day which gives us our hot water for the three days until the next lighting up, we have a well insulated hot water tank. We are burning peat turf but would much prefer to use logs if they were available, We estimate that a years supply of peat or logs (when we can get them) would be about 3.5 tonns per year. Using turf our fuel bill is around 1000 euro per year. We do have a log stove in the lounge mainly for the comforting look of a fire rather than need for the additional heat.

29 12 2013

So many thanks for all your information, I probably could do something like you have done maybe for 10,000us. I wouldn’t take long to recoop my money. My house is around 2000 square feet and is two stories, and with 11 radiators. I am going to inquire from a friend thats a plumber what would have to be done.
So sorry you had damage, it sounded horrible on the radio, glad that you are safe.
My best to you and yours

28 12 2013

It has been very cold this year I think. Last year we didn’t need to use the furnace until January. We just used our little stove. This year we have needed both. I hope we have a mild January. I had never heard of Russian fireplaces before so I looked them up. What a wonderful idea! Some even have ovens and range tops! It might just be perfect for your house. The trouble with getting hot water from a solid fuel Aga stove is that you would have to light it in the summer. But they are beautiful and would really warm up your kitchen. Good luck and stay warm!

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