Friday, 24 December 2010

Cozy and Warm

A merry Christmas to all my friends in blog world and my best wishes to you all for 2011. At the moment we are in the grip of a mammoth freeze here at Redmoss but as you can see from the photograph, John and I are cozy and warm with our woodburner stove blazing away in the sitting room.

Unfortunately, it has been so cold outside, -20 some nights, that the submerged pump in the bore hole has frozen solid and so we have not had running water in the house for the past week. We always have bottled water for emergencies in the house and have been managing to melt snow and catch drips etc. to water the animals and flush the toilets. Bathing has become rather more of a ceremony - no more jumping in the shower. So much we take for granted.

The good news is that a thaw is on the way and so we hope to be fully functional by next week! The animals are coping well with the very cold conditions, the sheep even seem to prefer it. My horse Finn just stands about outside and waits for his meals to be brought to him twice a day. He has a large shelter with a bed made up for him but he prefers to stand outside and let icicles form on his mane and face whiskers. He is a very hardy boy with few requirements.

Best wishes to you all and thanks so much for all your support over the past year.
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  1. Hello Janet,I must admit that woodburner looks very inviting.I do hope you get your water back very soon. Well with all your problems I do hope you and John have a very Happy

  2. Thinking of you so much this Christmas all looks cosy and warm. See you soon in the New Year. God bless wet wipes (do we have shares???) Love Elizabeth xxx

  3. Hello Janet, nice to see you are keeping warm inside, your log burner looks fantastic.
    I hope that the thaw comes sooner than predicted and you can back into a normal routine.
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and John.

  4. This looks delightful Janet, despite the inconveniences. I hope you and John have a fabulous Christmas.
    Ann x

  5. Golly, Janet, your situation sounds like some we've encountered, only our well pump doesn't freeze (deep well some 500' deep). When the electricity goes off, we have no water. We usually have enough to drink in bottles, but as you say, bathing is iffy. The toilets get flushed with precious water stored in gallon jugs in the garage or not at all if there is no snow to melt.

    Looks like you are managing to stay cozy and warm. That's good.

    About Sheer Heaven, I don't know of any stores that sell it. I ordered mine online.

    Stay safe and warm. Hope the animals do ok too.

  6. Your fire looks so cosy and inviting. Keep warm my friend. I do so hope you soon have running water again.

  7. Janet, your sitting room is so warm and inviting looking. I am sorry to hear that due to the very cold temperatures your water has frozen up. I hope your thaw comes quickly. I'm sure you would like to have your running water back.


  8. So glad you have your water back now. Until you are waterless, one doesn't really appreciate water. Is there a way to poke insulation down around the pump so this doesn't ever happen again? Thanks for the visits to my blog today. Your comments mean a lot to me.

  9. A cosy looking fire Janet. So glad your water is back and that the animals and you and John have survived the cold snap. All the best for 2011 and thank you for all your crafty help this past year.
    Jen x


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