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In the dog house!

The heating is still not on, although we did light a fire last night just to cosify ourselves.  I have finally finished the sausage doggy draught excluder and we had a ceremonial plonking of him in the appropriate place, ie: the huge gap at the base of our very ill-fitting living room door.  We stood back, Himself and I, surveying my handiwork.  I’m actually quite pleased with it: made of yarn from my stash, left over from projects of years gone by, stuffed with an old fleece picnic blanket that is too threadbare to lay on the ground, but just right in size and shape when rolled up, to be the draught-proof sausage!  It cost nothing but the time, and let’s face it, all the time I’m having to rest, I’m able to spare a bit of  it!

Crochet doggy draught excluder reporting for duty!

I turned to Himself, for the all important seal of approval, after all, what’s not to like?  What indeed!  He turned to me, with a perplexed expression, and the conversation went thus:

HIMSELF: What did you use?

MYSELF: Bits and bobs, you know … left overs,  it didn’t cost anything!

HIMSELF: What leftovers?

MYSELF: You know, from other things, it’s from the wool left over.

Pause: clock ticking, Seamus practising some worrying ‘moves’ on sausage dog, brains ticking over …

HIMSELF: Is that my jumper?


HIMSELF: You know, the wool from the jumper you knitted me ..  the big warm one.

MYSELF:  Hmm, the brown of his face, um, yes,  see what you mean … yes, I think there was some left over.

HIMSELF:  So now I  match the draught excluder …?

You can see how the conversation went, clearly he is less than impressed by the fact that his clothing matches the soft furnishings of the home, despite the fact that both are keeping him warm and cosy (and actively contributing to the lack of heating bill)!  Sigh!



Still no heating on …!

It appears that the insulation is working!  Feeling more than a little bit pleased really, that it’s now the 5th October and I haven’t succumbed to flicking the old ‘heating on’ switch on the boiler!  It’s probably psychosomatic (or some such spelling) but the house does feel warmer since Friday, even though the weather has deteriorated!

We’ve just about put the house back to rights, no mean feat as I was unwell and Himself was, well, Himself really!  He did do the hoovering and chopped some kindling in preparation for lighting fires as a preventative measure against putting the actual radiators on.  Either that or he really wants his crumpets toasting old-style (ooer)!

The idea, be-fitting the whole essence of downshifting and economising in the use of our own (fiscal) and the world’s (environmental) resources, is that we try to get through October without cranking up the boiler, which is fine – the calendar, clocks-going-back deadline.  I’d sort of prefer to let nature set the deadline a bit though.  You see, next door has a cherry tree which overhangs us.  Among all of the run-of-the-mill cherry leaves, there is a fantastic leaf of individual colour and quality.  It seems to be flouting the ‘wait for everyone else’ rule and is flaunting its early-in-the-season colour, and as such is displaying a gorgeous red / orange, quite astonishing among the uniform green of its companions.  My theory is that this leaf is my herald of Autumn and so the heating should not go on until it falls from the tree, thus heralding the onset of winter and ceremonial on-switching of the heating.  So, two deadlines, we shall have to see!

Trying to get a photo of it, but with the effort needed am likely to:

(a) drop camera out of the window (b) fall from window myself (c) both

Incidentally, I found a useful site relating to downshifting etc, which included advice about taking action such as insulation as part of a downshift – in at number two in the charts, no less!  I allowed Himself to have a smug moment at the news!