Friday, 29 December 2017


Another happy Christmas and Boxing day spent at ours with a house full of family having a good time. Tons of food and drink and hopefully everyone had a good time. The car exhaust has been replaced so another job done. Next big thing is getting the central heating boiler replaced with a modern condensing combi, just waiting on a quote to get the ball rolling.

New Year is just around the corner and lets hope that it is a good one. Long gone are the times we saw in the New Year with a trip down town (Dundee) then a long slow plod home, greeting folks doing the same journey. The celebrations went on for a few days in which it took to get round everyone's houses to celebrate the occasion. These days it is a quiet night in watching the Jools Holland Hootananay on TV, a glass of whisky and off to bed, but I do miss the excitement of the old days in my youth.

Saturday, 23 December 2017

A costly month

After having a bird strike on the car earlier, we now have an added expense of a new exhaust, which we thought was on the way out and now confirmed. Anyway it is nearly Christmas and look forward to meeting with all the clan over the next week or so, so that should brighten up things for a bit.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to anyone who actually reads this blog (if any?)

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Central Heating

In the process of getting 3 quotes for a new gas combi boiler, it is hard work as all the plumbers in the area are busy at this time of year. Our old boiler is now 15 years old and has done a reasonable job with numerous faults over the years, all sorted by having an annual maintenance contract.

The old boiler is not near as efficient as the new products and with a new efficient machine could save on fuel bills too. Lets see what the quotes come up with.

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Some week

Been a busy week getting all the Christmas gear down from the loft and set up, but nearly there.

Adding to the mix, our Combi Boiler is playing up, domestic hot water running hot and warm then cold and repeating the cycle, so it appears that the heat exchanger is blocked up and a costly repair would follow. The boiler is 15 years old and will need to be replaced with a modern boiler early in the New Year.

Yesterday my wife suffered a bird strike on the front grill of the car ( a Pheasant  )luckily after inspecting the damage this morning, it is just the grill needs replacing, no further damage, so guess she was lucky. One of the hazards of living in rural Lincolnshire.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Gas torch

Some years back I bought a micro butane torch for jewellery making, it never performed as it should and have just bought myself a new torch and gas cannisters which have tested out today and am well pleased with it, performs brilliantly and the flame is adjustable too.

All ready for the next creation.

Garden tidy up

With the snow now gone, it was time to get out in the garden and tidy up for the winter. First job was to tidy up the borders where the Virgin media engineers had dug up a few spring bulbs whilst laying their fibre optic cables the other day. Bulbs replanted and mud from the drive cleaned up.

Out to the back garden, the hose real disconnected and stowed in the greenhouse, water supply to the tap on the wall shut off and pipework drained. Good mornings work done.