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Preparing for winter II

edited 18 September 2011 at 8:29AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • much as i am house proud
    my mind is gearing towards having something like they have in hospitals, the curtain track thingy on the ceiling, so i can at least curtain off the bottom of the stairs (it would need to be kinda L shaped)

    or am i bonkers, and it wont work:rotfl::rotfl:
    be honest, i can take it:D
    Hi Midnight, I know Ikea have a good range of curtain rails - I think the Kvartal system can be ceiling mounted and you can customise the lengths plus it has curved bits for doing corners.


    I'm another one who likes the feeling of battening down the hatches once I know everyone and their property are safe and sound. It feels very cosy!:)
    Trying to spend less time on MSE so I can get more done ... it's not going great so far! :)
    Sorry if I don't reply to posts - I'm having MAJOR trouble keeping up these days!

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  • I'm going to bed in November and will not be seen or heard of until April 2011.

    :EasterBun

    When the Easter bunny arrives.

    :rotfl::rotfl::rotfl:

    ;) Felines are my favourite ;)
  • So far for this year I have...

    Given the outside window ledges a coat of paint as this area wears through fastest and I don't want them to rot.

    Made a draught excluder sausage for our inner front door, stuffed with fabric scraps.

    Started making narrower fabric sausages to fit the sash windows...I put my hand up there the other night to close the lock between the lower and upper sash and there was an amazing draught there. So I'm going to fill the sausages with a mix of beans or rice and polyester beads, so they mould into the corners and stop the draughts.

    Fitted rubber draught excluding strips round the loft hatch.

    Checked the central heating is working and had the boiler serviced.
    Val.
  • missychrissymissychrissy Forumite
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    On a thread a while ago some people were saying that it has been boiling where they are!

    OUr local weather man (look north) has just released his blog saying its been a cold end to summer:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/paulhudso...h-summer.shtml

    To quote from the site:

    "It has been an unusually cold end to summer here in Yorkshire. Around dawn on 31st August at RAF Leeming temperatures fell to 2.6C, with a widespread frost on the ground. This is the coldest August night time temperature recorded at Leeming since records began in 1947 - marginally colder than the previous record set in August 2003.
    Mean August temperatures at the station were below normal at 14.8C, compared with the average of 15.6C. Rainfall was well below normal at 30.6mm compared with the average of 59.8mm. And Sunshine was also below average, with 142.5 hours, compared with the average which is 160.0 hrs. "
    I agree, I think it has been a chilly end to August. However, I work night shift: I occasionally go outside for a bit of fresh air and it has been obvious at nights that the temps have been low. I am hoping for a warm September - perhaps wishful thinkng??
  • suzybloosuzybloo Forumite
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    I've been Money Tipped!
    I will follow this thread, although I did catch up with the last one but it took me a while!!
    I will have to get slippers for all the family, look out the thicker dressing gowns, and buy myself a new jacket. I have started storing extra groceries just incase, and I have been reading my electric meter every week so I can make sure there is about £50 in credit should the winter be like last year. I have also purchased proper shoe polish and we will be going back to doing our shoes every sunday so that they stay waterproof and last longer. It used to be a ritual when we were kids and shoes did last longer - they had to!! All our beds have throws over them for the first time and these can be used to supplement the duvets. I have a drawer in the kitchen with matches, candles, and torches to be at hand of there is a powercut. This is just the start of my preperation for winter, and I look forward to getting more inspirational ideas from this thread,

    ~Suzy
    Every days a School day!
  • EstherHEstherH Forumite
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    On a thread a while ago some people were saying that it has been boiling where they are!

    OUr local weather man (look north) has just released his blog saying its been a cold end to summer:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/paulhudso...h-summer.shtml

    To quote from the site:

    "It has been an unusually cold end to summer here in Yorkshire. Around dawn on 31st August at RAF Leeming temperatures fell to 2.6C, with a widespread frost on the ground. This is the coldest August night time temperature recorded at Leeming since records began in 1947 - marginally colder than the previous record set in August 2003.
    Mean August temperatures at the station were below normal at 14.8C, compared with the average of 15.6C. Rainfall was well below normal at 30.6mm compared with the average of 59.8mm. And Sunshine was also below average, with 142.5 hours, compared with the average which is 160.0 hrs. "

    I haven't seen any comments on August or any of the summer weather but here in the north west it must have been one of the wettest July and Augusts for a long time. It never stopped raining. Did hear that it was the coldest
    August for a number of years.
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  • EstherHEstherH Forumite
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    I lurked on the old thread from time to time but only managed to read bits of it. Looking forward to trying to keep up with this one.
    Second purse £101/100
    Third purse. £500 Saving for Christmas 2014
    ALREADY BANKED:
    £237 Christmas Savings 2013
    Stock Still not done a stock check.
    Started 9/5/2013.
  • Me too. Hoping to keep up, I mean.

    Have been looking at various ice gripper things to put on your shoes in winter - I am really thinking of my parents here as would like to get them some - but am a bit staggered by the price. Am thinking of making something. Anyone else ever made their own? What did you use? Any ideas as to what might do the job? Thanks.
    Jan 2011 GC £300/£150.79 (2 adults, 2 teens, working dog, includes food/cleaning/toiletries)
  • majjakmajjak Forumite
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    Hello, yet another lurker here :o. Didn't quite manage to keep up with the last thread either but have this one earmarked for a daily read :D.

    I've not done as much as some of you but I've made a start !

    So far I've dug out the scarves and gloves (well, the odd glove ..... couldn't even make 1 pair ! :rotfl:). So I'll have to be buying more of them. We're ok for hats. DH and DS have winter coats so just me and the 2 girls to buy for.

    Fleeces bought from Ikea a few weeks back, sitting on the armchair ready to use :D.

    Planning to make a 'sausage' for the front door and I'm desperately scouring the charity shops for a front door curtain as that's where most of our heat goes - metal door, covered in condensation throughout the winter :mad:.

    I need to do a 'car box', stock up on some food and toiletries/cold & flu remedies etc.

    There's probably loads more I'll need to do but it's late and my brain is almost asleep :p.
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  • JayneCJayneC Forumite
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    I'm going to bed in November and will not be seen or heard of until April 2011.

    :EasterBun

    When the Easter bunny arrives.

    :rotfl::rotfl::rotfl:

    Now that sounds like a plan :D
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