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Preparing for Winter V

edited 11 October 2017 at 1:35PM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • pattypan4pattypan4 Forumite
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    I am still thinking of prepping for winter, just in case it gets very snowy and icy out and in case the electric goes off, which will knock the gas ch off. I won`t want to be walking on icy blockwork so am planning for indoor fuel storage. Just been to sainsburys with a bag for life, which looks to me as though it would be ideal to store 3 briquettes inside each. So in the downstairs cloaks, behind the sofa and in a large pouffe. Natural waxed firelighters in the pouffe and long matches handy. Briquettes stored and opened in these bags, so no mess on the floor.

    Also a reasonable quantity of easy meals. Clothes are no problem, nor is insulation. Any of us who lived/survived through very bad winters will know where I am coming from. Snow will eventually melt but could take 6-8 weeks as in 2010. I went outside my front door last year, the other house and ended flat on my derriere, luckily on soft snow. Will not risk that again, here will be even more slippy especially the short hop to the garage
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    I don't know about just preparing for winter, the way this dismal summer is panning out it's Preparing for the whole year round. I have the thought every morning when I wake up that this is a ridiculous situation in June to be still under a quilt, 3 fleece blankets and last night my dressing gown too! My summer clothes are still packed away in the storage boxes under the bed and I'm wearing more layers each day as it just feels cold, damp and miserable.....Oh to be in England now that summer is here?' I rather think not!
  • FrankieMFrankieM Forumite
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    I've had to put my heating on...I can't get my washing dry without it!

    And I'm comfort eating and spending a fortune on takeaways.

    This 'summer' is costing me a fortune!
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    Yes, it's really depressing isn't it? In between all the rain we've had some sunshine and periods of humidity which of course has triggered tomato blight warnings so I have visions of losing my crop this year. I rely on my tomatoes to provide winter stocks of tomato purree for my cold weather soups and casseroles.

    Our heating is still on and I'm walking around in the same old boring winter sweaters and fleeces. I do so long for some warm sunshine on my back and those enjoyable summer meals outside in the garden where we can imagine ourselves in Mediterranean climes without the cost or the hassle of having to travel there!

    As I type its drizzling with rain and my plants outdoors are looking as miserable as I feel. I feel sorry for the poor bees as they clamber i to the dripping wet foxgloves in search of food.
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    I'd settle for being able to leave the house without a raincoat on!
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    It's truly awful isn't it. I ventured out into the garden whilst we had a little window of dry weather and tackled some of the weeds.

    The bottom half of the garden is flooded, hope it doesn't kill all my new trees and shrubs....:o. And my new cherry tree is covered in black fly. :mad:

    I don't like using pesticides but in desperation I sprayed it. An hour later it chucked it down so that was a waste of time. As soon as I get the chance I think I will just have to remove the worst covered leaves and then try a soapy water spray. My mum swore by that.

    Seeing as I have been forced to spend so much time indoors I have been doing some at least doing something productive.

    But like so many of us I feel in desperate need of some warm sunshine, my poor aching joints and muscles have had enough.
  • PookyPooky Forumite
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    As a summer hater (can not stand heat and have an allergy to the sun which leaves me wanting to rip my skin off after even a minute outside) I'm enjoying this year's offerings.

    We will be moving in a few weeks time and our new property has a back boiler and immersion tank that we plan to have removed before winter sets in. Will have a stove installed at the same time as the chimney breast will need work after the back boiler is removed. We also need to put it all new windows and doors as they are currently 1980's double glazing which isn't very effective (or pretty). These jobs are the highest on our priority list for this year as I want to know we are warm and draft free to hunker down for winter.

    Luckily the very mature garden will supply us with a good few years burning material once I've managed to get it under control and it's dried out. There's 3 large for trees there too which were awash with pine cones when we visited last week. They'll make fab fire lighters.
    "Start every day off with a smile and get it over with" - W. C. Field.
  • pattypan4pattypan4 Forumite
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    more rain, dismal again, midsummer in 3 days. Arghh I am sometimes taking a paracetamol at night, the joints ache in this weather. I was in and out yesterday trying to get washing dry outdoors. Bad state of affairs this time of the year. Sorry about the garden flooding mrs Lurcherwalker, new plants and all. Hope it sorts itself out

    I did the third stove seasoning session yesterday and am having great success in lighting. Only used 2 small logs as the main fuel on each lighting because it says slow and steady for seasoning. I decided that I might as well get on with it because I have to keep a window and patio door slightly open to get rid of paint smell. Next session can be full fire and I hope I can hang on to october
  • Was incredibly gloomy here in Berkshire last evening - lit a few candles and sorted the woolly hat & glove box! It was definitely required.

    I need some decent boots for winter - I don't drive so need something warm , waterproof and quite smart - I work in a school.
    Budget of £100... any recommendations folks?

    Thanks !
  • cuddlymarmcuddlymarm Forumite
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    Hi LL
    I’ve got a pair of Clark’s boots I bought years ago in the sale. Well worth keeping a look out in summer. I buy most of my winter stuff in summer and vice versa.
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