Thursday, 1 November 2007

ChimChiminy


What is this little mouse looking at?

This!


Hurrah, now we can have fires when it gets cold! When we lived in the US we had a fabulous logpile that lasted through 6 months of upstate New York winter (snow up to my thighs one time, I kid you not). Here we have nowhere to store it so we end up going the expensive route of little bags of logs from the garden centre ...

17 comments:

  1. Hubby is the pyromaniac in our family. I built him a little lean-to log store and got him a load of logs for his birthday. Slightly unusual maybe, but he was chuffed.

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  2. I love our fire - we've only had it going for a couple of years but I wouldn't be without it now. I have been known to light it when it is too warm really and then sat with the windows open in my underwear! Not good for the environment, but very good for the soul!
    We have the same problem with storage - we buy bags of coal and keep them in the garden with a tarp over the top - not attractive, but we don't use the garden in the Winter. Looking forward to seeing some pictures soon.
    Cathy X

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  3. Ha ha! That'll be us this winter, thigh high snow! We've a serious wood stash - power outages are pretty common place here in the winter. Wouldn't be without it in -30C!!!

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  4. I bet she remembers that all her life. Was there a lot of mess afterwards? I'm sure that there is a story about a chimney sweep in 'My Naughty Little Sister' - I will try and find it for you

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  5. Ah those logs from the garden centre or the garage that are always damp and make hubby grumpy so he spends the whole evening in the fire trying to keep it going, completely blocking my view of the TV!!!
    Kimx
    PS our chimney sweep was a mine of information re good wood supplies, hopefully our days of damp logs are over!! Enjoy your fires

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  6. I love lighting the fire in the evenings. I thought we needed our chimney sweeping again until I realised it was only smoking because of the way my dear husband was lighting it - by chucking LOADS of coal on as soon as the kindling had lit! We can't burn wood here as it is a smoke-free zone so we have to use smokeless fuel but even that smokes if you get it wrong!
    Lucy x

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  7. Can hear the crackle and smell the apple wood already--delicious! Really loved your Halloween photos from the other day. Happy weekend to you & yours ((HUGS))

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  8. Mmmmm. Real fires are lovely and christmassy :) You mentioned you lived in the US- where are you now?

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  9. Ooh lovely - let's hope we have a long cold winter so that you can make the most of it!!!
    We don't get snow - it's rubbish down here, we hide behind the Isle of Wight and miss all the fun weather :(

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  10. There is nothing like a cozy fire...Enjoy!! :o) Have a wonderful weekend...

    Smiles...

    Beverly

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  11. I used to love seeing the chimneys swept! Sadly our house now is so modern (1960's) that its made with out a chimney. I really miss my old fire place! Miss T used to make toast at school by the fire, using a toasting fork at tea time.

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  12. i have the logs (yes. from the garden centre) in the fire place but can't burn them so have to make do with lots of candles to get that delicious flicker...

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  13. The best thing about winter for me, is the open fire, I am mad for them. I do not even mind cleaning them out!
    Logs! getting good aged ones is my problem, the ones from the garage are usually a bit green and will not burn well. I use a mix of wood/logs and coal.
    XX

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  14. Love the photos - the smell of woodsmoke is a very happy smell for me. There is nothing as good as an open fire - oh how I miss our olf inglenook!

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