Thursday, 21 June 2012

Fire and Water.

One frenzied week!

Merrily tootling around in the new car I had rather a heated exchange with Alan from directchoice insurance.  Who blithely informed me that they had 'cancelled my insurance as per my instructions.'  My instructions, quite clear in black and white on my email said, change of car and gave full details.  I was put on hold......It then took Alan from directchoice insurance three days to make me legal again.

You know I never used to use the F word, (well I might have done whence in labour) and my kids were severely punished for so doing, but these days, people just do not do their F****** job properly.

My second rant.  A week last Monday I paid in a cheque over the post office counter.  This normally takes 48 hours to show up on my bank details.  No show.  Went in today with the receipt and one and a half hours later after much phoning by the supervisor at our post office we were informed that no-one knew what had happened but the cheque had  'just' now been processed and forwarded to my bank.  No -one knew what happened.  Well I did, people not doing their ....... job properly.

Calm down dear.

These are Eider ducks playing in the surf.  These are at Blackdog, south of us, north of Aberdeen.  The DP took the pictures, of course, whilst bring youngest daughter from the train station to here, last Sunday.

She has been volunteering at the Loch of Strathbeg Bird reserve this week.  She has alternated between being badly sunburnt (despite factor 30) and drowned.  Clearing ditches, removing fences, barbed wire, and removing ragwort.  She's a lot fitter tho sore!

These pictures were taken at Cairnbulg Harbour.  Isn't the water clear?

It is a very small harbour.  With pleasure boats and lobster fishing boats, unlike the big harbours of Fraserburgh and Peterhead which can be pretty mucky.

Right thats the water, now the fire.  Tuesday was wood burning stove installation day.

A lot of dust, hence the dust covers, as the fitter made the hole bigger and - well, made lots of dust.

I was banished for the day.  I had my weekly coffee morning in Fraserburgh where we finalised the arrangements for the childrens activity mornings we are doing at the Lighthouse Museum in July.  Approval was given to my press release.  Lunch at the Lighthouse Museum where the Business Manager also approved my press release. I returned home but was sent to the summerhoose for the afternoon, such hardship!

 David, our installer, then tested with a bit of lit newspaper that there were no gaps....Not sure why the t.v. was on, was it the football?  Again?

The following day, where are we, Wednesday I went off to my Art class and returned to find the DP had erected the shelf .  This stops the heat from the fire melting the tele.  I might just remove said shelf if there is any more football.

So I just had to spend the whole afternoon vacuuming, I even vacuumed the walls, the shelves were wiped down, the books were vacuumed, the cats left home, the curtains vacuumed.  It worked!  I could go in the room and not wheeze and have to be dragged out blue in colour.

Today is our wedding anniversary.  Tonight the concrete/cement whatever will be set and we can light the fire!

I have a bucket of water ready - just in case.  Tho as the DP  says thats  for him to throw over me if I get too excited.

Fire and Water!


Mum said...

Happy Anniversary and happy first lighting of the fire.
Love from Mum

BadPenny said...

Lets hope the bucket isn't needed ! I could do with a real fire tonight - feeling chilly.
It's all looking great.

Susan T said...

I fell deeply in love with a log burning stove when we were on our hols last year in Scotland. We could do with one down here today it is very wet and pretty damn cold too. DP takes some brilliant photo's. I hope that your anniversary went well and you are not covered in soot.

A Trifle Rushed said...

How lovely, I long for a wood burning stove in Brittany, It's on our to do list.
Happy Anniversary, have a super evening.

Anonymous said...

A belated Very Happy Wedding Anniversary. Sorry about people not doing their f-ing jobs. I remember Michael's aunt in Ireland giving the woman at the post office a huge telling off for a pension mistake: "Let me remind you that you are a Public Servant. A SERVANT. You are here to serve me!" (etc.)

I'm so glad you have your fireplace and I hope the bucket of water wasn't needed!

Christy said...

We installed a wood stove several years ago and love it. We heat the house with it in the winter. It truly cut down on our oil bill which was outrageous.

The far reaches of the house are a little chilly, but there it goes.

Your stove looks great.

Lil Bit Brit