I’ve been to work today, but finished at a sensible time and am now in my local.
I should mention that I’m supposed to be on leave today and en route to Glasgow to see Elbow playing at the SSE Hydro.
We’d decided to make a weekend of it, so I was looking forward to visiting my favourite bars and eateries.
Sadly, it was announced last night that tonight’s cancelled due to weather and impassable roads. We’d fully intended chancing the trip and had planned to take sleeping bags, food and water. But it wasn’t to be.
The gig’s been rearranged for Monday, but we both have work commitments.
Anyway, enough of that, time for some pictures from the last couple of days.
The annual picture of the autumn/winter’s first firewood delivery.
It’s raining, but I’m in the shelter of my (developing) man cave.
After submitting meter readings a few days, we’ve received a new energy bill. The previous readings/bill had reduced our monthly electricity and gas costs to just Â£34. While it was clear that the new stove would have reduced our energy costs, we realised that a drop from Â£120 a month was unrealistic.
So, I’d intended to pay above the Â£34 to avoid a sharp increase after another winter. However, that didn’t happen, and so I’m now faced with another change in payments. A drop to Â£25 a month.
Taking into the cost of firewood, that means our last year’s energy costs have been an impressive Â£618. Better still, taking into account the new decrease, that could be around Â£510 for the next year.
Pre-stoves, our annual costs were around Â£1,440. Which gives us a saving of at least Â£798 over the past year. I’d not actually anticipated saving anything overall, so this is a nice bonus.
Of course, this has been a mild winter, so we`ve needed only six tons to firewood. But it does mean that the new stove has already paid for itself.
And, since wood is a carbon neutral fuel, our environmental impact is looking pretty good.
What a waste of time and money. After only a couple of days, the quayside flood barriers are being taken down.
According to the Metro’s headline this morning, we have a white out. No, it’s just a little bit of snow.
When I was a lad, I had to walk to school in neck deep snow. What’s happening to the country?
I live in the North. The proper north. We have bad weather on occasion; lesser Northerners may need to wear big coats when visiting.
But, apparently, there’s a need to build (admittedly temporary) flood defences in town.
Such an event may indicate that the North could be losing its resilience, its contra-southern-wussness.
Or something more serious. This could be the kind of random freak event that happens once in a lifetime. But, of course, it isn’t once in a lifetime.
So, perhaps, we need to think about the impact our mass consumption society is having on the planet. Alternatively, we could just pretend it isn’t happening.
At the end of the day, I live on a big hill, so I’m ok.
You can’t beat a nice fire on a cold evening.
My second in command has decided that it’s cold enough to have a fire.
It’s that time of year again.
All ready for colder weather now.