We've had a new visitor this week - this beautiful pheasant has been coming into the garden to feed with the ducks. We've still got the Mandarin duck and he comes regularly and is quite happy amongst the other ducks.04:45 PM | 0 Comments
This week has brought calmer weather, at least in this part of the country! We've had light winds, only a few rain showers (mostly at night) and even some sunshine. The snowdrops are up and the daffodils are not far behind. There are some daisies out on the lawn and even some of the roses have continued to bloom right through winter. The days are gradually getting longer and the birds are singing again. It really makes you feel that Spring might be on the way.06:23 PM | 0 Comments
It's the 1 February and the snowdrops are out - is Spring on the way? Not sure - it's very windy and cold today and we've had heavy showers recently but nowhere near as bad as down South. We have been so lucky!!
Another few weeks and Spring will be here. Already the days are starting to get longer.02:24 PM | 0 Comments
The little Chinese Mandarin Duck visited again today. Although smaller than the others, it can hold its own and is quite happy to peck at the others to get its fair share of the food.04:21 PM | 0 Comments
The new heaters are in! 'All singing, all dancing' German electric panel heaters - very swish! All with thermostats and independent controls - although it took me a while to decipher the instruction manual (or manuals as each heater came with one). Why is everything electronic so difficult to master. Everything is explained in several different languages but the bit you want to know isn't there.
Anyway, they are up and running and really very simple to operate with a range of temperatures to suit everyone (I hope) and much easier than the old night store heaters. After some redecoration and a thorough clean following installation, the cottage is now ready for visitors.
Not wanting to dispose of the old storage heaters as they are still in good condition, I decided to put them on Ebay. Everyone said it was a waste of time. However, I did get a bid but it turned out the buyer was a time waster and didn't pay or collect the items. So I'll have to be more inventive and re-cycle the bricks as garden edging and send the metal parts to the scrap yard!04:31 PM | 0 Comments