If not one thing, another…

When I posted about power cuts yesterday, I feared that I was tempting fate. However, we survived that part of Storm Dennis, and didn’t have a loss of power.

But when I got up this morning, I soon discovered that we had no hot water, or central heating. I tried to reset the boiler, to no avail. We had power, but no heating.

I had to smile, I really did.

Luckily, we have an immersion heater in the water tank, so I was able to switch that on to get hot water. And once the sun dipped behind the house, I got the wood-burning stove going, for the first time in over a year. It is now 4 pm, and so hot in the living room, we could happily dress in swimwear.

And someone is on the way to try to fix the boiler.

The next two storms are on their way.

Storm Ellen, and Storm Frank. We wait to see what they will hit us with.

94 thoughts on “If not one thing, another…

  1. Glad you’re back on track and repaired. We have had crazy storms here as well. 31F yesterday morning, then 59F this morning. Lost some siding on both sides of the home, the metal roof cap blew off in one storm.

    My 8 year old UPS decided to pass on during the storm after several power drops.I’ll have to finagle another later. It rained so hard, the Toyota Rav 4 (old model) developed a leak, and now the doors lock and unlock driving down the road.

    Hang in there, Pete!

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  2. Oh heck. Didnโ€™t know there are more storms on the way! Glad you kept warm in the end. We have no backup so I do worry about power curs. So far so good though! Stay warm and safe.

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  3. Good to know things are back on track, although having a backup plan is always good. The weather is getting crazier everywhere, and it seems it’s only going to get worse, so backup plans are a must. Take care and good luck!

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  4. I hope that the boiler troubles are now in the past and that you’re all set for Ellen and Frank! As we live out of Athens, we, too, suffer frequent power cuts. Thankfully, few of them last over an hour. But we, too, have learned to appreciate a good wood stove and I’m about to fire up ours ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. It appears that you folks follow the same tradition of naming storms as we do here in the states. For years, we named hurricanes after female first names, but in 1978, we changed to female and male names. I’m not sure about this, but I think the change happened so that females weren’t always associated with something bad. Storms Dennis, Ellen, and Frank indicate that you follow alphabetical order protocol as do we in the U.S.

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    1. Yes, we do have alphabetical storm names, Pete.
      I think they should call them something like this though.
      Storm Pretty Bad
      Storm Don’t Go Out Unless You Have To
      Storm Oops There Goes Your Roof
      Storm Biblical Flood
      Storm Much Worse Than The Last Four
      and so on. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. We had hot water eventually, from an immersion heater, and the wood-burner was glowing hot until 9 pm. Julie’s son in law drove over and managed to fix the boiler by 7 pm.
      Best wishes, Pete. x


    1. These oil-fired units get very ‘sooty’, David. After running it for so long recently, it had got sooted up. Julie’s son in law managed to fix it , after two hour’s work.
      Best wishes, Pete.


  6. Frank and Ellen. They sound like a team who appears kind but wrecks havoc once they arrive. Fingers crossed they are really the nice guys. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope the boiler is fixed. Better sweltering than freezing. Best to you, Pete.

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    1. We don’t have a plan. Julie’s son in law works for the company that makes them, so he came over and fixed it tonight. He didn’t want paying, and we almost had to wrestle him to give him 30 quid! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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        1. We make him take it, and tell him if he doesn’t, we will pay someone else to do the job. He has a round trip of almost 60 miles to get here, so it wouldn’t be fair to let him do it for nothing, even though he would. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. More storms? I might have to start calling you Cassandra, Pete! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Seriously though, I’m glad your wood-burner is so efficient: mine can be, but I have to open it up quite a lot to heat the room, and as a consequence, I go through wood like nobody’s business. I tend to only use it when it’s really freezing outside because, thankfully, the recently-installed double glazing helps to prevent large differences in temperature inside. Cheers, Jon.

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    1. We rarely use ours, as it heats the room to the intensity of the sun’s surface! By 9 tonight, we were down to our underwear! Julie’s son in law fixed the boiler by 7 pm, but we still need a couple of new parts to make it run efficiently.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  8. We seem to be getting the tail end of all your storms, so winds maxing out at 30mph. Mind you the sun was shining today and more than 10c so I was happy fixing the road that was mashed up a bit following quite a bit of rain and snow.
    Good luck with the boiler, I hope the call out is covered under some maintenance plan or I can predict the next post that you are going to write ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. We don’t have a boiler plan. My son-in-law works in the factory that makes them. Luckily, he was off this week. He came over and fixed it, and we had to press some money on him, considering he had a 60-mile round trip. It needs some new parts, which I am now trying to source.
      Cheers, Pete.

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  9. Hi Pete! We’ve been hearing about the storms in England here in sunny Florida! Sounds like other parts of the country really got hammered. Good luck with Storm Frank! Sunny and in the low 80s here today! Besties!

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