Today is the 4th day without heating since the vicarage boiler broke down on Thursday.
It has been a massive inconvenience but we are not miserable. It is amazing how the breakdown of something like the boiler can upset our routine. I thought it was just me who feels this way but the Mhinisteir is struggling too.
We were given 4 foot heaters by the heating company for which we are thankful but it is not the same and we are still cold. I have been spending most of my time in bed with the electric blanket turned on! I am only in my study to write this blog, after that I am going back to the comfort of my bed.
Thankfully, we have got hot water which means we can have our shower and do the washing up but we almost went without it as the engineer who was sent to us was new and so was not familiar with the way our heating system works.
Rural churches have very little or no heating so it was mighty cold in both churches yesterday. On top of that, the windows and doors were kept open in compliance with Covid19 guidelines. When we came back, we were even more cold!!!! 🥶🥶🥶🥶
As always our kind parishioners have been offering us their portable heaters but I think we are quite alright for now but we can’t wait for the heating to be restored.
The weather has been pretty atrocious for the last one week. It has been raining every single day reminding me of my beloved Scotland. Last night, I had to eat humble pie and reintroduce the electric blanket much to the Mhinisteir’s delight. With grey skies, low temperature and persistent rain, it feels more like autumn than spring!
Wonderful excuse for our cooked breakfast this morning!!!!
We have had snow almost every day of this week. The Sun has been shining for the past two days but it is still not strong enough to melt the snow. Last night was a particularly cold night. I had to turn on the electric blanket in the middle of the night because it was so cold and my pillows were cold!
It was still very cold in the morning. When the Mhinisteir went to turn up the radiator, he found the radiator in the bedroom to be stone cold!!! That explains why we were both freezing in bed! The boiler had packed in again. Honestly, this is the third time this has happened since Christmas Eve! It was looked into at the start of the year and all was found to be well.
The upkeep of the Vicarage is the responsibility of the Diocese and so we must go through the Diocesan Housing Department everytime there is to be any repair work but since it is the weekend, we are allowed to phone the Diocesan approved plumber directly. Thankfully, the plumber was available to come straight away.
As we were waiting, the Mhinisteir came to report that the heating has miraculously come back on! What about the plumber???? He gave the plumber a call to update him but since he was already halfway here, he decided to come anyway. Just as well he did because there was a fault with the heating system. The heating was only coming on if we turned on the hot water! The plumber managed to solve the problem and it is such a relief. The heating is working well now but it is taking an awful long time to heat up the house as the Vicarage has been without heating overnight.
Did anybody notice the date today? 13th! Haha. I am not at all superstitious but when I was in school, I used to love writing stories about things going wrong on Friday the 13th. Of course, it was all pure imagination!
We have a Morphy Richards electric blanket that is 16 years old. I still remember buying it in John Lewis in Glasgow. It is a dual control electric blanket that can be kept on all night.
After church on Sunday, I desperately needed thawing out and so turned on my trusty electric blanket. After my second shower of the day (Covid precaution), when I jumped into bed, my side of the bed was still cold. Mmmm….. there was no light on the electric blanket either. However, the Mhinisteir’s side of the electric blanket is working perfectly fine.
It has been miserable for almost a week now with heavy rain and strong wind. It is certainly not ideal to do without the electric blanket.
Now the dilemma is this, do we get a new electric blanket when one side of the electric blanket is still working???!!!!
The Mhinisteir is adamant that we should buy one right away but I’ve decided to take a few days before deciding to buy a new one as I am always hoping for miracles!
Am I the only one who is finding the recent weather a little wintry? For the past one week, I have been turning on my electric blanket in the evenings! When I told my hairdresser this, she burst out laughing! Just that I wasn’t joking. I have been feeling cold. In Scotland, It was not unusual for me to have the electric blanket on in the Summer. Up in the Highlands, it was turned on throughout the year. In fact, when I met my neighbours in the summer , the first question would be “what time did you turn on your electric blanket last night”???????
Recently, the Mhinisteir and I decided that the only way to get a proper rest on his day off was to disappear from the vicarage. We booked a hotel room for the night and went away to our secret place of hiding. We even managed to have a fabulous meal at Wagamama.
Since we don’t own a television at home, we decided to watch the news on the television before calling it a night. Just then, the fire alarm went off!!!!!! I went into a right panic and started stripping the sheets!!!! The Mhinisteir looked at me in a daze….. for I was convinced that it was the electric blanket that I had brought along from home that had triggered the alarm!!!!!! I was afraid that we would be found out so I quickly grabbed the electric blanket and hid it in our suitcase and it was only then did we go to our assembly point. It was past 11pm and it was cold. There were so many who had run out of the hotel in their pyjamas and were literally shivering.
The fire engine arrived soon after. Their initial investigations revealed that it was the business next to the hotel that had triggered the alarm and that all was well in our hotel. Phew!!! What a relief!!!!! Thankfully, nobody had to find out about my electric blanket!!!!!