Wild winds today, blowing from the north-west.
Made a most excellent hairdryer - ha!
Oh – there behind me, hooked onto a drawing pin on my notice board, is a handy little LED light – very cheap. Candlelight is peaceful and beautiful – the best ambient light along with firelight – but I don’t leave candles burning unattended, and for evenings when I’m zooming in and out of my room – doing things with the family – the LED light is most helpful for speedy (if not powerful) illumination. I've ordered some of these, too - our Alice has them and they're fab.
The flowerpot-and-candle heater turns out to be not spectacular; yes, it does get warmish. Mind you, I used only 2 candles; I’ll try it again with 4.
I will need an interim system in Komorebi, as we want to have the woodstove put in properly by a HETAS engineer who knows what he’s about – and he’s not free until the end of January and Dave King says get ready for serious snow from Boxing Day.
Heating oneself is way more intelligent than heating the room – I mean, who cares if the room is cold so long as I’m warm? So my plan is five-pronged:
- Hot drinks
- Hot water bottles
- Flower-pot and candle heater
- Ethanol fuel gel in my little tsetsubin heater and under my kettle on its tripod
I find it helps a lot to be used to the cold. In our house we are now wearing fleeces and down-filled jerkins and jackets, scarves and fingerless mittens and layers of clothes every day – but we only put on the central heating if it’s been very wet and the house needs airing.
Feeling cold comes partly from inactivity and re-locating from a hot environment (office, department store, restaurant) to an unheated home.
Another thing that keeps me warm is sitting on my bed to write during the day – on or under the duvet depending on how warm the day is. So I’m already a lot warmer than if I sat on a thin desk chair, because the bed, obviously, offers insulation.
A further wonder-thing is a sheepskin (to sit on) – soft and cosy, warm in winter, cool in summer. Excellent.
Okay, I'm properly dressed again now my hair's dry.
Editing awaits - on with some work!