We made a fire to see how this woodstove works. It is easy to start a fire in and burns very efficiently. So much so that we have decided that we will keep it. This same amount of wood would have burned within no time in our old stove while we have kept the stove burning all afternoon and evening.
Our new radiator has arrived this week but is not installed yet. We hope it will be done this week but now it is nice to know that we can build a fire to keep up warm regardless.
We enjoyed a light lunch by the fireside today of warm baguette with baked Camembert. For myself a glass of wine and for Jos a German wheat beer.
And hopefully, this weather will return this week as predicted. We have had two weeks of a winter wonderland but this weekend all has melted away as the temperatures rose.
Perfect weather to start decorating for Christmas. I have been having problems with becoming very sensitive to many things lately. I guess it goes along with my chronic skin condition. *sigh* But being allergic to an artificial tree is a bit much. I have also discovered that I am very allergic to wool. I cannot even wear it with a turtleneck shirt on underneath it. I am having to buy a couple of warm sweaters to replace my wool ones.
This will be our last year to put up our Victorian tree. It has become more and more difficult for me in the past few years as my fibromyalgia continues to become more and more of a handicap. This year, it was just causing me far too much pain so we have discussed it and decided it is best to sell this tree next year and put up a small one that is easy for me to do.
I will miss the excitement of pulling out the various ornaments each year but it is time to move on from this tree. This year, we will enjoy the beauties hanging in the tree this last time.