While we were travelling home from Cornwall on Sunday D. and I discussed what had been done an what was still needing to be done before winter sets in.
Some of our preparations may seem a little extreme, but as power failures in winter are not unknown here we like to be prepared. A few years ago we were without electricity for four days and our youngest daughter was without water for six days. Many of you more mature frugellers will remember the 70s when we had the four day week and miners strikes when the electability was rationed. Some of you will have experienced more flooding of recent years and know the consequences of that. There is nothing more sure that it will be colder so, " be prepared" we say !
I asked D to itemise the tasks he always set himself at this time of year. Here is his list, given to me while he was driving, so he probably missed a few things.
- Sweep the chimney
- Clear out drains and guttering (keep checking, especially throughout the autumn as the leaves are falling and after a heavy rainfall)
- keep collecting wood, splitting logs, cutting up pallets for burning and making kindling.
- Ensure all wood is undercover with the greenest at the back.
- Buy in a small reserve of coal (This is particularly useful if you are unwell and want an easy to maintain, hot fire)
- Service the generator.
- Buy in a couple if gallons of diesel for the generator and store in a safe place.
- Check all equipment that uses batteries, such as torches and buy in new supply of batteries.
- Service the Tilly lamps, buy new mantles and a gallon of paraffin. (If you have a camping stove, ensure that it is where you can find it and that you have new gas cartridges)
- Put torches at the side of beds and at least one downstairs ( a small one by the fuse box too is a good idea)
- Gather anything needed for inside (i.e workshop) jobs. All the mending of tools, beehives, chicken runs etc.
- Check the car over and put the winter "in case of" in the boot. You know the stuff, de-icer, scraper etc and not forgetting the Kendle Mint cake!.
- There is also a HUGE list of gardening jobs, most involving oiling and greasing, creosoting, covering up and bonfires!
As you can see these are MAN jobs. Well, I'm quite happy with such an un-PC idea, as I have more than enough to do. (see following posts)
Do you remember Blogchick? D. peeled him/her out of a cold egg, revived it an then we stuck it under Manny Mummy, here is a picture to remind you.
Until tomorrow Frugellers