Water water everywhere – but then this is North Wales

It has been raining pretty steadily lately.  Below are some pictures showing the river Lledr at the edge of our garden now it has returned to its more turbulent self:

White water rafting anyone?
White water rafting anyone?

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View of river from the garden
Same view of the river, taken in August this year – notice how the rocks have become submerged!

Today, a tale of boiler woe.  Gary (our boiler man) has been back to look at the old boiler, which we have not been able to re-start since we ran out of heating oil a couple of weeks ago.  Funny story – it turns out that, according to Gary, just before we ran out of oil, it is probable that some dirty oil fed through from the bottom of the oil tank.  This created an excess of smoke when it burned, which began to block the (new) flue.  We had been warned that the new flue would create smells as it bedded in, so we hadn’t been particularly worried when a bad smell started which we now guess was caused by this smokey discharge.  Long story short – it looks like when the smokey residue got substantial enough to block the flue,  pressure built up and  then blew out an old repair none of us had known about (despite Gary having previously tested the boiler).  Fortunately, Gary has nowfound this void, deep in the bowels of the boiler, and can repair it in the next week or so.  I guess it just illustrates why we are replacing almost everything: at least if the item is new, we feel we can reasonably expect it to work for longer than a month or two before breaking down.  We are hopeful that this repair will leave us with full boiler capacity for Christmas which will be a comfort for our family guests!

You can just see Jean inspecting the new stud wall to support a fire door which will protect the new staircase (when it goes in)
You can just see Jean inspecting the new stud wall to support a fire door which will protect the new staircase (when it goes in)

 

Mike has continued to work on installing the new fire door, but has been slightly held back by the need to prepare for our inaugural quiz night last night, which has also kept me busy, in addition to working on my Welsh and shopping for Lobscouse ingredients and mulled wine for last night.

On our festive quiz night, we had 6 teams competing for the various prizes.  The evening seemed to go well – certainly we enjoyed ourselves and hope everyone else did too – and we also thank everyone for making it such a fun event.  The photo is of Anna whose flashing jumper won her the “best Christmas jumper” round.  It was her idea to hold up the publicity picture over her face – honest!

 

Winner of the best Christmas jumper, being shy
Winner of the best Christmas jumper, being shy