Post by Murchadh
Sure beats Sutherland! All that hot water and the ponies trotting
I enjoyed visiting Iceland, but there was too much ice for me to want to
live there. In my part of Sutherland, palm trees can grow outside all
year round, magnolias bloom in February, and I still have roses (and a
number of other flowers) in my garden.
The main problem here, apart from public transport, is trying to get
tradesmen to turn up when you need them.
In the past couple I've weeks I've had my Rayburn stop working (heating
engineer required) and needed the immersion element in the water tank
replaced (electrician required). When the electrician finally arrived,
it was determined that the tank also needed replacing (plumber
required). The plumber and his assistant turned up, and determined
which tank to order. Fortunately, the washing machine and the
dishwasher heat their own water, and I have an electric shower.
The heating engineer did turn up, and the Rayburn is now working again,
so I don't need to keep the fire in the living room on all day (the back
boiler in the fireplace can run the central heating). For those who are
unfamiliar with Rayburns, they are range cookers (rather like, and made
by the same company as, Agas), which provide a large cooking surface,
ovens, heat domestic hot water, and run the central heating. They're
also good for drying laundry - on the rail at the front, and on
old-fashioned airers on pulleys mounted to the ceiling over the unit.