Just delivered some wood to Lavinia/Vinny to keep her going until the delivery arrives, but just a comment- when I came to Greece our old kitchen range had a place for grilling beside the wood stove- for charcoal- as did many of the other old houses I visited. I suppose as old houses were not as hermetically sealed as modern ones are the worry was not as great, or maybe people just did not know!
Message posted by Lavinia on 07 January 2012 at 7:07pm - IP Logged
Thank you so much Jan, you are an angel and my fire is roaring away! I have to agree with Susie that I was getting a bit "freaked out" as, like Jan, I remember charcoal being burnt inside houses years ago in Corfu on which to cook. It never even occurred to me that a natural fuel like charcoal would give off noxious fumes. I now feel very stupid indeed but thank all of you for your in-put and help. My fire has a big chimney and a flue which goes under the floor to outside (I make sure the outside opening is kept clear of leaves and debris).
I am obviously just very stupid and it just goes to show that a university degree does not equal intelligence!!!
Thanks to you all for your in-put and especial thanks to Jan for helping me out.
Message posted by jrk on 08 January 2012 at 12:35am - IP Logged
jrk, I love your comment. I am obviously lacking in wisdom therefore my degree is useless, old, and have faulty genetics! However, thanks to Jan, I have a beautiful log fire. Very best wishes to you from a chilly Corfu and may I wish you a belated Happy New Year. Xronia Polla,
And all the best for 2012, from a warm and sunny Australia-no need for log fires here. However, I will need to purchase heating oil on my return to Corfu. I suppose the subsidy has gone and the price has shot through the roof?
Incidentally, feeding the possums in the local square last night after they had descended from the pleasantly smelling gum trees (there seems to be a family for each tree), reminded me, if my memory serves correctly, that Corfu has eucalyptus trees. I guess such trees came from the Antipodes? But who planted them? Are they for ornamental purposes or for gum or perfume production or what? Just curious!
Message posted by Bob and Wendy (Uncle Bob) on 09 January 2012 at 2:45pm - IP Logged
Bob and Wendy
JRK. you will find Eucalyptus trees all over Europe, as far as I know purely for decoration purposes.
As you know they grow like mad, and if chopped down, just bush up from the roots.
Many years ago Wendy bought me a sapling for my birthday in a previous house we lived in. I was very proud of the fact that I let it grow unpruned, it grew tall and leggy, we were constantly approached by tree experts to top it because they assured us that it would snap and fall on the house, needlessly to say, its still there and can be seen from the road towering above the 3 story house that replaced our old bungalow. We loved the smell on a hot summer's evening when the breeze russled the leaves.
Message posted by jrk on 10 January 2012 at 10:49pm - IP Logged
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