Getting back to normal

We rang Keith the Plumber, who told the Professor about a valve on the boiler which was there to let air out — it took several goes but in the middle of the morning we were finally rewarded by the thing firing up. Also, most of the snow came off the roof in the course of the night, and somewhat to our surprise, the gutters didn’t come with them. The gutter over my study is twisted out of shape and has broken, but hasn’t actually fallen off and I’ve only found one slate so far. Not bad, considering the pressure it’s all taken: also on the ground outside my door are the glassy sausages of ice which fell out of the gutters. I can see the box hedge, for the first time in about ten days.

9 Responses to “Getting back to normal”

  1. canadian professor Says:

    St. Anthony, rising to yet another new challenge. The fallen gutter might be a Work of Art, with the slate incorporated.

  2. lampy Says:

    Hurrah! I’m intrigued by the reference to a watering can in your previous blog.

  3. Peter Says:

    The boiler finally began to work five minutes after I had asked a friendly Jesuit if he could offer any help, secular or sacred.

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  5. Jane Says:

    Watering can. The point is that the entrance point on the tank is on the top. With ours which is the vertical variety, about twelve feet off the ground. Even approached from behind the revetting wall you have to sit on the top of it to reach the hole, at which point manipulating a full 20 ltr can (plastic, slippery, also not completely rigid) of oil is incredibly difficult because it comes out in glugs and is very hard to control, causing expensive heating oil to go absolutely everywhere. On the other hand if you distribute half its contents into a watering can with the aid of a funnel, you can precision pour, and the rest of the half empty canister, since there is air flowing smoothly into it, can also be directed fairly accurately., The watering can, naturally, must not have water in it and needs to be reasonably clean, but you can get a watering cans for 1.99 so it’s worth sacrificing one to Hestia, the Goddess of the Hearth.

  6. the tropical godfather Says:

    Is it possible to establish whether it is St Anthony, St Ignatius or the goddess Hestia who is responsible for the late miracle (somehow one cannot imagine those three collaborating)? Knowing to whom to apply could come in handy on some future occasion.

    Great to know your tiny hands are no longer quite so frozen!

  7. Eleanor Says:

    I think St. Anthony needs a special place. The Deep North is clearly getting deeper, or more Northerly.

  8. canadian professor Says:

    Perhaps A and I are competing for some celestial trophy, or more coins to Padua or Boston College.

    We had oil heat long ago at home, but the oil man came with his large wheeled tanker and piped in the oil with his own hose.

  9. Jane Says:

    The oilman cometh — yes, that is exactly what usually happens, only for the last month the tanker has been unable to reach us.

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