Hello Dear Reader,
I've had a few comments and a few emails from those of you who seem to think it's a feat of human endurance to live without central heating. Like millions of people, I grew up without any heating. The fire was lit in the front room on a Sunday and we sat in front of it with drying wet hair, eating sardines on toast and watching Songs of Praise. Like millions of other people, the immersion heater only got used on Sundays too. Bath over? Then off it went for another week.
I grew up in a house that had metal framed single glazed windows and no heating at all. We had frost and ice on the inside of our bedroom windows and we could see the breath in front of our faces when we spoke......indoors! Extra warmth was gained from hot water bottles in bed and all the blankets and coats we had on top of our beds. One gas ring was lit in the kitchen when we came down for breakfast, and any door left open would result in a verbal backlashing from my mother that would leave you deaf! We sat in bed to keep warm with a tray on our laps to do our homework. We also went to bed early in the winter to save the meter money which was being eaten by the lighting so that was turned off early too.
I've even had emails thinking that a lack of central heating would result in a tin bath in front of the fire. I thought I would assure you of my living conditions and how much they've improved. Even in the depths of the coldest winters we have ever had when it's been -5 outside, the house rarely falls below 15 degrees inside. My house is double glazed and has loft and cavity wall insulation. We have a wood stove in our living room and leave the door open so the heat permeates through the hall way and circulates around the house. This often takes the house temperature up to 20 degrees. This is the UK............we sunbath in 20 degrees!!!! 20 degrees requires flip flops and shorts! If I'm on holiday and it's 20 degrees then I see no need to sit in doors and everything can take place outside.
My house has big south facing window which capture all the heat through the day and the house always seems warm when I come home. I am quite happy to walk around the house barefoot and in my pyjamas and walk in and out of the bathroom and have a shower and I'm certainly warm enough. I must admit, I love the luxury of having a wood stove and especially the luxury of being able to dry my laundry on a rack in front of the fire and have it dried and put away in one evening.
I leave my office, bedroom and sewing room door shut in the day to trap the warmth of the sun and the rooms can often be stiflingly warm when I return home. I manage the heat I have effectively. Yes, my bathroom is cooler than other rooms but I soon warm up when I'm standing under a stream of hot water in the shower. I'm still warm as I get dried and I'm dressed again before I get cold. Living without heating certainly isn't a hardship and it never really gets that cold where I live. In comparison to the home of my childhood, I live in the tropics and I certainly don't need central heating.
Over to you Dear Reader. Have you ever checked the temperature in your house? Is it as warm or as cold as you think? Have you taken up the opportunity to have your house insulated cheaply or for free? Does anyone else remember frost on their windows and stepping out of bed onto cold lino? Share your chilly stories? Does anyone live where it gets -20? Does anyone live where you never need heating ever?
I look forward to hearing from you all,
Love Froogs xxxxx