Still pondering how to live somewhere with greater daylight while maintaining my loving hold on the mighty NHS (Gods bless her and all who sail in her!) This was brought home to me, yet again, by finding that a self-employed friend elsewhere has to, by law, pay E300 a month to ensure health insurance, which as anyone who has had to deal with any type of insurance will be aware, won’t cover everything or pay out without an argument. In the meantime having signed up to dental insurance I’m having a similar battle as the person on the phone explained that they “don’t understand” basic arithmetic. We shall see how that works out.
In other news, we have finally put the heating on. So far we’ve been lucky enough to be able to rely on neighbours from exotic climes finding things so cold that their heating is always on full whack, thereby heating us too. That and the real open fire should we be feeling chilly, which the rest of the time now has a removeable board over it as the wind whistles down the chimney and out through the closed doors and windows. The problem with the house is that it was built to be draughty, so blocking holes causes mould and constant heating will cause shrinkage. But when we heard of the snow at the other end of the county, on it went!
Sorting through stuff is sort of happening. We have new cupboards up, kindly donated by friends who were gutting their kitchen, and I have been able to empty nine boxes of books into two of them. The boxes were well packed, but even then a big cupboard space can be more efficient. Not found many duplicates yet, but the pile for charity is growing.