Heather: Bummer about the boiler. Does the maintenance contract include some offset against the price of a new one?
OG: M&S sounds like a good short-term goal. Our soon-to-be big new Target (yipee!) is now officially due to open mid-to-late October; they held an open hiring session at a nearby hotel for a few days this week. OH asked if I wanted to apply. :-)
PatO: The lady who runs our Tai Chi class (they must've invested very well!) takes frequent cruises with her OH and they're off on a Princess Cruise around Japan as I type. My travel ambition at this point is to see Yosemite again and also more of the National Parks in the Western U.S.
The tree guys have just arrived to sort out the olives....
Yes, ROSY, our water is very soft. I was very pleased with the gas man. He was an older, very experienced guy who listened to what I had to tell him and then spent one and a half hours here. He replaced a valve which was causing the trouble and had a good look at the solar system which he seemed to understand, unlike all the others who have visited. He said that my OH had explained it to him .... That wouldn't have been yesterday! Anyway, I'm going ahead with a new boiler. As you say, it will be more energy efficient. And as you and ANNETTE say, maybe I'll get a good deal!
Adding my sorrow over your old boiler, Heather. Its certainly done well for you at 20 years old. Ours is on its last legs and is about 16 years old. My OH won't replace it until it gives out, so I expect that'll be on a very cold winters day!
We've had a busy day, moving stuff ready for the measuring man to come tomorrow for the window blinds. We need to have matching blinds in the study and the sitting room as they're the only two windows at the front of the house, as it was originally a bungalow. There's not a lot wrong with the present study blind but its a different kind, but the one in the sitting room has been more used and is falling apart.
My OH has been out picking blackberries so that we can have blackberry & apple pie, one of his favourites.
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