Just as well I decided today was the day to charge my car battery. At the time of writing, I’m waiting for the announcement that England is once more to go into lockdown, the kind of lockdown we had in March.
However, this morning, I had no idea about a lockdown being so close and I had a mission. Over the last few months, I’ve been mulling over ways of improving the house, including heating it. I’d thought of getting an Aga heat storage oven as a way of killing two birds with one stone, which is how I stumbled across the more eco friendly alternative, the Everhot oven.
After much consideration, I decided this wasn’t the right option at the current time but still fancied the idea of heat storage. So, off we set for the Everhot showroom near Skipton, on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales and Wharfedale.
When we set out from home it was reasonably warm and even on the sunny side but as we headed north and the altitude increased the landscape became a much more wintery one, albeit very pretty.
When I enquired about room heaters, I expected to be shown something resembling a conventional electric fire. Indeed, we were shown one for comparison, but we’d already fallen in love with the Everhot mini electric stove.
It might not provide all the heat we need but it looks so chic as well as being enough for our cooking needs. So, feeling quite a buzz of excitement we set off for our next port of call in Horsforth.
A friend who lives there had a Christmas cake for us – and ash from here wood-burning stove. We also wanted to pop into the zero waste shop. But there was an unexpected twist to journey towards the warmer climes of Northwest Leeds. A large van and a large car couldn’t pass each other on the rather narrow lane and the driver of the latter was non-too-pleasant.
Suffice to say, after an amount of huffing and puffing and general rudeness, the car reversed passed me and the considerably more pleasant van driver was able to drive past me in the conventional manner. Then all was well again.