Wharfedale

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.

View from the Everhot showroom

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.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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21 Responses to Wharfedale

  1. I just saw the Guardian link regarding your lockdown. It’s so stressful. Here our ICU beds are full or near capacity. It’s frightening to think that if you had a stroke or an auto accident, the beds are already full.

    I’m glad you had some excitement over your new heater/stove. I’ve not heard of such a thing, but it sounds like a great way to warm your home.

  2. It is good that you managed to get out in time

  3. I wish I had known about everhot stoves when I did my kitchen. Glad you got out and the battery charged while you could. When we lived in Devon the definition of a tourist was said to be ‘Someone who cannot pass you on a narrow lane – ie someone who panics when they have to reverse back to a passing place! Sty safe and enjoy your new stove.

    • Helen says:

      Thank you! I haven’t bought the stove yet – still thinking about it but it does look the best contender 😊

      The van should have observed the sign saying no HGVs. I think that’s why people were getting agitated. However, the situation resolved itself in the end.

  4. Lavinia Ross says:

    We put in a pad for a wood stove here so we could cook and heat in a power outage, but have not done it yet, and may not because of the solar roof panels. Worst case I build a campfire outside and cook on it.

    • Helen says:

      Sounds like you’ve got your bases covered, Lavinia 😊

      The stove I was looking at is electric-powered, so would be no good in an outage. But I haven’t had an oven since I moved in here 11 years ago, so I’m used to doing without.

  5. gaiainaction says:

    Wharfedale sounds like a nice place, even the name is special. As I am not very familiar with the English geography I don’t know where about you were, but I enjoyed your journey. (must have a look at google earth)

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