Wake up Call

I’m reblogging this in response to Fandango’s Flashback Friday today, 15th April (I didn’t actually post anything that day in 2014).
This was written before we bought the boat, and in today’s current market with the energy crisis, I dread to think what the utility bills would be in this particular property now. Here we managed to secure a fixed tariff until October 2023 and before the horrendous 54% hike in fuel prices, which is going to increase again in October. Our daily electricity usage is just over 3 kwh (22 per week) and our gas heating obviously varies with the season. Our current joint energy bill is about £600 pa, so we are way below average, but we can expect that to at least double when our tariff ends unless the situation is taken under control and the Fat Cats have to reverse their greed.


I have always thought myself to be realistic and practical.
When buying a new printer for the computer, we took into account not only the purchase price, but how much it would cost (laser or ink cartridge) to ‘feed’, what we actually wanted to print, how many or how often.
The same went for replacing the washing machine.
We wanted it to wash our clothes, have an economy cycle and twin spin speeds.
We did not need a dryer, umpteen fancy options, nor for it to practically make the tea with a hot water fill.
We applied similar logic when buying a new car. After all, it’s a fat lot of good having the biggest and best in butch looks and technology looking impressive in your driveway if you can’t afford the insurance and running costs to keep it on the road.
Neither is it sensible to buy something compact…

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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