Denise: A problem with the water supply somewhere: pressure so low the electric shower wouldn’t fire up, and the washing machines were beeping and flashing and eventually had to be turned off. House is certainly cold, but not enough to freeze pipes inside. Buried pipes here in Uist are often just below the surface, as frosts are rarely more than light or short-lived: but J says the temperature outside is only just a fraction below zero, so perhaps its nothing to do with the cold.
We’ve talked it over many times – each time coming to a firm conclusion the opposite or at least diffent to the last time. But now we are definitely and finally decided. More or less as soon as Jonathan is home for good in a week or so’s time, he’ll start work on a new studio/shop for the Hebridean Woolshed. The scandinavian log-style garden cabin we put up (it cost us about £1250 all told!) back in 2003 as a general-purpose garden shop really just isn’t up to the job: not big enough, no enough protection from the weather, from damp and insects; and above all it just looks NAFF!
The new shop will still be in the style of a shed, but more like a traditional Hebridean outbuilding (no I don’t mean falling down and surrounded by old cars!), but solidly built, and at least 50% bigger than the existing shed. It will be positioned so that its outline will be softened with with trees and shrubs.
Denise: The couple staying at Carrick called round this evening, complaining of an unpleasant ‘drains’ smell in the house. Was it coming from the utility? No. So not the trap of the floor drain dried out again (simple remedy – pour in some water). Smell generally everywhere – seems to be coming from the ventilation. Oh dear! This was reported by another guest back in spring, but only briefly. This couple seem a bit more put out by it. The problem seems to occur only when the weather is very still, and the when the temperature is falling, so that warm air from the soil vent doesn’t rise, but falls back and drifts around the roof. – the intake of the ventilation system sucks it back in. Jonathan has been investigating it and has a remedy in hand (somethiing to do with air-admittance valves), but not complete. Now needs to be completed when he’s home in a couple of weeks. Meantime, the only remedy I could give was to turn up the ventilation system and open the windows (with care). I went round later and the smell had certainly cleared. But that’s risky if the weather turns wet and especially if its windy. That said, if its windy the odour problem should not occur. Oh the joys of letting property! How on earth do owners manage when they don’t live anywhere nearby – they are totally dependent on their local help!