It's been just over a week since we got the keys to the cottage, so the major clear-up is now in full swing. It's very lucky we have the stream running through the bottom of the garden, as that's where the water has been coming from for the toilet - not only was there no running water, there was no cistern. But that all changed today.
|We have running water!|
Next up was checking the heating. There are three radiators running off a back boiler behind an open fire in the livingroom. This will also heat our hot water, although we're planning on having an immersion heater fitted, too, for when it's too warm to light the fire.
There was a small burst at the header tank, so that has now been fixed, plus a burst pipe in the hall beneath the radiator; then the water was turned on to fill the system...
|Cleaned up good as new|
Next it was the turn of the hot water system. This took a bit of time to fill up, but we now have water running when we turn on the hot taps. There are two valves with leaks in this system, but the plumber ran out of time to fix them today: I'd to turn the water back off and drain the hot water tank until he can get back to us next week. It was enough time, though, to get out and check the outside tap, which worked without a problem - so I watered all my plants in the garden.
The pump for the heating isn't working, so that needs to be stripped to see if it can be repaired. We may need a new pump, so I'll be searching online for best prices and being prepared for the worst.
|This will become the gym|
|The first of the veg beds - potatoes|
|Back door view|
|Front door view|
|Fruit bushes awaiting planting|