Before i go on to regale you all with the tale of the boiler…. nice stuff first 🙂 Time for some well overdue Jess-love!

arggh no.. sunlight!! MOMMMM.. i donthaftagetupyet!!!

"arggh no.. sunlight!! MOMMMM.. i don'thaftagetupyet!!!"

This photograph of Jess was taken this morning. Michiel hadn’t quite pulled the curtains all the way across the living room windows and i came in to find jess asleep on the sofa. As the sun had crept across the sky, moving up Jess’s body, it eventually hit her eyes and she naturally did what everyone does.. put a paw over her eyes to shield her eyes, which only tightened around her nose once i opened the curtains. But it was such a delightful pose i couldn’t resist snapping a photo…

now the boiler: We waited all day monday for the plumber to come back and fit the part. By 5.30pm monday evening we got fed up, and worried, Michiel called the emergency housing number. They didn’t know anything about a repair, about the guy coming back, and although they tried to get in touch with an engineer to come out to us, nothing doing. We would have to wait till Tuesday. We grumbled, but accepted it. We were told to call Tuesday morning for an update.

Tuesday morning Michiel called again. No problem, they said. The engineer will definitely be with you between 2 and 4pm. So I waited. and waited. The engineer finally called around 3.30pm. He got to work – i went to Lidl to pick up a few things, and had a text message around 4ish from Michiel to say that we had heating. WOOT!

Wednesday, i do more shopping. Feeling tired and weary, i treat myself to some nice smelly bubble bath to have a nice long soak. I cook dinner, in the process, using some hot water to clean a couple of things. While doing this, there’s another bang from the boiler. Ru-Rohhhhh, we think. There’s also a fresh sootmark on the wall. We resolve to call the housing in the morning. And then we find out the boiler isn’t working again. So Michiel calls the emergency number. “sorry, there’s nothing we can do at this time of night. Call in the morning.” I fire a couple of emails complaining about this to the housing. We drag our little oil radiator out again. No bath for me.

Thursday morning, Michiel calls again. They apologise, profusely. Another Engineer is sent out – this time, he gets here around 11.30. He pulls the spark plug out; a piece is bent in it (well, it LOOKS like a sparkplug). He rebends it, sorts a couple other things out. We have heat again. Michiel shows him out. I run a bath…. before the heat goes again. I at least got my bath this time!

So far the boiler seems to have been working, although its almost working too well. Overheating the flat, rather than not working at all – there’s a possibility the thermosat is on the blink now. We’re keeping an eye on it.

In the meantime however, we have been having some gorgeous food, still. Photos behind the cut. Also behind the cut are a couple of new notelet designs i’ve come up with, using a stencil that sez gave me for xmas. I like. I really.. really like. It has the potential for further development too… 🙂

Before i go behind the cut though: Sez has proposed a photo-a-day challenge, to get her using her camera more, for the month of february. I’ll be joining her, so look out for more posts then! If anyone else wants to join in, feel free – just go here to tell her about it!

Ive posted a pic of this dish before, but not with this camera...

I've posted a pic of this dish before, but not with this camera...

Mr Brains faggots and gravy served with mustardymashed potatoes, braised stiltony leeks and peas. The leeks were especially gorgeous. Im going to experiment with more braised vegetables.

Mr Brain's faggots and gravy served with mustardymashed potatoes, braised stiltony leeks and peas. The leeks were especially gorgeous. I'm going to experiment with more braised vegetables.

mmmmmm.. bur-gerrrrsssss (in my best homer impression). quarterpounders, cooked by Michiel. Omnomnomnom

"mmmmmm.. bur-gerrrrsssss" (in my best homer impression). quarterpounders, cooked by Michiel. Omnomnomnom

chicken chow mein - from a packet. Even i cheat sometimes. Michiel thought i could do better though, and i have to agree.

chicken chow mein - the sauce from a packet. Even i cheat sometimes!! Michiel thought i could do better though, and i have to agree.

notelet - created via a stencil sez bought me for xmas.

notelet - created via a stencil sez bought me for xmas.

notelet - created via a stencil sez gave me for xmas

notelet - created via a stencil sez gave me for xmas

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