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We had some old pillows that came along with the old duvet that I used to insulate the loft hatch. We decided to use them for draft-proofing the chimneys because we’d looked into chimney balloons already (and bought one, before promptly losing it somewhere).

First, I had to clean out the grates and fire surrounds, with help from my sweep’s devil: P1020863

I got a good look at the chimneys after clearing away the ironmongery. The chimneys are lined with a sectioned ceramic pipe, built in when the house was constructed:

P1020860I expected a rougher, square section, something a bit more chimneys of Greenknowe. A circular section, however, means a rolled up pillow goes in like a Pooh bear into a rabbit hole:

P1020862I did a couple of bedrooms, with the spare room to go. Guests in the spare room have commented on the chimney noise in some strong winds (“I thought you’d been stuffing pillows up there.”), with no hint of noise in the bedrooms I’ve done. This is promising; in the worst gales I get woken by the whistling winds in the chimney and less noise means fewer draughts.


As Dad is retiring from the electrics game, he’s also handing over some of his power tools for us to keep and use. One of these is a small jack hammer. Having chatted to the son of the former owner, Benji, we suspected there might still be an original cast iron range behind the obviously covered over and tiled area in the kitchen. So, with three other adults in the house to babysit, I decided to don my work clothes and get busy. The first picture is what was left an hour or so later.

It was the work of a few minutes to chisel off the beige tiles and then the real work began to see what was underneath. Alas, no range in place but there is an inglenook, backfilled with rubble and what appears to be the remnants of a bird nest.

inglenook birds_nest

These pictures were taken inside the cavity. The plan is to take a sledgehammer to what’s left and reveal and inglenook for a possible future range cooker.

rubble  stone stone 2