Wednesday, 21 March 2018

cold -colder-coldest

Well, here, as Spring has just arrived, it seems that by Easter we are going to be in the grip of more bitter cold weather.   A strong North wind is going to set in, which usually means that here in North Yorkshire we bear the brunt of it.   Still, comfort ourselves that the Inuit would probably find it pleasantly warm here now.

Three hours at the hairdressers this morning having my quarterly perm.   A nuisance and some may think a waste of good money.   The trouble is that my hair is both very fine and very straight and a perm makes it easy to control.

My herbaceous plants have arrived this morning, beautifully packed and in pots ready for planting.   Unfortunately my gardener has not yet been to sort out the bed where they are to be planted.   So for the time being they are sitt.ing in their pots in a sheltered position waiting the time when they can get their feet into the soil.   For anyone interested, the plants I have bought so far are as follows:
Astrantia Pink Pride.
Astrantia major Shaggy.
Geranium Elke.
Geranium Pink Penny.
Helleborus niger (the Christmas rose)
Helleborus hybridus double pink.
These for the border once the shrubs have been
removed and the ground has been dug and manured.
Also for the rockery so far I have bought an
erigeron, a plant which I love in spite of its very invasive habit.
Now it is time to attack and try to control Marestail.
Time will tell.
Friend S called to take Tess for her afternoon walk.  On her return she kindly retuned my television for me as yet again it had wandered away from the station and was just telling me there was no signal.
Then I realised that the central heating had not come on.   Investigating I found that there was a fault somewhere in the boiler which was flashing
EA whatever that means.   I pressed reset and at last the heating has come back on and all is warm.
If anyone reading this knows what EA stands for could they please let me know?   I only had the boiler serviced a fortnight ago and it is not due to be serviced again until February next year.

Tomorrow the first anniversary of my dear farmer's death.   I am not looking forward to it, but it has to be got through and a friend is there to help.   All shall be well.
 

42 comments:

Derek Faulkner said...

Where did you get your plants from. Another beautiful day here on Sheppey. The tortoises enjoyed a four hour session on the lawn today before coming in to avoid any frost.

the veg artist said...

Can I suggest you put the name of your boiler (and model if you can see it on the casing or handbook) into Google. There are lots of info videos on youtube which should tell you, in layman's terms, what it is, and whether it is something that you can adjust or whether you need an engineer.
I'm not suggesting you get a spanner out at all - although when our lawnmower kept stopping last year my husband managed to learn enough from youtube to strip it down and clean it out. There seems to be no end of handy men ready to share their knowledge about anything!

Derek Faulkner said...

Much to my disgust, the Beagle pack were out on the farmland alongside the reserve this afternoon, chasing hares, a totally unnecessary and illegal act. Some of those hares are probably in the early stages of pregnancy.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

There are also a lot of idiots who don't know what they're doing on YouTube and elsewhere. Probably safer to call out the engineer and tell them it's been playing up since they serviced it.

lynda said...

In the midst of at least our 4th snowstorm since March began, on the second day of spring....possibly more on Sunday. They say 6-10"...so enjoy what you have!!!
I need more Hellebores! Hope your plants get in soon...cannot get near the beds right now....

Derek Faulkner said...

Looking at your boiler problem on Google, it appears the EA flashing indicates that the boiler is not connecting with the pilot light and one suggestion is to press "Reset" as you did.

Dartford Warbler said...

A lovely selection of plants for your new garden. Let`s hope the cold weather doesn`t last too long so that your gardener can plant them and the garden will feel more your own.

I shall think of you tomorrow. It is hard to believe that a year has gone by. DWx

Jane Bellingham said...

Sending you big Lincolnshire hugs for tomorrow.

Rachel Phillips said...

Hopefully you have a gas service man you can pick up the phone and talk to between service dates, with little queries and reassurances like this. All the best from a very cold but sunny Norfolk.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thanks for your comments.

I bought my herbaceous plants from clairaustin hardy plants - I believe she is the daughter of
David Austin of old fashioned roses fame - don't know for sure but someone told me so.
They arrived this morning absolutely beautifully and professionally packed = most impressive.

Derek Faulkner said...

Ah, you did take my advice about Clair Austin, glad about that, I'll be getting some more soon.

Virginia said...

Perhaps “Emergency Attention” ?..... or .....

Clever Derek finding out resetting it was the answer, and clever youto have already done it!!

Thinking of you today Pat as memories flood over you. XOX

Anonymous said...

I've just goggled it. An "EA" code can mean "flame not detected", and can be caused by pretty much anything. Apparently it is often but not always caused by the condensate pipe being frozen. So it could be the cold weather. Not an expert opinion but it would fit in with the weather.

angryparsnip said...

I wish spring would come for you. Your selection of plants sound wonderful and I hope the gardener can get to work soon.
I am sure you feel better when your garden goes in and you and Tess can enjoy it.

cheers, parsnip

Kathy said...

Thoughts and prayers for you on the 22nd.

May I suggest you also get a Rozanne Hardy Geranium, she won't disappoint you, and will flower for months, die back in the winter, and the following summer will come back twice as beautiful. Enjoy your new plants, and good luck with getting rid of the mares tail, keep cutting it back to weaken it, I found is the best solution.

Rachel Phillips said...

If I were you I would call the gas engineer in the morning about the EA warning.

Sue in Suffolk said...

Your garden will look wonderful

Sending hugs from Suffolk for tomorrow

Bonnie said...

What a lovely selection of flowers and plants! As for your perm, I believe anything we do that makes life easier for us and helps us to feel better about ourselves is worthwhile. I will be thinking about you tomorrow Weave.

donna baker said...

Love to dear Pat.

Joanne Noragon said...

It is cold and snow here, too, Weaver. Peace and light to you tomorrow--and every day.

Jules said...

I will be thinking about you tomorrow Pat, and I'm glad you will have a friend with you.
I agree with Rachel about phoning a gas engineer, just to be safe. X

Mac n' Janet said...

Hope you get through it relatively painlessly. He'd be proud that you've moved on.

Penny said...

Thinking of you tomorrow, sending a big hug.

Jill said...

I'll think of you tomorrow and hope it brings not too many tears.

Cro Magnon said...

It probably stands for Explosion Anticipated; at least it would if it was mine!

Maria said...

I am thinking of you today, dear Weaver.
Greetings Maria x

Librarian said...

-4C here as we speak, but it is supposed to warm up finally for the weekend - just in time for my visitors from Yorkshire who will be arriving on Saturday.
I am thinking of you today, too, Pat. What a different day for each of us, you remembering your late husband and I celebrating my 50th birthday. Such is life.

I hope your boiler problem is soon sorted. This time last year, I was without heat and hot water for 2 1/2 weeks. It was not quite as cold then as it is now, but hot water is something I need all year round.

Gwil W said...

Cold, colder, coldest but not as cold as Britains relations with Russia. As Donal Trump congratulates Vladimir Putin on his election victory a certain idiot named Boris Johnson compares the football World Cup in Russia to Hitlers Olympics. At least Putin had the courtesy to thank the Brits for their anti-Russian hysteria which gave him an extra 5 or 6 % over the predictions!

Rachel Phillips said...

I have 3 hours at the hairdressers today too Weave. I will be thinking of you x

Jane said...

Thinking of you today, hoping that fond memories of your dear farmer comfort and strengthen you. Hope that some signs of Spring will remind you of life in all its abundance x

Heather said...

So pleased to hear you will not be alone today. Thinking of you. You have chosen such lovely plants for your border - I hope they bless you with lots of 'babies'. My hair is fine and thin but thankfully has a natural wave or two so I don't need a perm. I don't think I would like the procedure at all, though it would probably give more body to the wispy bits. Glad you got the boiler working again. It's no time of year to be without it. Keep snug.

thelma said...

Beautiful choice of plants. All the best for today. The weather is slowly beginning to look up.

Tom Stephenson said...

Has it really been a year? It seems like last week. X

Minigranny said...

So pleased you will have company today. Your plants sound to be a lovely mixture and I'm sure it won't be long before you are enjoying your garden. Is Erigon Mexican Fleabane? I've been trying to get that for a while as it looks wonderful when it colonises walls. Take care. X

Linda Metcalf said...

Doesn't seem possible that a year has passed. Peace be with you today and always.

Derek Faulkner said...

Mexican Fleabane spreads like wildfire. I brought one small plant home from a wall in Cornwall about ten years ago and it's now everywhere in my garden.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Kathy - I have indeed bought Geranium Rozanne and look forward to it flowering.
I did phone m y gas engineer as you suggested Rachel - he said I did right to press re set. If it happens again I am to ring him and he will call in and look but he says it is quite safe.
Thanks everyone for your kind words.

Bovey Belle said...

Is it really a year already since you lost your farmer? I hope that your friend will bring you calm and companionship and help you through it.

A lovely selection of plants. I would recommend my favourites, Aquilegia, of course!

Frugal in Essex Tania said...

Time passed so quickly and it's hard not to look back but life goes on. Your plant selection is lovely.

liparifam said...

Thinking about you on this difficult day. Thanks goodness for friends who help us through the difficult times!

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

Sending good wishes...Such anniversaries are always distressing and sad. It's going on eleven years since my dear husband left us. May spring arrive soon in your world, and your garden give you joy!

Franny And Danny said...

I’m so glad you have a great support network around you. Much love.