A quick update on the medication. I have stopped taking it... and at the moment I am OK. The side effects have worn off. I don’t feel high. I am OK so far, but would start taking the Olanzapine the moment I have any psychotic thoughts. For me that’s where the co-incidences of things become too meaningful and I seem to construct an alternative reality around them.
I suppose the interesting thing over over this last weekend in the money markets has been this crashing Stock Market, and it being paralled with a Cryptocurrency selloff.
It is too coincidental that the Pentagon have a shed load of money missing on a audit. I recon they set up Bitcoin with it, to hook in a lot of gamblers, and then sold them out. 100 million for computer equipment, it’s probably those mining servers somewhere.
Well this is one of those allegory rambles. We have a huge open fireplace, and love a log fire. We use the fireplace continuously. There is a huge problem though, as during cold weather the chimney sucks all our heating out of the house.
We have had had endless discussions about putting in a log burner. Yes far more efficient, no draughty up the chimney, no sparks, or danger from falling logs. The thing is we don’t want to lose an open fire. We, well more me really, has been chaffing over this for years. My practical side sees the log burner as a solution, my romantic side wants the log fire. My Husband doesn’t really have a practical side, He is a complete romantic! Which is why I love Him. We are so different, but they say opposites attract. When we agree though, we can make huge decisions without any qualms.
Back to the economy of the Fireplace. I think I may have come up with a solution. The Americans it seems use a glass fire door in front of their wood fires. This also seems to be modified into sort of glass beads with a flame going through them, not as satisfying as burning real logs in my opinion though. We just had an old apple tree fall down in our little orchard, and we need to prune back some big trees. We rarely have to buy wood.
I have designed a fire screen over the last 24 hours. I want a very pretty metal surround framework, and then doors that open and slide back into the fireplace recess. That way we can have the doors open or closed. When we go to leave the fire they can be closed, for instance at night, or popping to the shops. The opening of the fireplace is a Meter square. The fire glass will probably cost about £400. I think I could probably get a foundry nearby to make the frame, and supports to my design. So at a guesstimate, the whole contraption for around £1000. Including renovating the actual fireplace.
This would be cheaper than buying a log burner, which will need a very long and expensive flue. It would overcome all the heat loss problems of the gaping great hole in our lounge sucking out our expensive oil heating. I always feel as though I am just using fivers instead of newspaper to light the fire!
The other very cunning part of this plan, is that I can now justify the cost of doing up the kitchen and putting in an Esse log burning stove, which will need a flue! Yes ther is an ulterior motive to getting the little grey cells sorting out the expensive to run log fire, with the gaping air extractor adorning our lounge.
I couldn’t help thinking this was rather like the stock markets performance over this weekend. This has happened so many times. The stock markets are just like this gaping hole of a fireplace drawing the real heat out of the economy. The money people invest in shares is not really benefitting the wider economy.
It is exactly like having a roaring log fire, which loses 80% of its heat up the chimney and sucks the actual central heating air out of the house as well. Perhaps there is a way of insulating the Stock markets from the real economy. The gamblers just suck all the value out of people pensions and savings. It’s not like it really makes anyone rich, the money just seems to evaporate into thin air, just like my costly oil central heating getting sucked up the chimney.
I also think it’s good that the Cryptocurrency is getting regulated. I just don’t like the idea of people not paying tax on their earnings or investment gains. It means the rest of us have to pay more tax and fund services people who aren’t paying tax are using. It also means people who are using it for illegal purposes or to fund wars might get their money supply cut off. That has to be a good thing.
I think the best way to heal our world is to invest real money in real capital projects. The belt and road initiative is exactly the sort of thinking to get us back on our feet. Creating real jobs and income for people who are working. That means we have more money to spend, and invest in our own homes, and also to invest in other peoples infrastructure.
I often use the phrase, ‘You can’t make yourself right by making me wrong’. I also think that can be adapted to, ‘you can’t make yourself wealthy by making me poor’. Sucking wealth away from working people is such a dead end costly mindset. People have to have disposable income to be able to fuel a consumer society.
I am a woman, there will always be something I want to do tomthe house! I can spend lots of money to get nice fires sorted out, do up my kitchen, and sort out things like the awful sound on the flat screen TV.
I am hoping to do a survey on this house, work out how much everything I want will cost, and a project plan to do it all over the next three years. Yes it would be great if the Pound /Euro rate was better, but I actually think economically the rate is about right from an exchange rate perspective. The Pound was hugely overvalued before Brexit.
I was told by a local shop that France has told their shopkeepers not to import from the UK. That this is to do with Brexit. I get affected by this which is annoying, because Jersey is not part of the EU anyway, and we are already third country status. I want to be able to order directly into France for the Esse Iornheart range I want, they would get 20% TVA on that.
Anyway I will be able to look into shipping it from Jersey. I need a local installer to put in the flue and install it. It would be no different to putting in a Godin. The Esse performs better though. It has an 8kw fire box that can take smokeless fuel and logs, and has the airwash for the glass door. It looks like an open fire when in use with the glass fire door. There is a screen for the door to use when you cook. It looks fabulous, old fashioned, has the dampers on the top, which will take six pans, the oven, and is a beauty.
It can also have a 2KW water jacket. So I am thinking of asking our plumber if we can also upgrade our water system with a heat store. The boiler heats the water, but it only stores about enough for a shower with a hair wash. I could get the Esse with the water jacket and run it to the heat store. In the eventuality we have a power cut, we could still have hot water. I will keep the gas hob in my French home. That’s another standby in case of power outages.
We love coming to France. My Husband popped down to the local bar the other evening to get a new gas bottle for the hob. It’s the first time we have made the oversight of not changing the empty immediately. Anyway when he came back he said he was offered a drink by two different Locals. The man who used to live here, and grew up in our house, and our plumber. I think that’s wonderful.
I was still cooking dinner, so I said my Husband should go back and have a drink with the boys for half an hour while I finished dinner. He said he would rather stay home with me. I can’t be that bad!
I have had to deal with some very short fuses on my part though. I have been horrid over the last couple of months. My Husband gets the gold star for putting up with me when I am very easily angered. He is amazing. I can be so snappy sometimes. Still he can be bloody irritating!