It's been uncharacteristically hot, but no more bush fires in Nelson.
In the still, sunny, hot hours of Sunday, we had to haul all our firewood from our driveway pm the southwestern corner of our small property, up a flight of stairs, to the northeastern corner outside the kitchen. We had to make way for a skip that the builders will bring on Tuesday, as the demolition of our existing wood burner (fire place with a lit) and concrete chimney commences. The wood burner is still in a pretty good nick, but it doesn't comply with Nelson's clean air regulations. Once we got the ball rolling, we discovered we could have stuck with the old one for one more winter, but what the heck, we may truly not be able to afford the swap a year from now, so here goes.
The new one is a twee-looking standalone, something that would look good in a cottage with hand-knitted doilies, but we had no choice as we wanted to keep our wetback, and the new one will be easier to clean and replace parts. In the meantime, farewell to our more-or-less modern looking heater. Thank for the many cold evenings sitting in front of you staring at the flames and talking with friends and family. You've been far more entertaining than the telly.
Ben and I send our sincere sympathy and good wa to our friends on the East Coast of Australia.