The heating engineer has just been and I am very relieved to say that we now have heating and hot water again. He has managed to do a temporary repair which should hold until the parts needed to actually fix the system arrive. I am very grateful and feeling much more positive! Keeping an 84 year old on warfarin warm with no heating is a challenge. Hot water bottles are a wonderful invention! I’m looking forward to my bath after dinner.
I didn’t find out the details of what went wrong with the heating system this time. I was happy to know that it involved the boiler in garage rather than the storage tank and pump that live in the airing cupboard. The airing cupboard houses all our towels and bedding and I was dreading emptying it out for the engineer to get in. I would show considerably more interest in what has broken down except:
in every Church house I have ever lived in the heating has broken down every winter (actually last winter was the one exception that proves the rule). In more misanthropic moments I actually think that the engineers damage things deliberately during the summer service. In January 2000 I had no heating for a full fortnight and it was very cold.
I don’t pay the bill – the diocese does, just like a landlord.
While some engineers like the motivation of a woman watching them work, handing them tools, helping them and generally admiring their skill, this one prefers to work alone.
My husband was doing a great job of asking about the details and looking as if it actually made sense to him.