James installed a heat pump too. The genius of the heat pump is that it can be put on a timer to start up about half an hour before we get up in the morning, meaning we can shuffle out of the cold back bedrooms into a warm kitchen. (It's typical to only heat your kitchen and lounge (living room) in NZ). Hopefully this explains why I get dressed in the kitchen before opening the blinds in the mornings!
|The heat pump over the kitchen door.|
Having quickly learned the value of thick curtains over the single-paned windows, but unimpressed with the unattractive selections at outrageous prices, I made these thick roman blinds for our 2 picture windows in our living room.
It's not just what's under our carpet either, it's what's behind our walls! In 2008, James ripped the wall lining down and put in some "pink bats" - aka, insulation. Here's our friend Dave who graciously helped with the nasty, fiber-glass filled chore of putting in insulation.
And last, but not least, there's another heating device that uses a large amount of power but also serves to feed us... the oven. Nothing like a bowl of soup to go with our fire, insulation, heat pump, carpet and curtains until it's time to lie down on our electric blanket. Tonight it was my sister's famous roasted red-pepper soup.
|ready for roasting.|
|roasted and skinned|
|Add the peppers and some carrots to onions, butter, milk, flour and veggie broth.|