Welsh Girl's Allotment

Hello World,(a bit ambitious as only my mam knows I am here yet !) This is my blog detailing my quest for an allotment, its cultivation and hopefully bountiful crops. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO LEAVE COMMENTS, EVEN IF IT IS ONLY A HELLO !!!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Aga's on Jeremy Vine Radio 2

I was fascinated to hear a segment on Jeremy Vine's lunchtime show about Aga's and how they are a major contributory factor towards global warming. Normally George Monbiot speaks a lot of sense but today I was a bit puzzled to her him denigrating Aga's as being inefficient and heavy on carbon emissions.

I was interested, as back in September we installed a Rayburn to run our radiators, hot water and to cook on, its a multi fuel stove and without exageration its the best thing we have ever done.

Most people think we are potty for going back to the old ways and it always gets a laugh at the school when I turn up at the school complaining I can't get the oven temperature high enough to cook on - I am still learning !

As the discussion wore on I was suprised to learn that you can get electric Aga's, I knew you could get oil and gas fired ones but electric Aga's - what is the point ? you may as well have a conventional oven surely ?We chose a multi fuel stove as we wanted to be sort of independant in our fuel - if Russia and Ukraine keep squabbling how long before our gas is restricted - at least I can still heat my home, have a bath and most importantly cook my dinner on.

However I didn't realise that some Aga's only cook, no rads and no hot water, others will heat one rad and not one caller seemed to heat their water. It appeared that George may have had a point they do appear to be quite inefficient

My poor Rayburn is an old workhorse he has been going full steam ahead all winter and the house has never been so hot in all the years we have lived here - so a big cheer for Rayburns at least.

Do any of you have any experiance with Aga's, Rayburn or such like.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Happy New Year

This year will see a whole new approach to my allotment attitude and to blogging - I will go the allotment and post to the blog - not just think about it !

I have plenty of plans for the plot and a blog overhaul is under contemplation.

Plot Plans.

1. Plant my fruit trees
2. Dig up and extend the strawberry patch
3. 'Construct' raised beds - not raised in the true fashion more sectioned off areas.
4. Sweet pea tunnel
5. Force the rhubarb
6. Place weed suppressant fabric under the raspberry bushes.

Oh and dig and weed the whole plot .... nothing new there !!