This blog is all about me......I come here for respite in between caring for JoJo (our Daughter who has Special Needs)......I am addicted to starting new projects......I am becoming a fabric-a-holic... I love to try out recipes... take a beach walk and breathe in that salty blue air......love to have coffee...sip a glass of champagne......read a book......I am Queen of the Armchair and am inspired by all the wonderful blogs out there!!!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

~A New Wood Fire For Us and Mimi~


Just very recently we decided to latch out and get ourselves a wood combustion stove for heating....
This is the first time in many years that we haven't had wood and we were really starting to miss it....
Above is our first pile of wood ordered


And these are the gloves of a Worker......JoJo who has been looking forward to this load so she could stack it up.......How cool is that......one less job for me!!!


All done and stacked with the help of Mr Armchair......


This is the gas heater that will be replaced


The corner is this living room was the best spot for the stove
The step had to be shortened so it could fit into the corner


And yep, the flue was going to go all the way up through the ceiling!!!


Step cut and stove positioned


And covered over while the big job started


I went outside and thought these flues looked pretty cool standing there upright!!!



Ceiling hole cut and skylight appeared......for a little while anyway!!!


View looking down from upstairs when installed


And all ready and waiting to go!!!


Alight and looking lovely


By putting the flue all the way up we have an extra 30% heat and lovely warm bedrooms and bookcase too!!!


And the first fire and how warm is this......we just love it and JoJo brings wood in each day!!!


All done by Jason......I thought I better put his truck in so I know where his number is if we even need him again!!!


Our steps were covered with carpet which we pulled off
At the top step we pulled out the first piece of timber and look there was a little branch in one of the boards......how incredible is this!!!


I had Mr Armchair chip it away and I will keep it as I'm not likely to see anything like this again!!!


And look at Mimi how she's grown except she doesn't know she's big!!!


Here she is under the coffee table a couple of months ago.......she doesn't quite fit now LOL!!!


And her beautiful new 'punk' collar!!!

These past few days have been a whirlwind for us
JoJo has just had a birthday......we went up to Canberra to celebrate at La Scala Restaurant......
her favourite!!!
On Friday it was the Canberra Craft and Quilt Fair

and Phantom of the Opera at Canberra Theatre on Friday night
What a show this was......absolutely superb!!!

Today some visiting and then home this evening
We are exhausted but happy and I have soooooo much catching up to do in Blogland and emails!!!

Meanwhile the fire is going.....Mr Armchair is cooking dinner and all is well in our little World!!!
Happy Weekend everybody......Love Dzintra

16 comments:

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

SO PRECIOUS is MIMI GIRL, JO JO the wonderful helper, and how LOVELY is your new stove my friend! Now I can enjoy a cuppa next to you as I look at your lovely corner, just ready to enjoy! Oh this is so special; thank you for sharing with us!!!!! Anita

shez said...

we love our wood fire as well and yours looks fantastic Dzintra and how nice of Jo Jo to stack the wood.
Have fun at the show.xx

Susan said...

You will love having the wood fire again, especially with such a willing helper! Your library area looks fantastic and will be even more inviting with the fire.
Happy Birthday to JoJo.

Cardygirl said...

Super busy there! Happy birthday to JoJo! I love wood fires and yours looks super cosy!

Kath said...

The new stove looks wonderful, I should be getting mine installed next week.
I wish I had JoJo to stack my wood, she did such a neat job!
Lovely to see Mimi, she is such a pretty dog.

Anne M said...

What a great job JoJo did of stacking that would. Sounds like a wonderful time Dzintra! Nothing like a roaring fire and something we don't really get to enjoy up here in Qld.

Anne xx

Deb R said...

Nothing like sewing in front of a nice roaring fire. . It looks fabulous. Happy Birthday Girlfriend (Jo Jo)!!!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

This year we have used our fire, first time for quite a few years....so glad we did...;pve it..yours looks fantastic Dzintra...go Jo Jo....

ria vogelzang said...

Wauw! What a great fireplace!!
I've always love a wood-fire.
Lovely Jo-Jo is a great help! So sweet of her to help you carry the wood in.
Love, Ria.

RitaGri said...

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Nat Palaskas said...

I love wood fire, but never ever have one myself. DS's has one in his house and it's always lovely to see it burning - Enjoy Nat

Palomasea said...

Oh, dearest Dzintra...what a cozy description of your beautiful and loving world! :) A wood fire is so special, not to mention practical...
A Happy Belated Birthday to JoJo!!
Please tell JoJo that I LOVE her Beatles shirt too! How wonderful that she is wanting to give a helping hand...
And look at MIMI!!!! Can she be any sweeter? I can't believe how fast she's growing!! A hug from me to all!
Love to you, dear Dzintra!
xoxo,
- Irina

Sue-Anne said...

Great post dzintra, happy birthday to Jo Jo and I can't believe how much mimi has grown! Enjoy the fire, you can't beat the warmth of wood hey?

Ann said...

Lovely post Dzintra. Well done to JoJo for stacking the wood. I like your woodheater, they really put out a nice heat. Mimi looks exactly like Milly! She is gorgeous and I can see what a cheeky character she has. Ann xx

Fiona @ Dragonfly-Crafts said...

Love the new heater which looks like it will keep your house very warm

Lynn said...

Wow! Mimi has grown!
Oooh a wood stove, we have one and I love it. I think Jojo is an excellent firewood stacker. I helped my husband this winter and I am ashamed to say that one of the stacks I did is listing horribly. Jojo could teach me a thing or two about the task!

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