That's a photo of our front room stove. One thing about living in the countryside next to the sea you can still have a domestic stove or fireplace.
Regular readers will also know we have a Stanley Mourne number 7 solid fuel range in the kitchen/dining room. We've been thinking of changing it for an oil range. Fuel is getting very expensive in Ireland and also in Blighty.
We use Eco blocks which are compressed wood pulping held together with lots of glue. They are made in Eastern Europe in places like Latvia and Poland. They are incredibly warm when the dry kindling gets them going. We find a deposit of dust in the morning. They cost five Euros fifty and we purchase them from a petrol station in our nearest town, Bantry.
We are also going through a lot of logs now. I like reading to the glimmer of the flames. I'm on my fourth Laurie Lee book on Kindle. It's called I Can't Stay Long. I think he's a national literary treasure and I would love to visit Slad in Gloucestershire where he penned Cider With Rosie. At least I can read him in front of our stove in West Cork and raise a glass to his writing.