We got within a week of the end of our cold snap before disaster struck – Mrs T. was a couple of miles down the road in our Suzuki 4×4 when she hit black ice and rolled it down a hill. She and our youngest got a trip to hospital in the back of an ambulance and the car went off to a scrap yard on the back of a low loader.
Life is a tad more complex now we don’t have access to a sturdy 4×4, but thankfully the weather has begun to warm up a little so the road presents fewer problems. Sadly, however, this doesn’t apply to 18 tonne lorries, like the one that tried to deliver our latest load of pellets this morning. Our own lane, which is privately owned and therefore not gritted by the local council, is still something of an ice rink. If anything, it’s worse this week, now it has water over the top of the ice. The bin lorry tried to come up it this morning, but quickly gave up and slid back down again. When we got the phone call to say the pellet delivery was on the way, I got my boots and my waterproofs on and went down to the road to look out for it. When the lorry arrived, I warned the driver not to attempt the lane – instead, he dropped the pallet near the bottom of the lane and I used my car (yes, we have another one, thankfully) to shuttle the bags up to the house.
I asked for a delivery of Puffin Premium this time, which is one grade down from Premium Plus, but I seem to have the Premium Plus again. Not to worry – I’d rather have the shed full at this time of year. There was no way I was going to reject the delivery. I should now have enough in stock to get me into February, weather permitting. I picked up a leaflet the other day advertising Boquhan Estate rural supplies near Stirling. The leaflet says they stock biomass fuel but isn’t specific. I’m going to give them a call and see if they do pellets, but not just yet. Having just loaded and unloaded a tonne, I’d now like to forget about them for a while!