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Monday, 16 July 2007

carpet, energy and mysterious flowers..

carpet, right?We had a visit from the carpet assessor this morning - the next stage in the 'flood recovery project'. It's a long, slow process, with plenty more visits from plenty more people still to come! He measured up the various areas that require more carpet - under other circumstances he'd determine whether the carpet could be cleaned, but since much of it had already been removed, this wasn't an issue.

He now has to contact the insurance company to confirm that the claim can go ahead (I expressed surprise that it hadn't already, but apparently it's fairly 'normal') and then we'll get a mandate through the post that'll enable us to use a selection of carpet vendors to supply and fit the replacement carpets.

My main area of concern is still the studio, though - despite several calls to Belfor, there has still not been any proper drying equipment in there. They've not sent a technician out to move the existing kit since the 'all-clear' was given about the asbestos in the ceiling. Once again, I'm expecting a call back this afternoon. I won't hold my breath.

It's not a sunflower.. so what is it?Onto other matters. I mentioned in passing the strange goings-on in the sunflower patch during a previous entry; when we dropped the children off at Beth's folks', Beth's Mum showed me an almost identical plant that had grown in their garden. Guess what - it was also just below a bird feeder! So my suspicion is well-founded: the wild mustard flowers are what resulted from birdseed being kicked off the birdhouse!

Suffice it to say, they've now been dug up and replaced with peas (once again, courtesy of the Alternative Kitchen Garden!)... I'm hoping the right amount of sun and rain will give them a fighting chance against the birds and slugs!

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Finally, for the time being.. I was having a conversation with someone yesterday about fuel cells being used to replace conventional central heating systems. I first heard about it a couple of years ago, and I'm surprised that - despite some extensive searching - there aren't any systems generally available yet.

Orbo LogoOn a similar topic, nearly a year ago I mentioned Steorn's public announcement of their new energy generation (conversion?) systems. Orbo seems to make at least some sense, and - with their very public approach to development, it might satisfy those conspiracy theorists who claim that oil companies can - and do - silence those who suggest alternatives.

Despite the looming threat of global warming, I'm hoping for a brighter, more environmentally sound future.

Posted by james at July 16, 2007 3:10 PM

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