The weather forecasters say a cold front is bearing down on the Pacific Northwest–and after it hits us it will make its way across the nation. Days of rain are set to return, too. For those of us who live in older, poorly-insulated houses, the struggle against the cold and damp is on.
Perhaps I should think of this as being similar to living in an English manor house? Brrr.
Fanny Price, Austen’s put-upon poor relation and the heroine of Mansfield Park, had a small east room set aside for her use–but was never allowed to have a fire there. A freezing winter day, with snow on the ground, and she has no fire? Thank you, Aunt Norris.
They say the glory of storytelling is in the details. I wonder if, for the sake of economy, Jane Austen sometimes had to do without a fire?
Our house has baseboard electric heaters–the kind found in apartments–and they are costly to use and inefficient. So we have a passive “eco-friendly” electric heater instead. It keeps the house at 65 degrees. If we are home in the evening–and if we have wood–we light a fire.
Ah, but this year we will be fireplace fools. Thanks to Darcy’s bounty (Darcy By Any Other Name), we threw caution to the wind and purchased of an entire cord of wood. Wow, that’s a lot of wood.