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Did you see the Wales -v- Japan match this afternoon, Justa? Last few mins were both nerve wracking and funny as anything, that juggle on the line, across the line, even. Then the last min drop kick. 😀
Oooohh, look at ^that^. 🙂
Inty, as promised last night, link to The Last Leg, which is funny (although concerning in that they talk about what we should be concerned about) all the way through. Guessing they got on to your Mr Trudeau half way through. They really liked him! http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-last-leg
Eek. Yorkshire next week, road trip, all that. Is it going to be really, really, really cold? 35 years in the south has left me nesh. I’ve bought 3 new jumpers just in case and will put a blanket in the car. And a flask. And socks and wellies. Always carry a torch anyway. Perhaps a shovel?
Thanks 51, I won’t be able to watch it here, but will look for it on you tube.
look forward to it!
Hope it’s not too cold where you are, chilly here.
James, you can buy those percolators in the UK for about £10. But I never had one. And I can’t use a cafetiere because I like my coffee so strong it’s about half coffee grounds and they’re not stirred through the water unless you’ve to tin=me to swish it. But for special occasions I had an electric percolator (which husband #3 always referred to as the perky copulator) which deliciously girgled the water up though the grounds. Had it for decades then it went kaput. Always best to put water in it. 😉
If you have room, a shovel, a bag of salt (to get out of slippy stuff, can also add weight.)
A toque (warm hat) and gloves, snow boots and some non perishable snacks. Also water.
And a candle.
And jumper cables.
That might all be a bit too canuckian overload, and we are more rural, so you may not need all that stuff.
I’ve had a look, Inty, at the weather forecast for as far forward as I can get it. It will be in the plus numbers, is all I can gather, maybe 5-7 degrees C, which is all I needed to know. Car will still be loaded, though, “just in case”. I am v much a “just in case” person. 😉 x
Making a list, Inty, making a list.
*Wonders what the candle’s for but still puts it on the list*
I too, am just in case, lots of stuff in the back of the CRV.
Those candles that come in a tin are handy, and don’t drip all over the place.
A membership to your auto club is more than handy, and they often have some neat kits for travelling, and loads of advice on what you might need.
“Winter also brings an increased risk of getting stuck in your car, … If possible, use a candle placed inside a deep can instead of the car heater to warm up. … Always have winter safety and emergency equipment in your car.”
It is better to use a candle in a tin to warm up than running your car and risking carbon monoxide which can occur if snow builds up around your exhaust pipe.
Google more on using a candle.
Now, I do not want to scare you, you may not experience any rough conditions at all 🙂
Candle in a tin. I have 3 days to find a candle in a tin. Do candles come in tins? Or do I put the candle in a tin? Oh, tell you what, though, I did like to light a whole lot of tea lights (this is before my brother inflicted a telly on me, I had a big surface for them, and it did heat this room up to tee-shirt in winter.
I haven’t gone that far north in decades, Inty, but my “north” is not your north.
And Sshhh but I am of an age that gets Age Concern’s breakdown cover. 55 is all you have to be, atch, maybe 50 cos I had theirs last year too. And I know the local garage that provides “homestart”. So that was the garage I used to service and MoT my little car this year. They were total shite! Sorry! Not shite, just v slow. But took a month! I do not want to be waiting for a month. Sorry to the garage, not really fair, I wasn’t well at the time, my big bro instructed them, said, “take your time”. Now, when you say that in Wales, or Greece, the 2 countries I love most in the world, they really do take you at your word. 😉
candles can come in tins here, but you can get a votive or tea light candle and put it in a coffee tin…
V good idea. Mind had not made the tealight leap, I have hundreds. Scented and not.
*tealights defo on list, and an empty can*
Found this for you 51 (and anyone else planning a winter road trip):
oh yes, thick socks also.
“Stuck in a blizzard? Here’s an inexpensive emergency heating system
Heat is essential to surviving a winter storm. Having the right clothes helps but may not be enough”
“Basic emergency heating kit: coffee can, plus a box of matches and some metal-cup tea lights in watertight sandwich bags
Of all the reasons you don’t want to ride out a winter storm stranded in your car, the most obvious is the danger of freezing to death. In an immobilized vehicle, running the engine to generate heat is a bad idea for two reasons: one, even with a full tank you’ll run out of gas in a few hours, thus leaving you unable to move even when traffic does eventually clear out; and two, if falling or drifting snow or ice blocks your car’s exhaust pipe, you and everybody with you could easily die of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Fortunately, it’s easy to make heat without running the engine, and you can put together an emergency automotive heating kit for less than five dollars. You only need three items: an empty metal coffee can, metal-cup “tea light” candles, and some matches. (Well, make that four items: you’ll want a resealable sandwich bag, too.)
First, the coffee can. Make sure it’s actual metal, not one of those cardboard cans with a metallic coating. Remove the label, but keep the lid for storage purposes. Inside the can you store the sandwich bag, which in turn holds the candles and matches. (Regarding the matches: a box of wooden safety matches is better than a book of paper matches, because if your fingers are stiff and clumsy with cold, the wooden matches will be much easier to light.)
Coffee can radiant heater with tea lights burning on the bottom. The coffee can is sitting on the heat-resistant glass plate from my microwave oven’s rotating carousel–in a power outage, the microwave is useless but some of its accessories still come in handy (Staff photo)
Tea light candles, or tea lights, are sold in disposable cups, usually made of metal. (They might also be sold under other names, including “potpourri candles”; what you’re looking for is about the width of a votive candle, but less than an inch high.) The more upscale candle stores sometimes offer tea lights in glass cups, which definitely look more attractive than metal-cup lights.
But for heating purposes you want to stick with metal-cup tea lights, for two reasons: they’re cheaper than glass and, more importantly, metal transfers heat far more efficiently. The cheapest tea light candles I’ve found are sold in the candle sections of discount department stores for as little as four to five cents apiece (when you divide the number of candles by the cost of the bag or box). Such tea lights are usually plain white, and unscented. .
Once you have these items, turning the coffee can into a radiant space heater is simple: put the can on a stable, level, fire-resistant base where nobody is likely to knock it over, and burn three or four tea lights in the bottom of the can. Your average tea light burns about four hours before running out of wax, and the wick usually doesn’t need to be cut or trimmed at all.
By the way: if the wax candle falls out of its disposable cup, which often happens, make certain you put it back in the cup before you light it. A tea light candle, when lit, quickly melts into liquid wax, and without the cup to contain it, the wax will simply puddle all over the bottom of the coffee can, rather than be drawn up through the wick to feed the flame.”
*Loads of tealights, 6 empty cans, 4 lighters*.
Did I say I am a pessimist when it comes to travelling? 🙂
Mittens. I need mittens.
With all that, crack your window for a little ventilation…I have heard that plastic bags will keep your feet warm and dry, and keep heat in.
Ey up Sleeps. Sorry, mittens. You know the ones that uncap, They are brill, free fingers then warm fingers agian. Like, gathousands of years and we only just did that?
I have mega-fluffy socks, Inty, like really fluffy so if you warm your wellies you’ll have warm feet forever no matter what you walk in cos the socks are warm. I am v much a warm feet person. Cold feet, even at home you can’t sleep.
NN, don’t stay up too late making lists.
Nn lovely, xx
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