Sick Puppy

Oh dear. Our Rayburn – part household god, part cantankerous family retainer and our only source of hot food – is not well. It started making sputtering noises a few days ago, and slowly started to lose heat. Cooking became even more of an exercise in zen-like patience than it was before, until finally we were forced to recognise the inevitable and turn it off. It takes a long time for a Rayburn to cool down, even a little one, but you have to wait for it to be cold before you can attempt to relight it (‘otherwise,’ as our neighbour warned us with great relish, ‘it can explode!’), but the other half’s efforts were in vain. It sputtered some more and went out. There is a dank chill at the heart of our kitchen, not to mention a faint whiff of oil. The plumber is coming, but with no detectable sense of urgency. We are living on sandwiches and salads and thinking with longing of the handy takeaways we left behind in London.

On the plus side, a red squirrel bounced across our front drive as I was doing the washing up the other day. It’s all go out here on the cute-and-furry front, I tell you

7 Responses to Sick Puppy

  1. Dom says:

    Combination Microwaves, it’s the way forward 😀

  2. Flighty says:

    I hope that the trusty Rayburn gets sorted out quickly!
    A red squirrel…lucky you!

  3. Huttonian says:

    Speaking as a self taught, often embittered, Rayburn expert I suspect either (a)poor fuel quality-from sludge somehow being stirred up at the bottom of the tank or (b) an air block-usually caused by putting in more fuel into a near empty tank-or if you have changed a tank-new for old-improper priming when restarting on the new tank

    It could of course be neither of the above.

    In which your guess is better than mine

    Rayburns are contrary beasts

  4. john gibson says:

    you need to start collecting wood and setting squirrel traps.
    only kidding
    John

  5. Sarah says:

    If we spec an Aga or Rayburn for a client we always advise them to have a separate hob as well.

    Or a camping stove…

  6. disgruntled says:

    We’re beginning to come to the separate hob conclusion ourselves. Oh dear, more salesmen

    And ‘trusty’ isn’t exactly the word I’d use to describe the damn thing at the moment. ‘Lump of iron’ would be closer to the mark…

    Plenty of wood around, but I think we’ll pass on the squirrels.

  7. Ross Angus says:

    Is it just me, or is the tone of “Town Mouse” lighter than that of “Disgruntled Commuter”? Could it be you’re … happy?

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