Our Country Cottage a Narrative
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Our Country Cottage, a Narrative, podcast is intended to be for those that want to, are in the process of, or have already realized their dream of building a retreat or retirement place in the woods. I will be sharing what I have learned from all phases of our project, from planning to enjoying and coming to terms with our cottage in the country.
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Episode#8 It's Hard To Smell The Roses When They Are Frozen
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At the end of the last podcast I said I would tell you about day 2, after the power failure and where we stand at this moment. It has been about a month since I found Our Country Cottage frozen and low on power and some things are the same and some things have changed. The generator is dead and there is still no water in the cottage. The toilets are still in disrepair and given all that, I have decided that Our Country Cottage will remain as such, till we can count on consistently above freezing temps. I will explain later. But for now Day 2 and beyond. I arrived with one thought in mind. When things thaw out those frozen toilet tanks will put water all over the floor. If you remember I had destroyed the downstairs tank as much as I could in panic mode, but the guts were still attached and they still contained a fair amount of ice, not to mention the upstairs toilet. Well I didn’t have to worry about them thawing out right away. They were still frozen solid. I built a fire. The batteries were at 71%, the living room was +5 C and the generator was not running but it fired right up when I asked it to. A quick call to my plumber confirmed that the toilet tanks were held on by two screws that had to be removed from inside the tank. After some chiselling around on the downstairs toilet I located said screws and managed to get the remainder of the tank off and placed it in the shower to thaw. Armed with my new found knowledge as to the location of the screws I did a surgical strike on the upstairs lump of ice. First removing the porcelain that was in the way and then chiselling directly to the screws, removing the tank and then placing the tank in the shower to thaw. A couple of notes. 1-Always wear work gloves when you are dealing with broken porcelain, it is very sharp, and 2-Use a box to collect the broken pieces in. Garbage bags won’t do, even doubled up extra thick construction grade garbage bags. Did I mention broken porcelain is very sharp. It cuts right through the plastic as fast as you try to pick it up. That is about all I can remember from day two. My daily Cottage log became sadly neglected while I was in emergency mode. Unfortunately these are the times you should be keeping the best notes. All is not lost, however. As a matter of course I alway