Some Burns Night Warmth 65


This is my salvaged Belgian Efel Harmony 1 woodburner, sitting on a bit of recycled slate, in a hearth made of bricks and planed recycled railway sleepers, heating my home with wood taken from skips. With a glass of Lagavulin it’s not a bad way to spend Burns night, if not my usual way. Perhaps someone might send the photo to the Daily Record so they can be outraged.

Slainte Mhath


65 thoughts on “Some Burns Night Warmth

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  • glenn_uk

    An Englishman is being shown around a Scottish hospital.

    At the end of his visit, he is shown into a ward with a number of patients who show no obvious signs of injury. He goes to examine the first man he sees, and the man proclaims:

    Fair fa’ yer honest, sonsie face,
    Great chieftain e’ the puddin’ race!
    Aboon them a’ ye tak your place,
    painch tripe or thairm:
    Weel are ye wordy o’ a grace
    as lang’s my arm.

    The Englishman, somewhat taken aback, goes to the next patient, and immediately the patient launches into:

    Some hae meat, and canna eat,
    And some wad eat that want it,
    But we hae meat and we can eat,
    And sae the Lord be thankit.

    This continues with the next patient:

    Wee sleekit cow’rin tim’rous beastie,
    O what a panic’s in thy breastie!
    Thou need na start awa sae hasty,
    wi’ bickering brattle.
    I wad be laith to run and chase thee,
    wi’ murdering prattle!

    “Well,” the Englishman mutters to his Scottish colleague, “I see you saved the psychiatric ward for the last.”

    “Nay, nay,” the Scottish doctor corrected him, “This is the Serious Burns unit.”

  • Toby

    A very nice scene and congrats on the recycling angle. But think carefully if you are burning treated construction timber, Craig.

    Honestly wouldn’t recommend any of it, but the greenish CCA stuff is the worst and apart from the effect on the neighbours, not all the fumes will go up the chimney. The ash is dangerous to handle too.

    Don’t want to end up like Emile Zola (another whisteblower)!

    Best wishes anyway 🙂

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