This is the best time of year, if you use an oil fired boiler for hot water and central heating, to order your fuel ready for winter. Always shop around!
We used to stay with the same company, which entitled us to our delivery, then up to 3 weeks to pay plus a small discount for doing so. In those days, we never thought of shopping around, now we do.
We have used this website here
Once we obtained the cheapest price on-line, we began phoning and got a price 2p per litre cheaper, not a lot, but better than nothing.Should be delivered early next week. We would normally wait until July/August and may have jumped in too soon but on the news this morning, they said oil and petrol prices will shortly start increasing, due to the situation in Iraq. Fingers crossed, we have done the right thing for this year at least. Anyway, this time last year, it was 58p per litre so is certainly cheaper at the moment.
Remember 2 years ago, we changed onto a 2 year trial of a water meter. We have decided to stay with it, as in this last year, our total water/sewage bill was just over £240. Non-metered water would have been £570, quite a difference. That also includes using the hose pipe occasionally when the weather was hot and the water butts empty.
Next we shall need to order logs and get them stacked. We have begun to pick and store pine cones and hope to do some more of that whilst the weather is dry. We have oodles of kindling so should be okay.
It is a bit of a pain having to think about winter during this hot weather but in this country, our late Autumn, Winter and early Spring can be as long as 6-7 months. We are further north than most people think!
Now the soft fruit is beginning to ripen, it will soon be jam making, pickles etc. Each season has its own flavours for us to store and I look forward to it every year.