I’ve been jotting down notes each weekend on bits of paper, so they just need to be typed up and posted on the blog. So why is it May already? I could have just kept these notes and used them next year I suppose… Anyway:
The recent fierce cold lets up a little bit and we have a regular grey winter day. Our bit of Gifu missed the blizzards and most of the snow on the road has melted. We get to our house, relieved that it’s not as freezing cold as last week, and find that there’s no water.
Of course we drained off the system before leaving last week, but somewhere in some corner a bit of water was left and froze solid. We’ve got a fairly powerful oil fan heater that I move to the outhouse where the pipes come in from the well to the boiler, and in an hour everything is warm to the touch, but there’s still no water. Last week’s hard freeze must have got down further into the ground than usual. I hope the pump that fetches the water from the well isn’t broken.
Give up and go back to Nagoya? I’m somewhat inclined that way, but we decide, having come this far, to brave it out with water from the stream for cooking and washing. There’ll be no bath though – we can call at the onsen on our way home again.
Monday brings rain, but not enough to melt the blockage. The forecast says it’ll be cold again in a couple of days, so maybe we won’t make it up next week. Fingers crossed. We leave early and go to see a film in Nagoya.
Min temp. -10°C max. 2°C
(2 weeks have been skipped because of the frozen pipes and a Daihachi Ryodan gig.)
That cold has finally eased off a bit, but it’s a sort of grey Sunday again. OK the snow has melted, but water spurts out of some crack in the bath tap. Have to call the plumber who’s busy fixing everyone’s burst pipes. It really has been a cold winter this year.
A late-night visit to the outside toilet before going to bed – look up to see a bright red Mars going down in the West.
Monday is sunny, but the wind is freezing cold. Winter hasn’t let go after all. With no hot water and no bath we’re going to stop off at that onsen on our way home again, but meanwhile there are two buckets of organic refuse to be added to the compost pile (vegetable peelings etc from Raffles’) and a new laundry pole to be cut from a long piece of bamboo. Numerous other jobs remain undone.
Min. temp. -8°C max. 10°C
No pipe insulation in Japan? Do you have a drain valve directly after the shut off valve? It should be the “lowest” point in the system.
Hi Sector11 – yes we have expanded polystyrene cladding round all the pipes, as does everyone else round here presumably, and the drain valve is supposed to be at the lowest point. While our house, being unoccupied 5 days a week, is going to get colder than others, in all the 25 years we’ve been coming out here this is the first time things have frozen up like this. I think it might have been because the cold went on longer than usual, giving it time to penetrate.
Yea, I should have known. Winters are getting worse everywhere.