Oh what joy it is to open and close a door! The old stone house has been soaking up the moisture from the valley while it has been vacant for the last two years. After almost two months of being lived in, our movement, our cooking and our fires have helped it to dry out again. This means that the internal doors are now fitting snugly into their frames and we can close the kitchen to optimise our kitchen fire, which also warms our bedroom above it. This is a good low cost heating solution for "between seasons". But now, with minus 5 degrees outside and the depths of winter threatening, we have turned on the heavy duty pellet fire.