Jottings about Craighindle

Parking

There is space to park two cars on the site.  The short drive from the road up to the house is quite steep, and a little tricky for reversing out.  For this reason we do not allow any kind of trailers - our walls and the neighbours’ have had to repaired following trailer damage in the past.  Parking on the road or on the neighbours’ properties is not acceptable, and that includes the farmer’s hard standing outside his buildings opposite the cottage.  (Don’t worry, this gets more positive as you read on!)

Central Heating

The central heating and hot water are powered by the air-source heat pump outside the kitchen window.  The main thermostat is on the wall in the corridor and the radiators have thermostat valves.  The Danfoss timer on the kitchen wall is programmed to make the best use of the off-peak electricity, but for more heat press the heating (left hand) '+1 hr' or 'Man' buttons.

Gas Fire

To turn it on, push the knob in and turn it right round past the ignition-spark click to '4'.  Repeat the '3' to '4' click if you need another spark.  Then turn the knob to the setting you want.

Hot Water

The air-source heat pump heats the hot water during the night.  If you need more press the hot water(right hand) '+1 hr' button on the Danfoss controller.  If you need more really quickly you can use the immersion heaters.  These are controlled by the Horstmann controller in the heating cupboard in the kitchen.  Switch from 'off' to 'timed' and press 'boost'.  Switch it back to 'off' after the boost period is over.

The shower uses the hot water from the tank in this cupboard.

Sanitation

The system uses a septic tank which we share with the two neighbouring houses to the east.  For this to work properly it is essential that no manufactured items other than toilet paper are flushed down the toilets.  'Wipes', sanitary products and nappies are particularly damaging.

Internet

We have a WiFi internet connection.  It’s not lightning-fast but it is quite useable.  There is a laptop (on the little cabinet in the dining area) which runs Ubuntu.  The internet browser on it is Firefox.

TV and Audio

There's a smart TV with a DVD player and several movies to watch.  The TV connects to the WiFi so you can access iPlayer, YouTube  and so on, and browse the internet.  There is a lead from the amplifier below the TV with a 3.5mm jack plug so you can play music from your phone, or audio from the TV headphone socket.

Phone

I think only Vodaphone gets a mobile phone signal into the house.  The wee Nokia phone is 07919 983846.  Your mobile service provider may have a speak-and-text-over-WiFi app - for the Three network it is called ‘Three in Touch’ - or you can use WhatsApp.

Tools

There is a toolbox in the hall cupboard.

Instructions for Equipment

These are in a lever-arch file in the glass-fronted cabinet in the corner of the dining area.

Windows

The insurance company likes them locked when no one is in the house.  The window keys are on a hook in the corner of the kitchen.

Rubbish Collection and Recycling

Dumfries and Galloway brought in a new recycling system in autumn 2014.  The leaflets are on or near the kitchen notice board, as is the collection schedule.  Our collection day is Thursday.  Non-recyclable waste goes in the grey wheelie bin.  Food waste can go into the compost bin so there's no need to bother with the food waste collection.  The food waste caddy is useful for taking kitchen waste to the compost bin.

It gets dark at night!

Craighindle is in the Dark Skies Park – the stars are amazing on clear night.  But you can't see when you go out after dark.  There's a headtorch on the shelf to the left of the kitchen window.

Electricity Supply

The consumer unit is on the wall at the left of the hall cupboard.

Towels and Bed Linen

There are clean towels and bed linen in the drawers under the beds.  There are towels for the beach in the cupboard in the living room.

Peter and Sandra Warner

- live next door at Moulin – turn left at the bottom of the drive.  They are part of the Craighindle project and will be able to help you with any questions and problems.  Their phone number is in the Nokia phone.

Cleaning and Laundry

Please leave Craighindle clean and tidy and take left-over food away.  The laundry gets done after you've left.


Have a great time,

Andy and Jeanne (Phone 01355 241768, 07969 632693)