I remember when we first bought a croft in the Highlands and we only stayed there at the weekends. No heating other than a Rayburn downstairs in the kitchen and a fireplace in the downstairs bedroom.
The place was so cold in winter we used to huddle in the kitchen making toasties in a Baby Belling until the Rayburn came up to heat.
The beds were damp and upstairs bedrooms freezing cold. We put electric blankets in the beds, but the rooms did not heat up before the Sunday, and we would leave again the Sunday night.
Character building. Used to go out to chop wood to get warm.
Saying that, there is nothing cosier than a peat fire in an old stone house.
Some folks don't know they are born.
You notice it in the hill, when someone starts to bitch about being cold/wet. They have never had to be out in poor weather, and have not learned that moaning does not get them back off the hill quicker or warm them up meantime. Same people will sit shivering in a bothy rather than get the fire going.
Most of us have it pretty comfy nowadays really.
I remember when I was a kid staying for some of the school holidays at my husbands family home, his mum did not have central heating plus she would not allow the water tank thermostat to be on very high so there was hardly any hot water, you'd get into a 2" cold bath in the depths of winter and then it would take you ages to warm up again by the fire, it was sooo cold
I loved getting back home to deep super hot baths.
You can't buy happiness but you can buy a bike and that's pretty close
Sneaking in components behind hubbies back Shhhh!!!
1995 Marin Bear Valley SE
1988 Specialized Rockhopper Comp