At home by the fire

At home by the fire

At home by the fire is a guest blog written by Emily and Rob Inman with the purpose of giving an insight into life living with a Wood burning stove.

Ignite Stoves & Fireplaces supplied and installed their Charnwood Arc stove into their beautiful central Lincoln home in September 2016. Since installation the young family have been documenting their experiences and sharing with us all what life is like, living with a wood stove.

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Hearth and Home

The hearth has for a long time been regarded as the heart of the home. Offering warmth, security and a place to cook. In fact, in recent years discoveries were made that suggested hearths were used some 300,000 years ago by an early human species. We often talk with customers (especially men) about how the thought of fire conjures up feelings of prehistoric life. We try to imagine hunting in the bleak wilderness, returning back to our tribe with our hard earned prize to then enjoying the warmth and comfort of the fire. Safe in the knowledge that with food, water, shelter and warmth survival is likely. Fortunately, today we have Netflix and central heating. READ MORE

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Mince pies and chestnuts roasting.

Sometimes we find we dream about these perfect days and try to set them up for the kids, only to end up getting so stressed that you actually ruin a day and give up trying to do nice things. This has happened to us so often, making an experience picture perfect and then actually regretting that you even woke up. What I am learning as the children grow up is that sometimes these moments come best when there is less instruction and more “winging it” happening. READ MORE

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Sinterklaas

This is one of my favourite traditions from living at home. I would think it is about 10 years ago now that my parents started celebrating Sinterklaas. This is the celebration of the feast day of Saint Nicholas. It is a traditional celebration mainly recognised in the Netherlands and a lot of the surrounding countries. It is a celebration of gift giving on the evening of 5th December. The 6th is actually the feast day.

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We celebrate Thanksgiving.

It isn’t a very British tradition to celebrate Thanksgiving as the Americans do. They obviously celebrate it as part of their history in remembrance of the first harvest of the Pilgrims in the new world. However for me I feel it is just as important to have a month to think about what you are thankful for and to celebrate at the end with families and friends. We started celebrating thanksgiving 3 years ago. We make an extra long table which stretches the whole of the living area and we have both sides of the family all round to dinner. It has now become tradition and we hope to host this meal every year for all those who can come.

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