This week we had to have our chimney swept as we are having a new gas fire installed. The chimney sweep told us that the brush was sticking out the chimney and it was a sight too good to miss. Grabbed the camera as we went to see. Two of our grand children were with us for a sleepover.
The sweeping was a lot less of an event than it was when I was a child. There used to be soot everywhere. With modern machines it is just all vacuumed up. The sweep told us that the chimneys used to be swept in the Spring and that was the origin of Spring Cleaning.
When the fitter took the old heater off the wall and exposed the chimney there was a dead pigeon in the space. A few months ago there was a lot of noise in the chimney but it stopped so we thought whatever it was had gone away. We felt a bit sad that we had not investigated it then! We may have rescued the poor pigeon.
My “four letter word” is “SOOT’.