Re: Edinburgh Weather Report
- From: "Ellen K." <firstinitiallastname@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 12 Dec 2010 11:52:40 -0800
"Chris Malcolm" <cam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message news:8mjqkhFuqgU2@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Nick Cramer <n_cramerSPAM@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:"Ellen K." <firstinitiallastname@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:"Chris Malcolm" <cam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
Alas, the clean air legislation has not only
> removed the reek from Auld Reekie, but there are no longer any solid
> fuel fires under any of my lums.
To speakers of US English the above is a foreign language! I knew
"conservatory" is what we call a greenhouse and not a music school, but
what is Auld Reekie, what are lums, and what do you mean by solid fuel
I'm not Chris, Ellen, but let me reply for him to correct. "Auld Reekie" is
the common local name for Edinburgh, the 'reek' being the smoke from
'lums', which are chimneys. 'Solid fuel fires' refers to wood fires.
Hardwood is best, to avoid creosote buildup and an eventual lum fire!
Solid is anything solid, including coal. As opposed to liquid or gas
fuelled heating. A conservatory is not quite a greenhouse. It's
glassed like a greenhouse, but intended to be used as a kind of
sitting room, just one which contains a lot of plants and light. It's
usually a house extension with a door into the house, or as in our
cheaper case, just a lean-to built against the house wall which is
entered from the garden.
Oh, I've seen advertisements for those here, not sure if they have a name here (sun porch?) but based on the photos that's what they are.
I also have a small separate greenhouse, but
well away from house roof snow and ice falls.
"lang may yer lum reek" Scots
"long may your chimney smoke" English
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