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OVO Community Blog - Issue 11

  • 19 August 2019
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OVO Community Blog - Issue 11
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Damp squid...


So I'm just going to say it, this weather is weird. Feels like we've said goodbye to summer when it's barely started and now moving straight to late October. I even saw a shop setting up shelving displays for Christmas over the weekend, which I was not impressed with!

I'm sure for some of you, the weather has had you (or members of your household) reaching for the thermostat, we definitely had that conversation at least once over the weekend as it was proper chilly! Makes you think about climate change and why the seasons are more erratic now than they used to be. @Nancy_OVO wrote a great article here a few months back on how can all do our bit. Worth a read on this damp Monday morning along with @Amy_OVO article here on how you can do your bit with OVO.

If, and I say if, you are starting to think about winter (😱), our very own @ITGeek123 wrote a great article about his Smart Thermostat and it works. Might help you decide if you need to upgrade to be ready for the coming months!

What's going on at OVO?


Well, we are in peak renewal season, as are a lot of other suppliers, so we are super busy helping our lovely customers fix in with us to enjoy good value tariffs, with all the great benefits of being with OVO. Our amazing forum (with Members lounge), our customer service, our interest reward on any credit etc, we've got it all going on. If you are renewing, check out the recently asked questions, there is a load of chatter gong on here that may help you if you have any questions about fixing in again.

If you didn't see it last week, then check out our Fantastic Five and see what our foundation is going to be working on over the next 12 months. You can also donate to the foundation via MyOVO if you want to help us make a difference. ☑

In other news...
Max continues to settle in well! We've been busy cracking on with basic puppy training, which is a challenge but every day, we are seeing a little bit of progress, so all good! His little personality is definitely coming out, and he's a lot of fun! 🐕



The forum this week:


We will be around, continuing to support our renewing customers! We've also moved our V2G trial content into the main forum now (this was previously a private trial group). Due to the number of people now on the trial, we've made this accessible for all, so you can keep up with whats going on if you have an EV and might be interested in the output of this. @Leo Moran @Delboy @piersjk have been busy sharing thoughts and feedback with the group which is exactly what we need from the trial to help us develop the technology and the plans further. Keep it coming!! 🤘

Talking of feedback, anyone had the issue that @Transparent reported with notifications? 👀

New forum member @Tufty71 has been getting stuck in with conversations around Smart Meters and IHDs. Due to his level of activity and help he's offered to other users, he's already moved up a couple of ranks!! Keep up the great work!

If you feel like you want to help others this week, check out the unanswered questions section and get involved.

Have a great week all! Look forward to seeing you all getting involved across the forum!

Darran
Community Manager

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So which is easier, @Darran_OVO : house-training a puppy or a child ? 💩

I've had a busy weekend too:


Today's puzzle is to guess the variety!
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@Transparent Plum??

And I'd go with Puppy.........the kids have been harder work so far! Lol!! 😂
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Well here's last year's plum jam for comparison:


So now what do you think?

Does plum jam darken when stored?
Or is yesterday's batch something else?
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Hmmmmmmm, ok this is my last guess........Peach or nectarine?
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@Transparent Apricot? Are any of your lids two-part like these https://duerrs.co.uk/duerrs-new-jar-lid-solves-age-old-problem/ ?


Still trying to house train our children. A puppy would have been a lot easier.
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I wasn't aware of these 2-part Duerr lids @NoPoke - but I'll now be on the lookout for them.

I just keep a cupboard full of empty jam jars so they're ready for whatever fruit I notice is suddenly ready to harvest.

And as for this latest batch of jam: Peach or Apricot would be better choices for the colour, but not correct I'm afraid. I planted an apricot tree a few months ago, so I'll have to wait at least 4 years before it yields enough fruit to go anywhere near a jam-pan.

Wouldn't nectarine jam actually be a type of marmalade @Darran_OVO ?
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Apple Jam.
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That's getting warmer, @NoPoke

So would the Mod-of-the-Day like to have a guess before I post the picture-reveal?
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@Transparent I think I've got it!! Kumquat! Am I right..........?
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Ah, sorry @Darran_OVO. I'm afraid that's getting colder again.

I did make some kumquat & lemon marmalade about 3 months ago, but unfortunately didn't take a photo. It's a much paler colour that the mystery batch here.
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Ah man, was sure I had it!! I remembered you mentioning them before!!

I officially give up!! You need to put us out of our misery.......
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Jane suggested Pear, but I did not think they were ready yet. Is Jane right?
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Well done Jane. You get this week's gold star! ⭐

It's actually pear and ginger - a great combination, and amazing when dribbled on top of vanilla ice-cream. 😋


When I was due to leave school sometime last century, I approached the careers advisor with a list of what I'd like to do. He dutifully read it, thrust it back into my hand and told me to "Man up and grow a pear!"

It was the only advice he gave which I actually followed. 😉

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