I live in the southern part of the US, so homes here were also built without insulation 130 years ago. When we first moved in, if it was windy outside, we couldn't keep a candle lit inside, that's how drafty it was. And the house is built all of wood, too: sappy wood that would burn to the ground in an instant should it catch on fire. So I share your worries on those scores as well. No earthquakes or volcanos, however: just tornados.
Originally Posted by vivelly
Still, I love our house, with all its quirks and inconveniences. And we have done a lot of renovation—thank goodness, I didn't discover TB until a few years ago! Laughing.
I was surprised to hear that burglary is so common in NZ; you're right, it doesn't fit our image abroad of beautiful, unspoiled, and safe. I just hope your dog is a better watchdog than mine; Yukon, who is a Newfoundland, might bark once or twice, but if the burglar rubbed him behind the ears, Yukon would show him right to the silver [if we had any, that is]. :D