No, we haven't elected a Pope. This is the chimney of our newly fitted roof room stove on its first day of action. It is deliberately set back far from the edge of the roof room roof so that it is invisible from many perspectives of the tower from ground level.
The water tower has been designed to be as green as an old building can be - rainwater harvesting, high insulation, solar panels, heat recovery ventilation and so on. All that gives a certain satisfaction that we are doing our bit for the planet. Why then the solid fuel stove? Besides being psychologically warmer than the electric devices that have heated the roof room so far (some days assisted by the sun when shining) the roof room is very cold in winter, perched on top of a tower and heavily insulated from the floors below it.
The solid fuel stove also makes us reasonably independent, in extremis, from the politics of energy. Unlikely but possible the Russians COULD turn off the gas. The electricity supply is vulnerable short term to outages and longer term to rationing. Then where would we be? Cold in winter! Everybody should think about alternative sources of energy - heating especially.