Pani Irenka is a tough old bird because:
- she has municipal water pipes coming into her property but hasn’t connected them to the house – she still uses a well.
- she uses an outside dunny (pit)
- when she caught the bus to go to the bank to check if the money for the land had gone in, she got it all out in cash (90 000 zloty), stuffed it into her handbag and then decided to walk across the fields (some 4km) back to her place. After dividing it up amongst her relos, I suspect the rest of the stash is under a mattress somewhere
- at the ripe age of 74 she still chops her own firewood. And yes, you guessed it, no gas heating.