Life at the end of the road

January 31, 2008

Wild weather

Filed under: daily doings, life off grid, listers, wind turbine — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:28 pm

Now I don’t have to go to sea every day clam diving (and have a wind turbine) I quite like the regular gales we get in the winter. The wind turbine has been working overtime of late and because the excess is tuned into heating for the porch the house has been toasty of late and mrs C has been going bonkers with the washing machine and tumble drier. I also sleep right through the night now I don’t have a fishing boat to worry about. Although it had been pretty wild all night and the forecast was horrendous the most accurate weather site I know http://www.theyr.tv/ had shown a little hole in the wild weather just round Raasay , so whilst it was very windy and the schoolchildren stayed away from school the ferry ran all day. It was only later in the morning that I heard of the damage that the nights storm had done. A good friend had lost the roof from his caravan ( luckily he’d abandoned it in time) . The caravan was well fastened to the ground with wire and ropes to the chassis but the roof had peeled off like the lid on a tin of sardines. Another friend had lost his garage doors and were not talking mickey mouse tin ones, they were big heavy wooden double ones. So whilst it was great for us some where less fortunate.

Startomatic wiring diagram

Now I know this won’t make much sense to most people (or even me) but I’ve been seeing allot of referals from google by people looking for ‘startomatic’ wiring diagram. So whilst I was helping with the clean up I took a piccy of this.

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Which I’m sure will make sense to someone. Its the control box from my mates SR2 Lister ‘Startomatic’ 6kw genny. The startomatic has been around for donkeys years and was designed so that when you switch on something (more than 60w) it starts up the generator and once you switch everything off the generator stops. Nowadays it’s all done with electronics but these old ones use relays and lots of old fashioned stuff. My 3kw used to be a ‘Startomatic’ but I could only ever get it to ‘stopomatic’ (I’m no electrician)

‘Harris hydro’ turbine

The only other exciting thing that happened today was the arrival of the ‘Harris hydro’ turbine. This is the business end of the hydro scheme I’m doing at ‘The old Schoolhouse’ at Torran1-026-small.jpg.

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January 30, 2008

Piglets, polytunnels and fruitcake

Filed under: daily doings, polytunnel — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:22 pm

The polytunnel

It’s been a funny old day, I hurt my arm yesterday during the wind turbine lowering, water pipe dragging, or feed lugging, I’m not sure when but it’s been bdooly sore. This meant quarrying for rock in my lunch break had to be called off, for those not familiar with my daily routine I usually fill a trailer full of stones every day I’m at work for my road. This obsession has not been uncommon to people who live at the north end of Raasay, however for the next few days all civil engineering work has been cancelled. I did on the other hand have time to go and see Willy and check on polytunnel progress and I was most impressed, he was just putting the finishing touches to the ridge pole.

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There are three of these ridge poles and as you can see allot of accurate marking and cutting is required and if you’ve not been following developments the here’s the plan again.

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and here’s the person that’s coming to open it! 1-006-small.jpg

Leaving the fabrication work in the shed for a while I went to see how things were going in the garden. The uprights had been done last week but just to make life easier Willy had made a jig on the lawn so he could assemble the roof without standing on steps or stretching! It was of course perfectly level, square and even had lugs to sit the frames in.

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The piglets

Having been suitably impressed with the polytunnel project and having a bit of time to spare, thought I’d go and have a look at the piglets that went away on monday. They really were in clover, with a nice new house in a lovely neighborhood.

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The 2 wee boys were settling in nicely and being next to a road will have lots of admirers.

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The fruitcake

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What can I say, spotted this dude at 16:30 just off Sconser, he was doing about 20knts just before he flipped, all I gotta say is he must be keen (or daft)

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