Life at the end of the road

May 13, 2012

Today I’m sick of it :-)

Filed under: daily doings, shed/house, weather — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:53 pm

Well yesterday I was after bottling it but today I’m sick of the sight of it 🙂 Water that is, a complete change in the weather today kept me in bed until almost 9:00am. It was forecast right enough and I had been rushing around yesterday like a man possessed trying to get all the dry jobs done before the deluge. So when I opened my eyes this morning in the half light of four thirty and saw the wee Rutland wind turbine going berserk I turned over and went back to sleep.

At this point it was still dry but my next stirring a couple of hours later revealed rain drops on the windows. Now when we get water on any of our windows it’s very stormy indeed. With walls over three feet thick, windows set back accordingly into deep recesses and an extremely sheltered location it’s rare occasion when we actually hear the ‘patter of tiny drops’.  Sunday the thirteenth of May was such a day, the swallows that arrived yesterday from a dry and balmy North Africa must have been well miffed 🙂 Me I just stayed in bed and listened to it.

It was probably well after 10:00am when I actually got dressed and ventured forth to have a look at the chooks.

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It would be their first proper storm and I wanted to see how they were taking it, unlike the pigs who had to be dragged out of their shelters to be fed the hens were ‘loving it’. Or at least unperturbed by it all and certainly not taking refuge in their coops.

That’s just over two weeks we’ve had them and a few of them are starting to develop brighter combs, a sign that eggs aren’t far away. I wish they’d hurry up as we forgot to buy any on Friday 🙂

A day in the shed

Eventually summoning up the enthusiasm to go out I headed up to the new shed to get on with getting power up there.

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It’s only a temporary solution whilst we build the house but it should provide us with an adequate supply for that and the caravan until we get a new system up and running.


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The large door to the shed may not have been positioned for the best access but today was the perfect day for seeing why I put it there. This south westerly that was raging all day is the one we get the most of and for the whole day I pottered about inside with the double doors wide open without any wind or water entering the shed 🙂 It’s the same orientation as our house door will be, north east, so sheltered from all the main and wet winds. The water was cascading off the hills, running down the road and travelling sideways through the air but the wee dog and I stayed dry in the big shed 🙂

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Not just sideways but uphill too 🙂

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To be honest I spent more time driving up and down in the Land Rover for tools than actually working but by the end of the day I’d got as much done as I could hope for.

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Main armoured cable to the generator shed at ‘number 3’ connected up with consumer unit and RCD. Also the SMA ‘Windy Boy GTI’ mounted with AC and DC disconnects almost done.

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I should get that finished tomorrow and with a bit of luck we’ll have power up there until we get something permanent sorted.

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The early evening saw a little improvement, not in the wind but certainly in the rain which turned more showery. Not that you’d believe it from that picture of Ard Torran but I did manage to wander up the hill to inspect yesterdays handiwork.


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I was most pleased to see around 800 to 1000lts of fresh, clean and lovely water in our newly installed tank over 24 hours, more than adequate for a family of four, even if three of them were women 🙂 With 3600lts in this tank plus whatever is in the ‘slow sand filter’ I reckon we’re sorted on the water front. Today’s downpour may have swelled the burns but it made no difference whatsoever to the amount of water flowing into the tank form its tiny spring.

Power at last

This wild weather has certainly put some life into the batteries with the washing machine going all day and the tumble drier still on. Even with roast potatoes for dinner and ‘intensive stains’ programs on the washing machine the battery voltage is hovering around 56v

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and that’s with a 1600w heater on in the porch!!!

There was a little snag around 19:00 when I went to feed the pigs right enough

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a large clod of earth having blocked the hydro turbine intake 😦

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A large clod of earth moved by a pig no doubt, but it was soon removed and the old Stream Engine was once more belting out 800w 🙂

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A quick trip down to the shore ensuring that all was well 40m below the header tank.

And that was about it really, I managed to find my weather station for the first time in months so here’s the results.

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And now I’m off to bed 🙂



  1. Mercy! even on an off day you are flat out! c

    Comment by ceciliag — May 13, 2012 @ 11:47 pm

    • Morning Cecilia, I’ll take it easy once I get to work 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 14, 2012 @ 5:41 am

  2. How happy am I that we were there a week ago!

    Comment by cyclingecosse — May 14, 2012 @ 5:22 am

    • Aye guys, you certainly picked the right couple of weeks for a spell at the north end, I really must go up there and check out your handiwork 🙂 I’m extremely disappointed that some t**t should burn two of the benches cos they were too friggin lazy to bring fuel in for the fire 😦

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 14, 2012 @ 5:39 am

  3. That is one spoilt dog.
    Frances G

    Comment by Frances G — May 14, 2012 @ 7:24 am

    • Morning Frances,

      the wee dug certainly has a great time of it up here and gets plenty of exercise but even she gets worn out going for a walk with my dad 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 16, 2012 @ 5:12 am

  4. Hi Paul,

    These SMA Inverters are great!
    I have a SMA SB2000HF and a SB1200 for my solar panels and they are very reliable and quiet.
    You appear to have a WindyBoy of about 1200-1700 Wp… That doesn’t seem much.
    That won’t be all, now will it?

    Leonard, NL

    Comment by Leonard Fintelman — May 14, 2012 @ 7:46 am

  5. How will you cope with the noise of the rain,when in the new house,with its more exposed location? :-). Hope you don`t resort to wearing your company crash hat in bed c/w ear defenders :-). Our drought is officially over,so we have sent you the rains again.All drought conditions cured in just over a month. The “experts” claimed it would take until Christmas.Obviously the virtual world of computer modelling is valued more than what actually happens on the ground.To quote a leading expert in – end of the road fieldwork-“The world has gone mad”

    Comment by Andy — May 14, 2012 @ 9:28 am

    • By the time the new house is built Andy I’ll be deaf from listening to the rain from inside a caravan or more likely from inside a large steel shed cos the caravan has had its roof blown off 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 16, 2012 @ 5:17 am

      • Blimey.Have to admit,when I saw the of the inside of the shed,first thought was-put the van in there- (if it will fit) :-).

        Comment by Andy — May 16, 2012 @ 8:34 am

      • The caravan in the shed has been discussed Andy, the swineherd is not too impressed with the idea, just wait until January 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 17, 2012 @ 5:18 am

  6. Hi Paul

    If you look behind the Calmac building at Sconser, near some old broken signposts, you might find something to take your mind off the weather!


    Comment by Simon — May 15, 2012 @ 8:23 am

    • Morning Simon and thanks for the present, we’ll use it to celebrate my holidays next week 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 17, 2012 @ 5:07 am

  7. good work, i’m happy to see that the first piece of furniture to make it up the hill is madame’s divan.
    water and electric, this is huge! congrats!!!

    Comment by jeannettesmyth — May 17, 2012 @ 1:08 am

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