Life at the end of the road

May 28, 2012

Turbine up turbine down :-)

Filed under: hydro, life off grid, wind turbine — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 6:09 am

Boringly good again today peeps 🙂 Only fly in the ointment being the disturbance to my morning routine, as I am a creature of habit 🙂 The habit being, an earlier rise than the rest of the house, several large cups of fresh coffee and a plonk away on the laptop while the rest of the house slumbers.

Today however I was pounced upon at 6:30 by two young boys that are staying with us for a couple of weeks. So instead of the usual blog and email check it was ‘Rice Crispies’  and get them them dressed whilst being bombarded by questions.

Eventually wifey arrived on the scene, took over and I made a hasty exit on the pretext of checking my concrete and feeding the pigs 🙂 Returning back for ‘second breakfast’ an hour or so later after which I dragged out the five and three year old for a spot of cutting rushes for bedding. My theory being that if I worked them hard enough they’d lie in bed a little longer tomorrow 🙂

‘Stream Engine’ service

The fantastic dry weather of late has dried up my burn to a mere trickle of water producing a measly 70w or less of power from the hydro turbine . As it wasn’t actually producing much anyway I thought it was time to give it a service. The unit has been running continuously now for eighteen months and never been lifted off its base. As it’s been running smoothly with no vibration, noise or issues I’ve never thought it necessary but after seeing the state of my mates ‘pelton runner’ on his Harris turbine recently,

I thought I’d better take a look.


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All has being going well with this little Canadian unit but I wanted to tidy it up a little after a pipe burst and check all the nozzles, fittings, bearings and ‘turgo runner’.


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This turbine has an advantage over the ‘Harris’ insomuch as the jets are easier to remove, coincidentally they use the same ones though 🙂

And I have to finish this off later as it went severely  ‘pear shaped’ last night, turning into gibberish on the screen so I just posted it to see what would happen. The gobbledygook did turn into what I’d originally written when posted but I can’t edit it in ‘’ so I’m trying to do it in ‘WordPress’ which doesn’t seem to like my browser or ISP. Either way it’s now 7:30am and I’ve two hyperactive ‘wee boys’ to deal with 🙂

I’ll fill you in later on the excitement of servicing a Proven wind turbine 🙂


May 26, 2012

We’re ALL worn out :-)

Filed under: animals, life off grid, shed/house — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:08 pm

Another topper of a day here at the north end with many more to come by the looks of it 🙂 You know, we can have months of cr4p thrown at us in the long dark winters and some times there’s days in July and August that aren’t much better, warmer, lighter for longer but just as wet and windy. The major difference between a carp August day and a carp December day (apart from the temperature of the rain and length of day) being the dreaded

Scottish midge 🙂

However a couple of days like this in May and all that 5h1te is well and truly forgotten, why would you want to be anywhere else 🙂 I’m on holiday, I’ve not had to drive, queue, fly or wait anywhere and it’s like being in paradise 🙂 Even the midge has taken a holiday on account of the heat and of course the ‘Smidge’ 🙂

Unlike yesterday I was up at the ‘crack of dawn’ today and out for a good walk with Charlie and Molly whilst the rest of the house slept. A lack of wine and the acquiring of two ‘hyperactive’ wee boys ensuring a clear head 🙂

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The two ‘wee darlings’ are on a little break here at the ‘end of the road’ and are very keen to help, so we cleaned out the pigs and cut fresh bedding before going for yet another walk 🙂

That done, and after spending a couple of hours showing some potential buyers around the house  and estate I got on with some concreting.

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This is going to be the base for an 8’ x 12’ generator and battery shed at the back of the barn, it’s location here meaning that we’re unlikely to be disturbed by it, should it ever be required. Though after checking back through a years date from the ‘Stream Engine’ , projected data from an 1850w solar array and 1kw wind turbine it looks like ‘Mr Lister’ will be redundant once the new house is up 🙂


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It was a bit hot for mixing and pouring concrete but I started late and was counting on the barn putting it in shade as the job progressed.

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Sure enough it did, and by 20:45 I had a good thick base laid for Harry and his new house 🙂

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Though I really must fix that oil leak 😦

That was about it really, I know it doesn’t sound like a great deal but I finished the day with a great sense of achievement, two worn out ‘wee dugs’

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and two worn out ‘wee boys’, all I need to do now is see if I can ‘keep it up’ 🙂

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