Well that’s me just finished day number two of a month holiday, sorry I never got anything ‘down on paper’ last night but it was a long day and I received another gift from Sue through the post
hic. Somehow methinks the order was duplicated so long as you don’t get invoiced twice Sue, I won’t say a word Anyway the ‘Willy Willy’, ‘Black Duck’ and ‘President XV’ were lovely. The Argentinian number we’ll save for the neighbours tomorrow, for we now have another permanent ‘bunch of fruitcakes’ at the ‘North End’. You don’t have to be mad to live here but most of the ‘regulars’ are Believe me (and include me) Arnish and Torran have had their fair share of characters this last 30 years.
A momentous week
The ‘two weeks on’ saw very little on the blogging front due to the long days on the Hallaig, we’ve now acquired an extra sailing in the winter so I don’t actually get home until after 20:30 some 14 hours after ‘quading’ down the Torran track. Even though the weather has been, on the whole carp it did herald two of the years ‘milestones’.
Sunrise at 8:41 had my ‘prat nav’ screen turning white on Sunday, it’s been resolutely green on the way to work since October.
I got distracted
Sorry, can’t even remember what milestone number two was, it’s now the 4th of February and I started writing this in January. So, where was I?
Well, obviously ‘in the sun’ at some point, for I’ve just found the second ‘milestone in my camera, some sunshine in the living room window. The first this year and just in time to welcome the new neighbours who arrived on Thursday.
Though by the time they’d got to Raasay the roads had been gritted,
too late for Phoebe who very nearly took wifey ‘to the edge’, in more ways than one.
Needless to say, there was no mail on Thursday In fact, with snow and ice plaguing the rest of the week I either took her in to work or escorted her in the ‘Old Girl’.
It wasn’t so much the snow as the ice and whilst the local contractor did an excellent job of keeping the road clear it wasn’t enough to stop both Phoebe and the ‘Old Girl’ coming off the road.
Luckily it never stopped MacDougall’s delivering our new neighbours ‘goods and chattels’ safely to ‘number 3’.
Throwing the switch
After seeing them settled in and demolishing a cup or two of coffee laced with Bailey’s, or was it Drambuie I then turned my attention to the ‘Sunny Island’ inverter and associated ‘gubbins’ that would be powering our new house. I installed the SI 6048H inverter last year, 120 days ago in fact, but it’s not actually been doing a great deal. It’s been switched on and there’s been a 2.5kW solar array keeping the batteries charged but it’s not actually done much work.
The trusty old Trace SW4548e at ‘number 3’ has, until Friday or Saturday been supplying all the power for the three properties. However, with the house now occupied and the neighbours ‘educated’ it seemed like the right tie to ‘cut the umbilical cord’ to Sonas. First however there were things to be done.
The three Tri Star TS 45 controllers needing wiring up and extra ‘dump loads’ fitted.
Four of these 1500w resistors would give me 6kW to add to the 1kW I already had installed in the generator shed.
Not that they saw much action with the solar panels covered in snow.
Still, there’s always the hydro
That’s the ‘Powerspout’ http://www.powerspout.com/ hydro turbine producing 786w and the Sunny Island off grid inverter putting 700w into the batteries.
Loch Arnish with a good breeze of north wind.
Loch Arnish from Torran Schoolhouse.