Well that’s me starting another ‘two weeks off’ with a list of jobs the length of my arm, and a few more hastily added due to the tragic fire. However, it’s been an inauspicious start with weather more suited to the depths of December or birth of January than to March. It has in a word been pish, that’ll be a Scottish word that sums it up nicely, sort of miserable and wet to put it in a nutshell. The ferry has missed quite a few sailings and I’ve been home early far more often than I would have liked.
Trees have been uprooted, the Skye bridge closed, power cuts abound and 23 out of 24 Cal Mac services cancelled due to hurricane force winds yet still people wonder why the ferry isn’t sailing. I despair, my son cannot get to school, my builder cannot get to Raasay and people think we cancel the ferry ‘at the drop of a hat’. Believe me, if it was safe to sail we’d be sailing, my house would be finished sooner and my son better educated.
Somewhere under there is the road along ‘The Avenue’, believe me, it’s a right PITA for my darling wife if the ferries don’t run, we do all we can to keep the connection to Skye open.
The whole day off
We had fully expected the ‘blacked out ship’ on Tuesday morning as we’d missed all day Monday due to storm force southerlies. We had however expected to ‘get in’ at least the 7:55 and 8:55 but that didn’t happen as the front arrived a couple of hours early.
Consequently I left Torran at an unsavoury 6:00am to allow for fallen trees and a ‘blackout recovery’. Sure enough, after negotiating the debris left by Monday’s storm half an hour earlier than usual I arrived to a totally dead Hallaig. The power had tripped around 19:00 and the whole ship was in darkness, however being ‘well practised’ in the art we were up and running without a hiccup and in ‘hybrid mode’ before most of the scholars would have been out of bed. My son having been kindly ‘put up’ for the night by a friend in the village did not have to get up at 5:30 like me
Anyway, Tuesday was indeed a ‘pure peach of a day’ by recent standards
and amongst other things saw the very first gas tanker ever heading to Arnish. Eddie the driver being quite enthusiastic about driving up ‘Calum’s Road’ for the very first time.
Lachie and Donald also arrived in two vans full of insulation and plasterboard for Sonas
and wasted no time in getting started.
This is going to be some seriously warm house and so far we’re well on target for our power requirements.
The values are in kWh, the daily average requirement for March being 54, the ‘harvested’ being in the column marked ‘total’ and the column on the right being our surplus/shortfall. As you can see, apart from the 3rd and 6th we are well up and the battery bank would easily cope with the shortfall on those two days. Of course it’s ‘early days’ and these are just predictions but we are well on the way to having a totally renewable energy house barring the gas hob.
There is one good thing about the ‘pish’ weather though,
Lachie and Donald are trapped over on Raasay until Friday