Long has a 2 or 2.5ton mini digger been on my ‘must have’ list and I sorely miss both Hooky’s and Lachie’s around the croft. Not to mention my old favourite the JCB Telehandler, how I wish I still had that 9ton beast about the place. Still, though I say it myself, I did ‘damn fine splendid’ this last couple of days with nothing more than a mattock, shovel and rake. To say I’m feeling pretty smug and chuffed with myself would be something of an understatement. Sure I’ve been starting the day off with one Tramadol and then popping Paracetamol like Smarties and my hands are covered in blisters, but what a job I’ve done
As my new regime of ‘taking it easy’ dictates though, I never started at ‘stupid o clock’ but after 9:00 once I’d dealt with the hens and spent an hour or two on here. Five hens are far easier to deal with than 90 that’s for sure and we seem to have killed, or at least discouraged the local mink, for now at least. As I let the ‘girls’ out this one rushed through my legs to go and lay an egg in this clump of rushes guarded by a ‘jaggy thistle’.
Seems to be working as the crows haven’t found the nest yet, mind you it’s the ‘Devil’s own job’ getting the egg out without getting pricked.
By 9:30 I was ‘onsite’ at Tarbert and managed about one and a half hours in the rain.
It wasn’t your proper rain right enough so progress was good until around 11:00 when I went home for a break.
The ‘digging’ was pretty easy if I’m honest, with only the odd large rock and another couple of hours so good progress.
After another break I returned to finish off in the late afternoon and got the quad down there with ease. This should make the job of keeping the pigs there much easier
The dud charger
With all this excess energy we’ve been producing of late I wanted to top up my ‘reserve’ 48V battery bank.
This is unused at the moment and very much ‘work in progress’ at some point it will be a complete ‘back up’ system with its own OutBack GVX3048E inverter.
For now however I just keep the bank topped up with a 48V charger, or at least I did until it died the other day.
So after dinner I removed the charger and pulled it apart in the hope of finding an internal fuse.
Sure enough there were two but none of them had blown Funnily though when I put it back together it worked
For about 10 minutes!!! Methinks I need to get the Outback sorted!!