Life at the end of the road

October 22, 2020


Filed under: animals, daily doings, life off grid — Tags: , , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 6:17 am

Golly gosh, I wasn’t expecting that, just back in after a wander outside to the ‘bunker’ for my camera. After wrapping up and donning suitable footwear I stepped outdoors in to the gloom and it was dry underfoot!!!! Well, that came as a bit of a surprise I can tell you as it’s been pretty boodly wet of late. Both my hydro turbines more than compensating for the lack of sunshine and wind. Not that there was any lack of wind yesterday, a steady north easterly having finally arrived after a day or so of threatening. Whilst it has been pretty windless for days, a steady swell has been building up out at sea, a sure sign of a cold northerly airstream heading this way.


This picture of a calm Loch Arnish, autumnal Aird Torran, heaving Grian a Sgeir and fuzzy Brothers point was taken three days ago and shows the swell building around the shallows of the ‘sunny skerry’ Grian a Sgeir, which on Monday was anything but. Building ever since the weekend it was pretty white and fluffy around any shoreline facing north by yesterday.

New Batteries

With the weather so miserable yesterday I donned my one piece ‘Andy Pandy’ waterproofs to start preparing myself for replacing my battery bank.


Topping up the 24 cells with deionized water before abandoning the task in favour of something less taxing. I’m really not looking forward to this job Sad smile Quite apart from the physical side of it (each bank weighs in at over a ton) there are a multitude of electrical connections to make and reconfigure. Not to mention the hazards associated with acid and short circuits. My mate will be arriving today and I thought he could help, not that I’ve actually told him yet Smile Anyway, leaving that and still ‘suited up’ I headed over to Torran to remove a faulty inverter.

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The Voltacon, Conversol 1500W inverter charger I’d fitted back in March was faulty and had been from the start. The normally reliable and excellent value for money inverter had never been able to recognize and thus accept the incoming AC from the generator. As the property is ‘off grid’ and would be fully occupied for the summer I’d spoken to the supplier and said that I’d not be returning it until the generator was needed to charge the batteries. As I had fitted some 2kW of solar panels to the property this was more than enough to see the house fully powered until at least the equinox.


Whilst the loch and it’s shoreline was pretty settled here at the north side, it was a different story at my end. Here is looking towards where I keep and launch my boat.

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And this will be an even ‘fluffier’ Grian a Sgeir and gloomier Brothers Point.

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Speaking of the ‘Sunny Skerry’ here is a sea eagle ‘eagle with the sunlit eye’ Iolaire sùil na grian’ soaring outside my back door yesterday much better pictures there Smile

Of course no day would be complete without a visit to ‘the lumb’, which I did and after a few more fruitless attempts told myself, ‘It’s time to call it a day’ Sad smile

Heading back home I settled myself in the nice warm ‘bunker’ and started to fit the ‘changeover’ switch to allow me to seamlessly change from one power source to another so as not to interrupt the electricity supply to the house. Sure it’s no ‘big deal’ being without power for an hour or two but the longest power cut I’ve had in thirty years is about 10 minutes and nowadays nothing works without electricity, not even the gas cooker Sad smile

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Fitting a ‘changeover’ switch between my SMA SI 6kW inverter and the Outback GVFX 3048 3kW system has been on my ‘to do’ list for years so working in the cosy ‘bunker’ seemed like a good option in the pishing rain Smile

1 Comment »

  1. I’d have been happy in the bunker yesterday! Storm Barbara was it? My mothers name…

    Love the coastline pictures. Shame you can’t get a short video on wordpress but I guess it would have been mostly wind noise. We get a bit itchy when I don’t see the coast for a while. We made a point of nipping to Norfolk to see friends from a distance but we went to the coast near every day for a week. Just walking letting the kids play on the shoreline. Rain or shine not an issue.

    Comment by Matt — October 22, 2020 @ 8:44 am

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