Life at the end of the road

November 26, 2021

A power cut :-O

Filed under: daily doings, life off grid — Tags: , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:18 am

Well there was me, just a few hours ago bragging about the joys of power independence, one of which was the reliability. Well I opened my mouth too soon cos this morning around 4:30 I awoke to total blackness, no green glow from my weather station and cooker clock and temperature gauges for my thermal store were no longer illuminated Sad smile The gap in my transmitted weather data between 4:46 and 5:35 indicating my power was off for almost an hour

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So it was up in the gloom looking for clothes and a torch to go out to the bunker and switch to emergency power Smile

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A simple throw of the switch isolating the main system powered by an SMA 6kW SI 6.O 48 inverter and bringing the Outback GVFX3.048 3kW online. It’s the first time in seven years I’ve actually needed it and it performed perfectly Smile I then turned my attention to the main system in the ‘Power station’ behind the barn, the first thing I noticed being a smell of expensive smoke emanating form the region of the wind turbine inverter Sad smile


The second thing I noticed was that my SMA 6kW house inverter was showing an AC overload fault so I isolated everything at the consumer unit and then restarted the inverter. Switching each circuit on one at a time, sure enough as soon as I switched the turbine on it tripped, though when I removed the wind turbine inverter cover I couldn’t see anything obvious.

Anyway, I’m back on the regular system now with the turbine isolated, which is a shame cos it’s blowing a hoolie of good clean north westerly wind outside Sad smile I’ll deal with it once it’s daylight and I have to go outside to feed the wiglets. I’m far too old to be a hero in the cold and dark Smile

The Raasay Renewables Hydro scheme

It may be after 7:00 now but it’s still ‘blacker than a bears ar5e’ outdoors so I’ll fill you in with the rest of yesterday’s doings which finished with my flying down the road in my even faster Land Rover Smile Though perhaps I’ll leave tweaking the injector pump until I’ve sorted out my power issue, it seems a shame to let all this wind go to waste. So, after collecting my mail and parcels from the ferry I went up to the old number 1 mine to have a look how the hydro was getting on.

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The first image is the Compressor house and the one on the right is the main hauler house.

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From the Hauler house you can go up to the main entrance but our path was barred by the burn being in spate so we turned back and headed for the hydro scheme.


I’m pretty sure the mine entrance has been blocked with a big iron gate and rightly so 5 miles of tunnels is a lot to get lost in Surprised smile

So, we abandoned the mine exploration and headed across the Bailey Bridge to see how Blue Energy were getting on with the Raasay Renewables hydro scheme.


Not sure why these trees have been felled whether it’s something hydro related or the Forestry Commission but someone has been busy Smile

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A whole new track and some cables laid since I was last up a month ago, we didn’t go down cos it was quite muddy.

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However we did go and have a look at the site for the intake for the bigger turbine which now has a bridge and lots of steel reinforcing mesh and cement  ready for construction of the foundation for the screen I guess.

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It’s certainly a major investment and undertaking and I wouldn’t fancy working up there in the winter Sad smile

So that was it we headed home by the Fan House


that once kept the mine ventilated.

So that’s it, it’s 8:15 now, still barely light the dugs are complaining and the pigs will be hungry Smile


  1. a power outage … well I never thought I’d hear you say that !!!

    Comment by Caroline — November 26, 2021 @ 12:50 pm

    • Neither did I Caz 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 26, 2021 @ 9:02 pm

      • Just a thought – maybe your next project should be making some sort of covered walkway from the house to the bunker. This sort of thing nearly always happens in foul weather.

        Comment by Caroline — November 26, 2021 @ 9:50 pm

      • Aye Caz, it’s on the list 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 27, 2021 @ 4:30 am

  2. Bit of bad luck there chap… hopefully I’m going to read on and find it was an easy fix!

    Lovely look at some of the mining history there. I thought for an instant that these old building would look great fixed up and repurposed but then I guess there’s a lot of issues in that sentence I haven’t even thought of!

    Comment by Matt — November 29, 2021 @ 9:38 am

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