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Archive for November, 2006

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Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

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Come home to a roaring fire … buy a cottage in Wales!

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

As once said by the Not The Nine O’Clock News Cast in the 80s. Not a laughing matter if you lived in Wales during that period of Holiday home burning!

Not in Wales, but here’s a picture of the open fire. It’s been getting colder this winter, so we’ve lit the fire on occasion.

A Fire

Lindsey has now started to decorate the bathroom, more photos later.

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Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

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Fish……

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

Oh, I nearly forgot in all the excitement, the fish are fine…Not traumatized by todays events, and using petrol generated electricity!

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Power Outage

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

The electricity was cut-off to the village this morning at 8.45am, I started the petrol generator with ease, and then it took me a few minutes in the dark in the fish house (it’s got darker since I’ve insulated and blocked the windows!) to unplug the main four circuits and connect them one by one to the generator feed. At first the current draw from the generator was 12.5Amps, as all the heaters came on, but this gradually fell to a steady 7 - 8Amps. The petrol generator had a full 16l tank of petrol, and I had a 20l petrol can full on standby.

The electricity supply was restored at approx 2.30pm, but I left the Fish House on generator, for 30 minutes before migrating back to mains supply.

An excellent test, I only had to turn-off one 500 watt heater used to heat top-up water, and deemed this wasn’t necessary.

I used approx 10l of petrol, in approx 6hours to generate 9kWh (as measured by my Power Meters! Search the blog for details), so that’s approx 1 UK-GBP per kWh, so an expensive way of generating electricity, so I’m not going to make a saving by switching!

Petrol Gen1
Petrol Generator in use

Petrol Gen2
The small green box, far right under the bag of salt, is the earth box for the generator.

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Full Moon above the village

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

Moon
Last night was a fantastic full moon, I rushed home from work, got my gear together rushed up the hill to photograph the Full Moon above the house, but by the time I had walked up the hill, the moon had risen too far. So here’s the picture I took anyway, without the house!

This should have been the photograph for Halloween! Maybe next year!

Petrol generator had it’s first test run today, check the Fish House Blog

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Power Outage is confirmed for 7th Nov 2006

Saturday, November 4th, 2006

Despite several telephone calls to YEDL Customer Service, and I must admit the Customer Service Operator has been very good, but unfortunately would not let me speak direct to the engineer responsible for the work. It’s basically tough, the engineer Phil Johnson, YEDL stated “we given you the statutory notice of 7 days, it’s up to you, to sort out your own arrangements.” Phil Johnson better not come round here for a cup of tea next week!

In April 2001, YEDL were kind enough to supply a CAT Generator to keep the supply on the farm running through an outage, and a man in a Landrover, to check it didn’t stop!

CAT Generator 1
CAT Diesel Generator - now that’s what I call a generator!

CAT Generator 2
Green Landrover and CAT Diesel Generator.

CAT Generator 3
Temporary hookup.

CAT Generator 4
Ladder to stop cables falling in the drainage ditch.

CAT Generator 5
View from across the pond.

I’ve purchased my 20 litre petrol “jerry can” and petrol, earth stake/rod and cable, so that’s tomorrows job!

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