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Title: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on October 20, 2014, 05:43:52 PM
Hello good folks,
               We have a bit of a blow starting up within the next few hours,
                                               It looks like it is just getting going about now, Members living on Sky,Raasay and in that general area need to keep a close eye in this one and take all the necessary precautions possible. The west coast of Ireland here is also coming in for a fair bit of the stick. Baker,s area will get a fair shot  and Billi will get it as well,
     The forecast says that we will not get it too bad but the wind is pushing down from the north west spread over a wide area from Cork to Malin and things can change for the worst very quickly.
       So everyone needs to keep an eye on this one.
                                    Good luck
                                              Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on October 21, 2014, 01:51:31 AM
It is pretty bad out there at the moment,
                             Our number 2 controller in the house is registering 1.5amps now and then. This means,I think that the turbine is clocking over 2kw on the number 1 controller outside so the surplus is being diverted to the controller in the house to power the hall immersion.There is no way that I am going outside to peep at the number 1.The tv pic shudders in a force 8 but this time the pic is blurring quite a bit. We can hear the roar from outside. It would be much more noisy if the leaves were still on the trees but thankfully that is not the case. Early on, I went and weighed everything down but I can still hear things hitting of our north gable. The storm is just barrelling straight in across the bog,from the Atlantic and I have no doubt that there will be damage tonight and certainly outage.
            The Turbine seems comfortable,but it is depending on the dump loads to keep it under control,It is at times like this that the folly of the small tail becomes evident. However we have come through force 8s with the big blades and I assumed that the small blades would not be too stressed but tonight they are being tested to the limit.
   The forecast says that this should run steady for another 4 hours,till 6am and then it is supposed to ease of a bit and continue round to Scotland. It is pretty bad when the air pressure in the room changes. The dogs are asleep or pretending to be. They were last outside around 8pm and they won,t have a problem holding out to 6am.
                          Cheers folks,
                                          Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: stannn on October 21, 2014, 01:24:36 PM
Nigel's had another bad night.......seems like every 5 minutes bonehead calls him up on his new iphone 6 to tell him that UK wind has broken some new record or other. "Dammit man, can't you privatise the people who feed these lies to the press or stop the wind blowing or something?" says Nige. "I'll ask Dave, says bonehead, but in the meantime have you looked at Gridwatch Templar today?" :fume

http://www.gridwatch.templar.co.uk/


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on October 21, 2014, 05:40:12 PM
This week must be one of the most productive weeks for wind power,  Apart from old Nige,s record breaking wind breaking.
                                 There is still a good blow out there,a nice steady force 6to7 with gusts still reaching force 8. Paul must be feeling the brunt of it at the moment and there is even isolated storms heading towards AG. There is quite a bad patch over the Isle O Man with another about 50miles south heading into Wales.
      This recent forecast has been accurate to the hour and the charts are quite something but only showing the positions every 6 hours.
    Our turbine did well,Steady and untroubled throughout the worst parts.I never saw it furl once,It was depending 100% on the dump loads but thankfully the fact that the second immersion kicked in that bit later,meant that the braking was smooth and gentle. I never got out to watch controller number 1 during the height of the storm. I used to do that some years ago,however knowing that controller number 2 was registering 1.5amps in the house, meant that the first 2kw dump load was being over run and that would have taken at least 14+amps@140vdc. I have witnessed 20amps+ on the same controller flying the big blades and that was kind of scary. I was expecting some respite from the wind this evening,where I could lower the turbine and carry out my first checks but it is just too rough out there and it looks like I will have to wait another 24 hours to do that. All is good.
                                                                         Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on October 22, 2014, 09:31:44 AM
We are supposed to have a bit of a lull on Fridaym
                                              But Saturday and Sunday get a bit exciting once again.
             Meanwhile the wind spins the blades,The tanks stay warm and the house cosy. Its a pity I could not adjust the setting slightly and get rid of that peasoup sky and horrible rain.
                                                                  Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: heatherhopper on October 22, 2014, 10:35:17 AM
Sorry Biff - I'm looking for something a bit different from the weather at the moment as we still have what passes for a drought in this temperate land!
I watched Gonzalo's progress across the Atlantic with great expectations and was thoroughly let down - 2.8mm of rain and winds barely getting up to 60mph. Turbine had a minor workout but water is still in short supply.
Probably all on my own wishing this but nice though summer was I want autumn to be - er - well typically British so that "the old cow may drink again" (acknowlegements to some 1950s western I think).
I know - my tune may be different come March but eastern reservoirs are still relatively low, SE providers are already applying for drought extraction licences (just precautionary I'm sure) and the fells are still behaving like massive sponges so there may be a few more rain dancing by then.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on October 22, 2014, 03:04:50 PM
   Most humble apploggs Heatherhopper,
                                My wishes were granted and the rain is now winging its way toward you, The wind stepped up its good work and a few moments ago I took a pic of controller number 2 which is quite a long way from the turbine.
(http://s23.postimg.org/3t0w33ww7/DSCF9284.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/3t0w33ww7/)
       This one directs the power into a dc immersion in our hall water storage/heater. One of my better moves.
                                                    Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on December 07, 2014, 08:18:47 PM
Big blow,
       Pushing in to the west of Ireland on Tuesday evening and  pushing up the coast across the North and straight into the western Isles.
          This looks to be a pretty rough one.Force 9+. I will be lowering our baby and tying everything down for this one.
            So anyone in the path of this blow should be well prepared for at least 36 hours of strong stormy weather during which the wind is set to reach speeds of 80mph+
                                                                         Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on December 09, 2014, 12:30:36 PM
And there was me,
                Telling everyone to get ready for the big blow and I am sure you all did just that but somehow or other my labour of love took a disasterous turn for the worst, I was waiting patiently for a letter from Scoraig, It would Hugh himself asking me over to solve a few problems. Well why not,??  We turbaneers stick together and learn of each other. So Here I was this morning in Castlebiff,I had planned to lower our exceedingly fine turbine just before 11am today,because yesterday ,while studying the weather maps,I noted a window where the wind would ease and then start up again. Now Don,t mention Mice and Gangways but anyhow,I spent the morning trotting around checking on this and that till finally I could wait no longer and decided to lower the baby.
So before I continue,just let me say that my visit to Scoraig was not impossible before this disaster struck. Accepting my invite from Hugh, I could have landed in Scoraig and immediately boarded the Biffmobile, The band would strike up and play "Men of the West" and I would continue travelling around the island and solving all the wind turbine problems ,one after the other.It would probably make the "News Of the World" if the anti-wind lobby crowd did not block it.
  Anyhow,,There I was at the bottom of the winching tree waiting for the perfect moment to begin lowering. I remember looking up through the blinding rain and thinking,"Jeeeze This one could be tricky". There were other ones that were tricky too but i got away with it,apart from a change of trousers.,So alang,,(As Hugh would say) came a lull,,a calm and I hit the button,all went well and I am 20 ft at least off the top,then a long gust or heave came directly out of the North west and the turbine began to climb straight back upright,It did and it hit the top with a bang,Now I am not so slow. I have been here before,so I am reeling in as much of the cable as I could before the turbine began to fall again and when it did,I hit the release button at the same time as it slammed down at the end of a 10ft drop..I held the button down and watched the turbine decend back down to almost a 50% angle where I thought we would be safe. But by now the wind was roaring and the turbine has started to climb back up again,,I could almost describe it motion as something akin to an evil elegance, So here I am reeling in the cable again but the turbine is already slamming off the top, The 50 kgs weights on the safety rope are usless,absolutely usless, Then down it comes again,fast this time,,so by now I have no idea how much cable has been fed out,so all I can do is just hold the button on and hope for the best. I almost made it,The clutch screamed before but this time it just made a horrible ripping noise and the turbine dropped on to the tresle from about40%, It demolished the tresle ,bouncing up and down and finally the turbine hit the ground with a very quiet thump,breaking 2 blades.
 
(http://s29.postimg.org/d30vqd2df/DSCF9444.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/d30vqd2df/)
  So Scoraig is out of the question now, She and I will still go there but in disguise. As for my turbineering efforts..Well the weather will mend. the sun will come out again. the grass will dry long enough for me to whip the damaged prop off,fit the new one which is sitting ready in the loft and install a new winch with a secondary breaking system. No I am not giving up,, no way.
   Still, I could have done without making a total hames of it.
                                                                             Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on December 09, 2014, 12:39:51 PM
The 'Big blow' arrived early here Biff, ferry off, power cuts in the village but all fine here so far. Hope YZ is OK, sure she will be, just a PITA balancing the blades.

Good luck, Paul


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: clockmanFR on December 09, 2014, 12:43:00 PM
Flippin eck Biff.  :'(

I will scrag my kitty.

So sorry.

No wind here, but the sun is out.... exhappy:


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on December 09, 2014, 01:58:09 PM
I have managed to source a replacement winch,
                                            It should be here sometime tomorrow bit somehow the couriers will not be travelling these roads tomorrow..I will have to devise some method of taking the slack out of the cable between the tree and the top of the tower,so that when such a wind blows the tower back upright in future,It will be held steady and only allowed to descend gently. Incredibly,,the weight on the safety rope did more harm than good because it only speeded up the destruction. So the weight needs to be a good 4 times more. So now I an thinking in terms of just adding the weights before the lowering process begins.
                     One other thing that beat me was the fact that the turbine was braking as it was being lowered. Previous times I have asked herself to turn on the Microwave oven inside the house to keep the blades biting into the wind on the overrun. This time She was not at home and I decided to chance it. So when the Turbine braked at the wrong moment,The wind was able to use the blades to blow the thing back upright. Learning curve,? :norfolk
                                                            Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: DaveSnafu on December 09, 2014, 02:00:46 PM
That is a damn shame biff, good job you have a set of spare blades, it is just getting up here, southerly, but cold.
Your story reminds me of the time a few years ago when I decided to service the proven.........but not using tirfor winch and all it entails, instead I decided to build my new scaffold tower around the mast and service it in situ........
Once built I climbed to the top..........and crouched quivering in fright, no chance of standing up and taking cowl off turbine, the whole thing was shaking about and when I grabbed the mast in fright, that started shaking as well.......THEN a huge gust came out of nowhere and the turbine started up with the brake on, squealing like a banshee, the rotor just a few inches from disaster, I scampered down the tower and heaved on brake rope, just then a mate turned up and helped me get it stopped, it was the most frightened I have been for a while.
Since then I use a tirfor and lower it once a year.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: boltonboy on December 09, 2014, 05:20:27 PM
OOOO just read that sat on the edge of my seat!

Just glad your all ok and no injuries that's the main thing.

Repair will be nothing for a man of your talents.

Stay safe folks


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: rogeriko on December 09, 2014, 10:55:25 PM
Biff you need 2 winches 1 to lower it and 1 to pull it down so it cant go back up again. The second one that pulls it down can be connected to its own pulling wire not the main guy wire so it would be really easy to install. Connect the 2 motors together so they work at the same time.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on December 10, 2014, 12:25:27 AM
Hi Roger,
         Been thinking about this all evening and to be perfectly honest it is something which I should have sorted ages ago. Under normal conditions and even in a gale blowing from any other direction than from the north west,The tower lowering process is only a 2 minute job. The winch was a 12,000lb job and well able to take all the weight that I could put on the safety rope but it was the lack of proper weight that allowed the lowering to go wrong.If it had been loaded on the safety rope,say 200kgs in incriments of 5 x40kgs, hooked on just before the lowering process had begun and stored handy hearby,I would not be forking out for the price of another winch and replacing a set of blades.
  So I have no one to blame but myself,simple neglect. I had the answer but did not follow it through.Even If I had of had 100kgs on the safety that last time,It would not have got back up again. I could barely believe my eyes when I saw it stalling and refusing to go down and then slowly starting to rise,The turbine had braked as well, and once it started backing up it just picked up speed right to the top.
    She and I discussed a simple tilting tower with four 10ft legs,(The ground is soft) but there would also have to be guys as well. The guys absorb a lot of shock, vibration and noise but at the end of the day,what we have got already is very good,it is just that it was not being used correctly.
      We have a right old force 8+ at the moment and tomorrow at dinnertime it is supposed to get very rough.
  I wish everyone  safe and well.
                                            Biff
 


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: baker on December 10, 2014, 12:52:37 AM
biff
sorry to hear about the turbine   
an other notch on your belt,
I got away, ok so far so good /bar the inverter charger  .not charging
baker


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: supremetwo on December 10, 2014, 01:01:40 AM
Hi, Biff

Is the issue of needing to be lowered because you have modified the design to maximise efficient production in lighter winds?

Or are all small turbines incapable of withstanding a decent storm?


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on December 10, 2014, 06:30:28 AM

Or are all small turbines incapable of withstanding a decent storm?

Proven number 1, 2.5kW been belting out 40amps for two days now and never been lowered due to weather in 9 years. My other Proven suffered minor damage once whilst it was lowered with the brake off, wind caught it and the blades hit a tree stump  banghead: I was most dischuffed, it appears some turbines are safer flying through storms than 'safely lowered'.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on December 10, 2014, 09:11:04 AM
Good morning all,
              Hi Supremetwo. The answer to your question is almost in Paul,s last post. His Proven is rated at 2.5 but it takes a force 8 to get it above 2kw,
  Now our own,Chinese, Yang-Shen was (with its original 2kw low wind speed blades) capable of a steady 2kw in a force 4 to 5 and would deliver enough to keep the house running in a force 3. However  above force 8 it would start overspeeding and I have on many occasions seen it producing over 3kw.
      So In the name of safety and the quiet untroubled life,I removed the big 2kw blades and fitted the shorter smaller 1kw blades. This was very good move and brought excellent results. The low wind speed start-up was not affected in the least but the top end power band was reduced to somewhere around 1.6kw. We did not mind this in the least as long as it kept the bank full. The controllers had a much easier life and the stator had less leverage exerted on it during braking.
 The difference between Paul,s Proven and our Yang_Shen is that in normal kind of weather,Our baby is churning away making hay while Paul,s is sitting looking at him. We do not have to start up or geni, perhaps the very very odd time but our savings on diesel would far outweight the cost of the new winch and blades, A 100 ltrs of diesel will last us well over a year.
  But there is a penalty for such efficiency, You cannot have it every way. The top end storms exact terrible abuse on them, They heat up during overspeed and even though they have massive big bearings and are well made,they are not designed for such extreme weather. So I devised a good method of lowering our turbine before anything bigger than a force 8 It has worked well most times but yesterday circumstances worked against me and I went at it half cocked and got beat.
   So Next time,? Well Roger who loves wind turbines as much as me and has lots of Yang-Shen experience,suggested two winches, One to pull it down and one to let it down gently. I still think the answer is more simple. I still believe that the weight on the Safety rope just needs to be added before lowering but as to how I can do that,,I still have not worked it out.
       You would almost think that a rope from the top of the tower,fed through a pully on the ground where the guys are anchored opposite the winching tree and then brought straight back to where I control the joystick for the winch at the base of the tree would be enough,being worked by hand as the tower was being lowered but now I know that is a non runner. The way the wind caught the turbine when it was down past the 45% mark and flung it straight back up with a 50kg weight on the centre of the safety rope,means nothing is going to be hand held apart from a remote control ;D.
   The turbine has to be lowered in such a way that it cannot get loose and get blown back up. That is the way forward. As for leaving it up in a force 10 or 11. I think not ;D. I love it too much to stand by and watch it getting thrashed in a storm. What is the use in doing that.? We have a bank that can carry us for 48 hours easily and lowering the turbine adds years to it life. It still performs while it is lowered but the wind cannot exert the same force on it.. I may be wrong but lowering the turbine is something that I believe in and we know that most damage to small wind turbines is done during storms because of overspeed.
             Biff
 


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Billy on December 10, 2014, 09:23:34 AM
Sorry Biff. :(

It would seem many makers say their machines are capable of surviving 90+mph winds but suggest when you know a blow is coming then best lower or at least tether.  I do believe there was/is a future energy on a ship in the Antarctic.  I wonder how that got on long term?

The Navitron Turnip 300 made it through last night and we hit 36knots in one gust, spent most of the night furled it seemed.  Lull now before the next bit it would seem.

I remember well one dark and stormy night struggling to lower the turbine.  It was a houghley, try as I might I just couldn't get it to come down against power of the wind, I gave it some slack and went to give it a push from behind and nearly garrotted myself.  I appeared that Mrs B had strung a washing line up between the tower and a mast.  In the dark I hadn't seen it and went into auto procedure for the lowering.....   facepalm


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on December 10, 2014, 09:36:29 AM
2kw around a force 5 Biff and starts generating in a force 2,

(http://www.homepower.com/sites/default/files/articles/ajax/docs/4_HP127_pg92_Woofenden-1.jpg)

and I have no need to listen to the weather forecast also I can leave home for three months in the winter knowing my wife will have power.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: clockmanFR on December 10, 2014, 09:41:38 AM
My Hugh Piggot's just carry on.  exhappy:

They were designed and proved in Scotland.  exhappy:

If I do need to stop them, I just short out the 3 phase windings, and that stops them, then they just very very slowly revolve.

So to be honest, I am dismayed at the Chinese stuff not really being fit for purpose.

Yes biff I have some of these Chinese bits, but as I said I will Hugh Piggott'fy them, (head/turnip geometry and tail furling geometry) and I will fit a offset arm to the turnip head that allows the tail to be gathered up from a simple pulley arrangement on the ground and pull the blades out of the wind, then the coils can be shorted out safely.
 
I have noted that these Chinese turnip heads have different windings, so that when the coils are shorted out, the resistance to rotate is not as good as the HP's, and hence my design arrangement for the offset arm to pull the tail around.

As 'Skipper' say's "Wave and Smile Boy's, Wave and Smile".  ;D


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on December 10, 2014, 10:40:25 AM
 :hysteria :hysteria,
  Look if its any comfort to ya all,
                            I am stuck with this turbine. Maybe I think that by praising away at it,it will shine for me but then again,It has been working really well and delivering the goods,
  I could not build a Hugh Piggott W/T if I tried nor would I invest in a Proven after having listened to my neighbours who had spent a ransom buying Provens only to have them sitting there for 6 months waiting for some small part.Those were 2.5 provens not the 35 ones and of course you all know the story of the last Provens.. Lucky me that I had nothing to do with those.!!
  Am I right in saying that Bergey did not even fit slip rings on his early turbines,? Yang-Shen fitted double slip rings on their 2008 2kw turbines.
    Yang-Shen suffered serious overspeed problems that was easily cured by smaller blades and a lighter tail.  We all know that now but it has taken time to discover that. I am sure that Paul,s Proven needed slight adjustment before it ran troublefree.
  I am very happy with what I have and the blame for its failure is 100% my own. None of the Hugh Piggott Or Proven turbines can drop from 20ft onto the bog and come away unscathed either. :hysteria
                                                                        Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on December 10, 2014, 11:09:21 AM
Crikey Paul,
               I have just checked the weather map and there is a red patch over Raasay, I kid you not,it is set to peak about 3 or 4 o clock this afternoon.
  We are getting it bad at the moment but all the red is about 20 mile off our coast,about 25 mile from us.
   Yours, is set top blow right through till Thursday,
                                                       Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on December 10, 2014, 11:55:29 AM
Crikey Paul,
               I have just checked the weather map and there is a red patch over Raasay, I kid you not,it is set to peak about 3 or 4 o clock this afternoon.
  We are getting it bad at the moment but all the red is about 20 mile off our coast,about 25 mile from us.
   Yours, is set top blow right through till Thursday,
                                                       Biff

Aye Biff, just in for a cuppa and it's freshening all the time, worst of it is the lightening we've had for three days now, it's been playing havoc with my RCD's. Twice now we've lost power in the early hours which is a bit of a pain as most of my dumps are AC. I should really turn off one of my hydro turbines tonight so if it does happen again at least I don't do yet another unscheduled EQ  ;D


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: billi on December 10, 2014, 03:23:04 PM
Merde, Scheisse   ...... sorry to hear Biff

But i agree , some of those China turbines   seem to be  OK   , i leave mine running tonite , will be about 24 m/s ,  will see ..... again  facepalm
I can turn her out of the wind  by catching the tail with a long PVC tube and a hook  and  break generator  by shortening  the  wires

are Proven still big sellers ? at those costs ?   ,  sad to see , that we  have not much small windturbines   at a lower price available


Billi


PS:   force  What ??  ... that is Latin to me ! Is it not possible to agree on m/s or  similar   i accept miles es well  whistle


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: supremetwo on December 10, 2014, 03:47:44 PM
Quote
PS:   force  What ??  ... that is Latin to me ! Is it not possible to agree on m/s or  similar   i accept miles es well  whistle

Here you are - m/sec

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/guide/weather/marine/beaufort-scale


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on December 10, 2014, 05:17:02 PM
Hi Billi,
        You are safe enough,,Mod don,t shoot mod, ;D.
       + I have a terrible aim. Most turbines have a piece of paper that states that they can survive winds of 100mph. It means nothing,probably means if they are safely tucked away in their box.I think the Beaufort scale of "force8" is just under 40mph.
                                                Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on December 10, 2014, 05:48:23 PM
 surrender: so sorry to hear about your turbine Biff.  A bit delayed comment due to no internet.
I know that this setback won't stop you.
My chinky job has stayed aloft in a 90 mph blast maybe I just got lucky.
It was way to windy to lower it safely the wind just kept getting worse. Forecast was for max winds of 40mph.  whistle It survived intact.
Before going away this week I just breaked it and left it aloft, in the manner CM describes.
Not having CM's skills nor enough dosh for a proven my Chinese job was about the only option.
To date OK it has been a lot of fun and the occasional need for a change of under wear!


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on December 10, 2014, 06:09:49 PM
Thanks Tod,
            It was just very bad management on my part. She herself says,it would have sailed through these latest gales without a bother but there you are,! Instead I took a chance and wrecked the lot.
       Yes,,I will be back with a new plan,,
                                      Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Billy on December 10, 2014, 06:14:06 PM
What any bits biff, the wee 300 will be coming down, soon as they've build the new one for me.   whistle


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on December 10, 2014, 06:32:42 PM
Billy,
      That is extremely kind and considerate of you. I think the big EU sticker got blown off mine and I am wondering if your,s still has one. I am not trying to cheat anyone  but I would feel much safer with that sticker on the turnip. :P
                                Biff
  Wow,,Our mobile phone signal has just gone down.The weather is really wicked outside. I hope Paul is OK. His internet connection might be knocked out as well.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Billy on December 10, 2014, 06:59:25 PM
I know a good website where you can download and print off a nice new sticker if it will make you feel better.

On this side where the little winds blow all has gone menacingly quiet.  Even Mrs B has taken her hard hat off when she goes under the blades of doom.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on December 10, 2014, 07:11:12 PM
It is still blowing hard here,force 8,
                         The deep red looks like it is heading off into the north sea but Paul still has light red but it is clearing up a bit sooner than expected.
   The sea is really rough around Antrim.Some of the biggest waves ever recorded off Portrush. :o
                                                                                Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Billy on December 10, 2014, 07:19:31 PM
Are the waves blowing in off the Atlantic and round the top or up from the S'West, or both?  I don't like Atlantic waves, fear me they do.   help:


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on December 10, 2014, 07:26:05 PM
Both at the moment but it is a changing scene,
                            This whole weather pattern can change very quickly.
                                                     Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: martin on December 10, 2014, 08:59:35 PM
Quote
I don't like Atlantic waves, fear me they do
........ I'll tell you a little story...........I spent quite a lot of time in, on and around boats in the 70's, and lived on one for a while, I was used to small boats and the way they rode, and for a while ran my friends Mitchell 23' as a fishing party boat - my forte with a bunch of moaners was to anchor just off the point of Beachy Head (where you told them it was a wonderful fishing mark), and go down in the cabin and do a fry-up - usually it took 20 minutes, they'd turn green and would shamefacedly ask me to take them straight back to dry land......... :hysteria
But Neptune wreaked ghastly kharmic revenge on me - I booked to cross the Atlantic on a Polish Ocean Lines Boat, the "Stefan Batory" (which was rumoured to be spying on the allied Atlantic sea traffic in 1976 when I went) - we just get past Land's End, and for the first time in my life I felt and was terribly, terribly seasick - for days on end - somehow I existed on 200 Polish ciggies and a bottle of Scotch (the only treatment offered was an apparent vast injection of something untranslatable, which apparently wiped you out for days, and was probably administered by Rosa Klebb in the "Szpital", which I decided to forgo....)  facepalm - Then one night the charming Polish steward came into the cabin, and screwed the porthole cover down - he explained carefully we were about to go through a hurricane.........could it get any worse? Over the next few hours it got a lot lumpier, and they put the stabilisers out, which imparted a horrible juddering to the whole boat - then (as I later learnt), fearing for the safety of the stabilisers, they retracted them - in a few minutes, I was back off Beachy Head in a force 7 in a 23-footer! I recovered almost instantly due to the familiar movement of bucking and plunging...... Having not eaten for days I made my gingerly way to the dining room, and looked at the menu - the first item was translated as "roast turbot in lard" :-X  I managed a few bits of bread and some plonk, wrapped my legs round the table support, and engaged in conversation with a couple of sheepish Canadians. As those who go to sea know, you get used to the natural rhythm of the boat, and there was that pregnant pause that says "oh sh*t", here comes a biggie" - I clung on ferociously to my glass of plonk, and the stanchion with my legs as the ship lurched what felt like 90 degrees to starboard - diners, dinner, waiting staff and food all went airborne, and someone's spaghetti ended up adhering to the wall....... When they resumed their seats the other diners were somewhat downcast, so I lifted my glass in a toast to one of the ladies and grinned "at least I didn't spill the wine" who very flatteringly remarked "my you English are so cooool" (made my trip)
When daylight came I went up as high as I could get and still see out forwards  - never seen anything like it in my life - one minute all you can see is sky, then you're confronted with a seeming never-ending mountain of water straight ahead as you plunge down into it - then the plucky little liner hauls herself up for the next one...........

I've stayed away from big floating things ever since (apart from a few car ferries) -and as Billy says, angry Atlantic seas have to be experienced to be believed......................


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on December 10, 2014, 09:17:27 PM
I had a mate just the same, he was fine in anything smaller than 30', stick him aboard anything much bigger and he'd turn himself inside out before leaving harbour  ;D


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on December 10, 2014, 09:26:14 PM
Which one is you Martin,

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/6b/Stefan_Batory_orkiestra.jpg/640px-Stefan_Batory_orkiestra.jpg)

 :hysteria  :hysteria


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: martin on December 10, 2014, 10:11:52 PM
The one leaning over the back of the lifeboat chundering........... :vomit2

They were strange times, as I previously alluded, many people confirmed that they too had suspicions about the Stefan Batory's "sidelines" in the cold war - the out of bounds area at the top of the ship was bristling with an awful lot of radio and radar aerials (far more than an average small liner's usual quota), and the crew were in several distinct strata - the "officers" - young hard-faced over-smart b*stards who pretended not to speak English, but whose ears did a lot of flapping - the Polish "workers" were obviously in fear and trembling of them, a few "polished" senior officers who did the glad-handing of the mug punters, and some real Giles cartoon "russians in overcoats" who'd "just happen" to stand next to anyone having a conversation out on deck (again who pretended to have no English.......) whistle
As soon as you got on board, there wasn't just a quick shooftie at your passport, they nicked it for the duration, and I did wonder why they found it necessary way back then to have full colour offset litho printing facilities on board.......
After I got home, I got hold of plans of the boat, and reckoned the best part of a deck and a half was "unaccounted for" - I think the smart money was that it was spying on allied ship movements in the North Atlantic............ wackoold


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: agrarian on December 11, 2014, 09:54:49 AM


Oh dear Biff, so sorry to learn of your downed turbine. There's really no need to lower it in a storm, except to minimise yaw bearing wear perhaps. The lighter tail and a 3KW braking load do it for me.

Ag


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on January 01, 2015, 11:31:11 PM
We are having a real storm here at the moment,
                                        I wonder how Paul is faring.
                                                         Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on January 02, 2015, 07:43:17 AM
Paul is just about to stick his head outside Biff and go and feed the hens. It's pretty wild here with a good eight gusting nine or ten from the west.

Cheers, Paul


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on January 02, 2015, 09:07:04 AM
Not nice Paul,Not nice,
                  Ours has eased off slightly but you seem to get it pretty rough around 6 this evening.
                                                                               Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: renewablejohn on January 02, 2015, 11:15:46 AM
Just lost 3 bays of a 15 bay polytunnel. Was going to replace this year anyway so no real damage done.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on January 02, 2015, 02:21:52 PM
Sorry to hear that R/J,
                     Very rough here as well.
                                        Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on January 02, 2015, 11:18:02 PM
Very rough weather here at the moment.
                                      Heavy hail and very violent gusts that would knock you off your feet. Great lecky output though and lecky fires very welcome.
             Refurbished turbine cruising through it,without a bother. I hate the thought of that heavy hail ,pitting the leading edges of my nice new blades,, ::)
                                                                      Biff
   


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: AndrewE on January 03, 2015, 09:05:37 PM
This one didn't survive it...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-30667411
A


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on January 03, 2015, 09:13:28 PM
Wow, What a mess,
                      It would be nearly impossible to tell what happened to that one.
                                                                         Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: clockmanFR on January 03, 2015, 09:20:56 PM
Looks like the tower tube has crumpled a few meters of the base?  1.39 in the vid.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: AndrewE on January 03, 2015, 09:39:17 PM
The neighbour describes a day of battering noise.  Could it have been bearing or brake failure causing oscillation which overwhelmed the strength of the tower?  It looks to have folded at the bottom rather than snapped...

Unlike this one, which was rattling in the morning but down by the afternoon: I guess it had work-hardened the pole/tube base as there was a bright snapped-off fracture visible all round.

(http://s15.postimg.org/bmn12a9if/Gomera1.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/bmn12a9if/)

(http://s15.postimg.org/4kp3g35wn/Gomera2.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/4kp3g35wn/)

A


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on January 05, 2015, 07:54:39 AM
We are getting a fair old shot of wind this morning,
                               Two separate winds are coming together above our area,from the south and from the west so maybe this is why our turbine is running max. It is not a problem,
             Today I return to the stores by the sea,that sells everything from needles to an anchors, Where trawlers that fish the antarctic and the arctic come home to get their refits.
       Where the language can be anything from Russian to Korean and the feisty Grace lost her two uncles to multiple hangmen,
            MY humble needs are few,a special bearing and tight fitting cap for it.I have already sorted the method of restraint.
             I may take a pic or two. These are the kinds of stores that you dream about.
                                                                 Biff
                                    


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Nickel2 on January 07, 2015, 10:25:31 PM
I've just been looking at < xcweather.co.uk >, the forecast map shows some very tight isobars over Scotland tomorrow night; 60mbars difference from north to south of the British isles. Batten-down tight, and the best of luck to all up there!


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on January 07, 2015, 10:55:06 PM
It will be very stormy around midnight,Tomorrow night,big wind this time.
                                             Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: baker on January 08, 2015, 11:10:11 AM
last night
out of the blue a gust of wind appeared with out any warning about 9 pm
it was calm before and after
the turbine noise brought it to my attention/ trying to yaw in each direction to catch up with the wind direction
this was a one off  power full gust ,and the tree tossed around in circles

first time I seen this, luckey had everything right
baker
 


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on January 08, 2015, 12:01:51 PM
  Strong wind here last night as well,
                                 It is kind of warming up for midnight tonight. Gusts of 80mph on the way, I lowered our turbine and its blades are tied now.
        Guys need to be reset and everything in general checked over. New guy set-up better to work with and new winch is good.
                                                             Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: clockmanFR on January 08, 2015, 12:18:06 PM
I trust Paul will have his exterior WC Shed well secured this time around, it has a fantastic view, but needs some securing down......


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on January 08, 2015, 12:47:45 PM
I think he has the pan strung to the sterling board floor with high tensile bull wire,
                  So if you see this tartan clad figure,surfing the north sea, sitting on a potty with his drawers down round his ankles,you will know who it is.
                                                         Biff
                                                     


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: martin on January 08, 2015, 01:50:53 PM
We've just had a positively silly amount of rain down here in the soft south - drove up this lane, an hour later this is what I found when I returned (around 3' deep) - entailing a long detour...... facepalm


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on January 08, 2015, 03:11:17 PM
Blimey, hard times when I lived in the soft SE we had a thermostat to set the temperature of the rain! :norfolk

Hold onto your hats Paul and Biff looks a nasty blow coming your way.



Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: clockmanFR on January 08, 2015, 07:14:50 PM
Found it, the loo with a view, well sort of......


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: DaveSnafu on January 08, 2015, 08:06:29 PM
I threw a ratchet strap over mine to stop that happening.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on January 08, 2015, 08:17:55 PM
I've just returned from a trip to 'civilization' and they're all speaking of the 'great storm' that's on the  way. The checkout chap in the local Co op, the lifeboat coxwain who also manages the local builders merchant, the petrol station attendant and even the receptionist at ' Ferguson MacSween and Stewart'. That will be my local shark, sorry solicitor. The school is closed tomorrow and everyone bar Hamish the coxswain is convinced that 'the end is nigh', me I'd be inclined to believe Hamish of the 'RNLIB Stanley Watson Barker'. Can't remember his exact words but it was along the lines of nothing to worry about.

One thing for sure, if it does arrive we'll face the full brunt of it here at Torran

(https://lifeattheendoftheroad.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/060311028_thumb.jpg?w=626&h=470)

http://www.uniquescotland.com/raasayschool/index.html

our new home until Easter.

 


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on January 08, 2015, 08:18:07 PM
Bad here at the moment,
                          Net connection keeps going down,even telly pics is impossible to watch.
            when telly pic is this bad,,its force 10 ;D
                                                   Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Nickel2 on January 08, 2015, 08:40:30 PM
Does the picture keep blowing to one side of the screen? ;)


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on January 08, 2015, 08:52:42 PM
Not quite N2,
            It blows back and forth from side to side but the men in their boats are having a horrible time with the headwind and the floor in front of the telly is wet. whistle
                                                                       Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on January 08, 2015, 08:58:03 PM
C/M.
      There was someone in that toilet when it blew over. Their trousers are still hanging on the back of the door or is it a wetsuit.?
            Just think of the difficulty one would have trying to get out of your wetsuit to obey the call of nature in that little loo.
                                                                                           
                                                                                       Biff                   


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Nickel2 on January 08, 2015, 09:01:53 PM
I've never been out in a force 10. Been sea-fishing in a 5.
A couple of years ago we had a low pass through the south coast. I was in Pompey at the time; the sky itself just roared, I could not see the tops of the waves for the spray; I leaned on the wind just to see if I could. So, what better time to go up the Spinnaker tower? It rocked gently and slowly.  I could see the ground swaying through the glass floor...


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: clockmanFR on January 08, 2015, 09:08:26 PM
Yes Biff I think you are correct.

Probably one of Paul's Man's young lady friends, who was caught short................  ;D

Nothing more flattering than a wet suit.    whistle


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on January 08, 2015, 09:14:25 PM


Nothing more flattering than a wet suit.    whistle


Well, apart from riggers boots  :hysteria  :hysteria


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: gravyminer on January 08, 2015, 11:09:57 PM
At the height of the gale, the harbourmaster radioed a coast guard and asked him to estimate the wind speed.
He replied he was sorry, but he didn't have a gauge.
However, if it was any help, the wind had just blown his Land Rover off the cliff.

( an oldie from the Aberdeen Evening Express)


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on January 09, 2015, 01:19:32 AM
It was bad enough there for a while,
                                       It has been worse,much worse.I got the dawgs out for their toilet and they did  not hang about. Old Nat does not mind the wind or rain but Diese looks to me for assurance and when he gets the nod he is off boring into the breeze, The home run was a tail wind to which they both objected too ;D. With Diese swinging around to see who was pushing his big tail so hard.We were glad to get back inside the house. It is still a force 8/9 with scary gusts you have to give way too. It is set to lull a bit and then get going again before noon today. Everything seems to be ok. Our old tv cable was ripped out of its clips and was flapping across the roof,hitting the velux window a few times.A stack of heavy scaffold boards were scattered about a small area but nothing serious(I hope)
   I know there will be serious damage further afield. I hope everyone else is ok.! good luck,                   
                                                                                                         Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Billy on January 09, 2015, 10:09:28 AM
How's the turnip biffffff?


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on January 09, 2015, 12:12:13 PM
Hi Billy,
       Our turnip is fine. I am going out to untie the blades after lunch. I am glad I lowered it. The guys needed adjusting and last night about 11.30pm,t got a bit scary.
       Once I walked the dogs and had a hot drink,I slept like a log. The wind is getting up again and there are several big blows on the way. Our turnip can supply plenty of power from its lowered position.
            I have been out and about this morn and no sign of any damage. I think everyone was very well prepared.
                                                               Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on January 09, 2015, 02:31:26 PM
Back in the middle of it again,
                             There is a good healthy force 8 blowing out there. I was going to untie the blades but I could not even stand in the spot so I thought it better to give it another few hours.
     The guys are holding it from side to side, The tower is tied to the resting trestle,The winch is taking the weight and the hub is a good 10 ft off the ground.
       But by gum it is rough.
                                 Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: supremetwo on January 09, 2015, 02:46:14 PM
Looks even worse in the Raasay area.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-30726678
140 mph recorded at the summit of Cairngorm.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on January 09, 2015, 10:25:18 PM
Looks even worse in the Raasay area.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-30726678
140 mph recorded at the summit of Cairngorm.

It must have been bad through the night right enough,

(https://lifeattheendoftheroad.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/090115-010_thumb.jpg?w=716&h=538)

the wife's old hen hoose got squashed

(https://lifeattheendoftheroad.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/090115-007_thumb.jpg?w=716&h=538)

and the garden wall collapsed  :'(

https://lifeattheendoftheroad.wordpress.com/2015/01/09/a-touch-of-willy-willy/

Luckily it's not my problem any more as I've sold the house but I feel sorry for the new owners, still, I have been on a 'dry stane' dyking course and the old Proven 2.5kW continued belting out the amps throughout.

These two trees came down within 100m of the nine year old turbine that has been lowered around nine times.

(https://lifeattheendoftheroad.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/090115-009_thumb.jpg?w=716&h=538)

(https://lifeattheendoftheroad.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/090115-019_thumb.jpg?w=404&h=538)

Apparently it's supposed to be worse tomorrow  sh*tfan:

Take care peeps.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on January 09, 2015, 10:28:16 PM
And CM, if you think you've got problems with hand grenades, I've got a mine in my garden  :hysteria  :hysteria Sorry, my neighbours garden  ;D


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Billy on January 09, 2015, 11:55:12 PM
You're only supposed to blow the bl00dy doors off. ;D


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on January 10, 2015, 08:56:15 AM
   This is simply not acceptable,
                              I am going to sit down and draught a letter to my TD, (mp).This wind blowing is totally uncalled for and if the government took measures to regulate it,there would be enough to keep all out turbines happy throughout the year.
       But it were rough last night, Diese is a little sensitive to the wind once it starts flapping the letterbox flaps x 2. So he will come up and tell me about it. Then when he goes to do his toilet,the wind waits until he is comfortable and tries to blow him over. He don,t like that at all at all. Old Nats just soldiers on and it would take a lot more than a little wind to blow her off course.
        But it is rough out there still. You know it is bad when it is able to blow you over if you don,t duck out off the road.
       It is going to be very hard to duck out of the road next wed/thurs .We have a real mother of all storms landing on us. The dark red is inland and the purple is just off our coast. So those are hurricane winds without doubt. Hopefully the pattern might change before it hits us. There is no point in sending up our turbine until things settle down a bit or else give Paul 100euros for his Proven and hope he has left a decent set of those troublesome springs in it.
                                                            Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on January 10, 2015, 04:52:01 PM
Aye, worse today, or at least more visible, another tree with a split trunk through the day, this time an ancient hazel, probably only 16" in diameter but that's probably over a hundred and fifty years here. We're freezing in a draughty old schoolhouse burning half a bag of coal and 15lts of kerro a day  :snow Meanwhile the old house is roasting and even the caravan up at the new house toasty with all the electric heaters going. Put a new set of springs on the Proven a couple of weeks ago for the new owners, the first ones I've ever bought. In fact it's the first money I've spent on it in 9 years, well apart from grease and cable ties.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on January 10, 2015, 10:16:15 PM
The wind eased off around 3pm for a little while,
                                          I untied the blades and made myself scarse, There are no weights on the tail to make it face up to the wind so when the extreme gusts push too hard,the tail lifts and the blades gently tilt parallel to the ground, a form of horizontal furling,if you like. It is not ideal but it works well for me.  Despite the storm,the rain and hail,we also had brilliant strong sunshine and the bank was well up before the blades were untied but a short while later we were up in the dump load voltage.
   Some of the strongest gusts hit us around 5pm,just when it was coming on dark. They were long and ferocious ,like express trains meeting at full speed. Everything was going mad. The place is littered with bits of broken branches. The turbine was fine and was putting out between 4 and 7 amps x 138v at that time, The bank is now showing 131v on the house controller so it has eased off or the wind has
 has shifted round to the south west, I am not going out to look ;D..
                                                                             Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on January 10, 2015, 11:07:09 PM
Just realized it was a willow.

(https://lifeattheendoftheroad.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/100115-011_thumb.jpg?w=537&h=404)



Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Billy on January 10, 2015, 11:12:35 PM
Peace at last, a weld broke on the panel mount last night.  The one that alters the altitude, squawk, squeak, squawk all flippin' night.  Peak gust was 53.2mph and the boat was a rockin' and a rollin' when the tide was in, right queasy I was, might of been the beer mind......  :vomit2

Nothing like biff and paul like but enough for the misty marshes.   surrender:


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on January 11, 2015, 10:11:12 AM
These are rather prolonged storms,
                      We are having a bit of a break at the moment with as steady force 6 and big heaves every 10 minutes. The real blow is set to return after dinner. I slept like a log last night and had a little lie in. I normally leave the bedroom door slightly ajar and if anything goes wrong or any thing is happening outside,Diese will come up and wake me. He don,t like the big gusts at all and so when a real one comes screaming past the house,he likes to tell me about it by bumping the bed,while he lies beside it on the floor.He was 69kgs 2 years ago and you really feel it when he bumps the bed,He normally sleeps in the hall/porch.If I did not make him lie in the floor by the bed,he would be up and down the stairs all night. So last night I shut the bedroom door and there he was at 9.15am snoring up against the outside of it.I often tell old Nat that she is the only proper dog in the place and that her boyfriend is a lamb in sheeps clothing.She agrees 100% and always keeps her place next to the tall window looking up the driveway.When she give out,there is something to bark about.But all the same the big lump is her Romeo who would do anything for her.
This morning our turbine was cruising and the bank sitting in 131v. I like my microwave porrige ;D. I was hoping to get a lull to tie the blades before Thursday arrives.
  She herself has missed much of this,taking the airs in Kildare but will be home before the big one on Thursday if it don,t snow in the meantime.
                                                         Biff
                                                                                                    


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on January 12, 2015, 10:29:17 AM
Still rough here but easing off,
                         We still had express trains at 9am. I have checked the maps and the red is pushing around, past Malin ,heading for Raasay. Raasay will be in the red by noon once again. Our turbine eased off for a while overnight when the wind switched round to the south for a few hours but now it is coming in from the west and our turbine is still clocking up the amps.
 I am sure it makes a difference but our array seems to channel the wind towards the lowered turbine head,increasing the output. I did  not intend it like that and at the time of construction,thought that it might detract from the lowered turbine,s performance.But I have noticed now that any winds from the west( or the north) even light breezes seem to have an increased force on the turbine. What ever kind of a spot it is,you would not need a tower there or just high enough to be safe.
                                                                                   Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on January 12, 2015, 10:57:51 AM
No let up at all here Biff, roofing sheet came off the boat shed yesterday so I'm going to have a go at repairing that today. Luckily it's only a 6' sheet and not very high off the ground, even so I'm not taking any chances. A concrete skoo (dunno what you call em in Irish but it's that casting on the gable ends to keep the slates on) came off the the house next door yesterday. It's in bits on the track with a few slates, was probably made with beach sand 150 years ago so not the best of jobs, but even so pretty scary.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on January 14, 2015, 05:30:59 PM
Our storm is getting getting started,
                            It is a rough gusty force 8 already, set to peak between midnight and 6am tomorrow,
   Baker, If you are reading this,take note,the purple is circling round your area,offshore, with the arrows tight together. Raasay and Paul are getting very much the same as us,except the purple is very close to our shoreline within the next 12 hours. Everyone,locally is worried about this one.
                                                                                                      Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on January 14, 2015, 05:38:11 PM
It seems Paul,
             According to the news.,that Scotland is getting more than its fair share of storms this time.
  If the Skoo was lifted off during the storm,it means that the whole roofing timbers must have been on the verge of taking off at one point. That roof needs bags of sand and ropes going up the front and over the roof and down the back with the bags of sand trapped in between the roof and the ropes. I guess it is a bit late in the day to mention it but bags of sand are really effective.
  But maybe this time it might be different because the winds are coming from a different angle.
                                                                                         Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: clockmanFR on January 14, 2015, 06:22:07 PM
Both this morning and evening Shipping Forcast on LW R4,.......

5 Up North areas........."Gale force 10, gusting Hurricane force 12".......

Crikey Paul, do hold on to something solid. ?


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Nickel2 on January 14, 2015, 06:53:15 PM
There is a marginal benefit to all this windiness.
Mr Weather tells us that the jet-stream has recently been at about 265 mph. Trans-Atlantic flights from the States have been arriving up to 90 minutes early, saving lots of fuel, and matching some of the times Concord used to achieve.  I suppose it would also be quicker to fly to the states with the jet-stream via / over the North-pole, rather than use a great circle.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on January 14, 2015, 07:19:14 PM
Biff, Paul do hold tight and stay safe.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: clockmanFR on January 15, 2015, 09:28:43 AM
The last few hours here in Normandy we have had gusts of 100kmh, and I see Tod that Finistere area has a Government weather warning of winds of 110kmh.

Taking my 3 boys to school bus this morning, I had to dodge around fallen trees blocking the roads. But this time of year I have some serious 25mm dia rope in the boot of my very old Toyota saloon car and a Tifor winch with 12mm wire hawser, so winching one self out of problems or winching school buses out of holes is fairly normal here.

The Parisians in there 4 x 4's are the worse, but I have better things to do than help them out of their troubles, as they drive far to fast for local conditions. As the local Policeman said, "Madam it is not the fault of the road or mud conditions, here you must drive carefully"  ;D

I switched off the Tracker sun searching circuits this morning, as the wind was very strong, but its fortunate that the winds blowing from the normal south west hit the Trackers edge on when thay are parked facing East East South.

Turbines dumping an average of 3kW all night, in the pic one of my dump controllers is flashing like mad, that's the thing with Wind Turbines in stormy winds the power coming from them is RAW power. The back staircase in the main house, where the 8kW of 50vdc dump load heaters live on steel portable cradles, is like a Sauna this morning.  ;D 


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Billy on January 15, 2015, 09:54:21 AM
Strewth, mate, you have large mushrumps agrowin down your way.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: clockmanFR on January 15, 2015, 10:04:29 AM
We do have lots of delicacies, Puff balls,  :hysteria but that particular white round object is a Football dragged down the field by the 'Dawg'.

Inside the house at the moment, its like standing on the Railway platform while a 125 train is constantly going past, any moment now I expect Tod to fly by and ask for Addlestrop.  :)


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on January 15, 2015, 11:07:30 AM
Its quite rough here as well chaps :hysteria
                                I went out open the gates at the head of the driveway about 10 mins ago and thought it better to leave well enough alone and get back inside as quickly as possible. Our net had been up and down like a yo-yo,
                               Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on January 15, 2015, 11:16:44 AM
I kept our turbine tied all night,
                               While the wind was blowing from the South and hitting the back of the blades,There was a possibility that perhaps some debris might get carried down from the tree areas and strike the moving blades. This morning the wind had moved around to the west and I untied the blades during a short lull. It took off immediately like a bird and is now dishing out a peaceful 6amps+ which will increase as the wind swings further round.The dawgs were only too glad to get their business done and get back inside.Some of those gusts are really serious.
   There is a tree about 100yards away,an 80fter . It started to lean 2 days ago and now it is swaying at 10 o clock. The good news is..It is not our,s
                                                                                           Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: billi on January 15, 2015, 12:03:57 PM
...Nice Breeze , down here  .... my undersized China Wind Gti is , for the first time , quite warm ....

Worst is over  :garden


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on January 15, 2015, 02:20:10 PM
It has eased off here a bit,
                              But still some serious wind, a force 6+ with big gusts every 10mins. Our bank is sitting at 134v. I have no news of damage been done anywhere yet but Mrs Biff will come back with the whole story before dark, ;D. I don,t intend to send up our turbine for a day or so,until it calms down a tad more. I have the final adjustments to make top the guys and I certainly do not want any big gusts happening in the middle of that job :o.
  I have our 5kva silent running geni to service. The cables to the batt are much too light,so I will renew the pair. Our 3.8kva diesel did the trick during the storm and was economical as usual. I am relocating the geni to a place where it will be well out of the road and have better shelter from the elements.It has got to look very old in a short time but I think it has degraded from lack of use more than anything else. It don,t do them any good to have them sitting there for 6 months at a time,covered in weeds,then suddenly turn the starter and put them under load @ 3,000 rpms for just 4 hours at a time.
  It will get a change of oil and the filter cleaned, then a good 6 hours running + half a cup of petrol in the full tank and 2 bars on the lecky fire,that should get rid of the deposits on the rings.
                                                                              Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on January 15, 2015, 03:15:29 PM
The first time I forgot to pack the chainsaw and a strop and I was confronted by a tree across the road this morning on the way to work  :fume Pulled it out of the way no bother with a 10 ton strap but was pretty miffed at myself. The old Proven has been belting it out for weeks now and the house isn't even occupied, I've enough confidence in my system to leave the whole lot unattended even in this weather. I just pop in and have a look at the meters in the shed on my way to and from work.

(https://lifeattheendoftheroad.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/130115-020_thumb.jpg?w=281&h=212)

Dead boring I know but it saves a lot of time watching weather forecasts and I sleep at nights.

 Always meant to ask Biff, how do you charge up a two ton 120v battery with a 5kVa genny? Old Cyril is a 6kVa and he's pretty much flat out for the bulk phase of the 5 or 6 hours it needs to charge my measly half ton 48v bank.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on January 15, 2015, 04:34:01 PM
Very good question Paul.
                       At the moment I have no charger as such and have not used one for years. I did have a 120volt PMG hooked up to the bank ,driven by an electric motor powered off the geni. Sounds very complicated but it was a very simple affair, i just stuck the three wires of the PMG into another controller which was directly connected to the battery. It worked fine until the motor melted.
  Our needs are few apart from the microwave in the morning, We have big reserves, There is always an 800ah x 12v bank in reserve and then there is the shed reserve which is a 400ah x 48v forklift.
 We work with the power coming in. Normally these reserves are never touched but we had to use the 800ah bank this time because our big bank went down to 122v and I don,t like to do that.
   I boost the bank by disconnecting one of the immersions in the house and leave it for a few hours or less @ 146/7/ That is my idea of an equalising charge :hysteria but it works for me. It could be a question of the deaf leading the blind but the bank has been going for years now and is going better now than ever,especially since we got the PV. (almost 4kw)
                                                                                          Biff
  don,t forget that the turbine can still supply the house with all our lecky needs in its lowered position,like at the moment.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on January 15, 2015, 04:39:20 PM
Could you not hook up your freshly overhauled YZ to an engine Biff.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Billy on January 15, 2015, 04:45:37 PM
Don't get rid of all those batteries biffffff,  Essex will sink if you do.  We're still sinking after the last ice age and I wouldn't want you to make it any worse.  Still I'll be all right.   ;D

Paul, will he need to leave the blades on to cool it?   sh*tfan:


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on January 15, 2015, 04:55:27 PM
Yes Paul,
          It would not be a problem. In fact all my bits and bobs for that project are ready to rumble. I have the PMG already geared down with a 6" pully and a lister that bangs away at 750rpms, The lister is very easy started but I still prefer the key. The only thing I need to get is the frame to put it into and a fan to cool the PMG. I have 3 different small listers in good condition.I also have a nest of the Chinese Cangfas but they like to run at 3,000,however I had one adjusted to run at 1500 rpms and it seemed to be fine. Not too much vibration but a tad noisy ;D.
    My original idea was to fit it to a remote 5kw job, but I am still studying that one.
                                                                   Biff
                                                                  


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on January 16, 2015, 02:11:12 PM
You chaps have had it far worse than us. It was a pretty nasty night hurling it down with some wicked gusts but we have had much worse last year.  Fully expected to be taking my morning coffee chez CM but everything including me remained in place.
Bit of a change of undies moment when I saw the weather warning last night, my early morning email had just said Max 50kmh, and even the lovely Carole whilst threatening damnation for Paul and Biff didn't indicate much amiss in Finisterre. wackoold
Glad everyone came through OK.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on January 16, 2015, 05:15:56 PM
 There were a few buildings blown over Tod,
                                         And a few small trees but apart from the guy on Antrim, getting killed when a tree fell on his car,we seemed to have got away light this time. A lot of folks are reporting small trees falling,like the type that were blown over on Raasay near Paul but the big uns seemed to stay up. There is a big 80ft pine not too far away and it is leaning over quite badly but the bally thing refused to  to fall,You would think that the big uns would keel over first but it is the 10yr old ,x 25 footers that were coming down. We had very heavy rain for days before the big blow,so that probably loosened the ground up.
  Our older refurbished turbine was relaunched this morning and it is a pleasure to be back in business properly.
                                                              Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Billy on January 16, 2015, 06:17:49 PM
Peace at last, I can now hear m'self think, actually that's not that goodly.  For once in the last week we have settled down level instead of a 5 deg bend to the left.  It's a right bu$$er coming home from the pub.   help:


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on January 23, 2015, 09:00:33 PM
We are having some really rough weather here at the moment,
                                                The charts did not forecasts anything as strong as this.We have thunder and our turbine has been heating the water since before 6pm.
                                                                            Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on January 28, 2015, 12:25:09 PM
More strong winds coming down from the north,
                                       Our immersions are busy heating the water and the circulation pump in the DHWT has been busy all morning. We had heavy hail showers for a while and snow but thankfully it is not lying.Somehow, I think this one os just getting started. :snow freeeze
                                                                    Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on January 28, 2015, 01:12:02 PM
You know I'm a bit fed up with this winter!


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on January 28, 2015, 07:25:16 PM
I don,t know what it is like over your way Tod,
                         But ,one moment we are having a blizzard and the next we have a golden glow of sunshine. I was visiting a neighbour who was reinforcing his barn. He turned around to me and said that it was a nasty treacherous old wind that was blowing.
  About an hour ago,I went to open our front door and snow and hail and all sorts blew in on top of me. I had a horrible time trying to get the door shut,Yet a few minutes later the place was back to normal and a nice force 6/7. My neighbour was not kidding.
                                                     Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on January 29, 2015, 05:31:15 PM
I think hibernation has a lot going for it.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on January 29, 2015, 05:45:17 PM
Ahhh Tod,
           You would not be able to watch the amps and volts, :o :o. We have just has one of the worst storms for a long time and it is still rough.
  I got that today.Still rootling for the farm building in Fermanagh. Been hauling out old self build mags from under the eves.
           Our washing machine has been on the go all day,so the storms do bring a little silver lining. ;D
                                                                     Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on January 29, 2015, 06:14:16 PM
True enough Biff but we have had it nowhere near as bad as you. Been repairing the aerator pump on the fosse. Putting it all back together in the pouring rain and gale. Not as bad as it sounds most could be done in the garage just the final bits outside.

On the good news front it works.




Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 20, 2015, 06:00:59 PM
Another little bit of wind on the way folks,
                                      It gets going on Sunday at noon and blows until Tuesday at noon. So enjoy ;D.
  Rasaay gets to be in the red once again Paul.
                                              Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on February 20, 2015, 06:31:05 PM
Walked up the garden and sank!
Cold and windy and that's just Mrs T whistle


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 20, 2015, 09:12:35 PM
I am digging and transplanting our blackcurrant bushes  Tod,
                                The ground is easy dug. During the summer months, it is hard baked and very hard work but now it spades up easy and the weather is as such that it pays to keep moving and digging hard because it is so cold. The ground was white this evening with a couple of inches of hail and snow. In another few weeks the buds on the bushes will begin to turn onto leaves and moving things about will not be quite so easy or agreeable.
  I pruned back all our small fruit bushes ,the black/red currants, goosegogs. I have a small retaining wall to build, with a set of steps. It will be nice to pick up the trowel again and act the part of the bricklayer. But first I have a few meters of soil to dig out and strip founds to mix and pour and then I get to lay a block or two. ;D,
   The aim is also to erect a 5ft high fence to screen off the lower yard and pretty the place up but hopefully I will have the bushes started growing and producing before the screen goes up.
  In the background there is movement on the super duper wind turbine. Plans for a yaw with a series of 6 slip rings and 12 brushes,, :o :o but the measurements are taking shape and it is all doable.
                               Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 23, 2015, 11:47:45 AM
Great wind today as well,
                        Electric fire on all night and still nice tank full of hot water this morning, so washing machine going and shortly the vacuum cleaner as well. Our turbine faces into the north west,s  steady force 8, hour after hour with barely a sideways shuffle. We had serious lightening yesterday and  our hounds were a little uncomfortable with the thunder. The sudden heavy squalls of heavy hail does not help.
 All work in the garden can come to a standstill, everything dripping wet. Even Shed projects are abandoned until after dinnertime tomorrow when the weather is supposed to ease up and let us get on with life.
                                                         Biff
 


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on February 23, 2015, 01:32:30 PM
Great wind today as well,
                        Electric fire on all night and still nice tank full of hot water this morning, so washing machine going and shortly the vacuum cleaner as well. Our turbine faces into the north west,s  steady force 8, hour after hour with barely a sideways shuffle. We had serious lightening yesterday and  our hounds were a little uncomfortable with the thunder. The sudden heavy squalls of heavy hail does not help.
 All work in the garden can come to a standstill, everything dripping wet. Even Shed projects are abandoned until after dinnertime tomorrow when the weather is supposed to ease up and let us get on with life.
                                                         Biff
 


Few 'brown trouser' moments here yesterday Biff with the Proven pushing out over 4kW  :o I really am going to have to get some kind of 'dump load' to protect the inverter. Pretty fresh today and sunshine too  8)


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 28, 2015, 10:34:07 AM
 I cannot complain,
                       We are having strong wind now for weeks on end, but the driving rain is spoiling the show. At the moment there board meeting up there where they will decide which way to blow, but I already have inside knowledge which is pretty accurate and we should be having loadsa hot water by 6pm.
  BAKER,!!! If you are reading this please note that there are freakish conditions heading your way and the red is directly over you between 12 noon and 6pm this evening, so you are in for a pretty rough few hours.
  For a while the parts of the lawn which I wanted to dig were just perfect but now it has reached saturation point and there is danger of the lot turning into a mud bath. However, I had a rare stroke of genius and devised a method of ripping out those horrible alder saplings that decided to congregate around the turbine resting area. They were going to pose a serious problem to the mower,, strimmer, etc.
  I looped a good strong rope, tight around the base of each sapling , Passed the scaffold bar, a 10ft length through the loop, which was of such clever and acutely intelligent design that it tightened and griped the sapling like a vice as I lifted the far end of the scaffold bar, So with a little 4" x 2" wooden pad at the low end, under the scaffold pole and me the donkey ,lifting at the other end, the saplings were wrenched from the ground, with as much of the roots as possible. I simply refuse to patent this design but I will gladly post it to mine enemies, because after wrestling with a dozen of these bally little pastards, I feel like I have fallen down 10 fights of stairs this morning. The problem with this brilliant idea is that it pushs you on to greater achievements  until you are almost ready to crumple over on your head, like I was. There is no fool like a old fool. Still, She herself landed back from the shops and Yo-Ho,d me a cupa which I gladly thumbed up and staggered into the house after her, leaving a few of the little twisters behind until today when the rain clears away and I have enough puff to go back and slaughter them.
                               Biff
   


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 01, 2015, 09:40:51 AM
The sun is up,
                    But the bank is already full to the gills. I did not get my head out the door yesterday to battle with the remaining saplings instead, I dodged out a few times to take the hounds to their toilet area and each time had to dry them down (which they enjoy). The wind did not ease off, Instead the red came close to the shore and we got a right old pounding from 6pm until about 2am. Just before the real blow got going, Diese got quite unsettled, I believe it is the sudden change in the atmospheric pressure, Yet he is fine outside with gusts almost lifting him off the ground.
  So while the storm raged outside and Diese and Nat slept at out feet. We watched Carl Frampton retain his world title in Belfast in one of his most convincing displays of his career to date. We had all the lights on in the house but we had no room left for drying more clothes and the excess hot water went to be heat exchanged into the C/H system.
  Outside, the grass is flattened, The street is scoured and the tarmac on the roads is drying out a light grey colour.. Some of the sustained gusts last night were rattling the tiles on our roof and it is a long time since that happened. However Carl Frampton took out minds off it and there was almost as much noise in the 5th round inside the house as there was outside ,with Diese and Nat giving me looks that said,,"awwwwwwwwwww cop on will ya"
  It is the 1st of March, I always say that March is the month that blows the controllers. So for all you recent installers of new gadgetry , Now is the time to be very wary because the combination of the extra wind and soaring extra power from the pv,  catches the controllers by surprise. All my old 12v controllers were blown in March so that is how I know this. I once had cloud shield explained to me, where the suns rays are magnified through the edge of  cloud giving a serious boost to the PV . Be it right,, or be it wrong, It certainly made sense to me at the time. The magic,Smelly, Grey/Black smoke hung around the room for days despite some nice scented candles. We live, We learn.
                                                                         Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on March 01, 2015, 10:31:48 AM

  It is the 1st of March, I always say that March is the month that blows the controllers. So for all you recent installers of new gadgetry , Now is the time to be very wary because the combination of the extra wind and soaring extra power from the pv,  catches the controllers by surprise. All my old 12v controllers were blown in March so that is how I know this. I once had cloud shield explained to me, where the suns rays are magnified through the edge of  cloud giving a serious boost to the PV . Be it right,, or be it wrong, It certainly made sense to me at the time. The magic,Smelly, Grey/Black smoke hung around the room for days despite some nice scented candles. We live, We learn.
                                                                         Biff

Yes Biff, I was just thinking the same last night and will be keeping a close eye on things, up until now 'wind has been king' by a long shot averaging almost 20kWh per day, hydro 2nd at 18.5kWh per day from one turbine. I can't measure the other one as it's supplying the old house at the moment but it should be similar and the 4.75kW of solar a measly 4kWh per day. I checked the PVGIS last night and that's just about average at this latitude, but it leaps up to over double that this month. Couple that with the equinoctial gales and it's gonna be an interesting month  :crossed

Cheers, Paul


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Billy on March 01, 2015, 10:34:36 AM
biiifffff,

mad March days indeed.  Even on the quiet side it is chuffing a little bit.  The littLE turnip goes rather well in a blow and you can't hear it until it slows down.   ;D  The little dog needs his lead coat on and face the wind or he is rolled like tumbleweed, which is rather embarassing for him, being royalty like.

Hang onto your hat.   :snow

an' Paul, how about plugging your ferry into your extra.   ;D


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Nickel2 on March 01, 2015, 10:35:30 AM
Woss 'cloud shield'?
I g**gled it, but all I got was some technology company. Has it got another name?


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 01, 2015, 10:53:37 AM
Hi N2,
     Some years back, the term "Cloud shield" was being bandied about to describe what happens when the sun shines through the edge of a cloud and the effect magnifies the suns rays. So perhaps they were talking about the clouds full of water/moisture/etc and the light being reflected much brighter down onto the PV.
  I don,t know how much scientific value this has but I do know that I had a series of controllers that would flash the red light like mad in March while I stood looking on like an idiot as the 12v controller fried once more.
                                                        Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Nickel2 on March 01, 2015, 10:58:47 AM
Cheers Biff, I looked up 'edge of cloud effect' for info. I learn something new every day; a day without learning is a day wasted.

https://solarhomenews.wordpress.com/2009/09/03/edge-of-cloud-effect-may-not-be-what-you-think-it-is/


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 01, 2015, 02:41:19 PM
The remaining saplings were rooted out this morning,
                                    Bright sunshine flooded the garden. The hounds frolicked and played hide and seek with each other. It was good to dispatch the last of the saplings and hopefully I will get to transplant our fruit bushes shortly. Our turbine and PV are really pumping out the juice today and our tanks are full of hot water.The weather closed in and the snow and hail drove us inside. Still, it is good to get outside and stretch the legs a bit.
                                                                         Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Billy on March 01, 2015, 06:08:06 PM
I thought the "Wrack" were for stretching the legs biffffffff.  Or aint you bin awatchin WolfHall?


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 01, 2015, 06:20:06 PM
Errr Billy,
               I meant to say,, take the sea airs, :angel:
                                        Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 02, 2015, 11:24:48 AM
March is everything that I said it was,
                        The wind is relentless and keeps our turbine up on a steady 139/40v overnight, Then when the sun rises, the extra PV power goes straight into the water tanks. Each morning the water in our DHW tank circulates that bit earlier and by noon the C/H pump comes on and pushes the excess underneath the floors, not quite reaching the rads to make a difference but it will not be long before the rads will begin to get warm, I would say another month at the most.
  This system has multiple backups. There is two of everything, 2 x immersions, 2 x tanks, 2 x c//h pumps with the temp on one set slightly higher than the other,in case of pump failure. In all there are 3 pumps dealing with the excess heat, including the Bronze innard,s one circulating the hot ( in the dhwt) from the top of the tank through the solar coil at the bottom and back to the top again, even the pumps act as ac dump loads.
   Outside now, is a white out, The snow has not left the mountains all week and more snow is forecast.
  fruit bushes?,, digging ?,  NOPE,"!! Visibility is down to 20 yards, My faithful hounds snore gently, This is a day for the fireside.
                                                                      Biff
  


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Nickel2 on March 02, 2015, 11:46:41 AM
Do soft fruits grow well in snow?
'Scotland is famous for its raspberry growing and in the late fifties raspberries were taken from Scotland to Covent Garden on a steam train known as the Raspberry Special.'


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 02, 2015, 12:04:46 PM
Many years ago,
                I used to listen to that special news edition which featured the latest news on the "Phantom Raspberry blower of Old London Town"
             Could their be a Scottish connection N2,?
                                             Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on March 02, 2015, 12:35:04 PM
Last I saw at 6:00am my panels were covered in snow  :'( Maybe the sun has melted it by now, I hope so, yesterday's solar generation was a pathetic 4kWh with solar and hydro combining to make ten times that  exhappy:


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Nickel2 on March 02, 2015, 01:09:54 PM
I found it on the internet, so it must be true ;)
Just looked at the fruit season, and it's a bit later. Do they have sun that far north?

http://www.britishsummerfruits.co.uk/html/raspberries.htm


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on March 02, 2015, 01:17:26 PM
I found it on the internet, so it must be true ;)
Just looked at the fruit season, and it's a bit later. Do they have sun that far north?

http://www.britishsummerfruits.co.uk/html/raspberries.htm

They do on the east side, lots of it  8)


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: AndrewE on March 02, 2015, 06:39:53 PM
Re Raspberries (a bit off-topic this!) not only do they grow them up there, but lots of our best varieties come from somewhere near there and are called after local features too, Glen Clova and Glen Prosen being 2 that come to mind...
A


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 03, 2015, 09:44:34 AM
We have heavy snow here this morning,
                        Just a couple of inches but the sky is dark as I type and the snow is falling heavy once again. My jeep was covered in frozen snow but the PV array was easily cleaned at 8.30am. It is now covered again ( :fume) ;D. The roads are being kept clear from what I see. We have an excellent council who do their best in all conditions. Our best wind , the North west, keeps our turbine busy and we woke to a full bank and cosy house.
                                                                                         Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: clockmanFR on March 03, 2015, 09:53:23 AM
Morning Biff.

Good to here you are managing your place and the Council are keeping your lanes open.

Windy and snowy here, with my Turbines giving good output and charging them batteries nicely.

No Sun at present, but that's good as I am trying to get this r.uddy all singing and dancing SMA SI6 to actually work properly so my washing machine works.

Been up and down the field a fair bit these last 2 days, and to be honest I am rather getting fed up with all this peeing about with software/parameter alterations.

Thank goodness for this forum and all the good helpful folk on it. As I would be well and truly up the creak.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 03, 2015, 10:45:15 AM
 I can understand your frustration Clockman,
                             To be almost there and not quite, is maddening. However, There is a good side to all this and all the trials and tribulations that are discussed on these brilliant threads will go a long way to helping other members install or fix their sunny installations.
  It is not so long ago that I visited a bossy old dear who lived high up on the side of a mountain. Her System had been out of action for over 6 months and then she asked me to fix it for her. In an old byre, hanging on a wall running with damp , were every single member of the Sunny family, (Not a single Shiite among them)  no manual available and the whole system so over engineered that I knew there was no hope of trying to figure it all out unless I started from scratch and the old dear was doing me a favour even letting me look at it.
 I had an excellent plug and play inverter/controller sitting in the back of the jeep, brand new in the box and I could have had her PV up and running within the hour but for once in my life, I backed off. It meant siting my 48v x 1kw inverter/controller on the shelf , Bypassing all her Sunny toys and plugging her into the front of my one single item which would have made a mockery of all the sunny toys hanging on the wall. She only had 1kw of PV and a dud turbine that would have never been any good. It simply did not make sense, There were thousands of pounds hanging on the wall and my controller/inverter could have beat the pants of the lot for simplicity and transparency. It could even have supplied her with a little hot water and forgiven the chippy who blew the guts out of the Sunny by overloading it with his sander. The last straw was when she told me that the line of ash trees that shaded the PV on the barn roof would not be cut or even trimmed and then it was By,By from me. The guy who did that installation came up from Cork/Kerry (she said). He made it as complicated as possible and as expensive as possible,, All for 1kw of PV and a dud turbine. He was without doubt a Sunny registered installer. The whole thing was very sad.
  I suppose once you learn all about how to set and reset these machines, then it will get easy from then on + the company has this wonderful after sales service which means a lot.
                                                                                                       Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: clockmanFR on March 03, 2015, 06:01:05 PM
Honestly Biff, I look longinly at my old APC UPS 3.7kW 48v to 230vac Inverters, at least they did what they said and were basic.

Hay Ho.

I still have that APC UPS 1500va 24v to 230vac inverter for the fridge and freezer if we have another EDF outage as normal.

They will run at 60Hz, but they have a different tone to the normal noise of the refrigeration unit at 50Hz.

As regards setting and resetting these machines, I am getting fed up with it all, tomorrow will be the 3rd day I have spent tracking where the fault is. Tomorrow I will pin it down exactly, but that's it afterwards, I will give up and search for a simple big 48v inverter......


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 03, 2015, 06:12:30 PM
Hi Clockman,
              Have you not got one of those Chinese ones left to the one side. ?
               You could connect it directly to the Bank, Leads restricted to 1 mtr , Then hard wire a handy double socket to the back of it.
              This will get you going and they are easy to work with. You cannot overload them and they will shut down if overvoltage hits them,
                + they are easy on juice as well as being a decent quality of sine wave.
             Don,t worry about the Sunny family, thing will be resolved in time but you are certainly getting a serious education on the installation side;
                                                        Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 04, 2015, 01:25:08 PM
 Nice sunshine today,
                       A decent breeze blowing in from the North west. I spent a good few hours digging. I replanted those horrible saplings along the boundary and hopefully after tea, I will attack the fruit bushes and bung them into the ground.
   I can taste the salt in the air. It don,t half give you a hunger , bacon buttes and coffee rule. I am off out to play again :garden
                                                                                                        Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: clockmanFR on March 04, 2015, 02:37:29 PM
Yes Biff, alovely sunny windy day.  exhappy:

I am digging my hole 3 meters long 1.7 meters wide and 1.8 meters deep.

For the septic tank............... excellent digging conditions for man and spade, the ground comes up in nice clean chunks.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on March 04, 2015, 03:10:50 PM
Blimey if you did that here it would fill with water!
Ditto lovely day. ;D


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 04, 2015, 05:36:17 PM
The Ground is very wet here as well Tod,
                                But like Clockman says, Great for man and spade. It was bitter cold. Our PV had a good day and the turbine did its best in the breeze.
  I have opened up a nice bed for the fruit bushes and cleared away a portion of the lawn for my additions to our bank. (This should be some fun). I need to be able to get in with the forklift to put the additional packs down into place. So another concrete base is required. When this bank is completed, I intend to write to the Greeks with an offer they cannot refuse. Christine will be green with envy.
                                                                                           Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 05, 2015, 09:39:41 AM
I must make my complaint official.
                             Surely,, Their is some government department that will listen to and act upon my very valid complaint. It is the weather you see, I did not ask for this kind of peasoup ,driving wind with its cloak of damp. Even the hounds are disgusted with it.
  "Old Women of the Road"  springs to mind and hits the nail right on the head. Padraic Colum had genius.

      Och! but I am weary of mist and dark,
      And road where there,s never a house nor bush
      And tired I am of bog and road
      And the crying wind and the lonesome hush

   We did not mind having to learn that one by heart. Some of us even got to do it on the school stage and we all had  different delivery.
                                                                   Biff

NB,  Strangely,  You never feel quite as bad with the weather after reading or reciting that poem.
      It could be that it invokes a sense of thankfulness for what we have.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 07, 2015, 11:52:38 AM
More of the same,
                   A South west force 6ish blowing sheets of rain, Everything saturated. Our turbine cruising on the dump load voltage, lecky fire on, Well fed hounds hunt in their sleep and this end of the  world is at peace.
  A daft pheasant ,scuttles around lost among the clumps of rushes in the fields next door. Hand reared, of course and then set free by the local gun clubs.
 It is a sport you see. Very jolly,! The gun club members get the upper and every time. It is a pheasant ,,ooops , mean pleasant change from being called to the bar, (to pay for the round) and their dreary office work (collecting the dole) and I guess the poor pheasant does not have to worry about the next handful of grain heading his way.
  Down Dublin way, a family of solicitors are battling the bailiffs and trying to prevent them from taking possession of their children,s  home. The banks have won vacant possession through the courts. These solicitors owe in excess of 40 million,(very nice) but the poor childrens home is not quite as poor as one is led to believe and our News hawk" Vinnie the curled lip Brown" is not buying their story, They push past the group that is preventing the bailiffs from entering the place but only get so far, Click,,click  and the cameras reveal a Palatine residence fit for a sun king,  Indeed, foreign ambassadors often shacked up in this little shepards hut and then one of the poor protestors faced the camera to vent his spiel against the banks and England. But their is something very wrong. He is a well rounded specimen, in a pinstripe suit, the jowls reveal the effects of many brandy and ports,,,,,,,,,Ohhhhhhhhhh How strange,?
  Then he launches into a well rehearsed tirade against the banks and the poor of Ireland and then he does the unthinkable. He goes on to say that he represents the new Land League of Ireland. Michael Davitt had a good sense of humour and forgiveness but he would have strung this snake from a tree in an instance. The One armed Irishman with the Lancashire accent, the Father of the Irish Land league (deceased in 1906) must be turning in his grave.
  I just hope that others can see this con artist for what he really is before he does damage to the real victims of the recession.
 Up our way, here in Donegal, the banks are finding it impossible to gain vacant possession. The only time the banks get their way is when the persons throws the house at them or the property is derelict. The judges will find a reason to deny the banks, even if the solicitors or the house owners  are slow to do so.
   The sky is full of rain. The world sails by, I have a nice steak and onion pie for lunch ;D
                                                                                 Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on March 07, 2015, 12:15:43 PM
Arrived here with a bang yesterday, ferry off at 10:25 with storm force southerlies creating mayhem across the island and absolutely no solar production, a full zilch  :'( Shortly after being chastised by Biff last night my chalet burned down (there's karma for you) fanned by 70knot winds and with several gas cylinders going bang it was quite a sight. Luckily the occupant at the time got out and I guess he'll never ever leave a candle burning and fall asleep in front of the TV again. The Raasay fire brigade did their best but by the time they got here it was just a mopping up operation. Lifeboat brought extra crew over from Skye in tremendous seas but by then it was a matter of filling in the paperwork. Luckily the gale was accompanied by torrential rain so the birch wood that Birch Wood cottage resides in is still there and all the while the wind and hydro turbines belted out the amps.

Today it's just a smoldering heap  :'( and we're awaiting the next battering from the south west at 15:00.

Paul 


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 07, 2015, 01:15:07 PM
That is terrible Paul,
                        I am really sorry to hear that. Fire is the one thing that always worries me. My old man was the same. No sleep until we were sure that the fire was out or a solid fireguard was over the front. Candles are bally dangerous things. My wife loves them, but I go creeping around at bedtime putting them out. whistle
     It was good that no one was injured, Years ago, I had a close friend who lost her youngest and only daughter to a fire. She never got over it.
 It was rough here as well. But thankfully we all sat tight and eventually got to sleep. It was pretty bad around 9pm and Deise was complaining about 15 minutes before the big gusts really got going. We are starting to believe that he can sense the drop in atmospheric pressure before the real deal arrives.
                                                                                Biff
                            


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on March 07, 2015, 07:36:48 PM
Paul so sorry to hear your news





Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: offthegridandy on March 07, 2015, 09:43:09 PM
Yes Paul, dreadful news but thankfully no-one hurt. Bang goes the romantic candle lit etc then. Hope you get things sorted.

Andy


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 08, 2015, 12:01:28 AM
Paul,
       You have another bad blow coming up between 3pm and 8pm next  Monday, So If you have moved into the Caravan ,you need to get it well anchored, or maybe find someplace safer until the storm blows over.
  Our charts show the red and deep red over Rasaay.(force 9/10+) It might change before that but it is forecasting that at the moment and our 5 days forecasts are pretty accurate.
  I hope everyone escaped unhurt and that you did not lose any personal stuff. Trouble is,, in such a situation you never know until years later, ( so I have been told)
           Take care,
                     Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on March 08, 2015, 07:20:41 AM
We're all just fine chaps, it's my poor tenants that have basically lost everything they posses apart from the clothes they were wearing. Luckily the elderly lady was with her sister but her son just got out in time without shoes or a coat, and believe me 'a foul wind was blowing that night'. Torrential rain, storm force southerlies and their new Peugeot 2008 slowly melting away next to the chalet.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzgmlNIkJe8&list=UUwHG4HihYMGkteK6R4ZjodQ

The fire tripped the inverter so the power went down and the nearest neighbour (my old house) couldn't use the house phone to call the fire brigade or myself half a mile away. She had to go wandering the hills looking for a phone signal in conditions where trees were being uprooted and debris flying. I had already had to cut one tree from across the road to get home and was just about to go to bed.

Luckily the lad that started the fire got off with singed hair and a burnt wrist but he was so much in shock he never noticed the burn until the day after. The island has already set up a collection for them and been giving them clothes and stuff..

As for the next batch of weather, I'm off right now to start lashing stuff down and recover the sheets of Kingspan that went flying on Friday.

Still, it's great turnip weather, the Proven did 43kWh yesterday.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 08, 2015, 09:09:05 AM
We woke to strong shards of sunlight,
                                              Bringing the bog to life, the different browns, an mellow greens merging, coming to life under the pale blue sky. The Ash and Sycamore ,stripped of their finery and proffer nothing but humble buds, The grass flattened, trampled into submission and not a footprint in sight.
   But then it has always been this way.  A brief interlude a lull before the next burst of anger and the white capped breakers reach for and touch the clouds with every tree and bush genuflecting in submission.
  Under the sod the patient bulbs get ready, a few have already moved too soon to Spring forth Spring.
                                                                                       Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: billi on March 08, 2015, 09:46:58 AM
Oh  :fume ,  that sounds trouble full,  Paul   .... , just what one needs  facepalm, .... sorry to hear












Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: gravyminer on March 08, 2015, 09:57:41 PM
Wow Paul thats pretty awful.

Our house burnt down many years ago and the local community were really good.
We were found a house, given loads of stuff and generally looked after.

Its a real shock though and the potential for fire in a building remains with me forever.

I hope all effected get through ok and that any insurance payout is straightforward.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 09, 2015, 09:03:01 AM
Our storm should be cleared off by 3pm,
                             It is pushing from the South west but when it clears Fanad Head around 3pm the wind then blows directly from the west and pushs the red up against the Scottish coast, There are little red storm islands detached from the main block and farther out to sea there is a large mass of purple. However it does not last long and maybe a max of 3 hours.
                                                                                         Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 09, 2015, 11:50:00 AM
Our storm has really kicked off here just now,
                                      The Beeb has also issued warnings of winds speeds of 80mph+ for the west coast of Scotland. The only crumb of comfort is that it will not last more than 3 hours.
                                               Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on March 09, 2015, 12:00:05 PM
Probably should not say this, rather tempting fate, whistle but everything seems to be passing north of us this year. Keep safe chaps


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 09, 2015, 01:32:23 PM
Your part of the world get pretty bad storms as well Tod,
                                    Just went out to weight down some scaffold planks that were getting tossed about like matchsticks, These are 9" x 2.5" x 8ft. The wind has sung right round to the North but the forecast says it will blow in from the west after dinner. It might veer away from Rasaay.
                                                                                Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on March 09, 2015, 01:56:41 PM
It arrived here early, looked like we would get the first two sailings in but it was not to be. So, that'll be my son with a day off school, my builder stuck on Skye until tomorrow and no milk, bread or papers  :'( Personally I could not give a fig about the latter but half the village is in mourning if they don't get their daily rag.

The real 'biggy' is supposed to arrive around 15:00, but like Biff says 'short sharp shock' and a lovely day tomorrow.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 10, 2015, 09:12:18 AM
Peace and quiet,
               Sunshine breaking through, Our turbine is taking a rest. On my stroll with the hounds, I noted some new rearrangements in the yard but nothing to worry about. Some of the prolonged gusts we had yesterday were the strongest we had for years. They may not have lasted for more than 10 minutes at a time but they were extremely powerful.
   In my bid to make things more easily accessible in the lower yard, I positioned the rear of my trusty white store (A 45ft container) 8ft from the side door of the shed and the front fanning out a good 18ft from the other end of the shed, (the north end), thus creating a wind tunnel at the very point where I have to enter the shed. It was the exhaust from this point that was causing the problems yesterday. Planks stacked, to the front of the shed were getting sucked up and tossed about but apart from that one area, everything else stayed put. The trees just swayed and bent harmlessly as the express roared past our front door.
         So today , We have blue skies. The ground is already drying out. The hounds were busy tracking visitors who sought refuge during the storm. Our tame pheasant never appeared since. The mink must have gone giddy with the sight off it. Diese and Nat can read all this information on the various crossing points, then stand scenting into the wind, nose raised, "H,mmmmmmmmm I see" . Yesterday morning during the calm before the storm, I walked the yard with the hounds on my left side and 2 cheeky Robins on my right, skipping over each other every step I took. The hounds are used to them now and pay them no attention but they are remarkably tame to the extent that when I am working in the shed, one will land on the bench giving out. I keep the crumb balls in a jar on the bench so that might have a lot to do with it. Our magpies never got established like they were some 4 years ago. The odd ones will turn up but do not hang about. What ever it was that decimated their numbers did us a real favour. This good weather is set to stay for a few days.. We need this bit of sunshine.
                                                                                              Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on March 10, 2015, 09:16:31 AM
Dead calm here Biff, just walked the dogs around the field, really peaceful. Bit of a dilemma this morning whether to dismantle and move wardrobes, or continue to prune fruit trees!  Or just have another coffee :crossed


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 10, 2015, 09:29:06 AM
Ah Tod,
         I can see your problem, That will take a lot of thought and considerations but the coffee is a done deal  :crossed
  Meanwhile fruit bushes and the company of robins await me. The hounds prefer the mats inside the front door where they can dream in peace,, apart from the posties visit.
                  Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 10, 2015, 01:18:17 PM
 Great sunshine and enough of a breeze,
                                        To cool me down, The digging is good and I made good headway. The Robins are spoiled rotten. They will get fat and useless like me and be a sitting duck when Pudsy Galore steps out from behind a clump of rushs. Our feral cats take no prisoners.
  One stake and kiddley pie later, I am ready for action, Yonder lies wayward blackcurrant and red currant and goosegogs who have lost their religion and strayed onto the lawn and other places of iniquity. I will round them up and tuck them into their new bed and they will live happily ever after. I better remember to patch the resulting holes on the lawn before I break an ankle.
  Strewth,,,, upwards and onwards.
                                                   Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on March 10, 2015, 01:36:53 PM
Patching chicken dug holes in the grass with grassy mud washed down from the fields. A necessary job went flying the other day no harm done except for dignity!


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on March 10, 2015, 08:51:23 PM
For a short while it was pure scary here, the wind veered from south to west around 17:00 and 'all hell broke loose'. The 11m monopole mast that the turbine sits atop was whipping about like a bull rush in a gale  sh*tfan: I checked the base and it looked just fine but it's really quite frightening to witness when you know that the thing is in effect held down by glue. I'm seriously thinking of guying the tower just for 'peace of mind', today things settled down with the sun making it's most spectacular  appearance of the year and blessing us with 14kWh of energy, still less than half of what the Proven put out but with a lot less drama. Total for the day, my best yet at 85kWh  exhappy:  exhappy: well worth the sleepless night  ;D


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 10, 2015, 10:57:57 PM
85kwh is serious power Paul,
                          Congrats, Guys do have their good points. They make for quieter performance because the absorb a lot of the fine high frequency noise and of course they add that special "get to sleep, relaxed" factor. I might have a roll of very famous "Pot rope" that you could use for,,,,,,,,,,,,
                       
                          (shooting pots) stir:
                                                                     Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Billy on March 10, 2015, 11:12:32 PM
Guys probably wouldn't hurt but if the mono has been designed properly it should be good for its rated wind loading.  Mono poles can be designed to bend and absorb load.  Too ridgid and they can fold, at least that's what dear brother says and he designs/builds at siteonesolutions.

My 9m telegraph pole is only sunk 2.5m into a marsh and you should see that move.   sh*tfan:  It doesn't bend but wobbles in the muddy jelly.   :hysteria  It would certainly fall over were it to be subjected lefthandside wind.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 11, 2015, 10:03:16 AM
More rain,
           Gazzlions of it, Sheeting up from the South in great big heavy duty drops. I would need a canoe, almost to be able to work in the garden today. Luckily, I made good headway yesterday and transplanted over  dozen nice fruit bushes who were dying for the want of a decent home, out in the open where the sun can nurture them. The buds on the red currants are already trying to show their form , I still have another lot of bushes to transplant to a different bed but that can wait until the place dries up. Incredibly, some daffie like stalks which were attached to the Blackcurrant roots and flattened yesterday during the transplanting by the firming into place with my wellies, seem to have sprung back up and are looking none the worse. The soil was moist and well dug, so todays rain will give them a decent start in their new home.
  I am keeping my eyes open for a hint of a seedling under the pumb tree. The dozen pips that I set have produced 2 little tiny shoots that may or may not be a future plum tree. I am hoping this year to have another good crop of plums with more microwave jam and branching out into either a relish or a chutney. We still have a few pots of plum jam left and I have to say that it is one of my major discoveries :genuflect. It is brilliant gear and does not require as much sugar or lemon as other jams. You can really get your teeth into this jam, :crossed
                                                                             Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 24, 2015, 07:55:02 AM
So the weather decided that we were having too good a time of it,
                                                And yesterday we had gales which turned quite nasty last with a cold biting wind. This morning we have a freezing wind blowing down from the north east and dropping large showers of heavy hail on us. In between the hail was bright sunshine and all this just after 7am,
  Our bank is well topped up.
                                          Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on March 24, 2015, 10:26:03 AM
Pretty much the same here, though not quite so windy yesterday, there is sun but it always seems to be bathing some other part nearby. Fresh snow on the hills this morning but there is warmth in the sun when it finally puts in an appearance. Great 'generating weather', it will need to be cos the 'taper and filler' arrives next week and he'll be wanting to leave heaters running in the house. Methinks Harry will be having to do some work soon, still, it'll stop the diesel going off.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 25, 2015, 05:04:23 PM
I started the day ,
                 With the best of intentions,Then a storm got up out of nowhere,It is still blowing a force 8 out there as I type. Not a problem. Even getting down to the shed is like running around inside a car wash. The shed was the only place to be, :genuflect
                                                       Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: AndrewE on March 30, 2015, 11:49:12 PM
Looks like another one on the way... Here in rural Cheshire there are gusts of over 50 mph forecast for 6 hours tomorrow and no max below 40 until 2 am Weds (26hrs away) then back up to 40 at midday Weds again.  A bit late for the equinoctial gales, or is this them but a lot on the strong side?
Force 10 west and N of Ireland too... Hold on to your hats!  Good luck everyone, I'll have to take in the plastic sheeting that has been warming up our soil if it's still there in the morning...
A


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 31, 2015, 09:35:22 AM
Rough night last night,
                     Nothing terrible but more nasty stuff on the way.
                                                        Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: stannn on March 31, 2015, 07:23:46 PM
The wind brought down overhead cables and so we were "off" from 8am to 4pm. So life as we know it ended. It is though the first time I've had a boil-up in the manifold on the solar circuit, because there was good sunshine between those squalls but no electricity to run the pump or to read temperatures.
I visited the TDC3, when power was restored, to see manifold t1 was at 136C and solar coil t2 was at 37C. The pressure vessel gurgled and t1 started falling like a stone., eventually lifting t2 by 8C. So, there was quite a bit of energy pent up in the manifold.
Stan


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on March 31, 2015, 09:45:37 PM
Vicious squalls of rain, hail and snow here but the best generation figures since the system went in, some 1630kWh for the month. Today setting the record at 94kWh, 56kWh of which came from wind, 32kWh hydro and solar a poor third at 6kWh  :'(


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on April 27, 2015, 08:30:27 AM
Blowing rain,
           It took a while to soak into the ground but it is getting there.We are supposed to have a force 8 for dinner at noon ;D, No problem.
   We woke this morning to blazes of green all around. New growth springing up everywhere. The 40 shades.
   I got my fruit trees prunes this year, especially the plumb tree which gave such a bumper crop last year. I really pruned it right back, cleared off all the weeds and gave it a 6" layer of good soil as well as a scattering of chicken manure pellets. The rain will have them well dissolved by now. We do not expect to have as big a crop this year but last year,s crop could have killed the tree. This rain and wind is set for a few days before the sun comes back,, meanwhile our turbine is milling away and delivering the goods.
                                                                                                    Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on May 02, 2015, 09:10:05 AM
 A steady force 5 or near,
                       Is blowing up from the south, Our turbine is cruising and the clocks are full, The difference with the trees gone is very obvious. There is nothing like the amount of "hunting" from the turbine, it is sitting steady, churning away. The north wind was always the choice generating angle but this is a pleasant result.
                                                                                  Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on May 02, 2015, 10:37:57 AM
No wind yet but rain aplenty.
I think I will need to light the fire today!
After all it's only May!


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on May 02, 2015, 10:53:44 AM
No wind yet but rain aplenty.
I think I will need to light the fire today!
After all it's only May!

We had the hardest frost of the entire winter yesterday!!!!! and this morning a fresh dusting of snow atop the Cuilins  freeeze It's supposed to warm up today when the wind and rain arrives  ::) May!! we moved into a caravan on Thursday and on Sunday and Monday got caught in a blizzard  freeeze Having said that yesterday's PV production was three times that of the turnip at 24kWh, best day yet for solar here  8)


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on May 05, 2015, 09:39:28 AM
Total peasoup out there,
                        The rain is leaves a bubblewrap pattern on our velux, so heavy,regular and steady. The hounds did not hang about on their morning stroll and stood calmly to be dried down, these guys are no fools ,We will have this deluge until midnight tomorrow night then it stays dry to noon Friday.
   There are some bad winds just off our coast and northern France will get a blast of a force 8 over the weekend.
   Meanwhile, all outside projects are abandoned and inside the shed is the place to be, :genuflect
                                                                                    Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on May 05, 2015, 07:56:20 PM
Sunny but wig nearly blown off!!
Squalls of violent rain
Real spring weather.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on May 12, 2015, 09:56:30 AM
We had strong wind all day yesterday,
                                 Our rads were warm right up to 6pm and there was no point in firing up the boiler, our two tanks of hot water were still being heated and the house was warm and comfy. My attempts to to carry on cutting ans splitting logs inside the shed are going to have to be abandoned or else the shed is going to be covered in sawdust and chips and I am certainly not having that. I did make good progress and cut and split a good quota but the chips do fly everywhere.
  So I fell asleep in my rocking chair about 9ish and woke at midnight, to be told that the hounds had been walked. The wind had turned serious by then but I was into bed and off to the land of nod in a blink. The storm upped its game during the night and Diese complained outside the bedroom door, So she herself opened the door and as usual,he probably walked in and slumped down on the floor,at the bottom of the bed,like he normally does during a storm. I found him there,pretending to be fast asleep when I woke at 7. He has no problem with the wind when he is outside but when he is inside the hall,he hears all these noises of things being bumped about by the storm and thinks we don,t know about it. He has acute hearing into the bargain and worries about us. Old Nat just snores her way through the lot.
  The wind has eased off a little but it is still a good force 6-7. I just have to be patient and wait for the weather to mend. Our dongle is also on the blink,due to the mast being shifted about with the wind.
                                                                              Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on May 13, 2015, 08:44:50 AM
What a change,!
                 A beautifull sunny morning. The place is living with birds and birdsong. I will remove the covers of our timber once again and let the sun do its work. Despite being unhappy with spreading chippings and dust around the shed floor, It was either seal off an area and get cracking or sit in the house twiddling my thumbs. I started up the geni and git cutting with my electric chainsaw.
 By now, I have come to the conclusion that electric chainsaws are very much like electric pianos. They do the job,without doubt but there is this feel to the petrol chainsaw on a certain rev( About 70%) and certain touch that the chainsaw performs outstanding and goes through the trunks like a hot knife through butter. You don,t let them spin , or hang and the stroke of the piston seems to actually help the cutting. I have not managed to get that feel off the electric one as yet. It is performing much better on the geni though, but it still wants to brake automatically when I throttle back,which is annoying,
           Still it cuts at its own pace and the logs mounts up. I have a 4 x 6ft trailer load now and two big sacks but last night as I walked the hounds and had a quick gawk at the remaining trunks, I came to the obvious conclusion that it is going to be some time before I can say that I have it all logged. I don,t mind. My tummy is getting flatter and I am sleeping like the proverbial log itself. But I think,that after today, I will have to organise a more permanent store because the shed will be blocked solid, with just enough room to steer the forklift out to carry the bags away.
   One other sad note, In my travels and information hunting regarding dogs, I learned that dogs and saw mills do not go well together. Sap and gum forms a cancerous layer on the floor and pad cancer is the cruelest death for any dog. So my kindly hounds are banned from the shed for the foreseeable future. The only place worse for a dog to be kept or spend time in, Is a motor car service workshop, where their pads get covered in a layer of black used oil. The max life span for a dog kept in such conditions is between 5 to 6 years before it has to be destroyed. So when I get this lot out of the shed, I will have to fine some detergent that can remove the gum and sap from the smooth concrete. Diese and Nat do like to surprise me in the shed when she herself send them out to look for me. We have great greetings and Diese keeps a toy or two in the shed as well. All the more reason for moving everything out of the shed as soon as possible. Duty calls,
                                                                                 Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: supremetwo on May 13, 2015, 10:49:52 AM
I have not managed to get that feel off the electric one as yet. It is performing much better on the geni though, but it still wants to brake automatically when I throttle back,which is annoying

My Lidl one is just on/off and no throttle function on the trigger.

I expect your Aldi is similar.

Does take getting used to as the chain can only run at full speed.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on May 13, 2015, 01:16:01 PM
    "Does take getting used to,as the chain can only run at full speed"
   That was the problem before yesterday, When I trottled back while the bar was deep in the cut,the inverter would trip because the brake would automaticall stick on and of course the saw would them be forced to pull the dead load in the cut. The generator is powerfull enough to cope with the extra drag in such cases. So throttling back while cutting is not a good idea, ;D
                                                                       Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on May 15, 2015, 06:18:16 PM
Wot an ,orrible day,
                 Mist,driving rain and the wind coming from every direction.
                                                                   Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on May 16, 2015, 07:01:20 AM
50 shades of grey. No wind. Drizzle. Yuk.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on May 16, 2015, 08:36:27 AM
Beautifull Morning here,
                       A fresh sea breeze blowing in from the north west and brilliant sunshine. Our water has been heated since 7.30am. The turbine has been doing it,s job all night and all the sunshine goes straight into the tanks  ;D.
                            Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on May 16, 2015, 10:18:14 AM
Beautifull Morning here,
                       A fresh sea breeze blowing in from the north west and brilliant sunshine. Our water has been heated since 7.30am. The turbine has been doing it,s job all night and all the sunshine goes straight into the tanks  ;D.
                            Biff

Pretty much the same here, though I've been away overnight, no hot water right enough but the 'power station' is at 28 degrees with all the dump loads going. Not warm outside though with a shower of hail on my way to the ferry at 7:30  :snow


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on May 16, 2015, 02:03:35 PM
I spoke too soon,
                 No sooner was I set up to start work than the skys opened and everything had to be done inside like yesterday.
   But I did get chopping and finished almost a bag before lunch.
  By Gum, Every time I pass the stack of trunks, I think that I will be a long time getting through this lot but I am happy enough with progress. All I have to do is cut and chop, eat and sleep and let the world do the worrying.
                            Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on June 05, 2015, 09:02:03 PM
Today was a good Un,
                   The wind blew steady force 6/7 in from the north west with the odd gust, The sun shone bright and our PV and wind turbine really did the business. I ran the electric chainsaw for 4 hours and our rads still got quite warm, keeping the house nice and toasty. Outside is bitter cold but still we don,t need to fire up the boiler. I hear there is snow in Scotland. I would believe it.
  I enjoyed watching our turbine giving it "everything" today , It flew free and easy with the chainsaw going,Yet the house still got heated and the Bank is topped up to the gills.
                                                                                                Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on June 06, 2015, 08:03:49 AM
Pretty poor here on the wind front yesterday Biff, pishing rain until 13:00, calm and muggy with the first sign of the dreaded midge. Never actually been bitten this year so they are a whole month late!!!! However, I'm sure I saw some yesterday morning. Accidentally turned a 2.2kW fire on before going to be so I awoke to a nice warm caravan but batteries at 50%  banghead: Still, by the time I returned from Skye the sun was out the batteries at 99% and wifey was polishing the floor  ;D

Fecking wild last night though, good force 7 or 8 shaking the caravan, it was forecast right enough so I turned up the fire before going to bed. So far it's been the most wet and miserable May and June anyone can remember, the weather forecast constantly prophesying good weather in three or four days time that never arrives.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Nickel2 on June 06, 2015, 09:47:17 AM
It often puzzles me why there are so many midges up in the wilds. From what my mother told me, Scotland is the land of horizontal rain. Do the midges breed quickly, or are they just good at hanging on to the vegetation? One would have thought that they would have all blown away leaving a rugged paradise!


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on June 06, 2015, 09:57:15 AM
It often puzzles me why there are so many midges up in the wilds. From what my mother told me, Scotland is the land of horizontal rain. Do the midges breed quickly, or are they just good at hanging on to the vegetation? One would have thought that they would have all blown away leaving a rugged paradise!

Baffles me too N2, when I was a clam diver I'd often go ashore between dives exploring uninhabited heather covered rocks and islets off the coast. As soon as you stepped ashore on a muggy summers day you'd be 'eaten alive'. Now many of these places would be bereft of mammalian life and I'd think, 'what the feck do these little uggers eat when no one is here' !!!!!


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on June 06, 2015, 10:18:50 AM
The midge got going here for real last Wednesday,
                                              Buzzing like mad at the mouth of the roller door. Not so bad inside but crazy outside.The few bats that we have ,have been busy for over 2 months but they must have been about but not biting. So this shot of wind will have blown the lot of them over your way.I was hoping that, with a lot of the trees gone that the little blighters would have less cover but Wednesday proved otherwise.  The wind picked up last night to a right old blow. I did not know it was so bad untill I went last walks with the hounds last night. Then I had to add more weights to the log stack covers.
  Yesterday was a record day for electricity production here. Less sun today but excellent wind.
                                                                                             Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: AndrewE on June 06, 2015, 08:10:32 PM
'what the feck do these little uggers eat when no one is here?'
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highland_midge says
"the majority of the blood they obtain comes from cattle, sheep and deer" so I guess there must be enough of those around to keep the little s*ds alive until we arrive!  Before the clearances the highlands were much more widely populated, fewer sheep but I suppose more people and cattle, so presumably they have all been there together since the soon after the last Ice age!  
http://www.snh.org.uk/publications/on-line/advisorynotes/29/29.htm says they suck blood from all mammals including mice and rabbits but that birds are not apparently attacked!
A


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on June 06, 2015, 10:23:32 PM
Aye Andrew, funny about the birds hey, you see them about the hens but they don't seem to bother them like they bother the animals, never realized they didn't bite em. Perhaps I didn't make it clear but I was talking about rocks barely large enough to support a few square meters of heather and well off shore, where the only inhabitant would be a hungry cormorant. You'd put one foot ashore and before you knew it a squadron of the 'wee beasties' would be upon you.

Been another pretty 'unseasonal' day here, the upside of which was 28kWh from the turnip and 16kWh from the PV, which should be the other way around in June. The real shocker is the hydro turbine which just runs in the burn, that usually produces 'diddly squat' in may and June, it did 254kWh in May and has done a staggering 79kWh this month  :o

Cheers, Paul


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on June 08, 2015, 09:13:02 AM
Well the midge appeared in force at last,
                                    I nearly got ate alive this morning by the little beasties, They were furious and really intent on getting their transfusion at my expense. Even the hounds did not hang around to do their usual information sniffing. We have two feral cats courting and mating round the place. The tom is skin and bone from the want of loving and while I was busy yesterday, chopping and stacking in the shed,these two were having grass roll overs, dust baths and loads of lovin every few hours with the hounds giving out stink at their filthy passionate language. They must like the place and are smart enough to work it out that the Dogs will not bother them but at the same time keep any other dog or fox away from the area. I could see some fancy kittens in the near future. It is a very tough life for them.
      Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on June 08, 2015, 09:39:29 AM
First midge bite of the year here Biff, back of my right hand, and a whole month later than usual. Forecast is for 'wall to wall' sunshine so I loaded up the washing machine and it's clouded over  :fume Wish we could encourage 'our' cats up to the new hoose, they're still residing in the many sheds of our old place and refuse to make the journey up here.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on June 16, 2015, 09:54:03 AM
Dark overcast and spitting rain on the wind since 8am,
                                         The ground is so dry it just evapourates. The real rain is due at dinnertime, Our log stack is covered in and we are ready for the downpour.
    The wind is coming in from the east but not too cold. The midges were really bad last night. I got eaten alive when I went out to throw the covers over the stack. I had to run for it and finished it this morning. There are two winds working here and trying to make up their minds to settle their differences. It is no more than a force 5 but it is all over the shop. I see this about twice a year and every time I notice it I assume we are in the eye of some storm or other. :o
  There are very capable and fit tourists on bikes,loaded with tents,pots m pans heading up the hill past out place. The very best of luck to them all but there are a few bleak bare spots out on that mountain that will blast the skin of their white legs.
                                                             Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on June 19, 2015, 10:38:58 AM
Friday again,
           Another Crunchy. Great wind here and enough solar to heat the water. Life is good, no use complaining, no one will listen and if they do say something, I would hardly be able to hear them. What,?
  The wind switched round to the north two days ago and our turbine is pumping away relaxed and free. More tourists looking for directions, We are most polite and helpful. When I traveled the continent, I found the Germans to be the most helpful decent people of all and got some right roastings for even asking a frenchwoman for directions in France.freeeze. If looks could kill.
 They hire bikes here and head into the Bluestacks with big loads of pots and pans and the kitchen stove. It looks like trocious hard work, They are supposed to be on a bit of a holiday but yon bit of puffing and blowing going up the hill past our house would be better termed as some kind of sad self inflicted punishment for secret sins, Some have him tackling the hill first and her dragging along 100 years behind. The look on her face saying it all,"No bouncy bouncy tonight Darling,,you arrogant old bore" ,,,, worse still is the She who strides up the hill in top gear and yer man is fumbling and moaning and trying to keep her in sight. My heart goes out to those poor chaps. I know the pain. I was married once to such a driven Lady and if I could have gotten away with it, I would have turned the bike into a nice little pub and sunk a pint a steak dinner, before she caught up with me and nailed me to the pub wall,After all, a holiday is a holiday and meant to be enjoyed by one and all.
 No doubt some of them have seen and rode bikes before, they round the bend at the bottom,lying into the g force, big paniers gently scraping the ground on the inside. Obviously they are some kind of professionals, either that or they have escaped from some institution and are bluffing their way past us all.
 I have distant memories of being enticed on a cultural holiday to Amsterdam, Now,it not what you think, There was more than "Gentleman,s Row" in Amsterdam and I got dragged around all the Art Galleries and museums  and such places that I had no right being in at all.  The artist in her was breaking out in style and she certainly could paint very well but I am from the bog and the only painting that I am happy doing is done with a roller in 5th gear. I got treated to a sticky pancake in a supposedly famous pub. I had to eat it. There is only one way that I could describe the Dutch..A trifle sarcastic but with unlimited patience for idiots like me. Amsterdam was a turning point for me, I learned a valuable lesson. I saw very little of the X after that. Amsterdam was a bit like Lourdes, not only was I cured but I knew I was cured. Some of these poor guys heading up the hill , past our house,after the missus or the partner will be cured as well. It gives me a warm glow knowing that.
  It is trying to rain,,,,,,,
                             Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Nickel2 on June 19, 2015, 10:43:59 AM
First time I've ever heard 'em called 'Art galleries'!   ;)


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Ted on June 19, 2015, 10:56:23 AM
Amsterdam is the strangest place.

I think as a result of having a Polish father and an Irish mother I have the benefit of looking like a local nearly everywhere I go, at least in Europe. The number of times I have been in Paris and been asked for directions by French who are visiting their own capital is crazy.

But in Amsterdam everyone speaks English, and being stopped and me being asked for directions in English seemed strange, at least at first. Then one time, I was in a shop, and a man walks in and asked the shop assistant for directions to another nearby shop, and they both had their conversation in English, even though they were both obviously Dutch. It is a strange place.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on June 19, 2015, 01:47:57 PM
I was chatting to mastervolt (Holland) and they said that everyone spoke English in the office despite everyone being Dutch.
Really made me feel thick!! :norfolk

Had to postpone painting the outside wall too hot. I don't think I've ever said that here.
You can see my artistic limitations Biff.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Ted on June 19, 2015, 02:37:56 PM
I've wondered if speaking English universally has anything to do with a Dutch vs Flemish thing, but I don't know.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on June 19, 2015, 06:38:13 PM
The dutch were always cosmopolitan,
                                      If they were not fighting with Britain they were trading with them. They are very diverse , much more so than any other European country. Their colonies were very successful and they assimilated with their colonies a lot easier than many other countries. I think everyone in Holland speaks at least 3 different languages.
  They were an expert sea faring nation and have left their mark all over the world. Many of the original houses in the new world were of Dutch design. Designs that even found their way back to Donegal when these houses were built here by returning carpenters who worked in the New England area. At one time the Dutch has control of the ports in Kent and actually raided Chatham Dockyard.
  The Dutch knew that there was good profit in speaking english.
  Amsterdam is indeed a strange place and took a lot of getting used to. The junkies shooting up in the middle of the streets on a Sunday morning, broad daylight was a rather stark reminder of progress of a kind. The silent cyclist having right of way on the pavement and the doggie dirt everywhere, Nope, !! I traveled North to the flatlands and the reclaimed miles of sea mud. It was one of the most desolate places on earth. Miles and miles we traveled ,only to have to buy a heavy mug that was painted by a child of 4 yrs old. I don,t know where it ended up. I think I gave it to the neighbour when we got home.
  When I worked in Germany, The Germans could not employ us directly, instead we had to go through a Dutch agency, The agency offices in Nimegan on the banks of the canal were fortified with steel grills and iron railings,A very bad sign. They were sharks and only for the Germans looking after us as well as they did, we could have been fleeced by these agencies.(The money really was excellent) Nowaday the Germans can employ us directly and that was a step in the right direction.
  Amsterdam was an experience but I would rather be someplace else.
                                                               Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on June 28, 2015, 05:00:07 PM
We have mixed weather here,
                               Strong wind,sunshine, lots of heavy showers that have little or no effect,it is warm and the grass and brush are growing like the amazon rain forest. Wallsteads and houses that once stood out from the hillsides are now invisible. Our Garden is living with wildlife, The mink have young. They are truly invisible apart from getting pointed out by the dogs but the young ones pull up stones and roll them over the grass in play, just like our feral kittens do but they are not due for a few weeks yet.
      The wind blows strong from the Atlantic, I can taste the salt. it is heady stuff. The hounds are glad to be back home. They enjoyed their break in the kennels and have done little but sleep since they got back. This time Diese was surrounded by yorkshire terriers, poodles and westies who seemed to be very well behaved. Natily gets along with everyone so the break was a great success.
 We are due some good weather.
                                      Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: agrarian on June 30, 2015, 02:17:08 PM
For once it's a benign wind a blowin' and the dry adiabatic lapse rate means the heat is much more tolerable up here in the mountains.

Ag


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Nickel2 on June 30, 2015, 07:53:47 PM
Mr Weather tells me that the land of horizontal rain will have some potentially violent thunderstorms on Wednesday. I have no doubt that the northernmost members have experienced this sort of thing before, just saying.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on June 30, 2015, 08:08:54 PM
Och, Aye N2,
            But I am not having any of that here. I pushed the "sunshine only" Button and will be back inside before the weather breaks. whistle
                                                             Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Nickel2 on June 30, 2015, 08:16:39 PM
How well do turnips cope with 5000Amp overloads? Do you need to drop the tower, or earth every thing?
(Perhaps all the lightning gets blown to one side?  ??? )


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on June 30, 2015, 08:21:07 PM
They get a bit smokey,
                     and a bit blackened and a bit dead. Everything gets fried, even the springs on the brushes get so hot that they are usles afterwards and the winding turn to a crisp. I salvaged a PMG and a front casing, so it was,nt all bad ::)
                                 Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on July 03, 2015, 12:37:37 PM
And now we are having a heat wave,
                                It is humid and hot. The hounds are under pressure but at least they know to lie in the shade.
                                                                                     Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on July 17, 2015, 11:25:37 AM
A good stiff force 6 blowing in from the west,
                                              Who could ask for more. Outside is out of bounds,wet,wetter and absolutely soaking. The odd yellow and blue cyclist staggers along the road, lost. Where are they going to put up a tent in weather like this. It must be some affliction of the head that drives them out onto the mountain to suffer and cough and splutter for a month afterwards. " I wuz bad God,so I sentenced myself to cycling over the Bluestacks in the worst weather possible".
  I am putting in a request for a decent weeks weather. I need a few days to strim the weeds before the winter sets in ;D
                                                                                 Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Ted on July 17, 2015, 01:27:50 PM
I will second that request Biff. I have much to do outside here that just needs 5 days of dry weather. No sign of it yet.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on July 17, 2015, 06:43:09 PM
Drizzle this morning but still 23 degrees.
Would love anight of decent rain.
 tumble:


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on July 17, 2015, 07:43:37 PM
 Tomorrow is supposed to be half decent,
                          But we are getting the real deal @ 1am in Sunday morning. There is a yellow 10mile diameter circle over our little part of Donegal and I have never seen the likes of it before.
  It can be snow,,hail or rain but will be very heavy,,so I guess it is a thunder and lighting feast in the making.
                                                           Biff
                                         


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on July 18, 2015, 08:32:29 AM
One of the beauties of off-grid wind/solar R/E is that it mostly delivers when you need it.
                                    As long as you don,t keep your eggs all in the one basket. So if it is wet and windy, you are winning and if it is a sunny day you are winning. The only conditions that beat the bank are freezing fog and thankfully we do not get that too often.
                                                                          Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on July 18, 2015, 01:12:52 PM
The rain holds off, the wind shakes the water off the grass,
                                     The little strimmer works well and sward after sward of damp grass pile up on the rear lawn. This week the naughty neighbour put his cattle in the field next to us. they are starving. The land is bog holes and clabber up to the eyeballs.no grass worth talking about, his cattle even eat holly and alder but it was only for a week, usually it is just 3 days a year. Something to do with squatters rights ( a family affair and none of my business).But there was me with a good tasty half acre under the best of grass, no weedkiller or bad vibes and his cattle pushing on the barbed wire as they reached through and munched what they could. I would have gladly piled the grass along the fence for them but I would not under any circumstances encourage this character after all the hassle we got from him. We are content now, His journey as a fireside solicitor cost him dear,so I let sleeping dogs lie, meanwhile the good grass will rot and perish.
 Coffee/pie and a biscuit and more strimming before the rain starts again. :winter
                                                                     Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: gravyminer on July 19, 2015, 11:03:26 AM
Not a good year for haymaking in SW Blighty

A BBC 4 day forecast a couple of weeks ago assured continuous sunshine and everyone cut.
On day 3 it heaved it down all day and the almost ready to bale grass got soaked at the worst possible time.
There has not been a dry 2 day spell since and the grass is either 'going over' but not yet cut, or pretty much ruined.

Sileage evolved as the answer for the big boys as it can be harvested in less than 24 hours if necessary but horse quality ( sun dried and no dust ) small bales will be at a premium this year ....


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on July 19, 2015, 07:51:25 PM
We are in the same boat here G/M,
                               The weather was brilliant and folks got busy. Then the weather broke and the hay is lying heavy in big wet lumps. A friend of mine was cutting up to midnight inn the good weather but his cousin died and he had to attend the wake, two good days and then the rain came down and his hay is turning black.
  However, There were plenty of farmers who saved it during those two good days and we should be OK for the winter.
                   Some years back,while my son and I were building together, we used to travel a road through the mountain towards Fintown. There was this little old man who used to harvest his hay the old way, cutting it with the reaper behind his old Grey Diesel, He would stook it and each evening during the harvest we would pass him by, harvesting away at his mountain hay . It was all very labour intensive and he certainly gambled with the weather.
 Then one year the rain set in and did not stop,, he cut it and turned it and would race out to try and save it, then one evening as we were returning from work, It was drizzling damp and there he was trying to throw his leg over the barb wire to go home for the tea. His hay was black and he was soaked to the skin. He could hardly walk. He did not wave back to us that time and I just happened to say to my son that he was buxxered,,finished,!. Many a true word said in jest. Two days later his house was surrounded by cars,,hundreds of cars as we crawled past. It was a big wake.. He just got one wetting too many and it killed him. I would say,between the spores of the black hay and the constant drizzle,it killed him.
                                                                      Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on July 20, 2015, 11:05:44 AM
By Gum,
        She is miserable outside, Driving rain,carried on a gusty South east wind and the place is cold and damp. Spare a thought for the shorts and vest brigade. They must be rolling up their tents by now.
  Yesterday, was a decent day and I spent it building outside until 6.30 when the rain started and I ran out of sand. So today I doss about and take it easy.
 I need another good weeks weather and then it can rain all it wants.
                                                                             Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Ted on July 20, 2015, 11:42:38 AM
Raining here as well, but it is that fine misty rain that lulls you in to a false sense of security, where you think "Oh, I'll just pop out for 5 minutes, it's not raining much" and you end up soaked to the skin as the water seeps through your clothes rather than the raindrops bouncing off.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on July 20, 2015, 10:55:13 PM
Rain,,driving rain,
                 Tomorrow is supposed to be a better day,, windy but mostly dry,so the wind will dry the grass and perhaps I will get the strimmer into action again.
                                                            Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on July 21, 2015, 06:20:40 AM
Raining here as well, but it is that fine misty rain that lulls you in to a false sense of security

That'll be 'Scotch Mist' Ted, 30 years I've lived here and still it fools me  :fume


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on July 21, 2015, 08:26:14 AM
It is called "Irish Rain" here,
                        Many years ago a famous Irish poet wrote a long ode to such deceptive conditions,I can only assume that the man never did a decent day,s work outside in his life. It played havoc with our days bricklaying. We would have covers for the brickwork and props for the blockwork but it was dear bought trying to cope with it and like it or not, after hours of such misery we would be forced to cover up everything and go home. Once a certain point had been reached,it became dangerous and counter productive.
                                                                                                 Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Nickel2 on July 21, 2015, 10:23:36 AM
I used to love coming home to the UK after trips in the middle-east because everything was green instead of brown. The next job was near the Curragh racecourse, and the step was from green to very green. It just rained every day.
I asked the customer: "How often does it rain here?"
He looked at me with a twinkle in his eye and replied "In between showers".
Despite the rain, the job was done and I enjoyed my stay.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on July 21, 2015, 10:32:22 PM
Aye, N2
        I worked in Kildare myself many moons ago and they certainly knew how to have a good time. I used to go to a place called the West End in Portarlington. It had a dancehall,big singing pub and resturant. There was very good nightlife and Portlaois itself was busy. Kildare town as just taking off as was Newbridge. You would not recognise these places now, all built up and looking expensive.
                                                      Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on July 26, 2015, 09:55:01 PM
The weathermen forecasted "Wet and Windy"
                                      They got it spot on,It is horrible out there, The wind has eased off but the rain is a steady drizzle that permeates everything and everyone. All outside work has ceased.
   Wednesday Is the next decent forecast, so until then.
                                                Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on July 27, 2015, 06:20:35 AM
It just arrived here in the night Biff, yesterday was flat calm and dry, even managed a little outdoor painting on the ship.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: gravyminer on July 28, 2015, 12:59:13 AM
Yay

just back from a 4 day party in the woods waay over east, where its, eerrr, much drier apparently  ;)

Glad I took my tri iso 10 insulation blanket ( looks good inside its stripy blue duvet cover )
The slight crinkling noise it makes when you wriggle around under it that has you wondering if its raining  ralph: was drowned out by the friday night storm.
'High tide' was around 5am and I woke up with wet but still warm feet.
One tent was recovered from a tree about 300m from its original location .....

Saturday turned out sunny and windy enough to dry all the bedding and the bailed out tent and adversity brings everyone together so saturday nights 'open mike' session around a great log fire only fizzled out around 3.00 am.
So many talented musicians and singers of all ages who all claimed to be 'not very good' were goaded into performing.





Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on July 28, 2015, 08:31:11 AM
Outside is calm,wet but also nice and sunny,
                                        It,s a filthy dirty trick to get me out in the open, get my guard down,,get me deeply involved and then the skies will open and wash the lot away.
  Still, after porridge and a good mug of tea, I will venture forth into the wilds between the shed and the house,
                                                                               Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on August 04, 2015, 08:35:31 AM
Rough enough during the night,
                                     But nothing scary,Loadsa rain and everything saturated, everything clean and sparkling,roads dust free and the air pure.
                                                   A full bank and a good plate of porrige,Who could ask for more,?
                                                                                                   Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on August 04, 2015, 01:22:56 PM
Sun and clouds very humid. Continuing war on brambles, not sure who is winning! wackoold.
Could do with a bit of your rain Biff, had the odd shower but the ground is very dry.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on August 04, 2015, 06:49:15 PM
Awe Tod,
           We are sick and scundered with it, Rain from the west, rain from the south and more rain from the north.
 El Nino has started up Off the coast of Ozz and this year the oceans are warming up hotter than ever. 1997 was the only year that could match this development so we are in for very bad weather,
  Cold wet weather right through to the middle of 2016, :'( :'(
  The gulf stream drops south by 200 miles and changes the whole temperature picture of western europe and the UK.
                                                                          Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on August 08, 2015, 11:29:21 AM
The forecast held true and it is staying dry to noon,
                                           So the strimmer has been going at top speed this morning and I am not quite half way through this jungle but anything is an improvement on what it was. Next Wednesday is supposed to be our only rain free day again. banghead:
                                                     Biff
 


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Ted on August 08, 2015, 01:22:15 PM
It hasn't rained here since Wednesday, which is a record for this "summer" so finally getting some outside jobs ticked off the list.

Plans to make haylage were binned and it was sileage as usual. Just as well as we had a couple of showers during cutting and then a downpour once the bales were done.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on August 08, 2015, 08:51:08 PM
Strimming in the rain,
       Just strimming in the rain,
           What an orrible  feeling ,
               I,m soaking again.
                               Biff
   Not quite what Gene Kelly sang.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Nickel2 on August 09, 2015, 10:39:36 AM
I shall sing this to the council bods next time I see them at the side of the road!  :hysteria


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on August 09, 2015, 10:44:55 AM
I am not singing that song this morning,
                               For some reason or other, I am crocked but should be fine by midday. i just got a little eager to finish the strimming. :snow ( Did not finish it, just about half way through it. :'()
                   Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Nickel2 on August 09, 2015, 11:02:56 AM
Biff, I trust you are using a waterproof strimmer.
(Heath-Robinson-ish vision of man with back-pack mounted wind-turbine wandering about in the long wet grass operating strimmer)


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on August 10, 2015, 12:33:00 PM
Very heavy rain here,
                 Massive big drops that slap against the window panes, Our bank is already full and our turbine hunts for a stronger wind.
                         Not the nicest of days.
                                                     Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on August 11, 2015, 10:46:46 AM
Wet wet wet.

Good for the sweetcorn.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on August 13, 2015, 02:07:07 PM
Wind blowing,
             Strimmer going,
                     Sun shining
                           Tanks heating,
                         Who could ask for moreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, "2 pies later and a feed of bickies and tea,,batts charged, shirt changed and back into the fray.
                     Who could ask for moreeeeeeeeeeee,,            (Deep baritone)
                                                      Biff
 
 NB, I will be crawling around the place tomorrow ,crocked ;D


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: stannn on August 13, 2015, 02:37:13 PM
I'm with yer Biff.....
http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/tonybennett/igotrhythm.html


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on August 13, 2015, 07:30:56 PM
Don,t know why, there,s no rain up in the sky,
         I,m strimmin heather,
      Long marrow grass and toes of leather,
       Keeps raining all the time, The time,
       Keeps raining all the time,
   
    Lawn is bare,Clumps of rushes everywhere,
   N chewed up heather,
   Just can,t get the hips work together,
   I,m weary all the time,,all the timeeeee
                 Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on August 14, 2015, 07:14:06 AM
 surrender: 
Just sung that to Mrs T.

Brilliant Biff!


Horrid here today pouring rain. Big electric storms night before 2 hours of lightening non stop but distant as we could hear no thunder.



Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on August 14, 2015, 08:59:36 AM
I liked the Lena version,
                 I would even stop to watch her sing it, She was bound to get it perfect after singing it for over 60 years, Shirely Bassey paid tribute to her and sang it,giving it a slow death,
   But goodness me, Old blue eyes, Sinatra made a great job of it. Fantastic song,!
                                                   Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on August 14, 2015, 09:14:39 AM
Old blue eyes for me😁


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on August 14, 2015, 09:44:32 AM
I worked in a bricklaying gang from Kent,
                             We had this brickie from Chatham, Good brickie but even better singer. He did the night clubs and cabaret spots. He would always start singing "Stormy Weather"  after lunch on a Friday. The words did sound different but for a different reason.  Weather was pronounced WEVVAH  OR WEEEEVVVAH  and he blinked both eyes half way though the word jutting out his jaw.
  We all volunteered to go and sit in on one of his performances but he roared "FackIt mates  NO WHAYYYY"
  After he left, I sang his version (with his accent)and even sang it at a Christmas bash but left out the eye blinking and jawing,,I think he was trying to mix in a bit of Sammy Davis or something. He was really entertaining and I often wondered what it took to get up there with the best. Brian Conley from Watford was just starting off then but our Micky, Chatham born and bred had everything you needed to be a star, Yet we never heard a word after that. He talked about doing the cruise ships and maybe that is where he went. He was also a decent good living lad as well.
                                                                    Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on August 14, 2015, 09:56:35 AM
Wet/grey and miserable here too Tod,
                   I need a bit of wind and sun and another day,s strimming might do trick. Never saw growing like it. Every thing, especially the trees, Sally and Alders are growing at a frightening rate.
                  Must be something in the air because the ground is the same old bog it always was.
                                                                                  Biff
                             


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on August 16, 2015, 09:39:31 AM
The sun shines bright,
                       A stiff breeze blows in from the north west, Our turbine is just tumbling over because the bank is full and the tanks are warming. The mountain air is heady and sweet but I rather the tang of the sea. The hounds doze at the bottom of the stairs,the kettle creaks on the hob,The world readies for war that does not make sense. Lemmings run because they know no better but we are supposed to be intelligent. I am glad to be sitting on the edge of the Atlantic,3,000 miles from the US but wishing everyone would catch themselves on.
                  My strimming has come to an abrupt finish, i am now officially barred from strimming and She is very serious. I guess she is right. My right leg has been a real pain after every strimming session and what ever muscles that i am over using,the strimming action effectively cripples me for days afterwards and there is a danger of something more serious happening. So I am listening at last. The logging may have made me stronger and fitter but the strimming has done the opposite.
 I did get 2 thirds the way through and our rear lawn looks great, We can see the appletrees and the fruit beds now, facepalm.
 So.." wanted, man with strimmer"
                                            Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: djs63 on August 16, 2015, 09:56:50 AM
 Biff, my wife does the strimming with a great bit strummer which is nearly as big as her! I have creaking shoulders!


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: supremetwo on August 16, 2015, 07:54:15 PM
So.." wanted, man with strimmer" Biff

At least £25 per hour round here.

Perhaps? ;D

http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/9010967.htm

the Pro Fitness weighted hula hoop is the perfect way to trim your waistline whilst improving your core strength.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on August 16, 2015, 09:52:40 PM
I had no problem chopping up at least 8 ton of logs.
                                    My hips were fine. But every evening and for days after working on the strimmer, I was really sore, freeeze and could only lie on my back comfortably or stand up, but sitting at the table or the laptop was asking for trouble. I never had any trouble untill I started strimming.
                                                                 Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on August 17, 2015, 06:28:06 AM
I had no problem chopping up at least 8 ton of logs.
                                    My hips were fine. But every evening and for days after working on the strimmer, I was really sore, freeeze and could only lie on my back comfortably or stand up, but sitting at the table or the laptop was asking for trouble. I never had any trouble untill I started strimming.
                                                                 Biff

I've suffered from sciatica for years and if there's one thing guaranteed to bring it on it's strimming. Unfortunately it's normally something I have to do all year round to cut bedding for the pigs. I've not done any since December last year and my back as on the whole been fine, as for cutting logs, I gave that up when I sold the old hoose  exhappy:, even gave two of my chainsaws away to the new neighbours  ;D and swapped my big Stihl for a small one. My firewood cutting days are over  8) Having said all that, I have definitely started to acquire the makings of a 'beer belly'  :'( so it's not all good news  ;)


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on August 17, 2015, 09:56:35 AM
 Strangely enough,
                 I quite like chopping logs. There was this grim type of satisfaction when you finally cracked a contrary one. I got some really good ideas,while whacking logs,yet all the time paying attention. The only other job that could match that was bricklaying or that short time between sleep and putting the head down,the time when the brain relaxes and floats free to play. ::)
   "Ain,t nothing as funny as folks"
                                                                                                          Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Ted on August 17, 2015, 11:42:33 AM
A nice dry day here yesterday and I built up enough courage to tackle some brambles overgrowing a footpath that I had left for too long.  We seem to have some that must feed on steroids, as the thorns on them are ferocious. I got through 30m or so before I had to give up as the blood on my forearms was attracting too many flies. Only another 10m to do today and the weather is beautiful.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on August 17, 2015, 01:50:39 PM
I hate brambles!!!

Same problems as you chaps strimming plays havoc with the back.  Tend to use the little battery one if possible. The big brush cutter only for the nastiest brambles. I'm afraid it's a couple of glasses of wine in the evening to dull the ache afterwards. Some this year have shoots the size of your thumb.

As Paul, no longer chop wood, I now buy it in for deep winter and use the heat pump for the in between months. Still have a little chainsaw but don't get joy from using it.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on August 23, 2015, 10:54:21 PM
Rain, such rain,
             All day long, once again, water every where, miserable. The dogs got dried down 3 times already. I lit the stove early this morning, first time in a week, Just a slow fire of old pallet chipboard block spacers, Great for slow burning.. I pity the tourists heading up the mountain on their bikes, over loaded with tents,pots n pans and maybe a kitchen sink. At least the wind is not blowing too hard but 15 mile of that road to the nearest village will cure any romantic notions.
                                                                               Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on August 24, 2015, 10:03:34 AM
A mixed bag today,
                A nice force 5 blowing in from the west,enough sunlight to boost the bank and rain on the wind, The Hounds enjoyed their walk and our feline livestock have once again taken over the green store. There is something to be said for as roof over your head and I guess poor Plu got fed up with being flooded out or her nests all the time. Goodness knows where her kittens are, I am assuming that they have perished in the deluge. She herself is skinny and eats like a horse, They like milk,so there is a definite domestic cat link there. It is good for introducing the red worming syrup into them and that is what they will get when I get a chance but they look surprisingly healthy and fit.
                  Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on August 24, 2015, 01:44:07 PM
The wooly hat is out. Full waterproofs on walked the dogs horizontal rain. I think we enjoyed it. Is this Autumn?


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: knighty on August 24, 2015, 07:44:36 PM
Biff

can's love milk.... but they're all lactose intolerant so it's no good for them




I think you can get special cat milk, but I don't know anything about it


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on August 24, 2015, 08:35:35 PM
Hi Knighty,
          Our real feral cats would never drink milk,so it was quite a surprise that this bunch are drinking it. I never give milk to the dogs but its for a different reason.
    Even the RSPCA, laid down ground rules over 25 years ago, not to give dogs milk.

   Hi Tod,
          I think you are right, It is autumn  except for the leaves, still hanging on the trees. ;D. I moved some scaffold today ,got about 2 hours work done,then the wind got serious.
   Tomorrow is another day.
                                     Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on August 26, 2015, 12:15:41 PM
The sun is shining,
              But there is still a fair old breeze for going aloft. The roof has a fair old covering of moss and pitched at a 45% angle, it is a bit of a ski slope, so I need it well dried out,
   The tile in question is right at the top just below the ridge, I am not looking forward to this one and like before, I might prepare the ladders,etc and head up in the dark.
   The wind blows from the North west and there must be a right old breeze out at sea, I can taste the salt in the air. There was one year back about 6 years ago the constant north westerly
   was dropping enough salt laden rain on us to burn the grass and the leaves on the trees. not a pretty sight.
                                                                                                  Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on August 27, 2015, 08:59:29 AM
Dark and overcast,
                Heavy rain during the night and a good force 5 blowing in from the North west, So I am avoiding the Golf club, The Tennis Club, The Hot Tub Club and the St Vincent De Paul for the day.
  Instead, I will make herself and myself nice cup of coffee with a bickie and afterwards slide sideways out the door and down to the shed, I have toys in there, sticky stuff,a hammer and nails and no one around for miles to tell me off for making a mess.
                                            Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on August 28, 2015, 05:33:07 PM
 Gardening today,
                 Between the showers, here is a fair old gale blowing and our rads are nice and warm in the house. Our turbine has been working hard these past few days, It is almost like the winter gales,
 Days of wind and rain, blasts of sunshine between the showers. Our turbine cheers us up, We are very pleased with the turbine and the way it has settled down,working away without a bother.
 What can one say about PV,, It is just brilliant.
                                                         Biff
                                                       


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on August 30, 2015, 11:09:19 AM
Saturday came and went,
                      and now Sunday is raining a steady downpour since 7.30am. Mind you they got the wind right, not for yesterday but for today. So today, no wind,first calm day for ages,except it is foggy and wet,. :fume
                            Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on September 03, 2015, 08:58:34 AM
What a summer, :P
                 We are both wearing jumpers inside. The weather has gone to pot. Rain, sunshine,strong wind, Big half hour downpours that flood the parish and believe it or not, 2 days of wind blowing down from the north east bringing chilly with a serious drop in temperature. September was always a good month for weather with us but it just looks like a colder wetter version of August, I hope not.
       My roofing adventure finished successfully and after I tidy up the facia and soffetts,washing them down, I will strip and store away the scaffold, I have the shed floor cleared for action, and next move is to wheel the Chinese Comfi Superduoper car in and spend a few days futtering with it, Batts and ignition and maybe a spin on it. whistle
                                                                                      Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Ted on September 03, 2015, 10:08:10 AM
Well I still need a couple of dry days to get my spring cleaning jobs finished. Then I will be ready for the summer to start!

Saturday is predicted to be dry but the forecast seems to change hourly.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on September 03, 2015, 01:14:39 PM
Mrs T away for the weekend so a bit tied up with the animals. Not a hardship.
Strange despite being retired and having no religious beliefs still like to keep Sunday for potering on completely non essential stuff or just pleasure.
Weather very mixed,  next week, if wet it will be a blitz krieg in the workshop/ garage it is truly time to clear all the stuff that will come in useful one day whistle. Half of which I have long forgotten it's existence.

If dry it is out with the implements of destruction, chain saw, hedge trimmer, and my personal bête noir the petrol bush cutter (instant bad back) attack the laurel hedge, ( would love to meet whoever planted it and just ask WHY) to try and get it back to some form of order before  the real autumn storms start to arrive.



Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on September 03, 2015, 05:01:01 PM
We fired up the stove yesterday,
                                     First time for a while, It was so cold and our tanks were not up to their usual toasty roasty, 3 fills and all was running smoothly. It just goes to show,that the solar pv is really a big money saver. Today is overcast,trying to rain,with the sun trying to shine but a decent breeze with out turbine doing it,s stuff. I used the scaffold to wash the facia and soffetts. All went well and I was tres pleased with myself, if i may say so myself :garden. Then I was due into town,changed me clobber and stepped into the Jeep, click,,click and one dead battery,,,,,Volt meter reading 10vs exactly.. The Lord loves a tryer,,an hour later the battery is confirmed deader than dead and another one which I keep handy for emergencies has keeled over and died as well. So I ring up and tell em that, sorry tomorrow it has to be tomorrow. I knew the jeep battery was on the way out, it is the original 2001 and lasted well. I got a Yousa battery for the forklift and hopefully i will get the same for the jeep, They are worth the extra few euros. :'(
                               Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: gravyminer on September 08, 2015, 11:27:10 PM
Forecast was good enough to risk a very late hay cut on Sunday morning on 3 acres that was supposed to have been cut in early August .........

It was a bit overgrazed and had no fertiliser so it was very slow growing.

Today its looking like it might be ok but with the air temp dropping so low overnight theres a very heavy dew that has to be shifted before further drying can occur ........

The july hay attempt ended up being given away due to torrential rain on the third day of 'making' it.   banghead:


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on September 09, 2015, 09:17:20 AM
Yesterday was a good renewable energy day
                                Our stove was warm to the touch,tanks full of nice warm water and no need to fire up as night fell and the temperature dropped outside. Today is bright with a good strong breeze from the south not our best direction but much better since I had the trees topped to 12ft in early spring. Hay here was a mixed bag,The farmers who cut early are now looking for their second crop. The farmers who missed the first crop ,chewed up their fields in the process and are waiting to make up for it now, The good news is,that down south,fodder prices are very low for good quality hay.
 My old man once told me that farmers are only happy when they are complaining about something, He married a farmers daughter,  ;D
                                                                                                                 Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: billi on September 11, 2015, 11:04:44 AM
wow   never seen so much rain   since 7 hours it is slashing down http://www.windguru.cz/int/
 time for a walk ...


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Nickel2 on September 11, 2015, 12:54:34 PM
If it was warm enough to walk in rain like that, I'd carry a bar of soap with me and make the most of all that free warm soft water before I got arrested.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: stannn on September 11, 2015, 12:59:15 PM
They were all soaped up at the start of the shoot.
Stan


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on September 11, 2015, 01:32:09 PM
He don,t look quite right,
                     But she would make some old man very happy. whistle
                                                             Biff
  Horrible weather here at the moment, Driving drizzle,, Our harvest fair is on this weekend,starting today. Not a good start.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: billi on September 11, 2015, 02:22:53 PM
does not stop    ... the naked walk did not help .... :hysteria   and i have to give raindrops a new word  its now rainlines  whistle


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: billi on September 11, 2015, 02:26:05 PM
...or stars and stripes ....


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on September 11, 2015, 03:30:45 PM
The sun has been out since Monday here, a full five days of sunshine with an average of 20kWh per day of solar generation   8) Think it's best spell of weather since May, all gonna change tomorrow though, back to the pishing rain and naked rambling with the wife  :hysteria


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: billi on September 11, 2015, 03:42:06 PM
my 4 wheel drive uboat-lux just made it into the village .... I guess I have to take it more serious from now on .....    but flooding now gets now alarming ...


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: billi on September 11, 2015, 05:24:49 PM
ah.....   good one that  i learnt here a lot , my daMNDAM  is strong enough .............   i think my 110mm waste suagepipe  360 meter long   and 2.2 bar deeper     is releasing now about 20l/s   but still  that lake is overflowing .....


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on September 11, 2015, 06:34:59 PM
Nice one Billi,

has it ever overflowed before ? what is the actual depth ? Still sunny and dry here but the rain and wind aren't far away.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on September 11, 2015, 06:36:01 PM
Crikee ! Billi,
          That looks a bit frightening. The only good thing I can say is that the rush roots form a mat that is really strong and if they have been growing for about 5 years they will form a very strong reinforced mat,right at the water edge,,which is now under the water at the moment, just where you need it.
   However, i would not take any chances and anything in the path of the dam,needs to be secured or moved. There is a lot of weight there at the moment.
      Your very heavy rain will continue to fall untill sometime round 3am Saturday morning.. Then you get a break untill midnight Sunday ,when the really serious rain starts again and last for most of Sunday.
   It does not clear up until Tuesday,
                                          Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: renewablejohn on September 11, 2015, 08:02:46 PM
Just gone and pulled the plug on my dam if billi has that much rain it must be on its way to us.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on September 11, 2015, 11:46:06 PM
We have strong wind and driving rain here,
                                           Back to normal for the winter, Our harvest fair will be washed out at this rate.
                                                                                        Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Nickel2 on September 12, 2015, 12:02:55 AM
My sympathy goes out to the Japanese - they are having a bit of a hard time at the moment.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on September 12, 2015, 07:08:24 AM
Beautiful day here so far,

(http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd170/camillitech/120915%20002_zpsd2kyna0a.jpg)

but if the old adage is anything to go by, then not for long. Better go and feed everyone before it starts pishing down.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: billi on September 12, 2015, 07:32:13 AM
as far as i remember my waterturbine uses about 36000 l pe hour  , so obviously not enough to take away enough water in such events ,  i guess i have to watch the fore cast better and drain the lake beforehand .....

http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/pics-severe-weather-alert-in-place-as-floods-wreak-havoc-353453.html


and finally google earth found our place .....  :fume  


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on September 12, 2015, 10:18:42 AM
 We woke this morning ,
                         To the sound of the hall controller fan blowing steady, Our turbine was heating water. A steady force 6 was blowing in from the north west, drizzle on the wind and everything
   saturated and dripping. Our harvest fair is going to be a complete washout. I did get out for a quick walk with the hounds before it open the skies properly.
   I hate to think of any one camping out in this lot.
   I am thinking of you Billi and hope that everything goes well,
                                                                 Biff
                                                               


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: billi on September 12, 2015, 10:40:42 AM
hey biff ,  do not worry about me ,   sure it looks frightening  to see that lake  overflowing  , but remember the base of the dam is  good 10 meters wide and the top is   at-least 3 m  there are several membranes in the dam inbuilt   and that irish subsoil,  they call it blue-till here, i trust more than concrete ....

the only thing  that could go wrong is that the overflowing water cuts in a deeper overflow .... , i have to watch that ...

anyway  there where much more peps  in troubles  , beside me

stunning  sunny day today  , innocent like nothing happend  ....  she has some moods for sure




Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Nickel2 on September 12, 2015, 11:25:50 AM
Billi, do you have a by-pass valve at the bottom of the hill where your turbine is? I was thinking in terms of running surplus water out sideways before it gets as far as the turbine itself.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: gravyminer on September 12, 2015, 12:01:34 PM
Billi
it looks damp where you are :(

I once had to set up water management for an inert landfill site so we could let any runoff settle in a holding pond.

What I did ( that seemed to satisfy the EA ) was to put in a series of flexi land drains below the dam crest to allow water to overflow without scouring the dam. They had their inlet below the water level so no floating debris problems
and they terminated on established grassland, well beyond the earth containment dam.
The perforations in the flexi pipe that remained exposed above the water level ensured the pipe would not be able to act as a siphon.
A calculation of 100 year storm hitting saturated ground for the pond catchment area would tell you how many flexi pipes you would need.
You could even set em up with slightly differing top heights and get the water to play tunes as more pipes started to flow.

I have considered this idea as a trash filter for feeding a hydro penstock but have not yet seen an opportunity to try it.
It would probably require two ponds, the first to take water below trash level then drop it into penstock feeder tank
Any artificially created pond in a stream flow would probably fill with silt and still need regular attention though.

Oh yeah
we got our hay done and inside with enough sunshine to give us the best we could hope for.
Its nothing like as good as spring made hay though. No doubt the horses will decide at some point.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: billi on September 12, 2015, 12:40:43 PM
Billi, do you have a by-pass valve at the bottom of the hill where your turbine is? I was thinking in terms of running surplus water out sideways before it gets as far as the turbine itself.
that's actually a good and easy to handle idea ....I  just have a second outlet beside the turbines nozzle of 22mm on that 110mm penstock pipe ...


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Nickel2 on September 12, 2015, 12:55:44 PM
Further to Gravyminer's comment about syphoning, perhaps a syphon deliberately made to keep the water from over-topping the dam.
Nothing complex, but something like the auto-flush in a gents urinal:
When the water reaches a pre-determined level, the syphon trips and starts to remove the surplus water, taking it to a suitable point lower than the foot of the dam. That way, there are no midnight worries; when you hear slurping and gurgling noises you know it is doing it's job properly.

I have seen 110mm bends and straights used by the groundworking people for cable-ducts etc.

? N2.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on September 13, 2015, 11:34:44 AM
All things bright and glorious,
                           It is calm,bright sunlight,dapples the bog different dull browns and greens, The flattened grass struggles to rise once again.
   The world pass,s us by here on the edge of the Atlantic, Great upheavals are reported from abroad.Thousands of refugees are streaming across the continent. I know, I can see them on the TV. Our next door neighbour has got a new political direction. They can now turn left or right. The spin doctors are flabbergasted. They are already busy digging dirt and battening down the hatches on their world order.
     Many years ago,,exactly the same thing happened to our countries, The early middle ages or the dark ages,witnessed mass migration across Europe on a scale greater than today day,s migration which is just getting started. The Romans had started shutting down their outposts and withdrawing back to Rome, The farmers and locals who attacked the migrants became migrants themselves in search of food and safety. It was lemming to the sea and no country was spared. Sitting quietly on the edge of the Atlantic,we sailed through unscathed, Then we exported our teachers and learned men to the continent to restore the learning centers. That is what I was taught and I have no reason to doubt it because the names are still their in Louvain and Cluny and elsewhere,1500years later.
     The Dark Ages were a terrifying time, Civilisation took a mortal battering. Great swards of social structures were leveled into the gutter. Insanity and death ruled the lands.
 Monasteries and churches were looted and burned , all clergy were dragged out and slaughtered. Law and order was impossible. This only stopped when the people became exhausted and unable to continue. Today we have a chance to right the wrongs by helping those less fortunate than ourselves. It should not be about religion or even nationalities, it should be about mankind and our will to survive as an united people.
                           Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: billi on September 13, 2015, 01:06:01 PM
still draining ...where are the trout ?


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on September 13, 2015, 01:17:32 PM
Gone down the pipe Billi,
                      I thought you had a pipe to take the trout straight to the grill,?
                                                                    Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: billi on September 14, 2015, 10:44:28 AM
...closed the sluice valve  this morning after 3.5 days ..... about 70 kwh  produced mainly dumped into a 1000 watt heater , battery seems   more than fully charged   over 200 ah  more  in than my  batterymonitor  considers  as 100 % charged   ,  lake half drained now , only minor  erosion  ,to the dam



Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on September 14, 2015, 11:32:03 AM
Billi,
   You are due more heavy rain withing the next few hours,
        Some really heavy stuff, just as bad as what you already had,
                      Biff,


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on September 15, 2015, 08:54:42 AM
Beautfull sunny weather here,
                              No wind but plenty of power from the pv,even at this time of morning.
   The would is going to pot, if we could just give everyone a few pv panels and a little space,there would be no war at all, Just a massive sale in multimeters.
                                                                                   Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: billi on September 15, 2015, 09:08:50 AM
true biff lovely morning here ,.... at half past 8 


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Nickel2 on September 18, 2015, 09:03:32 AM
Stop me if you've seen this site before. I found it the other day and it strikes me as being reasonably useful:

http://www.netweather.tv/index.cgi?action=radar;sess=

The 'animate' button looks like a handy function, gives you an idea of what is heading in your own particular direction.

N2


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on September 19, 2015, 09:56:22 AM
The days are getting noticeably shorter,
                                    There is a chill in the air and things do not dry out as quickly after the rain stops. Luckily we have dodged the local flooding. We had some minor roads ripped up and a bridge damaged. Some 4 years ago, we had another bridge swept away, quite an important little one and it was only after the locals blocked the main roads around the place,that the council suddenly found the money to repair it. Local politicians are now very wary of been seen in public. There are no favourites any more, they all get a tongue lashing and more. Even our dear leader "Enda" got a very hot reception when he visited the McGill school in Glenties at the beginning of the summer. He was genuinely shocked over it and complained bitterly to the press afterwards, with everyone grinning from ear to ear.
  September used to bring the last of the good summer weather, There is still a week or so left.
                                                                                                               Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on September 20, 2015, 06:12:44 PM
Ahh Chilly winds are blowing me away,,,baby,  (was that Peter,Paul and Mary,?)
                            The slow wind is lobbing sheets of rain, this way and that. Our Turbine cannot decide which way to turn but things will come right in an hour or so. Meanwhile our stove is going nicely and Mrs Biff is delighted with the Argies and chuckling with glee to see Dan Carter get binned and a New Zelander drop the ball going over the line, Someone enjoys the rugger.
                  all is good,
                              Biff
                  


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on September 20, 2015, 07:24:41 PM
Someone sent me a match summary of Japan v South Africa


(http://s8.postimg.org/xjshrukg1/IMG_20150920_WA0000.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/xjshrukg1/)

Not very PC but did make me smile tumble:

Sunny today but chilly.

So many weather dependent jobs to do.





Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on September 20, 2015, 07:36:25 PM
That is a pretty good description Tod,
                          Mrs Biff had a good chuckle. ;D
                                                 Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on October 20, 2015, 10:28:56 PM
Bit of a blow heading toward Raasay Paul,
                    It gets going at noon tomorrow (Wednesday) and eases off at noon on Thursday.
                                                          Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on October 20, 2015, 10:56:16 PM
These past few days have been cold and overcast,
                                 Our turbine has been self parked for the past few weeks, The PV was performing so well,the Turbine did  not get a chance to get going. However, yesterday saw our bank drop to 124volts under load for the first time since last winter and today sunshine was bleak and just about acceptable, Plenty to run the house but not much going onto the tanks, The breeze got up about dinnertime and by dark, the bank was up in the 130volt bracket with the turbine cruising between 3 and 5 amps.That does not sound like much but it keeps the house running and keeps the bank happy,+ the Turbine is performing effortlessly, No big dive up the clock and hard braking , just a steady laid back performance.I look back and remember how desperate things were getting when my multi blade hub turned nasty and then my two bladed prop went out of balance. The small blade prop was only meant to be a temporally fix until I got the right prop sorted But then the smaller blades turned the whole equasion into a worker and things never looked back after that. Sure, I crashed the lot at the beginning of the year but then I learned all about fitting bearings, sorting out the internal wiring, reinforcing the Brush and slip ring assembly and putting a grease filled stop on the end of the shaft to keep it steady.
  We are set for a proper blow tomorrow.We look forward to that.
                                        Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Nickel2 on October 21, 2015, 12:35:21 AM
Best of luck to you Biff, Mr Weather says it'll be blowy with rain, then a gap of not so bad, before the next one.
I'd love to be in a position to generate lots of power, but here down south we have stuck with the grid and no wind. To be off grid in the south would be a source of great happiness and wallet comfort, but as long as the grid is there and the wind isn't, then grid it is, I'm afraid!


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on October 21, 2015, 09:13:18 AM
We are getting the weather that we normally get this time of year,
                                                 Wind and rain , ;D By midnight last night, the volts were up in the dump load and this morning with a nice steady north westerly doing the business. The shy is grey overcast without a hint of sunlight,There will still be some power generated from the PV but not a lot. Today is the day the Turbine cuts the mustard.
                                                                     Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: billi on October 21, 2015, 09:50:57 AM
...wish i had a bigger turbine now , that does a lot  whistle  ...    , i have to go weeding  around my  ground mount PV ....  did not care too much during summer ... but had to start the petrol generator last  weekend , usually we are fine without FF until november  , but that fecking brambles   have some big leafs now shading  the panels


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on October 22, 2015, 10:45:28 AM
  Good wind this morning,
                  Bearing in from the northwest, a decent force 6 ,Mostly, nice and steady with a few gusts every 5 minutes or so. The breakers are clearly visible from our window,It must have been a rough night at sea. We started the day with a full bank with the amps hovering between 3 and 7. Both controllers are heating water and believe it or not the sun is peeking out. Our turbine is cruising serene. A bit of sunlight, drying out underfoot and the taste of salt in the air. What more could  man want. :garden
                                                                     Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: billi on November 08, 2015, 11:35:12 AM
wow ,   rain /wind  just  arrived  ...    n hour later    then predicted .... but here now ...

nice to see the turbine s blades running  .... window covered in water
 


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on November 08, 2015, 12:19:56 PM
Hi Billi,
      It is supposed to bucket down on top of you around now, :crossed
                 Have you got your wellies on,?
                                              Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: billi on November 08, 2015, 12:40:40 PM
 ;D  hey biff ,    barefoot    best wellies  i have cause they dry out quick ....  but the hat  on the head is quite handy  right now  , but hard to tie down  whistle





Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on November 08, 2015, 01:37:16 PM
Gray but dry the PV only lit up about 9:30.
Windy so the turnip is churning away.
Up the hill with the dogs. Sunny in Brest in the distance but not here.
Fire lit.
Last guest of the year gone.
Fancy a good read but with the fire on think the eyelids might get a bit heavy!! whistle


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: woodi on November 08, 2015, 02:08:21 PM
(http://s2.postimg.org/dz9aofkb9/DSCF4541s.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/dz9aofkb9/)

Rough over here in the Mournes this morning, and the Bornay is earning its keep.

(http://s1.postimg.org/hkhbz10d7/turbine081115.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/hkhbz10d7/)

The PV reckons its dark -

(http://s28.postimg.org/5vq8umvm1/solar081115.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/5vq8umvm1/)

and the vertical furling seems to work though it makes a hell of a racket just as it kicks out of the wind..

(http://s13.postimg.org/ih6nu0gs3/DSCF4543s.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/ih6nu0gs3/)




Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on November 09, 2015, 10:10:42 AM
Woodi,
       That verticle furling is scary stuff. That would send me running for cover.
 Billi,
     We have real rain up here now. A nice bit of wind as well. Must be a steady force 6 going on outside,maybe getting on for 8. Our turbine has been heating water all night.
                                                                        Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Nickel2 on November 09, 2015, 10:24:15 AM
I've just been looking at XCweather on the forecast tab, looks like you are in for 8-9-10 by Thursday/Friday. House will definitely be toasty.
Good Luck!
N2


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: billi on November 09, 2015, 10:33:10 AM
...not much rain  , Biff ,   but heavy wind ,  i am surprised ,  that my Chinese gti  is  still coool

Woodi ,  can I ask   , why are  u selling your two victron  inverters ....?




    


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on November 09, 2015, 03:41:02 PM
Yes,N2,
        Thursday and Friday morning are bad, but it might change track within the next 48 hours,
  It is pretty rough at the moment, great turbine weather ;D, Lodsa hot water,
                                             Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on November 09, 2015, 06:18:26 PM
We have a right old blow out there at the minute,
                          It feels like a force 8 but the net is still working properly, Usually the net goes patchy when the force 8 comes to town. It is rough and if the leaves were still on the trees,it would be roaring up the driveway. The 8 big trees +1 that were felled in the spring did most of the roaring, ;D so it is a lot quieter.
                                                                                     Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: woodi on November 09, 2015, 09:18:08 PM
Hey Billi, selling them for a mate, ended up with my Multi's on the strength of having seen his system working well, and they are going strong. This pair are identical, but he's moved up to a Quattro 8kva hence the Multis are for sale. I know him and them well enough to stand over them.:) Near half the price of my new ones too....


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on November 10, 2015, 09:06:40 AM
Great wind here,
               Loadsa rain,got soaked this morning out with the hounds. This is more like it,back to normal. I kind of knew that that auld pet weather we had in October,with the sun shining every day and warm gentle fragrant breezes,were not the norm but more of a dirty trick to get out guard down. This is more like it and to cap it all we have a real humdinger of a storm heading our way on Thursday,,  :'( :'( :'(.
  I am so happy, :'( :'( :'(. I remember Mrs Biff and I on hols in Puerto Rico. I pointed out the black hosepipes that networked across the brown hills and turned to her and said.." See that, ? You will never need any of that carry on in Donegal ,We insist on our fair share of rain"  facepalm
                                                                         Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: merkland on November 10, 2015, 11:50:04 AM
Spare a thought for our good friend Paul Camilitech presently hugging the shelter of the coast of Northern Ireland en-rout to today's destination Oban. He has been with the Raasay ferry, the hybrid vessel Hallaig, for its annual maintenance carried out at Cammell & Laird dry dock in Birkenhead. Because there is no overnight accommodation on board they have to plan the voyage in stages which can comfortably be covered in a day.
The return voyage so far has been Birkenhead to Douglas, I.o.M., Douglas to Bangor N.I. where they appear to have been stormbound for some two days. I was surprised to discover that he is on the move this morning heading for Oban as I would not expect the conditions to be very good at sea, particularly in a vessel designed to operate in more sheltered waters than the open sea, and this seems to be rather a long hop to do in one day.
Anyone wishing to follow his progress can do so by clicking this link:
http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/home/shipid:200575/zoom:10

merkland.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on November 10, 2015, 12:55:05 PM
Blimey rather him than me. surrender:
Look forward to reading his blog about the voyage ;D


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on November 10, 2015, 01:50:21 PM
      "Seems to be rather a long hop in one day"
           I could not agree more Merkland. Those water,where the Irish sea meet the Atlantic are among the most treacherous anywhere in the world at certain times of the year,in certain winds and tides.
  I had a few really bad experiences between Barra Head and Malin Head some years ago and I would never want a repeat ever again. People have really no idea of how bad it can get up there. You can see conditions that you would never find any place else and the sea can take complete control. The white is pristine pure white and the blue is a dark marble slate colour.
    There is supposed to be a bit of calm this afternoon,but it will still be rough crossing that spot. They have a clear shot at the crossing with the wind on their back but gales of force 6 are blowing up the Irish sea and across from Malin Head some 75 miles north and south. The winds are not the problem it is the tides and the wave formations that occur where the two seas meet between Barra and Malin.
  It was terrifying for us a few times and we had the best of boats, but a car ferry..Good Lord.! I wish out friend Paul all the good luck I can give him.
                                                                   Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Nickel2 on November 10, 2015, 07:49:37 PM
As an aside, I've just chanced upon someone utilising the syphon idea I mentioned back on page 20. (or so).
Great minds thinking alike? Deja-vu? Possibly worth doing in preparation for the next storm over-fill.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=go0U1n55jCE

N2

Oh by the way, I trust every thing still ok in the land of wind!


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on November 10, 2015, 08:46:04 PM
All good up this way N2m
                    Rain eased off for a couple of hours after lunch but lots of flooding locally and rivers overflowing into the fields.
        Good wind ;D,plenty of power and hot water.
                                       Biff
      That syphon idea would be just the job for Billi.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Nickel2 on November 11, 2015, 10:10:26 AM
Just had a look at the BBC weather. Thursday's storm has now been given the name 'Abigail', as part of the first storm-naming sequence for the UK. It looks as though the big bit will be further north.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on November 11, 2015, 12:17:56 PM
True N2,
          But we are still in for a real pasting tomorrow afternoon. It does sound bad when they need to stick names on them.
                                                                                  Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on November 12, 2015, 09:11:11 AM
There has been a slight change to the forecast and the brunt of it,
                                       Is staying farther out to sea. It is more a series of storms this time,approx every 12 hours a force 8 or thereabouts right into next week. We have a good steady blow here at the minute,excellent for toast and heating the water ;D but nothing to worry the turbine. It feels like the real deal is due to kick off anytime because there is a red tinge to the sky.
  Everything is weighed down.
                                          Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: billi on November 12, 2015, 09:32:12 AM
here too ,  looks like a , steady windy , rainy week ahead   exhappy:



Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on November 12, 2015, 01:33:30 PM
Wow,!
      We are getting it now. It is like some one has turned on a giant fireman,s hose on the upstairs windows.. A mix of brownish water and hail running down the velux and veranda door. It is at least a good force 8. It is very noisy. Greats sheets of water are bouncing off the array at the bottom of the garden. Our turbine is facing west and cruising with ease. We have electric fires on and the heavy rain will keep the lump cool. The hail was soft mushy stuff,so the blades will be fine.
  Everything is weighed down outside. The net is still working fine but will go down when the wind shifts around. We are in for 6 or 7 hours of this, so that is not too bad.
  The hounds are asleep,or pretending to be asleep. Diese does not like the wind. He is fine outside with me, even when it is lifting him off the ground but he don,,t like being cooped up inside,without knowing what is going on outside. Old Nat just sleeps through it all. Good luck everybody.
                                                                         Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: freddyuk on November 12, 2015, 04:29:01 PM
I just went to check the boat which is on a mooring in Dunmanus (outside the jetty) so way south of you and it is howling! I did tie an extra safety line round her yesterday so hope it is OK through tonight. Another storm coming in Sat/Sun and maybe a bit further south with a LOT of rain in it so maybe I will lose my nerve and have to move it. Probably more trouble than a Turbine..........certainly less use in a blow!


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Scruff on November 12, 2015, 09:00:03 PM
I was galavantin' on the side of a mountain 'thuther night. Winds so strong like being at sea. I woke in the middle of the night with my skylights at half mast. The wind got under them and lifted them open by ratcheting a ring gear by a pinion.  :snow


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on November 13, 2015, 08:56:36 AM
We had thunder and lightening yesterday evening,
                                               Some of the thunder was serious loud. I went into the green store to feed the cats and just as i put my foot in the door a massive explosion occurred , Just like some one firing off 10 rounds of a shotgun at the same time right beside me. I nearly jumped out of my skin and the cats took off in every direction. :hysteria. I retreated back into the house and 10 minutes later I went put and fed them. They were none the worse but they would stiffen as the thunder rattled away in the distance.
   It is very cold outside,loads of hail lying around and everything saturated.
  Our turbine is filling the clock,cruising serenely , Taking the wind from the north west, nice and steady. There is not much pv activity but as the day goes by,it will still deliver a few hundred watts + or 2 amps at least,even when it is dull. PV is the icing on the cake.
                                Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on November 13, 2015, 05:51:56 PM
wow,! we have real bad storm here at the moment and net breaking up, sh*tfan:
                                             Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: woodi on November 15, 2015, 08:31:27 PM
Pretty lively here on the east coast of Ireland too, though not in your league. Nice to be able to leave the turbine to it, and its running flat out a good bit of the time. Wind seems to be picking up too. Got the water distiller running while the going is good.

(http://s3.postimg.org/5xvch78hb/2015_11_15.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/5xvch78hb/)



Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on November 15, 2015, 10:56:38 PM
IT was rough enough today but set to get stormy after midnight,
                                                       Paul has a real bad blow coming up on Raasay, and Tod is getting high wind as well. Thursday forenoon is stormy,easily force 8+.
  Great electricity production here,Electric fires on and the turbine is cruising serene.The lightening last week was awesome,with the loudest thunder cracks that I ever heard.
  Very heavy rain all day with flooding locally. At least the hail has stopped. The hail is public enemy No1 here.
   The hounds enjoy all the extra drying down but trying to dodge the big sheets of rain is difficult. With each shake of the coats,the invite the rain to penetrate further, still warm towels hang on the porch rads and they stand and wait for the rub as soon as they get in the door.pushing each other to the side and trying to get dried first. The roads are just rivers and the fields sullen angry lakes..
                              Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Ivan on November 15, 2015, 11:25:41 PM
What wind speeds are you seeing in Ireland now? We're still on 10-12m/s and it doesn't seem to have dropped below that in days. Wish I had a wind turbine up.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: billi on November 15, 2015, 11:38:43 PM
ivan ,

 down here it was about 20 m/s this evening   , tues  will be 30  whistle



Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on November 16, 2015, 12:12:37 AM
We have a steady force 6/8 up and down , all day or as near as it don,t matter,
         Just no let up at all
                                                      Biff
    Just been out and about and it is just the same a good healthy force 6 and massive big gusts. The clock is full ;D,


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on November 16, 2015, 07:51:10 AM
A slight breeze expecting it to be lumpy later on.

There is a sense of numbness here.
We  are looking after Wendy the biggest dog in the world, our friends are spending a week in Paris. They decided to go despite everything.
A very black humour is coming out . Some of the victims were outside enjoying a glass of wine and a cigarette, it was said the terrorists were an anti smoking group.  I suppose joking at the unthinkable  releases the tension.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Nickel2 on November 17, 2015, 01:47:35 PM
Our turn dahn sarf this week, we've got a forecasted Tuesday/Wednesday and Saturday/Sunday blow. When I had the new roof put on I had the chimneys removed. It is so much quieter when the wind blows, without four organ-pipes doing their best to keep me entertained in the middle of the night!
I can't make any power from it, I just hope that next door's silver birch blows down but not on my workshop. If it does go, then my PV plan becomes a more viable prospect.
N2


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: billi on November 17, 2015, 02:18:23 PM
Quote
next door's silver birch blows down
... that can happen , if you get the same wind , that we have here right now  ... ,   whistle


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on November 17, 2015, 07:52:23 PM
We were having a horrible day,
                           The wind started acting up and coming from different directions. So the Turbine was forced to hunt and circle for hours, then full stop till dark. The PV situation was quite dismal but still enough to carry the house until dark,then a storm got up around 5ish and again the wind was beating down from ever direction, from the south,,from the east. I am assuming we are somehow in the eye of the storm. We have plenty of reserve but it is something I have to keep my eye on.
  I had quite a bit of driving to do today,,roads flooded again and more lakes in the fields,Every time ,I opened the door of the jeep to get out, i got soaked. All our local towns were flooded like never before. Cars bobbing about like corks. One one hotel, Jacksons of Ballybofey, the guests got up in the morning to find that their cars (in the secure Hotel carpark) had been swept out of the car park and into the river and the rest lying in a pile under water. The must be the worst flooding in our towns on record.
                                                           Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on November 18, 2015, 11:44:58 AM
The real storm finally got going this morning about 7ish,
                                        More thunder and lightening but not as bright or as loud as last week,s. We got out and in handy before the deluge caught us. At the moment we have bright sunlight, heavy rain and very strong winds, :crossed.
 The leaves are all gone from the trees, + we are 9 trees short which makes things a lot quieter and don,t half improve the turbine,s output in the winds from the south. So we have the electric fires on, the stove lit and trying to live the life of reilly. Life is good untill you have to put your head out the front door. freeeze
                                                                              Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: billi on November 18, 2015, 12:37:07 PM
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At the moment we have bright sunlight, heavy rain and very strong winds, fingers crossed!.
here too  exhappy:


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on November 18, 2015, 06:27:31 PM
It blew through here last night but no way as rough as you chaps.
Had to secure the poly tunnel doors here and at our friends the market gardeners. They are having a few days in Paris!!!
Wet but not at all like you.
Biff we have our friend Aurelie, visiting another chum the German lady vet that I mentioned a while back who lives just South of you.
What a time to have a few days away.
Stay safe all of you. :crossed


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on November 18, 2015, 07:13:25 PM
Our Vet is a German lady called Ulricka.
                                         Very pleasant and gets on well with Diese. She was the first one to weigh him on the digital scales..  "Oh"! she said,!. :hysteria  "You know he is a leetle beet heavy" ?
            Diese quite liked her.
                                      Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on November 18, 2015, 07:16:44 PM
This one is Kerstin


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Nickel2 on November 20, 2015, 12:26:05 AM
The Saturday blow looks to be quite a strong one for the south.
It's a North-Westerly.
If it blows the silver birch over next door, with a bit of luck it will squash her shed as well!
Please weather gods, do my bidding and I promise to do yours! :genuflect :genuflect :genuflect


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on November 20, 2015, 10:19:30 AM
Awe N2,
         That is tough, I once had a girlfriend and we used to meet in her fathers shed at the bottom of their garden.
   Then one night we popped in for tea and the Dad asked me was I using his good saw?, Was i using his good wood chisels?, Was I using his plane,?
   I was flustered, and all I could manage was "No Sir"
   "So what are you doing in my shed" says he.
   "Just talking says I",
   He was enjoying it until his wife caught him by the ear and hauled him out of the kitchen laughing.
   I remember I was eating toast and jam at the time,she was making the toast and lashing on the jam, It is very easy to get jam all over your face and toast all over your suit when your hands are shaking at 15 years old. She was a lovely girl with a great sense of humour. She married a farmer, drove (drives) an old battered landrover,had no kids.
  Garden sheds can be romantic N2,,
  Turn on the charm and maybe she will show you around the inside. Maybe she might even cut the tree for you.
                                                               Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Nickel2 on November 20, 2015, 10:54:57 AM
Unfortunately this new one is a bit of a dragon. 3 months after moving in, she banged on my front door and told me to move everything in my garden back from her fence, as she was going to 'put it back to where it should be on her title deeds', after I had 'stolen some of her land'.
I bought my house in 1981 and have never touched the neighbour's boundary fence; it has not moved since I moved in. When I was a kid, I used to play in what is now her back garden, and the fence hadn't moved since then.
I went away for a weekend, came back and found the fence moved by 8", my wooden walkway twixt fence and shed pulled up, soil from her diggings piled up against my shed, and large lumps of the old concrete post foundations dumped in my property. Her lawn remained spotless. Every time I approach her to discuss the matter, she shouts some insult or other, runs into her house and slams her door. :fume :fume :fume  Were I more of a man I would take no nonsense and rip her fence down. Were I less of a man, I would shout back at her and lower myself to her level. I have never lost my temper in my life; it frightens me to think what would happen if I did, so I spend as little time at home as possible.
It is easy to see why her marriage failed. She is under the impression that my garden is included in her divorce settlement to annexe strips of as she feels fit.
 >:(
N2


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on November 20, 2015, 11:52:54 AM
I am very sorry to hear that N2,
                          There is nothing funny about such a neighbour.
                                                                 Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: billi on November 20, 2015, 01:00:09 PM
beside that cruel reality Nickel , i am impressed by your writing style , ... it reads like a poem
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Were I more of a man I would take no nonsense and rip her fence down. Were I less of a man, I would shout back at her and lower myself to her level.

A third model of a person/man  is ........... let them shout  until their throat gets sour




Billi


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Mostie on November 20, 2015, 03:34:29 PM
N2, In your place, there would be war, lawyers and a chain saw  whistle

I've already had to chainsaw a neighbours tree, for reasons I wont go into.....  :police:


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Nickel2 on November 21, 2015, 03:08:42 PM
Tree still there, the world did not end in a blizzard last night.  :)


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on November 21, 2015, 04:44:23 PM
Every place is soggy,
                      Our Turbine is having a rest for a few hours and then we are off again. ;D
         We had snow yesterday and it is still very cold today. :snow
                                       Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on November 22, 2015, 09:48:16 PM
We got off to a murky overcast start,
                                But then the sun came out and did the business untill dark, So I cannot complain ;D.
      Hopefully it will stay dry tomorrow.
                                                Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Nickel2 on November 22, 2015, 10:53:56 PM
What time of the year do they switch the sun off at your latitude? I had some sun here today, and the thermal store rose by less than one degree c.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on November 22, 2015, 11:35:29 PM
 I think sunset is around 4.30 or before,
                                    We would have had a good 5  hours of sunlight . Some change from the murky start to the day.
   Our 2 x 2kw immersions were busy most of that time
                                                            Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on November 28, 2015, 06:13:03 PM
We just had some serious wind about half an hour ago,
                                               It is still blowing a good force 8 with big gusts. It has been a whole series of storms lately. We just get time to settle down after one big blow and then another comes down the track. We have flooding as well. Our local river is out over it banks and our roads are rivers. We get a fair old shot of wind from 6am tomorrow morning until noon. Raasay get the same breeze around 6pm so it is a storm without doubt, Look out for that one Paul.
                                                             Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on November 29, 2015, 09:33:27 AM
It has been a rough night,
                        Diese came into the bedroom around 6ish, bumped the bed and woke me, stood pointing at the door. A peep down at the bottom of the stair, revealed old Nat still fast asleep but this kid does not like the wind, I hopped back into bed and allowed him to camp out along side the bed for the night, he was asleep straight away. Almost 40 years ago I had a very good Shepard a biddable and sensitive soul like Diese and again he detested the wind. He, like Diese was fine outside, getting blown off his feet, enjoyed it in fact but I think the fact that the house creaks and the wind makes multiple noises everywhere,fazes him downstairs in the Hall. We know that the  W/T controller in the hall is also responsible for his uneasyness, It breathes heavily during the gales, last night was no exception and this morning it was registering 142vdc which is the highest turbine voltage the small blades have delivered so far. Needless to say, we have a large tank of piping hot water 1800nnn x 550mm + the heat store in the hall. With the rain pelting the north gable,we had to wait untill 8.30 for walks. We got a rain free spell and the hounds did not hang around. I got time to check on Blink and found her quite wet. She did not wait for the rain to finish but made her way to her toilet area some 20 yards away. I got a nice greeting while I dried her down and after a few moments ,left her to enjoy her breakfast.
  It is still blowing a mighty force 8+ out there, I dread to think of the flooding situation. Everywhere was quite bad yesterday but we had serious rain as well last night.
 This same storm is Raasay bound and set to make landfall around 6ish this evening, The red is actually all over the Isles to the mainland.
  Everything here is Ok so far(touchwood)
                                   Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on November 29, 2015, 05:28:16 PM
          This is the worst, it has been in 2015,
                 It is roaring outside,
                                        Biff
    NB, You can tell it is bad because the air pressure in the room changes, you can feel it in your ears. Even old Nat has left her post by the hall door and joined us upstairs.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on December 01, 2015, 11:38:29 PM
Out of one storm and into another,
                              There is a good force 8 + going at the moment but will have eased off around 6am. November has been the stormiest one that I can remember. Out Turbine is having to work extra hard. It has been almost a year since it was launched and it has not been lowered in that time, It is due a service and checks on the blades.Hopefully I will get some decent weather and sunshine and time to take it down and pamper it. freeeze
                                                   Biff
 


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: fourfootfarm on December 02, 2015, 10:05:08 AM
Much as I dislike the marching sueing culture of society. Have you thought about going through the small claims court?

Carrying out unplanned unagreed on works is not very good neighbourly conduct and not really legal either.

http://www.thompsons.law.co.uk/factsheets/resolve-common-neighbour-disputes.htm

http://www.independent.co.uk/property/house-and-home/hands-off-that-fence-or-youll-be-hearing-from-my-solicitor-1275693.html

Sadly it will probably be more hassle than its worth. However some times revenge is worth it.

Though if the fence has been there as long as you remember its most likely in the correct place originally.

Petty people and NIMBY's *mumble grumble* first against the wall *grumble grumble*

(I am not a lawyer)


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on December 02, 2015, 05:45:00 PM
Errrr, Have you someone in mind FFF,, freeeze freeeze,
                             It is very very hard to get through life without finding someone who will try and take what is yours. Very often if you are pleasant and sociable ,These malingering types will do their utmost to stick a spanner in the works. They live for it.The answer is, to be firm and pleasant at all times, Get your surveyor lined up + ask your solicitor the ins and outs and have patience. Never curse or swear or threaten anyone. That alone can bring defeat and massive expensive. Put Mr Plod between you and all harm and remember Harry Street.
                                                                     Biff                               


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on December 02, 2015, 05:49:48 PM
Today was bright and sunny,
                     But there is another humdinger of a storm building up for Friday afternoon, I think that this is the big one, hopefully it will veer away back out to sea. :genuflect :genuflect
                                                         Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: fourfootfarm on December 02, 2015, 08:59:44 PM
Oh yes, should have mentioned that was FAO N2!


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on December 04, 2015, 12:03:04 AM
I took advantage of the good weather today,
                                   And shut down out wind and solar installations. I disconnected the PV, Put the turbine on the brake, Ripped out most of the cabling, Removed the controller and replaced it with a brand new one. I had issues with the voltage creeping up into the 142vdc mark and that has never happened before unless I disconnected one of the dump load immersions to boost the bank.
 I managed to get it done before dark and waited till around 10pm,ish when the wind got up enough to put us back in business. The dash on the controller was reading what seemed to be Chinese symbols and made reading the volts and amps rather difficult but once the wind got going properly the screen cleared and the meters began reading properly.
  I intend to replace the inverter as well. I have the new one sitting ready to go onto the shelf.
 This forthcoming storm is the big one and I do not fancy heading into that with a malfunctioning controller. If you do not have a decent reliable controllers, you stand to lose everything.
                                                             Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: freddyuk on December 04, 2015, 06:27:17 AM
Clear starry sky and no sign of any wind right now - but it is coming! It looks like the worst so far so I will be tying everything down yet again. Good luck up there as it looks nasty across the NW coast.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: billi on December 04, 2015, 09:33:11 AM
looks hefty allright ,....    I guess the rain will  cause  more fear  than the wind .... down here South

the land is soaked  in water ,  yesterday  many green fields were flooded ,  later on today  a lot of rain is forecasted


............I ll get me boat   :)



Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on December 04, 2015, 10:26:37 AM
The red has moved inland,
                         But it is still just a force 5/6, We are hoping that the bluestacks will push away from us. It is supposed to get rough after noon.
      Good luck everyone,
                       Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on December 04, 2015, 03:18:13 PM
We have a good force 8 with big gusts going,
                                         We are also supposed to have the heaviest rain all day tomorrow, with flooding expected all over the county on already flooded areas.
 The new controller seems to be doing rather nicely,  It reacts quicker and smoother. We have electric halogen fires running at present. They keep the Turbine from braking too hard and smooth out the running. I am not seeing that 142vdc that was on the other controller. Perhaps the new cabling help. If the storm does not get any rougher, we should waltz through it. The air pressure in the house is starting to change, we can feel it in our ears, it is not a very nice sensation.
 Some 6 years ago, we had a little Aelous300 called Hans, He flew alongside Yang-Shen for over 2 years, Right next to the gable of our house. This storm came and lasted for 3 days, I can remember lying  in bed and thanking my lucky stars that I had Aframed the double Heavyweight purloins and bolted the lot together. We lost a ridge tile and a tile that time. But the blurb on little Hans was very special,, He had no need to furls, His blades were special, once they went above a certain rpm, they changed shape and resisted the wind refusing to be pushed any faster. It sounded great on the blurb but the reality was a nightmare. Hans not only changed shape but he also made such a racket that we were waiting for him to scud across the ceiling and slice the two of us in the bed. After 3 days of that caper ans the storm gone, I noted that hands was flying with out a breeze. So I took him down and discovered that he had given up the ghost. The Little 450watt Yang-Shen was moved a little farther away and continued to work without a hitch,It is still working away up on top of the Bluestacks as I type. All Hans needed to get back into action was another set of rectifiers. I did convert him to 3 phase ,with new rectifiers and controller on the ground. The bearings etc were fine. Apparently the rectifiers on the same little Aelous 300 were always suspect, too light for the job.
 It was a good lesson for me at the time,
                                        Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on December 05, 2015, 12:35:56 AM
  Very Rough and the heaviest rain I have ever seen ,
                             This rain is set to fall all day tomorrow,  :winter
                                                                      Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on December 05, 2015, 10:47:59 AM
More of the same due this evening,
                       In fact the red is showing inland, so we are going to get a right old pasting around 6pm,
  It looks like you are getting it rough down in Kerry/Cork as well.
  Out turbine cruised through the night. Good hot water this morning  ;D.
 Outside is saturated.
                             Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: billi on December 05, 2015, 11:18:06 AM
complete madness down here ,..... windturbine still there ... surprise

Its slashing down rain since over 12 hours  and will  keep on like this,  until this eve

Have to drive to town later , expecting  lots of flooding



Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: DanielCoffey on December 05, 2015, 01:06:58 PM
I am wondering how the trees in the boggy areas near you will be faring, Biff. I read in the Navipets thread how most of it is simply floating in the top layer of peat which will surely be wobbling all over the place by now.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: gravyminer on December 05, 2015, 03:12:55 PM
Its been a wild night down south

A garden bench has blown over AGAIN !  svengo

The best part of all the wind was that we didn't hear a large lorry arrive with a small package (there seems to be an inverse law at work relating vehicle size to parcel / load size ) at around 8.00 am, so could stay in bed and listen to the wind.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on December 05, 2015, 08:37:50 PM
Yes indeed DC,
           The area where those trees grow is now under water. The official ordinance datum puts that spot where that tree grows just 20ft above sea level,
(http://s30.postimg.org/ey7qnxmb1/DSCF0376.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/ey7qnxmb1/)

(http://s3.postimg.org/cyiwwiilb/DSCF0374.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/cyiwwiilb/)
 These pics were taken this morning and the situation has got much worse by now,
  Our situation is good, years ago, I had hundreds of loads of hardcore trucked in and the level of the whole site raised by 7ft at it lowest end,then the drains were lowered another 8ft,d x 6ft,w so we never have a problem apart from running surface water. I spent too long in the building trade and much as I loved this site, I knew that I needed to engineer it in such a way as to shed water on 3 sides. It was costly but it was money well spent.
  The whole bog is never stable or fixed. It is moving all the time. The real damage is done in the hot summers, The bog shrinks and the extra tar surface required is stolen from the Braes that get the most sun, leaving the tar flexible and stretchable. You will always spot the expansion areas because they are cris-crossed by ribs of 50mm to 100mm hard tar which gets repaired as soon as possible. The bridges sink and the giant underground pipes are lifted up every 5 pr 6 years or so(depending on the summers) and placed on top of more fill. The roads on both sides are regraded and raised anything up to 6 to 8ft.  but they sink again. to be repaired again. Local truck drivers fly along these roads. There are certain spots that they will not stop for anything and pass within mm of oncoming traffic. Truckers unfamiliar with the roads, slow down,meeting traffic, sometimes stopping on the very edge, the road breaks away like a soft Mars bar and the big articulated trucks, trailers and all just drop sideways into the bog. It takes 2 cranes to lift them out. It is a frequent thing during the hot summers but not so frequent during the bad weather.
 Before buying this site, My son and I went round it with a long sounding bar and I was quite happy to buy with the results that I got. The trees that float take a bit of getting used to, even if the solid rock is some 5 or 6 ft down underneath but there are other places where the bog floats on an underground lake and these are a genuine nightmare. The ESB have teams going around erecting new poles. Quite often their digger men do not take the time to use the Mats. The digger breaks though the crust on a seemingly normal bog and then things get tricky. The last time i saw this was about 6 years ago. The digger was a nice new 120 Hitachi. The driver dropped the jib out over the bog and ran for help, It took 4 days and at least another 3 diggers and track machines, loads of chains, mats of 20 telagraph poles each, and very experienced drivers and operators. By the time the digger was pulled to safety, The whole area was moving up and down like a giant lump of jelly. The area was fenced off and left. These are not sink holes as such but just a natural occurrence. The water is being trapped on the hard rock below,in hollows scooped out by the glaciers millions of years ago.The peat just build up on the surface over thousands of years or much less.
  It is interesting ;D
                         Biff
 


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: gravyminer on December 06, 2015, 12:18:19 PM
Fascinating stuff Biff.

I learnt how to 'make myself light' when traversing such conditions up on Dartmoor.
Didn't realise what I was doing until it became apparent that others were simply putting their weight on one foot at a time and having problems.

Many years ago a piling company  I occasionally worked for, put in a foundation for a house up on a peat moor near Derby. The job had to be done during the summer months as it became too soft to move on the ground in winter.
The piles went down a very long way to get the resistance to drive that would indicate they could support the house.
The house got built and the people moved in.
Then a call came in that the house was sinking.
Yes according to a local datum point it was indeed sinking .........
Eventually it dawned on someone that the peat swelled up a couple of foot in winter and the house had been nailed down to an unmoving layer much lower down.........

So define sinking  facepalm



Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on December 06, 2015, 04:51:44 PM
(http://s3.postimg.org/8xbphcoin/DSCF0379.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/8xbphcoin/)
           Things are returning to normal.

(http://s27.postimg.org/5m0nb3jcv/DSCF0382.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/5m0nb3jcv/)  This pic was taken about an hour ago, The branches are getting lower to the ground but still have a few years left . The recent floods came up to the branches parallel to the ground.

                             Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: heatherhopper on December 06, 2015, 11:47:09 PM
Storm Desmond (or whatever it was called) left us with a fairly mixed legacy up here in the north. Although we didn't get as wet as Cumbria on this side of the hill we had a good sustained blow - repeated gusts of 80 mph over 48 hours recorded on our 4m high anemometer.
The pros and cons of being off-grid
Local area has been without grid power since lunchtime yesterday but our neighbours lost their wind power (still have a little PV power though).
We have barely needed our boiler for two days but our water is looking decidedly peaty.

(http://s14.postimg.org/wg5stvrxp/DSC03359.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/wg5stvrxp/)

Main road blocked two days running as local plantations were progressively flattened - about 30% down.

(http://s14.postimg.org/mrwy4hmi5/DSC03361.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/mrwy4hmi5/)

I think I know my preferred status - off-grid, up a height and a respectful distance from trees.

Commiserations to all those still without power and under water.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on December 07, 2015, 09:07:54 AM
So far so good,
            The rain was just overpowering. The roof of my shed has vents up near the top and the wind forced the rain in through the vents,leaving a sizable puddle in the loft where i store my electrical gear.
 Thankfully i had the important stuff all sealed inside plastic wrap but will need to be taken into the house and stored there for the rest of the winter.
   There was a lot of damage here also but mostly from the flooding. Most of our towns were flooded which simply shows bad shorted sighted planning. We are very glad that We had the 8 big trees cut down at the beginning of the spring. Our turbine had nothing like its usual turbulence problem with the south winds. So that alone is a big + this winter.
                                                                                     Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: freddyuk on December 07, 2015, 09:18:11 AM
It's back up to 6 gusting 7 here just now and rain expected this pm. Damn grass is still growing but mower does not have float tubes attached.......


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Nickel2 on December 07, 2015, 10:33:30 AM
May be time for a winter project?

(http://s1.postimg.org/jw5d05opn/weedcutter_wasse1202.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/jw5d05opn/)


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: freddyuk on December 07, 2015, 01:48:21 PM
Brilliant!  :hysteria

Rain has just come in horizontal and the wind has cranked up with some serious damaging gusts. It is as bad as ever..... surrender:


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on December 07, 2015, 04:19:31 PM
Got bad here after 12noon,
                       Great big gusts that took me by surprise and nearly blew me off my feet. We were supposed to drive in to town today but the warning were coming over on the radio and telly about not traveling unless totally necessary, so for once in my life I heeded the advice but I have a customer calling top collect 150 rustics in 15 mins. This should be fun. freeeze
                                                                                                      Biff
  I,m another 150bricks less. :genuflect


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: supremetwo on December 08, 2015, 01:51:41 AM
Not heard from Paul since the ferry dry dock, also his web site not updated.

Hope all is well there.

https://lifeattheendoftheroad.wordpress.com/


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: DanielCoffey on December 08, 2015, 07:37:16 AM
His forum account was used yesterday morning so it seems like he is OK.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on December 08, 2015, 09:13:05 AM
He is probably flat out busy trying to get the new house finished,
                                            It is a very stressful time no matter how well you plan it. Lets hope all is well.
  His contributions and wry humor are missed. :crossed
                                                       Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on December 10, 2015, 08:48:09 AM
No let up here,
           Out of one force 8 and into the next one, We go to bed with the voltage @138/9 and rise in the morning with the same 138/9. There has been very little let up and the rain is brutal with repeat flooding all over the county. The good news is, Our turbine is coping really well(touchwood) and we run the lecky fires through the worst of it.
                                                   Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: freddyuk on December 10, 2015, 11:56:29 AM
Nice and calm this weekend but the rain in your neck of the woods could be biblical unless it tracks further NW.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on December 11, 2015, 01:15:19 AM
Still strong wind,
               But down to a force 6 with gusts, Heavy rain for sure but we have had worse. More on the way.
                                           Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on December 11, 2015, 11:31:18 AM
Well, Honestly !,
               Such wind and for so long must be a record of sorts,
  We cannot complain, Great hot water, our little stove can get the C/H going on the first fill and all the electricity we want.
  However, this kind of weather used to drive the lads into the pubs and when the wind/rain did stop and the place dried up they were footless nursing big sore heads and way out of pocket.
  I used to dread starting a house this time of year. I would lose money if this kind of weather came along and it often did. I soon learned to turn the winter jobs down and take the inside refurbishment jobs.
                                                  Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on December 13, 2015, 10:18:01 AM
Then Last night,
            I went for walks with the hounds around 8ish, The ground was still wet but drying out. Fast forward to 11.30pm and outside was frozen solid, The car windscreens were frozen inside and outside,
  Our velux windows were perfect frosted glass from an old established pattern. The velux were completely crazed in black ice with perfectly symmetrical designs.
 I banked the stove for the night and hoped that everything in the yard had anti-freeze. I remember years ago,racing home to light a fire under the engine of an old Major diesel. I got away with it and was able to cut through the water jacket and start up to pump the last of the water out before the whole thing froze again. Things are different nowaday. Everything has collant,etc. (hopefully)
                                                Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Ted on December 13, 2015, 10:44:44 AM
Driving along the motorway yesterday in torrential downpour, the spray was like a wet F1 race. The normally reliable diesel in the LR even started coughing a few times and the brakes were nearly useless, it was like driving along a river. It felt as if half the Atlantic had been dropped on us.

And still there were folks who thought there was no need to put their precious headlights on! They would have their licences removed if it was up to me.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on December 18, 2015, 10:46:55 AM
The rain is ever present,
                    The wind is driving in from the west. Our voltage has been up in the dump range for weeks on end and we use the little halogen fires to heat the rooms during the day,lighting the stove around 3pm ish. The temperature is still around the 14degrees,quite high for this time of year. No wonder the Daffies are breaking out.
 The wet conditions are depressing. Tractors and diggers have to be kept off the land and any building work is nothing short of a nightmare.
 I enjoy rooting about in the shed and I am delighted to be retired and finished with the building.
                                                                     Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: freddyuk on December 18, 2015, 10:53:54 AM
I was outside last night with binoculars looking into a starry sky in 12c !! That's in West Cork - balmy. Didn't see the Space station though. Back to howling wind and dullness this morning.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on December 18, 2015, 05:53:56 PM
All day long it blows,
                    Rain every half hour, a half hour shower, so it is not too bad and we can dodge out and in.
 But it is hardly easy living, :(
                                          Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on December 21, 2015, 04:32:08 PM
And still it blows,
                Great steady power from the north, or best wind. We had sunshine for a few hours today and everyone was happy and pleasant during the Christmas shopping. The council must have put something in the water because every driver I saw and met was extra charming and waving other drivers out of car parks and side roads..The town abounded with the real Christmas spirit.
 Yet our kids are all away out foreign and when we shut down skype the room is empty and hollow. It is a Christmas of a kind and the Christmas of the future.
 Perhaps they will skype to our funerals and send a card and a plastic 10 years prayer/flower by Amazon.
 I am going to have to stick a knife in the Turkey to see if it is real.
                                                   Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: freddyuk on December 21, 2015, 06:15:42 PM
Cheer up Biff at least you may get a chance to see this.....http://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/aurora-borealis-spotted-around-ireland-on-winter-solstice-1.2473747
Think we are too far south but it's been seen in Naas and Dublin.



Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on December 21, 2015, 07:46:16 PM
 Aye, ! Freddy,
           We do get a fair old display and some night they can be very very impressive.
                                      Biff
             


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Nickel2 on December 21, 2015, 10:26:31 PM
I use this site for HF predictions, has some interesting bits:

http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/products/aurora-3-day-forecast

N2


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on December 23, 2015, 08:42:23 AM
Wow,!
      The red comes ashore on Dingle and Mayo this afternoon, Hopefully we will miss the worst of it as a south wind might shoulder it out to sea again.
    Things cruising at the moment,full clock,s, Tanks full of hot water but very cold outside.
                                                               Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: woodi on December 29, 2015, 08:18:51 PM
Its brutal here on the east coast of Ireland tonight, and it looks like storm Frank is going to hit the northwest hard. Hope all of you are safe, and your turnips are hanging on. Got 50Kwh from our 3kw Bornay yesterday and today is much worse, but I didn't get the chance to take it down so we just praying that it survives the night. Peaking soon and its really very hairy indeed.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on December 29, 2015, 11:23:25 PM
Hi Woodi,
        It has been very bad here all day, Plenty of hot water and the electric fire is on. It is too rough to go out with the dogs but supposed to ease off after midnight.
            Our turbine seems to be doing fine, It stays up on the dump voltage all day,all night, ;D
                                                                     Biff
   Same again for the dingle peninsula on Friday night,,Saturday morning,,The red comes ashore.
           


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on December 31, 2015, 04:09:33 PM
More of the same,
                But some snow for good measure.
                                                  Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on January 14, 2016, 01:50:11 PM
Vee ave vind ,vain and voe,,
                     Vhat vill ve ave next,,arrrrggggggg
                                     Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on January 17, 2016, 10:43:49 AM
The hounds enjoyed the dry morning,
                                 It was sharp and clear and dry underfoot, There is a promise of a bit of sunshine. The world worries by outside our gates. Bad things are happening but out on the edge of the Atlantic we are about as far from it as we can get. Good people pray for peace and bad people sell peace at a price with strings of weapons of war attached. Future world super power leaders,climb the ladder to office by insulting women, Insulting others religion, insulting each other. Reality has become a reality show. Orwell saw it all.
 "The creatures outside looked from pig to man, from man to pig,then from pig to man again but it was already impossible to tell which was.........."
        There are some nuts and bolts in the shed and some spanners to fit the same,The seeds of perpetual motion are hard to harvest.
  Many years ago, my son would watch Macgyver for the 60 minutes. I would have a box of bits and bobs ready for the explosion afterwards. There were helicopters ,tanks and fun vehicles in that little box 2ft x 2ft square, it just took the trained eye and a few hours to find them. Even my eldest daughter went off to become an engineer, building bridges,lift shafts,footie stadiums,,,. It is simply not fair to blame me,I was only trying to squeeze in an extra few years of my own childhood because back then in the world of a 8year old, you had to settle for a dozen lollypop sticks, a round of wax candle, an elastic band, then nick one of my mothers spools of thread,dispose of the thread(without getting caught ) because the empty spool was the treasure.Then sit for hours watching the spool crawl all over the books on the table.It was the most deadly tank in the world,totally silent and could run forever on a single elastic band,threaded through the spool and round of wax candle,steered by the lollypop stick.
 My little friends and I could have conquered the world back then ,Given time,we could have built billions of them ,swarmed the cities and towns with them,if only we could have agreed long enough, Instead we all fell out and ended up throwing the spools at each other,stomping on them , calling each other names and running home crying. There us a parallel there somewhere. Some of us tried to grow up but it is not easy. I am still working on it.
                                                Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: stannn on January 17, 2016, 12:01:50 PM
Woke up to 2 inches of snow. Walked the collies for 3 miles around the block but no cars. Fed them. Got out my new 3-section 4 metre window-cleaning pole with scrubber and cleared snow from the PV array. Output went from zero to 200W and kept rising as the morn wore on. Used pole/scrubber to clear snow from the ETs.
Watching tits eating from the new squirrel-proof feeders. My favourites are the long-tailed tits which arrive in a flock and never fight.
Stan


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on January 17, 2016, 12:54:17 PM
Grey cold and damp here.
We walked the collies up the mountain.
Followed by a really tense game of cones.
Brief rules
Human chucks a cone if it finishes on the path 2 points, off the path the opponent gains 1 point.
A particularly weedy throw is called an Eaton timid toss, following a visitors extremely careful  wacko playing safe and not entering into the spirit of the tense contest
Comfort dashes off to collect the cone. She prefers a miss so she can root around and find the cone and be told how clever she is ! :genuflect
Elliott chases Comfort and does his best to put her off the hunt.
She gets cross with him which worries him not a single jot!  wackoold
Cone is returned and the game continues.
Final chuck has to hit a big rock and gains 4 points.
If anyone is still reading and has not lost the will to live, Mrs T won by 2 points.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: MR GUS on January 17, 2016, 01:07:06 PM
Ahh spittle entombed pine cones, memories (of the front garden).

..memories being cone bits chewed fought over & hacked up onto the floor / bedding.

never mind the need for fire lighters (bloody dogs).

All this snow is going to skirt round us as usual, ...we are so envious.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on January 20, 2016, 10:48:21 AM
It is dry outside,!
                 This morning,s walk was bright and clear. A hint of frost, loads of scents for the hounds to track.
  But it is dry with bright sunshine and not a cloud in the sky. I must be dreaming. We are not used to this. It is an evil plot by the government to trick us into voting them back into power.
 But if they were that clever,(and I know that they are not) I would vote for them anyhow.
 The people will be worried about this strange good weather. There is bound to be something wrong with it,probably riddled with them E numbers.
 But all the same, I am not going back to bed quite yet, I have to get out there and investigate it. There might be a grant going for walking about looking seriously profound.
                                                                       Biff
 


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on January 20, 2016, 01:00:37 PM
Some serious PV power this morning,
                                         W,Turbine filling the clock,Water not quite circulating in our DHWT but will be around 2pm. This is the best day for 2016 and a sign of things to come.
                                                                                 Biff
 NB Water now circulating and heating the whole tank + the Heat store downstairs.@ just after 1pm. There will be very little logs used tonight in the stove. Roll on the long days :crossed


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on January 25, 2016, 09:39:32 AM
G Dangit,
     It is darker now than it was at 7.30, Big squalls of rain sloshing off the north facing windows. This is totally uncalled for. I must sit down and write a letter to the government but at least they are not throwing 2 ft of snow at us.,,Yet,
      Still,  Life s good, Battery Bank full to the neck, The tanks are toasty roasty. Almost zero pv but the W/T is in overdrive.
                                         Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: woodi on January 25, 2016, 09:57:27 AM
Looks like its going to be rough, right enough. 40mph gusts over here in the early hours, supposed to be proper wind tonight, and its always a lot worse over there than here in the east, so stay safe. Getting a nice consistent 3.5kw out of the turbine here and the storage heaters are toasty :) Two very game arborists are taking down two huge pine trees in front of the house today so am hoping the wind doesn't pick up too soon. Rather them than me, its breezy enough outside right now.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on January 26, 2016, 08:16:22 AM
WoW,!!,
        It is rough out there at the moment. We have toasty roasty tanks once again but the return pipe to the top is much hotter this morning, so we must be in the middle if a force 8.
  And more serious rain. More flooding in our towns and villages. :(
                                                                           Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on January 26, 2016, 01:55:34 PM
Been tied alongside all morning but hoping to sail at 14:30, wind a steady 8 gusting 10 at the moment but supposed to moderate shortly  :crossed Those tweaks I did a couple of weeks ago https://www.navitron.org.uk/forum/index.php/topic,26298.msg302032.html#msg302032 paid dividends, the Proven chucked out 46kWh overnight!!!!! That's an average of 3.8kWh  :o Sure I've seen it doing over 4100W but never for such a sustained period. By contrast the 4.75kW solar array hasn't yet done 1 kWh in two days  :'( Roll on spring  bike:


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: heatherhopper on January 28, 2016, 12:55:37 PM
Quote
Roll on spring
Indeed but not for the increased PV output as far as I'm concerned.
Another storm on it's way for tomorrow (we expect 80+ mph gusting) and we are already full up with everything. This mild (but still breezy) winter does not go well with all my well thought out plans. May seem smug to others but it really can be a pain - why can't winter just be winter. Just goes to show, on a micro scale, the headaches for grid scale renewable generation go way beyond a bit of storage.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on January 28, 2016, 01:10:25 PM
I've seen the sun. exhappy:

Rain tomorrow but today I've seen the sun. exhappy:


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on January 28, 2016, 01:42:54 PM
Quote
Roll on spring
Indeed but not for the increased PV output as far as I'm concerned.
Another storm on it's way for tomorrow (we expect 80+ mph gusting) and we are already full up with everything. This mild (but still breezy) winter does not go well with all my well thought out plans. May seem smug to others but it really can be a pain - why can't winter just be winter. Just goes to show, on a micro scale, the headaches for grid scale renewable generation go way beyond a bit of storage.

Aye, a cold spell would be could just to kill the midge and stop fooling the flora and fauna into thinking it's spring. This relentless wind and rain is causing chaos with the ferries, still it's giving my phase control SSR dump system a good testing and the house is toasty. Son has just been sent home from school (he stays in the hostel during the week) and that'll be his exam on Friday canceled until Monday due to the weather tomorrow. To be honest it don't look much better on Monday and we've got pigs to put away, bummer as the abattoir only takes them on Monday morning.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on January 28, 2016, 01:58:50 PM
We are getting it rough tomorrow morning around 6am but it eases off around noon,
 However we are going to get hammered all day Monday. Hopefully it will swing around a bit earlier but it is looking bad.
                                                 Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on January 29, 2016, 09:39:53 AM
It was pretty lively around 5ish this morning,
                              But I slept through the lot for a change. She herself said that she had heard it much worse in the past.
        But we do  not have those 8 big trees that made such a racket.They were lowered to 12ft+ and the difference during a storm is amazing.
                                                                  Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on January 29, 2016, 09:38:55 PM
It was very rough here around 6pm but it has settled down to a steady force 8+
            I had to take the hounds out for a dander and the wind was that strong,we could hardly get back in the front door.
      So we have plenty of hot water tonight ;D
                                                      Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on January 29, 2016, 10:20:55 PM
Lost me broadband this morning and had to hike up rather large hill and repair the mast.

(https://lifeattheendoftheroad.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/016_thumb2.jpg?w=716&h=538)

Just needed a few scaffolding clamps tightening up but it was boodly scary up there, I could hardly breathe if I faced the wind and had to crawl on all fours to get near it. Normally I wouldn't be so stupid but yer just pure feckered without the Internet these days, gotta file a tax return before Sunday and some pig movement documents. Missing the first means a £100 fine and missing the second means me being stuck in Dingwall with two large pigs  :crossed

Great weather for power though, my first 100kWh in 24 hours  exhappy:  exhappy:  exhappy: 64kWh coming from the old Proven  8)


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on January 30, 2016, 09:34:20 AM
A quick check,
               Out with the hounds this morning, revealed everything to be in order, so far. Yet we must have recorded some of the highest winds here for a few years. It was that bad. Around 11pm last night, Diese came and put his chin on my knee,pressing down hard, I could already feel the air pressure changing in my ears. The house is very heavily insulated but still my wife could hear the roars of the wind outside. Then we went out into it for last walks around 12ish, Daft I know, but it was dry all the same and that was a change, so we made the best use of it. Once outside in the thick of it, both Diese and Nat are 100% rock steady and can operate without a bother.
  Our Blink went to a farm about a mile away Paul, so we are like yourself at the moment, Catless. We had to send her on because our dogs were becoming quite ill. Diese in particular could not get a moments peace and was becoming worn out with fatigue. Then he started passing blood in his pee and I knew then that Blink had overstayed her stay. He needed peace to get better. It took a good 4 days for him to get back to his normal self. He still searches the place for Blink,expecting her to jump out on him in ambush. It became that bad for him,that she would even jump on him when he was having a poo. She would do,whatever she wanted to do and we could all get stuffed. The new lady owner was/is charmed and explained where I went wrong. It was such a relief to see her go. She will be a fantastic asset in her new home. I was expecting to see her wandering in the gate before now but she must have landed in custard.
  Monday night/Tuesday morning is supposed to be very bad wind wise, If it is any worse than last night, then we are in for a very tough time indeed.
                                                                                    Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on January 31, 2016, 08:21:06 PM
The forecast has just got worse,
                            The red has come ashore about 5 mile away as the crow flies and the purple is another few miles farther out. This is the worst I have seen for a long time. I could have lowered the turbine today but I though that the wind would have veered away, instead the real deal is imminent. The red is coming in on Raasay as well.
                                                       Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 01, 2016, 11:19:11 AM
There is a good steady force 8+ going at the moment,
                            The forecast did alter but only to pull the red closer to us, The gusts are very strong and prolonged. We have to wait till after 6pm before it eases off.
    So far so good. Our Turbine is performing brilliantly and taking it all in it,s stride, (touchwood).
   Plenty of hot water and I will be putting a wash in the machine in a few minutes,
                                                 Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: going green on February 01, 2016, 02:20:42 PM
There is a good steady force 8+ going at the moment,
                            The forecast did alter but only to pull the red closer to us, The gusts are very strong and prolonged. We have to wait till after 6pm before it eases off.
    So far so good. Our Turbine is performing brilliantly and taking it all in it,s stride, (touchwood).
   Plenty of hot water and I will be putting a wash in the machine in a few minutes,
                                                 Biff

just seen the weather update Biff hope all is well


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 01, 2016, 05:05:00 PM
Hi GG, Yes,
          So far,so good. Everything going according to plan,(touchwood), all the vacuuming cleaning down and the washing finished, ;D.
   Turbine furling and braking with ease but  too much turbulence some times as it gets hit from two difference direction at the same time.
  I have fallen out of love with the lovely Carol Kirkland, She was doing a tour of her childhood holidays,with the lovely Len and I stopped to listen and enjoy her lovely smile,
  But there is a force 8+ going on outside and poor Carol never stopped laughing and laughing and more laughing.  I had no idea that Len was that funny but there you are.
   So I am cured.
 On the other hand, I found out what was annoying and worrying Diese today. The stove make a growling noise in a force8, I kid you not and when I went to open the doors to clean out the ash, He reached over my left shoulder and pushed his head in,quite agitated but I had a good laugh and relaxed him, so the mystery is no longer.It was a very low growl and he would have heard it all over the house,thinking it was something dangerous, so he would go up the stairs and lie outside our bedroom door all night making sure that nothing bad happened to us.. We though it was the fans in the  controller in the hall but they sound off constantly during the summer and he does not pay any attention to them. I can shut the valves last thing at night, if it continues to bother him.
                                                                           Biff
  The real deal has just landed and it is really rough out there. I an glad I got the trees cut up the driveway last spring. I have had to shut most of the valves in the stove to keep a fire in it, facepalm


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 01, 2016, 08:56:29 PM
I have had to shut the valves on the stove,
                               The fire is getting sucked up the chimney, At the moment it is just one top airwash open 3 mm, and the bottom valves almost closed.
                                        Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: billi on February 01, 2016, 09:15:29 PM
my chinaman  turbine is still standing  and we all had  lots of joy today ,   good wind conditions ....


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on February 01, 2016, 09:17:16 PM
It's as bad as ever I've seen it here, just doesn't seem quite so bad cos the sun has been out. Had to shut the Proven down this morning, after three days of record braking production. Fingers crossed it's nothing serious, the brake rope is suspiciously short, methinks it's tangled around the slip rings or something  :crossed Only 41kWh today due to the unscheduled 'turnip holiday' but still more than enough to heat the house, take three showers and do a couple of loads of washing. I really was dubious of not including a wood burner and bath in the new house but don't miss either one bit. It's over a year now since I've cut a stick and the only time I've used a chainsaw in that time was to cut the railway sleepers for the window lintels. Thought I'd miss the smell of fresh coffee but the gas range has a 300W electric plate that sorts that out. Tomorrow looks not quite so bad and hopefully I'll get my son to school on the 7:55 ferry. Hopefully get the turnip down on Wednesday for a 'look-see'.

Take care out there peeps. 


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 01, 2016, 10:42:45 PM
Things are quietening down a little,
                              We still have our force 8 but the red is still over Raasay until after midnight.
                                                    Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 02, 2016, 09:36:46 AM
Out with the hounds at 8,
                       The air was fresh and tangy, Everything seems to be fine and in place. There was one point last night,around 9pm when old Nat asked to go out and the 3 of us went up towards our front lawn and use it as an emergency loo, The air was misty and foul, I could taste it on my lips, the mist gushed and raced around the street and swirrled around the house for the few minutes that it took for the hounds to do their business and then we raced for the front steps. It was only when I was sitting down inside that I remember the smell and taste and that was from many years,perhaps 30years when I got caught out lamping near the shore. The weather was bad when I took my dog out, but it suddenly blew up into a full scale end of the world scenario where I actually saw the grass sods being rolled back from the beach and the dallions , some of them ,8" in diameter ,being flung around like bowling balls,, The beach was a total white out but mesmerising all the same. The foam was being flung up in the air and came straight at us and that was the taste that I got last night, something between brine and iodine, pulverised seaweed perhaps, sticky and not nice. We will know in a few days because any grass that has grown this past month will turn brown.
  But the good news is, Our turbine sailed through the lot. It went up on the 27th of December 2014 and has not been down since. So if ever there was a test for reliability and performance, this was it.
 I will have to wait for a few days calm weather and then i will use the new winch to lower it for a simple service. So It may be another few weeks before I can take it down for a cuddle ;D.
  It is still filling the clocks as I type.
 I hope everyone else has come through this one good. I know it stayed longer with Paul on Raasay but should be gone by noon.
                                               Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: gravyminer on February 02, 2016, 10:16:00 AM
Biff, you have me feeling guilty that I live so far south.
We simply have not had anything more than a stiff breeze in north Somerset...... so far .........

Where will next winters firewood come from if nature doesn't identify the weak trees and branches ?

Dallions ? 



Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 02, 2016, 10:50:27 AM
GM,
   Dallions, our local word for large round sea pebbles over 2", up to 10" at the foot of cliffs.
 They move around the headlands until they are ground down to sand.
  There is probably a similar word in the western Western Isles. (well maybe ;D)
                                                Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Moxi on February 02, 2016, 11:30:19 AM
I have heard of Dallions before but on the east coast of Yorkshire they were commonly referred to as cobbles with pebbles being the smaller sizes followed by pea shingle coarsesand and sand.  Used to love walking along the beach in the storms listening to the cobbles moving and being ground up in the surf line - nothing like the raw growl of nature to let you know you are alive  :)

Sadly I haven't had the opportunity to witness such an occassion on my local beach in North wales but we have some fabulous windy weather throughout the year at the 1,000ft asl mark - I really must find a way of getting a small turnip to work with the cottage and a way to get the boss to agree to it  stir:

Moxi


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 05, 2016, 08:51:48 AM
Ah Moxi,
        A small turnip would warm the cockles of your heart but of course they are highly addictive,
   You will find yourself leaving the comfort of a warm bed,getting wrapped up quietly in a big overcoat and shuffling out to the controller outside, at 4 in the morning, to sit mesmerised, looking at the clocks and dials as the amps and volts dance back and forth in front of your eyes. Then out will come the pen and paper and you will write down a record output.
  It is not a good idea to wake the other half and exclaim with joy any of your findings. These output revelations have to be released quietly over a cup of tea or gently, as you ease back into the seat after polishing off a Tbone steak,with all the trimmings.
  There is nothing quite like flying a turbine and generating your own electricity, especially if you can direct it towards a worthy cause. The satisfaction is immense.
 Marshman, (Roger)  flew the small Futurenegy turbine for years and did very well. Billy has a LE600 which seems to be doing very well.
 I started off with a small 450watt Yang-Shen.It did fine and as far as I know it is still going strong after at least 10 years. ( I gave it to a friend up the mountain)
                                Good luck,
                                            Biff                                                              


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 05, 2016, 08:57:01 AM
Rain and more rain,
                But at least we have good wind to heat the water and keep the bank topped up.
     It is Stygian dark outside,and zero pv forcast because of the dank mist and fog.
       Roll on, Roll on, Roll on Spring.
                                         Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on February 05, 2016, 02:52:10 PM
Dancing between the showers.

+1 for the arrival of Spring.

I have a fushia in flower and the big camellia has flowers all over normally flowers in April !!! :o


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 06, 2016, 05:14:34 PM
And more storms,
                  Its quite amazing the number of gales and force 8s that have passed through here lately. Every week  we have been having a couple of big blows. I am not complaining,,,,well maybe the shed is draughty and I feel like my shirt tail is hanging out all the time. But by gum, the house is cosy and the water is warm. The slightest little fire in the stove sends the heat round the rads, so it has its advantages, But a  day or so without a gale or a storm would be nice. ::)
                                                 Biff
                                                   


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on February 06, 2016, 06:50:38 PM
Horrid day gusty gale and rain. turnip breaked Fire lit.
Watching the rugby


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: gravyminer on February 06, 2016, 09:05:39 PM
A truly foul day down south, with heavy rain all day and strong gusting winds to push the rain into all roofed but not fully walled spaces.

Intended to brave the weather and head south to catch up with stuff and access some proper internet but it was not to be .....

Up the long 2 mile hill through the woods, picking my way around temporary lakes and fallen branches and as I dropped down the very steep unmaintained hill on the far side, a big red 'STOP NOW NO OIL PRESSURE'  sign filled my display.
Stopped at the first levelish opportunity, killed the motor and braving the wind and rain, got out to inspect, to discover oil all around the front underside and the upper engine clean, indicating a low level leak. :(

Had about 3 litres of oil in a can so lobbed a couple in and ragged the poor old Mk4 diesel Golf up the steep potholed hill with the orange traction control light more on than off, couldn't help noticing rainbow tainted water everywhere as I climbed, killed the motor at the top and coasted the 2 miles back to the project location with another few seconds of engine running to get me into a damp and windy shed.
First coffee and a reprogramming of head / expectations  ??? and attempt to explain irrational behaviour to small dog that is currently in my sole care.
Makeshift ramps and work lamp organised and the miserable task of removing the bottom engine cover thats more cable tied than properly affixed  whistle.
Oh dear, a hole you can almost get your finger into had manifested in the sump cover by the oil drain plug  facepalm.
Kinda mixed emotions as diagnosis was now 100% for where did the oil leak from and weird that Ive clouted the bottom of that engine much harder on so many occasions with no previous damage, must have been a rock beside the deep water filled hole by the cattle grid at the top of the hill .....

No need to drain the oil then, just clean up the surrounding alloy, scratch it deeply and eerrr fill the hole with liquid metal  whistle
No idea where the liquid metal is hiding but I do have some resin anchor thats almost the same  :cross
Hole filled, cooked with a halogen lamp and a second layer put over the whole area.
More coffee, then put the remaining 2 litres of oil in and see what happens.
Hmm not leaking but sounds a bit clattery, perhaps its the lack of top and bottom engine covers or even a lack of oil ?
No more engine oil on site so a trip to Bridgewater in the land rover in the dark.
Bloody hell its wet everywhere !
I lost count of the times water completely obscured the windscreen and the lights of the old landy.
I eventually got the hang of things by assuming that any shiny road was probably deepish water and slowed right down  :angel:
So back with some very expensive garage oil and still it rains and blows.
Too late to top up and test drive, thats for tomorrow.

Long winded way of saying not a good day for gravy miners or little dogs ......



Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 06, 2016, 10:02:15 PM
Ah ! GM,
                    These things do happen, But we drop into low gear and just push on through. Tomorrow the sun will come out and with new oil in the engine and the covers back on the sun will shine brighter. It sounds as if you could do with a sump guard.For some reason the golfs are very forgiving, I had a pal years ago,who went to change the oil on his golf on a Sunday afternoon. The wife had locked him out of the house because he had spent the week on the beer, So in an attempt to look busy and divilmaycare, he emptied out the oil and filled it up with new oil. He drove that golf for 2 months before he discovered that the oil he put I that Sunday afternoon, was actually his JCB hydraulic oil out of a big green drum and the proper oil had remained sitting on his workshop bench unopened.The golf seemed to suffer no ill after effects.
  Then I had another pal and this one would be considered clever by many,even now, He changed the oil on his 1600 crossflow cortina, First he removed the bung and let the oil drain down into the gravel and while the oil was draining out, he went and had the supper, then he went out and poured in the correct amount of oil, he knew from experience the exact amount that the engine held. He put the cap back on the top of the engine dropped the bonnet and then headed off to the bingo 200 yards away, walking. The following morning He got the mammy, The daddy and the two kid brudders into the Cortina, for Church,headed the 200 yards to the cross, turned left up the hill with the shoe to the board and the Mammy complained about the noise. The sun was in his eyes. He did not see the oil light flashing till he stopped near the top because the noise coming from the engine was brutal.It was a mystery. The engine had no oil in it, not a glick. The road was bone dry, no oil slick .Even the engine bay was clean but there was no mistaking that noise. The good engine was shot.
 The mammy, the Daddy and the two brudders got lifts to the church but P got a tractor and towed the car home.I remember the pain in his voice as he told me the tale of the missing bung. He wanted pity because I had the exact same engine for sale for 150punts and he wanted it for 50.he said, " Not only did I wreck my good engine but I poured a lovely fresh gallon of oil straight down into the gravel." he moaned, It broke his heart to part with the 150 punts but part he did.It was the nearest thing to getting blood from a stone that I ever did. His next door neighbour had the same kind of Cortina but with the 1300 crossflow and he cured the low oil pressure problem by taking the warning light out of the dash.(and he was serious).
  The joys of motoring GM.
                        Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: gravyminer on February 07, 2016, 12:09:54 AM
Whats so wrong with hydraulic oil  face palm

Ok I will admit I was tempted as I have an inexhaustible supply from a neighbour who knows a lift technician who changes the oil in public lifts after ridiculously low hours of use .....

Anyway the good news is that replacement cast alloy sump covers are only £20 inc delivery !

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Alloy-Oil-Sump-with-OIL-Sensor-hole-VW-Golf-MK4-A3-Octavia-Leon-1-9-Diesels-/311463962629?fits=Car+Make%3AVW%7CModel%3AGolf&hash=item4884b2e80

So with some fresh oil and ear plugs and sunshine all will be well tomorrow.



Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: billi on February 07, 2016, 01:08:52 AM
my ferry canceled  whistle

strong winds  coming ....


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 07, 2016, 02:53:42 AM
I had a feeling that that would be the case Billi,
                                  Some really strong wind and very heavy rain due down your way. We are in for a  a pasting also.
       Very rough here tonight and this morning.
                                            Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on February 07, 2016, 08:11:01 AM
Dreadful night brief lull allowing it to hail.
Imogen coming through 120 kmh forecast this afternoon and evening.
Roll on Spring.

Sorry to hear of your misfortunes GM. Brave to fix it straight off.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: billi on February 07, 2016, 09:16:34 AM
Dublin to  Holyhead  tonight    :snow freeeze   

scary movie


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on February 07, 2016, 09:24:08 AM
Dublin to  Holyhead  tonight    :snow freeeze  

scary movie

Front door to hen house this morning was a scary move Billi, good luck in the Irish Sea, got the fright of my life there last year  :cross


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 07, 2016, 10:27:48 AM
It wuz rough here,
                  Just very strong powerfull but steady wind, I dread the big lumps of ice,They tear the edge of our Turbine blades to bits but this time it did not last too long.
  Paul, You get another strong blast at noon today,
  Wow Tod,
              Your gets going at 6pm this evening,peaks around 6am tomorrow morning and is still going at 6pm Monday evening, but that can change and it can lose power and veer off north but it has a massive front. I put bags of sand and concrete blocks on top of anything that I think will catch the wind. Ropes slung over tin roofs at the gable end eves with bags of sand attached to either end are a life saver.  Good luck,
                     Biff
   


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on February 07, 2016, 11:14:40 AM
It's the first nasty one Biff, you and Paul have had it far worse this year.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Nickel2 on February 07, 2016, 09:47:34 PM
It's my turn on Monday. The weather people reckon 40mph + gusts on top. Not been that windy since the October gales in 1987, when my old shed roof migrated east, never to be found again.
For the likes of Biff and all the remote folk of the forum, that is probably not even a zephyr. I just hope it stays between southerly and westerly, so next door's silver Birtch tree stays out of my workshop.

(http://s29.postimg.org/k72t9dc2r/08_02_16_forecast.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/k72t9dc2r/)

N2


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 08, 2016, 12:46:40 AM
Very rough evening,
                    We did not expect it to be quite so bad. A massive roaring wind got up around 9pm, The net started acting up and we had very heavy hail.
   Our downstairs controller was stuck on 141v for a few minutes but did not rise above that. That lasted for about 20 minutes and when I was out with the hounds around11,30pm, the wind had died back to a force 6+. I had to relight the stove, One moment we had a great fire and less than 20 minutes later the basket was empty apart from a few small embers.
   I saw the map for the Irish sea and it did not look good, The English Channel to the Isle Of Man has got Pink and yellow ,which is at least force 8 and it blows to noon today (Mon) I was surprised that Billi was sailing tonight, Lets hope that he gets across ok.
                                                                      Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: billi on February 08, 2016, 03:27:00 AM
The ferry was OK  Biff  ,  driving now through the UK


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 08, 2016, 08:03:31 AM
That is good news Billi,
                      I have travelled that ferry myself quite a few times and some of the crossings were "never again" ones.
       The very best of luck in Germany, :crossed
                                       Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on February 08, 2016, 08:03:51 AM
A pretty rough night, lay in bed listening to the roof creaking. Glad you arrived safely Billi. ;D


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 08, 2016, 08:42:01 AM
The storm is not over yet Tod,
                        But at least things are better and safer in the daylight. :crossed
                                                               Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: MR GUS on February 08, 2016, 09:40:45 AM
I loathe this thread because it is doom laden & hits me hard in the open fens (more often than not) when it rears it's head.

A definite early warning thread that pretty much has had me stay in all "winter"


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 08, 2016, 10:40:44 AM
Ah Gus,
        It ain,t fair to shoot the messenger, ;D
                                          Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Nickel2 on February 08, 2016, 10:48:15 AM
Last night 10:15 we had what I suspect was another mini-tornado, (we get them round here), with hail, and winds I have never experienced before. I tried putting the pillow over my head, but I could still hear the hail hitting the ridge-tiles overhead. Glad I had the place re-roofed, the old roof would have gone north-east. Tree still there, workshop still in one piece. Rivers people/EA flood warning for my back garden; water just starting to show at soil-level under the boards, so the table is fairly high. Poke a stick in the lawn and the hole fills in no time.
The south coast villages are probably getting it hard about now. They have a spring high at nearly midday, with 40mph westerly wind.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on February 08, 2016, 10:53:47 AM
Funny, there was hardly a breath here through the night, this morning is flat calm and we even had sun until 30 minutes ago.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Billy on February 08, 2016, 12:17:21 PM
Had to put a lanyard on m' teeth walking the dogs this morning.  Hit 40kt plus a few times already. exhappy:   

Turnip producing many many beans, breadmaker powered by Imogen or whatever the latest one is called. facepalm


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: MR GUS on February 08, 2016, 01:23:35 PM
Ah Gus,
        It ain,t fair to shoot the messenger, ;D
                                          Biff


Nah, but I do get painful sciatic nerve type blade envy hearing it worked so hard, you having to "sweat out" the excess production n' all that Biff   :fume

Are there any windsavers on ebay these days I could gaffer tape to my house d'ya think??  bike:


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: billi on February 08, 2016, 02:14:43 PM
Just left Dover ....  Bloody hell its rough  , diving with the  van ,  trough such strong gusts   on a buissy motorway is no pleasure ...


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on February 08, 2016, 02:48:44 PM
Cracking Day here Billi,

(http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd170/camillitech/080216%20014%20Medium_zpse4fvel5s.jpg)

Make sure you fill your van with PV once you've sold all your pictures  8)


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 08, 2016, 05:30:35 PM
Billi,
    That is a very very good idea, Fill the van with PV like Paul says :crossed
                                          Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: billi on February 08, 2016, 10:03:04 PM
Good idea ... Or a ton of new forklift cells  :)


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 08, 2016, 10:36:26 PM
I wonder how Tod is getting on,?
                             His storm and I will call it a storm, would have been strong enough to disrupt the net in his area. Isolated masts get knocked out of kilter on mountain tops and the repair men cannot go near them until the wind abates. We always know when we are touching force 8+, our flatscreen picture freezes.
                                                                                 Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: gravyminer on February 09, 2016, 12:33:43 AM
Radar image of incoming Imogen -


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 09, 2016, 09:04:14 AM
I don,t believe it !
                 No wind for the rest of the week and some dry weather, exhappy: exhappy:
                                                  Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Nickel2 on February 09, 2016, 09:08:56 AM
Hi GM, what is that wind image from?
N2


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: gravyminer on February 09, 2016, 01:58:50 PM
Falmouth Lifeboat Facebook page  surrender:

I would also like to know Nickel2     

Suspect its a service they would be paying for.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on February 09, 2016, 02:39:40 PM
We are fine here Biff.
A pretty blowy couple of days.

Managed to get the brake on the turbine, more by luck than planning. Starting to get the brown trousers problem  when a big gust turned her out the wind and stalled her, slapped the emergency stop button when not rotating. Phew.  I was having horrid visions tumble:

We have a few pretty flowers planted around the fosse the wind was strong enough to pull them up by the roots.
So all in all we got off pretty lightly.  TV on the blink I think it is the cable to the dish, I will wait till the wind drops before investigating. Just managed to get the last episode of 'the young Montalbano' so he gets to stay in Sicily after all......

I expect you and Paul would just say it was a light breeze


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Ted on February 09, 2016, 06:47:34 PM
Falmouth Lifeboat Facebook page  surrender:

I would also like to know Nickel2     

Suspect its a service they would be paying for.

It's from here: http://magicseaweed.com/UK-Ireland-Surf-Chart/1/

Click the play button in the top row to see an animation of the next 7 days prediction.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 09, 2016, 06:57:56 PM
Well done Tod,
              You can plant a few flowers any day. It can get a bit worrying when the wind starts to sound like an express train and the air pressure in the upstairs rooms goes up and down to give you a headache. Sometimes I have to just stand and watch as the wind rips covers off material and tell myself that I will secure things better the next time.
                                                              Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: gravyminer on February 09, 2016, 07:35:56 PM


It's from here: http://magicseaweed.com/UK-Ireland-Surf-Chart/1/

Click the play button in the top row to see an animation of the next 7 days prediction.

Brilliant !

Thank you Ted

I might have guessed that the surfers would be better organised than most when it comes to weather data.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Nickel2 on February 09, 2016, 11:55:10 PM
Cheers Ted, added to favourites.  :)


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on February 10, 2016, 07:50:57 AM
Good ' en Ted.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: DaveSnafu on February 10, 2016, 01:07:10 PM
On Monday night we went down town to walk along the Aberystwyth promenade at high tide, the sea was crashing into seawall and throwing foam everywhere, quite refreshing.
The storm had thrown a few paving slabs around and the road was covered in debris, the angry sea was eyeing up the new bandstand like a lion watches a gazelle, it is not long for this world.
All in all it was quite exciting, and made a change from sitting in the house listening to the wind try to remodel the farm.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 11, 2016, 09:10:13 AM
As old Victor says,
                  !I DON,T BELIEVE IT!!"  Two days in a row and a rising sun floods the place. No wind just a heavy dew on black ice.
  We had great sunshine yesterday and out tanks were toasty roasty before dark fell, so a medium fire in the stove got the rads warm within 20 minutes.
  It is  early February and it is behaving like spring ,Plenty of time left yet for a decent blanket of snow and a good 14 days freeze.
                                                              Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on February 11, 2016, 11:07:53 AM
We have seen the sun it's official. exhappy: A frost this morning pretty rare here.

The courtyard looks like a wedding since the wind has removed the blossom from the camilla tumble:

Sat dish now fixed  facepalm

Saw Carol on the TV this morning, tying everything down fairly blowy again this weekend. surrender:

 


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Billy on February 11, 2016, 04:55:15 PM
It's going to turn Northerly and blow on the misty marshes.  exhappy:

Just the right direction for Le Turnip.  Hoping for a new daily record. :crossed


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Nickel2 on February 11, 2016, 08:51:32 PM
One mans daily record for turnipness is another mans daily record gas bill!   :(


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Billy on February 11, 2016, 11:21:02 PM
Welllllll, yes I'll give you that but the winter has been somewhat mild, at least in this neck o the woods.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: marshman on February 12, 2016, 08:14:09 AM
One mans daily record for turnipness is another mans daily record gas bill!   :(

Or you could say one mans daily record for turnipness is another mans opportunity to seek out all the draughts and seal up the gaps to stop the heat escaping.  :) well thats what I have been doing the last few days. Amazing where the air gets in (and the heat gets out).

Roger



Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 12, 2016, 09:08:42 AM
  The sun has not quite broken through,
                                          But it is blue and cloudless up there, The ground is covered with a layer of proper ice. We need a week of good hard frost to keep things right with nature
        and keep the bugs in place.
                                        Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Billy on February 12, 2016, 12:45:09 PM
Bugs and blighters indeed. I woke up last night to the sound of some serious gnawing and scratching. Upon investigation it was not the expected rats but the breadmaker Mrs B had put on for the morning bread.   facepalm


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 12, 2016, 07:38:05 PM
 Strewth,, indeedth, Billy,
                    Your breadmaker has little teeth and little claws,?  Surely nothith,, Me thinkith you pulleth mine leggeth :reindeer
                                                         Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on February 13, 2016, 08:43:28 AM
 surrender:
Getting a tad bored with this, another storm, this time with the added joy of thunder and lightening.
Collie's scared stiff at 5 this morning so Mrs T downstairs to calm them.
Strange storm fairly quiet then 10 minutes of really vicious gusts quiet then gusts.
Roll on Spring


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 13, 2016, 09:01:06 AM
Now you have a storm Tod,
                            There is no doubt about it, It can get tres boring indeed,especially when you are cooped up inside and you have plenty of things to be doing outside.
  Diese is not keen on the storms either, but I recently discovered that it was the noise of the wind sucking up the stove flue in the lounge, We could not hear it upstairs
 and I only figured it out one day when he came into the lounge behind me and got quite aggressive round the stove, :hysteria,when I went to rake the basket he stuck
 his head into the stove, I calmed him down and had a good laugh but he had been listening to this since the stove was installed and it was really crocking his head. He does
 not have a problem outside in the middle of a storm, if anything ,he relishes it, apart from having to sit steady during pootime.
  But thunder and lightening does not agree with a lot of dogs,
 When things are bad and the storm is getting annoying, I sit and make a list of the different things that I can do when the wind lets up and the sun comes out.
  Yes, Roll on the spring,!
                            Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on February 13, 2016, 09:44:46 AM
110 kph on the coast 8m waves according to the weather report
Putting the TV on calms them down. Thunder now long gone. Fortunately Tod is so deaf now it all passes him by!
Here it is nastier than last weeks which was more of a steady blow this one is just nasty.

Stay safe all.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 16, 2016, 11:03:47 AM
We woke to heavy rain,
                A good strong wind from the north west and all that lovely sun we had yesterday has gone awol.
  It is giving heavy rain till noon tomorrow. I have plenty to do in the shed but by gum, I enjoyed the few sunny days we had and put them to good use, :garden
                                                                            Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 25, 2016, 10:11:49 AM
The weather here is a very mixed bag indeed,
                            It is giving decent wind for tomorrow. Our turbine has had a few days rest and the PV got a good chance to heat the tanks to their max.
   Its really nice to have the rads warm up within 15 minutes because the PV had done all the hard work during the day.
   It is also huge savings on fuel in one respect. There have been a few days lately, where we woke to a frozen landscape and the stove was going strong by 9am,
   Those are the kind of days that eat the fuel but once the sun gets going the stove can take a reast,
    We don,mt expect to use the stove very much after March, in fact after March the stove itself will warm up without a fire, ;D
   It becomes and excellent heat sink for the excess PV,, Even the rads gets warm.
                                                                                Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 28, 2016, 10:00:40 AM
We have great solar this morning,
                            It is almost like Spring. Our flowers and shrubs are having a difficult time trying to work out which is summer and which is winter. Our Daffies decided to send up miniature versions of themselves this year which is a surprise. We did not know they could do that, !!
  After all the storms and rain,you would think that we might get some rest for a few weeks but it is not to be. We have a humdinger of a blow coming up tomorrow and working to a peak on Wednesday. This time the red comes in on top of us and stays too long.I was hoping for a little decent wind to test the new !kw x 48v  but I did not expect this. Once the wind gets going tomorrow, there will be no change of plan until after Wednesday. I have lost the desire for the excitement one gets lowering towers in force 8+ gales. I learned one lesson well. Believe me, there is nothing quite as thrilling and pants filling as waiting for the wind to let go the turbine and tower and hitting the button at the exact right time as the tower drops down on the slack of the winching cable..I got it right so many times but..but..
                                                    Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 29, 2016, 09:13:19 AM
 Snow,?
       Wait, I did not order snow. Incredible !. White fluffy stuff lying all over the place !.
       I object.I wanted a decent breeze without the snow.. They tell me it is on the way.
      Baker, You are in the red from midnight Tuesday the 1st of march to 6am the following morning,
      We are getting something the same up here. Maybe the deep red will change it,s mind and wander out to sea.
                                                            Biff

 


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 01, 2016, 08:13:17 AM
Good new for us,
              The red is being pushed south of us and even Baker is only getting a little red around Midnight tonight for a few hours.
   We are getting a good force 8 but not that wicked extreme red.
                                                                         Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on March 01, 2016, 08:29:51 AM
No sign of the fluffy stuff or wind here today, yesterday was another matter, very localized wind and rain that just seemed to hang around the island and bits of Skye. Saw hardly any rain and little wind on a 250 mile round trip to the east coast and back. Passed this waterfall at 8:30 in the morning just a few miles from the ferry and it was just a trickle.

(https://lifeattheendoftheroad.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/290216-008_thumb.jpg?w=244&h=184)

Eight hours later it was a raging torrent, it had been raining all day at home yet 20 miles away barely a drop and a limp wind sock on the Skye bridge. Today dry, calm and signs of blue sky to the north.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 02, 2016, 07:48:44 AM
More snow here,
             Wind blowing from the north east, Hail and snow as I type.
    Little stove going strong, let it snow..let it snow,let it snowwwwwwww
                                           Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on March 02, 2016, 02:18:26 PM
 surrender:
I'm in Hassleholm Sweden.
It  has been a bit parky!
Today -1 and rainy a sprinkling of the white stuff overnight.
Bad decision not to bring my hat. exhappy:


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 02, 2016, 05:38:09 PM
So Viuse etes en Sweden,Mon Ami,Tod.
                         Zee polpolpolice vey mistak vouse for a refugeee.
                           Tell dem dat vouse no me, zen youse get free trip to zerlande.
                                                       whistle wackoold
          By gum,,I have been hacked again,,,,,,arghhhhhh


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on March 02, 2016, 05:58:03 PM
 surrender: ;D  ;D
Still looking for the blond from ABBA I expect she is very grown up now! :hysteria


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: fourfootfarm on March 03, 2016, 08:31:32 PM
Shes married to the prince of norway isn't she?


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on March 03, 2016, 08:41:47 PM
Did you drive across 'The Bridge' Tod??? I'm well impressed with that could teach those numpties on the Forth Road Bridge a thing or two and I bet they didnae use Chinese steel  :hysteria


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 04, 2016, 12:39:45 AM
It is the dark haired one,Anni, that married the Prince,
                           Fantastic musicians, Great cruising music on a sunny day,s driving, ;D
                                                     Biff
                                                               


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on March 06, 2016, 07:48:07 AM
Hello Paul
Both ways across on the train no signs of body parts!! ;D Unfortunately because you are on it you don't really get to see it. It is magnificent.




Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 14, 2016, 08:44:24 AM
  "All things bright and glorious"
                      Yes one of those mornings. A gentle breeze,enough to send our Y/S into overdrive and lovely golden sunshine exhappy: exhappy: exhappy:
      Winter is well and truly gone. Everything is springing up out of the ground and soon the lawn mowing cycle will begin. The place is mad with leaf and buds.
                 Not a cloud or a drop of rain past next till after Saturday.  Wow..
                                                                    Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 19, 2016, 09:52:36 AM
Strewth,!!!
              No rain,Wot is wong? According to the forecast , No rain until Wed-Thursday next week.
      But plenty of nice solar gain, loadsa hot water, toasty roasty tanks of it.
      Glory Bee,!! The little stove heats up without any fire in it.  :genuflect :, T,is a miracle.
                                                        Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on March 19, 2016, 03:15:41 PM
Rain wot rain!
Cut the lawn
Lovely sun but a perishing East wind.
Demounting one of the polytunnel s tomorrow.
Everything is getting into pre move prep
Eating some very strange combinations as we are clearing the freezers!

Very strange sad to leave but really looking forward to a new challenge.
Starting our online Swedish, but in truth mind is a bit tied up in practicalities.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: fourfootfarm on March 19, 2016, 07:14:15 PM
If you're a smart phone owner I found the duolingo app fairly useful for learning a bit of vocab.

You do learn the weirdest stuff though. Hunden ater brot. Of fairly limited use for a day trip to malmo.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on March 19, 2016, 08:52:33 PM
I've about 3 apps and like that one too.
A bit sad sitting with your headphones on talking to your tablet.
I find I have to do the same lesson several times for anything to sink in. tumble:
I really hope that when you hear Swedish spoken all the time it will start to make sense.
Doubtless a young bilingual blonde will take me under her wing!!! fpig:
Adopt a  grandpa scheme!!

Fun though
Thanks Fourfoot

We are going to be about an hour's drive north of Malmo.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 23, 2016, 08:35:26 AM
Tod,
     I expect that you are fluent in the language by now.
  Over here, Spring is well on and the buds are now leaves. There is good grass and the farmers should be happy, If that is ever possible.
 I think you both are very brave, going to another country and learning the language.
 I am not keen going to the city never mind another country.  ;D,.
                                       Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 26, 2016, 08:23:41 AM
Yesterday afternoon and last night were quite rough here,
                                        For a time around 6ish we were getting a good old force 8.  In fact we had a gale for most of the day.My power tools, Drills, Grinder and chargers were practically on direct drive from the new 48volt turbine. It is a brilliant machine and even though the old forklift pack is leaking juice, I still managed to drill all day and have the intermittent use of the grinder without the beeper going and having to boot the controller/inverter up again and all this on smaller blades and in a not so good position.
                                                                                                  Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on March 28, 2016, 07:56:50 AM
Cor what a night put the chickens to bed about 7 a few spots of rain.
8 ish gave the dogs their last wee hissing down and blowing a good un. Amazing how it concentrates their minds out wee back in double quick.
It just built up from there by 1 in the morning it was howling and the roof timbers creaking away.
This morning calm again surrender:


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 28, 2016, 09:24:37 AM
  "Amazing how it concentrates their minds"
  I agree Tod,
          I think they take their cue from us. They are aware of the tension and worry and the noise from the wind, plus they can hear the wind pulling at different things outside.
        Diese had us bothered for a while, He used to get quite upset in anything over a force 8, then one evening  I went into the lounge to top up the stove and their was this low growling
     noise coming from it. Diese was getting hot and bothered and trying to stick his head into the firebox to sort it. So for a good 6 months or so ,or since the stove was installed, up until then the poor divil had to contend with this growling noise coming from the empty lounge and was trying to warn us about it. The noise was like the effect you get when you blow across the top of an empty bottle.
  I had a good laugh at that, He was really puzzled but after that he was ok with it. The growling only came from the stove when the wind was blowing strong from a certain direction.
  Generally speaking, they go into a kind of self induced sleep or doze and just wait it out the storms.
                                                               Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: going green on March 29, 2016, 12:36:17 AM
my shed roof took the brunt of it last night needed doing no choice now wow it was windy in the SE London


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Nickel2 on March 29, 2016, 09:15:18 AM
Windy it certainly was. My house fronts to the west, with the gable-end facing due north. When there is a strong southerly, the house stays warm and draught-free. Any move from that quarter gives all manner of whistles and noises. There was a lot of wind-roar from all directions, with occasional bumps and thuds that shook the house. I'm glad I had the rotten chimneys taken down when the roof was renewed, they used to boom like 16 and 32 ft organ-pipes with an enthusiastic player. Katie would have probably toppled them.
Picture of 'Enthusiastic Player':

(http://s11.postimg.org/5rfzi7ghb/barbarella_machine.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/5rfzi7ghb/)


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on March 29, 2016, 02:14:51 PM
Blimey Nick

Barbarella was the first X rated movie I managed to sneak into! facepalm

Just the wonderful story telling nothing whatever to do with Jane Fonda wearing not much more than a smile!!! exhappy:



Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 29, 2016, 03:51:02 PM
I must confess,
                I had a hunkering after Jane mysell. Nothing terribly serious but I would have changed her flat wheel for her or took her home to meet Ma and Pa.
   But then she went and got all involved in the Vietnam war and I happened to have a cousin who lost his arm in that war and I did not like the idea of him
  loosing the arm for nothing. So I kind of cooled towards Jane. He was not a great golfer before he began doing tours of Vietnam but he took it up afterwards
  and went on to win the world championship twice, He played all over. He played in St Andrews and used to drop over to see us before heading back to the States.
  Of course she was right about Vietnam. I forgave her but still I have my pride.
                                                                                 Biff
 


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on March 29, 2016, 04:00:04 PM
I played golf against a one armed ex Hurricane pilot.

He was way too good for me!

Really humbling.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: oliver90owner on March 29, 2016, 07:26:26 PM
A bit blowy where I was.  The lighthouse was toured on Sunday.  It was reported that some poor fellow had trouble with a car door on Saturday.  While visiting the lighthouse his car door was completely ripped away from the car as he attempted to get out.  No mention of the age or (prior) condition of the car, but a believable scenario!  Wind speed had abated by Sunday but I could not walk into the wind on the 'open' side and some would have been blown off their feet, had they not stayed in the shelter of the lighthouse walls.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on March 29, 2016, 08:13:16 PM
Where abouts were you?


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: oliver90owner on March 29, 2016, 08:46:10 PM
Camarinas, Galicia.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 30, 2016, 09:30:58 AM
Beautifull morning here,
                       Good sharp clear air and brilliant sunshine, not quite Camarinas.
    A good day for drilling and grinding in the shed ;D, alas, I have to travel to town, today.
                                                                Biff
 


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on April 21, 2016, 08:49:42 AM
Great weather here,
             Fantastic sunshine and even a little wind.
            Everything is rushing to grow, green fuzz is spreading everywhere.
           The old deserted wallsteads are once again disappearing into the background
           The tourists are taking over the towns and senior Americans are wandering about eating ice cream.
            What a change a few weeks makes, long may it last.
                                                       Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: agrarian on April 21, 2016, 05:50:17 PM
Warmest place in the country yesterday apparently, and just as nice today. Just been to town to refresh provisions before the grockles buy all the milk and bread, as is their habit.

Ag


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on May 09, 2016, 09:17:57 AM
We woke to the dawn chorus,
                      Our feral cats must be giving them a rest. I did note that the small birds have clustered in the alder along the stream at the bottom of the yard.
    We even have young robins. In just over a week, the place has gone from bare sticks to rampant greenery and the blossoms appeared on the fruit trees yesterday
    morning.
   What a change,
                      Biff   


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on May 19, 2016, 08:56:23 AM
Fings are back to normal,
                  Rain hurling in on the wind from the south. Proper rain accompanied by a cloak of mist and drizzle, guaranteed to satisfy all liquid requirements .
  There was this Irish poet who wrote a poem(naturally) about Irish rain and how nice it was and how special it was. He was never my favourite poet.
 We cannot and will not complain. We were gifted with super nice weather for the past few weeks, long enough to keep our new dog dry and comfortable
 until she was ready to come inside.
 This morning out little wolf skimmed over our rear lawn in 12ft horizontal leaps of sheer abandon. I put a stop to it as quickly as i could but in a nice way.
 Gentle slow walks dear, if you please. My wife is delighted, she knew from a few days ago but everything was up in the air back then and counting chickens
 before they are hatched is a fools game. But now we are happy and little wolf is content to take the days as they come.
                                                              Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: billi on May 19, 2016, 09:40:15 AM
.... feck , its mid of may   and feels like February ....  dark and a lot of rain  , i guess the Star-wars Filming crew   about 10 miles away from me   these days  , will have a Irish stout day in the most southerly  Pub  of Ireland

(http://s0.geograph.org.uk/geophotos/04/67/80/4678083_e34a0c2f.jpg)

Slaunte


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: MR GUS on May 19, 2016, 04:58:41 PM
Oh that lighthouse muriel is just begging to become a nice shaded pumpkin pattern.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: billi on May 19, 2016, 07:23:26 PM
ok MR Gus , it took me a while ....  context wise  ;D   ,   you grow your own pumpkins ?

That lighthouse   is the Fastnet rock https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fastnet_Rock

Not sure if it is a fast net  , for me it has some history too ..... cause i was hunting after the lister generator  that used to supply electricity to the lights  .... after Camilli(Paul from here)  told me one day " billi you have to get a lister"  , so i was told that lister   is for sale there and there .... and there and there ....  , in the end i ended up in China   :hysteria


Billi


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Fionn on May 19, 2016, 09:51:43 PM
I'm afraid I'll have to call out Sullivans on their claim to fame Billi, I've had a few pints on Cape Clear a good 5km further South  ;D


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: billi on May 19, 2016, 11:12:13 PM
oh , Cape Clear for one  :)


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on May 20, 2016, 09:26:27 AM
Farrans pub on Malin Head at the upper end, is tres busy at the moment,
                                   All this old Star Wars Lark is going to their heads and the B,n.Bs are charging Monte Carlo rents.
  Sheep farmers have now become "Extras" on the set. The next thing you will know, they will all get rid of the sheep and head to Hollywood.
  "I worked with Luke Shywalker on my last job you know"
                                                          Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on May 20, 2016, 09:35:05 AM
Great sun and wind here,
                Yet the evenings are bitter cold. The wind has thrashed our cherry tree and the blossoms are all spewed over the drive to the shed.
  Our turbine has not been lowered for well over a year and the next calm weather that comes along I will be taking it down for it,s service.
  I have to find some method of keeping the pin from rattling in the tail, It would drive you bonkers in the summer evenings when the bank is full and
 the wind is a force 4, then big bursts of sunlight brake the turbine and the resonance transfers to the pin in the tail. It is designed to lock solid into the
 Alloy casing at the rear of the turbine itself but to move free within the tail,,,,,too free. Hence the rattling during braking.
                                                     Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on May 28, 2016, 08:10:02 AM
Biff we have had a temperature of 28 here during the afternoons  dropping to 10 at night. The huge difference is humidity is in the 50-58 region as opposed to hovering around 70 in Finisterre.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on May 28, 2016, 08:54:42 AM
I don,t know Tod,
             You should have moved over here with us. I am fed up looking at boring old palm trees and coconuts and the Sun shining 24/7. Then the nightlife,!! It would scare the bejeasus out of you
 One minute you are dodging dozens of film stars from Star Wars and the next minute you bump into Prince Charles and Camilla. I stayed at home but dozens of my neighbours went to the town and shook his hand and if that was not enough for him, did he not go onto Letterkenny and take over the town. I doubt if the pope would have got as good reception. The pope never talked to us in Irish like Prince Charles did. He gave some very good speeches and fair play to him, He is an excellent mixer with a very good sense of humor. They both laughed a lot when they were here and that was good. I don,t think we are about to dump the republic and ask the old crowd back but it is good to be on good terms all the same.
                                                                                      Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: stannn on May 28, 2016, 01:29:52 PM
It's true, it's true. Here they are with the loom.

http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=prince%20charles%20in%20letterkenny&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&client=safari&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=5ohJV_jdG4T7aOOkrugO#imgrc=2Ye1v2rIVlZRpM%3A


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on May 28, 2016, 07:51:14 PM
Just trying to pinch Biff's ideas!!!  ;D


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on May 30, 2016, 08:10:16 PM
It ain,t alf ot Mum,
                   I was down in the shed today with the hounds, The sun was beating in the roller door opening. It was just far too hot. Then the central heating came on in the house and the rads got the hottest i ever felt them. So i had to dump a load of hot water after doing a wash in the machine. The rads and stove were still hot at 6pm.! I just don,t want to disconnect any pv.
 Mrs Biff likes the heat but this is much too much for me.
                                                                Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on May 30, 2016, 08:23:57 PM
Pushing 30C here today never thought it would be that hot here in May!
Fortunately it is a dry heat.
Went out hunting diy stuff and the chap serving said his brother who is a farmer was complaining about lack of rain!
So things never change ;D


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on June 07, 2016, 01:37:20 PM
The midges won many battles,
                          We were forced to retreat from the shed. Sprays, Rubs, Roll Ons,,,,,Potions ,Portions, Spells and lotions and still they kept coming. The hounds were rubbing their eyes.
  Both are expert fly catchers but these little demons defy logic. Even in the sanctuary of our porch they don,t give up and hitch a ride into the living quarters where they wreck revenge for their fallen brothers. I do not remember them being as bad as this and worse still, the air is clamy and hot and beads of sweat pop out everywhere. I have a large fan to keep Diese cool. His diet is not working, he is hungry,,Sheeb is eating more than him. I remind him ..at "11.5 stone you need to lose weight kid"but he is big all over and his biceps are bigger than  mine. His chest is 42". His poor paws are suffering with the heat and the weight, so diet,,diet diet is the only answer.
  There is not a lot one can do about the midges, other than stay out of their way and spray any that get too close,
 I remember a time in the past that people from a Kingdom Hall, in an English city were saying that 74 was the end of the world. My neighbour used to follow me about with a bible,quoting the scriptures and telling me that he could save me. it was no joke, The poor guy actually believed what he preached. Then my wife and I woke up this beautifull sunny morning and the street outside was covered in ladybirds,,My car was heaving with them.all over the windscreen and roof, you could just see the outline of the car. They invaded cafe,s and business premises billions of them, all little ladybirds,They went onto the building sites and covered the scaffold and the bricks. The workers went home. Ladybirds, ???  Yup, ladybirds.
  My friend Jack, the JW begged me to join him but i just told him that ladybirds were quite nice and absolutely harmless but he said that they had been biting people on the bus into town.
 It is a sign from God he boomed, Jack sold his house and with the money bough a nice car and a caravan,took his eldest lad on a tour of Scotland to preach the word for a year. 74 passed without another hitch. Jack came back broke. His wife did a runner. His eldest son got married. I moved some furniture for him and like before, he said he would pay when he got the money.
 The end of the world was put forward another 12 years but by then I had upped and left.
 Natures little excesses,,that is what we are having at the moment. A few years ago, our plum tree went mad and produced a crop of fruit that amazed everyone including me. We have had about a dozen plums in total ever since,, so if we have a dozen midges in total for the next foreseeable future, i will not mind in the least. What a lovely thought,?
                                                              Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on June 07, 2016, 08:22:33 PM
I have just spoiled my breakfast ;D
I just clicked on my tablet to read and there was your post Biff.
Normally I read updates over my coffee in the morning.
Now  what to read?
Think I was wingeing over a few mossies.
Don't  know I'm born as my Mum would say! ;D



Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on June 07, 2016, 09:02:35 PM
Sweden has it hassles also Tod,
                           I have just been reading about this air born dung beetle that plunges down to ground from 2,000ft, (was i reading that right?)
   It is the size of a sparrow and often mistaken for one, except that it has a syringe like beak that injects it,s victim with a drug like substance that cause the victim
   to experience a floating sensation and want to lie down helpless and then the Swedish Awhy beetle tucks into them and leaves nothing behind but a large pile of poo,
   hence the polite name, the Swedish Awhy Dung Beetle,,This was very well documented in the Beano and well may you ask,,"but why is it called the Awhy beetle",
   I can only reply,,A Whynot. At least I am not reading the Mirror Sport.
                                                                   Biff
  


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on June 08, 2016, 06:23:09 AM
 :hysteria exhappy: :hysteria

Coffee is poured!!!!


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on June 08, 2016, 09:16:57 AM
We have very heavy fog to go with out midge population explosion,
                                      This is the kind of weather  that our new dc charger is designed to cope with. There is no wind and visibility is down to about 50 yards.
  However, in order to start it. I have to go out and feed the little blighters and thankfully we have a good reserve of 48 hours,,so we can wait.
  There must be some kind of special high protein soup that you can make from the midge...They can do it with other insects..
  What a pleasant thought, to just walk out into the garden with a vacuum cleaner type appliance and suck the dinner out of the air in a few moments.
  Of course you would have to add "Uncle Ben,s " special brew to it..and get a few shots of the proper vaccine ,
  It is terrible, the ideas that you have to come up with, when you find that you are the dinner instead.
                                                                Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: stannn on June 08, 2016, 09:52:08 AM
Could you carry a hang-glider thrust motor on your back Biff when you walk the dogs?
Stan


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on June 08, 2016, 02:26:03 PM
""Now Now""!!  Stann,
                Mrs Biff will be on to you for putting idea like that in my head.
  It does have it,s merits,, i would be able to get haircuts for half price.
                                              Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on June 20, 2016, 01:40:28 PM
With the wind bearing down from the North,
                                   Our favourite wind and a healthy force 4/5 at present, life is good. There is rain and too many weeds but the midge is not near as active or angry. Working in the Shed is now a pleasure again and I am starting to catch up on things.We had a rally over the weekend. I could hear the engine screaming away in the distance. The gates were closed for the duration,
 I leave them to it, I have more interesting things to play with. The area where our new bank charger is being installed is about 20ft from a midge infested burn but with the wind blowing, I can work with ease. I have installed a rack that will hang down just over the charger. The rack will carry the wind turbine controller that looks after the charger.It will be free from vibration on the rack and with a 6ft lead,the charger can be pulled out for refueling and servicing. I have to think of something that will keep the controller dry in the moisture laden air in winter. No easy task. There will be heat off the engine while it is running but lying up, it will have to be sealed off. Even the control panel on the charger will have to be insulated and sealed off also. there is no easy way around it. We get weeks of moisture laden winds,,Not rain, just wet air that deposits moisture on everything. The droplets are so light that they swirl about in the air effortlessly. You can see the way it works with a flashlight after dark. Water is supposed to be heavier than air but in these cases the water just swirls around where the wind takes it.
                                                                                            Biff
   


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on June 30, 2016, 10:37:48 AM
Wind and Rain,
                More of the same, The midge never recovered from the last blast of wind, So it was worth it.
    Our turbine is not up to the job of driving the mower without the sunshine, So half a cut lawn lies a waiting.
   for sunshine on Sunday and Monday.
   Rain and more rain, You could never escape it. We are lucky to have it. (I keep telling myself that)
   Yet a few weeks panting in the sun in Puerto Rico, looking like a tomato,studying the black hosepipes that
   snake all over the hillsides, You suddenly realise that rain would be very welcome in that part of the world.
   Then there are parts of Russia where they have bogs that stretch for hundreds of miles, Yes,,bogs like they have
   in Ireland but they are dangerous bogs that can suddenly go on fire and burn underground ,traveling for miles underneath villages,
   with great loss of life, Vehicles like fire tenders, just drop through the surface and disappear forever,
   A kind of chain reaction or gasifying one. Air rushes in one end and the face under ground,is like a giant blowlamp.
   If they had enough rain, it would never get going. So rain is not a bad thing after all.
   However, It is not the kind of conversation that makes the Barman happy or sells drink.
   It is all rather sobering and kills the craic stone dead. Sometimes it is better to forget about being educated.
                                                           Biff
   


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on July 12, 2016, 09:15:34 AM
  I object, i strongly Object,!!
                       The sun was shining through the window at 7. 30 am. "At last" I said.  I just want a little sun to warm the cockles of my heart,
  Great,!! then out with the hounds and back inside for a bowl of decent porrige. I am getting good at it now. just the perfect mix of oats, water,salt and milk.
  Now the sky is black and the windows are being lashed with massive sheets of rain which has closed in all around.
   We had a few hours of sunshine yesterday, We need the sun to sweeten the rasbers which are throwing up a fantastic crop this year.. Our apples are doing good but the rasbers
   are doing brilliant. I have taught little Sheb to go for the sweet ones. Diese says "No way"
     Well at least we will not have any forest fires for a while,
                                              Biff
 


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on July 13, 2016, 09:33:51 AM
Sunny here Biff 17C we have had an electric storms every evening this week. Very scared dog and a bit of a sleepless night for us.  She does play the old soldier quite a lot!


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on July 13, 2016, 12:30:07 PM
Hi Tod,
      Electric storm are not nice.  Elliot could do with a firmone plug. It is a little gadget that plugs into the mains ans calms the dog by releasing the females whelping hormone smells.
        It does work to a certain degree. It would maybe allow you get some sleep. Little Sheb could not care less about thunder at the moment. She wants to get married
       and have a whole clatter of kids, Diese cannot sleep either. He is at the end of his tether but he will get some sleep today because I am going to lock  Sheb away for a while
      and let her calm down as well. :hysteria. We am delighted to see everything working well for her, She will be fine in a few weeks time.
                                                           Biff
     


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on July 13, 2016, 01:10:47 PM
toddthedog, we are a bit further south than you in mayenne, not had storms this week, weather changeable hot then cold today,always worry when storms as had livebox blow up and then other stuff, animals not too bad, chickens lay some funny eggs.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on July 13, 2016, 03:15:41 PM
Hello Eabadger we have upped and moved to Sweden!  Where you are is a lovely part of the world. Our chicks used to hate electric storms.

Whatcha Biff. Sounds like that device might have been good for me a good few years back :hysteria
Tod is bomb proof his hearing is pretty poor now so no problems.
Elliott  does not worry but does not want to miss out if someone is having a fuss made of them.
Comfort is the one that suffers, used not to worry so this is relatively new, we very rarely had thunder in Finisterre. That said she is a real drama queen over reacting if you nearly tread on her!!!


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on August 04, 2016, 09:04:28 AM
Not a lot of sun,
            But loads of good steady force 5/6. The W/T keeps the voltage up on the 138-140volt mark and any little sunshine goes straight into the tanks.
 We got about 8 hours drying and I cut the lawns once again, This time, with the petrol mower. No sooner had I finished than the skies opened ,
 Our visitors came and went and the place looked half civilised at least. One referred to the place as a midge farm but the midges were not that bad.
 If they had of been here a couple of years back,they would have had reason to complain. Our bat population has expanded dramatically, We use no weedkiller
 and maybe that is the reason. Out with the lamp at night time reveals a jungle type fauna with helpless large moths trying to dodge the bats. Our wee dog
 is tuned into the bats frequency and can see them flitting about above her. The lamp reveals the moths to her and she grabbed one only to spit it out quickly
 They must taste really bad. It will soon be September, corn stubble and harvest fair.
                                                     Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on August 10, 2016, 09:46:43 AM
Back to normal,
                 Quite heavy rain on the north wind, big puddles on our rear lawn. I gave it a go yesterday while dry and whizzed over it in record time leaving a decent cut but now it is saturated and the dogs left heavy spray in their wake charging through it this morning.We are not complaining,our fruit trees are groaning with the weight. We had a record year for rasbers , i taught little Sheb how to eat the over ripe ones,She would wait patiently while I plucked a few at a time and then enjoy them. Diese regarded her as a little simple,Huh,! but it was an early togetherness  thing, It brought back memories of years ago,in my pree teen years by the river,picking blackberries after a swim and sharing them with dogs as big as myself. They did not like the idea of the thorns in their nostrils and a few ouzzie fingerstaining blackberries guaranteed a friendship of a kind. I remember their names and faces and personalities, For years we referred to them as "Spot Bloggs" or "Rex Murphy", etc, like proper family members. We were lucky kids back then despite not having a groat between us but kids would never be allowed to roam like we did and when my own kids came along there was no way they could ever be allowed out like we were,even in weather like today we would be building rafts out of 45 gallon drums and trying to stay on board in the brown churning water.Then the local elderly Garda would chase us with his notebook out and dabbing the pencil on his tongue as he huffed along the river banks after us, asking for names. he was as blind as a bat and we shouted out the names of different town saints and alter boys whose mothers would chase him off the front doorstep with a brush ,when he came calling. We were by all accounts destined for a life of crime but somehow it never turned out that way.
 Really heavy rain now, but today I have some motoring to do, O resevoir,
                                                                       Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: DaveF on August 10, 2016, 12:33:18 PM
Biff,

Always entertaining to read your posts but thought I might be so bold as to question you on your porridge making skills you mentioned a few posts back.

I don't know if it is a Mourne colloquialism (my mother grew up in Annalong), but I often hear her refer to porridge in the plural. She'll say "They're good porridge." rather than That's good and this is something specific to porridge. Have you ever heard this mentioned on the West of our little island?

Also-now to put your porridge skills to the test. Do you know the difference between true porridge and gruel? (According to my mother-if you don't know the difference between then your probably eating gruel).

All the best,

DaveF


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: dhaslam on August 10, 2016, 01:14:52 PM
Referring to porridge in the  plural seems to have been a Scottish  tradition.     

From encyclopedia.com
Traditions surround the making and eating of porridge. Stirring should always be done clockwise (for luck) with a spirtle or theevil, a wooden stick tapering to a rounded point, for stirring, and a carved head. In Scots, porridge was always referred to in the plural and was customarily eaten while standing, but the reasons for this latter custom are obscure. Some aver it was due to the proverb: "A staunin' sack fills the fu'est" (A standing sack fills the fullest), while others consider folk ate standing up lest an enemy catch them unawares.

It is one  of the  strange  things about the  Irish famine  that locally grown oats was not able to sustain the rural population.  It was a rotation crop with potatoes and grass for cows  but for some strange reason oats with its associated porridge and  oaten bread was largely dropped from the diet in the West of Ireland in the years up to the famine in the 1840s.   


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on August 10, 2016, 01:31:38 PM
I could be eating gruel after all Dave ;D,
                                  My Mam was raised not far from your Mam,s place and her whole family were porridge mad. They would take a light watery version before going to bed in the winter months.(gruel) The porridge in the morning was a solid block that came out of a big pot, The oat flakes were quite separate and easy chewed and that to me was the real deal. It was like central heating in winter and it packed you out for the day ahead till 6pm.
  If some one was recovering from an illness,then a warm watery gruel was the first thing that you gave them.
  I do my porridge in the microwave. I cook it for 3 minutes and let it sit for 2 before taking it out. I use 50/50 water and milk(a small pinch of salt) and hopefully the porridge is solid with the individual oats,easily dropping into the spoon. That to me is good gear. Sumptuous.!
 Yet my cousin who was here on hols recently stopped me putting his oats in the micro wave and instead took a few slices of cheese,grated them up and mixed them through the watery oats.
 I thought that that was pretty awful, raw oats mixed with cheese!!!. So he explained how he came by that mix.
 A few months ago, he was walking in the Rockies, He was near the end of a 500 mile trek along the Grand Canyon and all he had left was porridge and cheese and water. You must not carry too much food on these hikes or else the bears (black) will start paying you too much attention. He found that the mix of cheese and Porridge sat well with him and he began clocking up the miles much easier. He pulled up his trouser legs and showed us his calf muscles which were like steel rods. I was impressed.(but he nearly ate us out of the house, all the same and made if with the good bottle of wine) (forgive me Roger if you are reading this, you know my humor and we look forward to your return)
  So there you have it, Good Porridge is like beauty, it is all in the eyes of the beholder.
                                                             Biff
  I would agree Dhaslam, My mother,s people spoke with Scottish accents and had never set foot in Scotland ever. But,,but   Robbi Burns was never far away from their hearts and his little red hard backed book of poems was always sitting about handy.
 They would say, "Tha,haus guid porridge".  "Iny meer"  The tip of the Ards Peninsula) .


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: DaveF on August 10, 2016, 02:22:24 PM
Hi Dhaslam,

Thanks for updating me on the association between Scottish people and 'plural porridge'. This would probably make sense as the Mourne accent, like that of the Ards area Biff mentioned, is definitely very similar to the Scottish one but maybe a little softer and slower.

Now Biff, to the question of Porridge or Gruel. My mother insists that if it's made the same day as it's consumed, then you're eating gruel.

I'm not sure if you are aware of the twice cooked method but I will pass this recipe on and hope that that this secret (if it is a secret-let me know if you are aware of this method?) should leak too far.

Take a big saucepan and add 2 or 3 cups of oats to 6 or 9 cups of water. Volume of water is always 3 times that of the oats and yes, you are making enough porridge to feed a rugby team but bear with me and you will see why.

Add a good pinch of salt and bring to the boil stirring occasionally as the pan heats. Once boiling, reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer but thoroughly stir the pot at least once a minute ensuring that all of the bottom of the top is scrapped with each stir. Keep this going for 15mins or until your hand and wrist cramp up from stirring the thick gloop-whichever is longer!

Switch off the heat and pour into a very large storage container. My mum used to use a very large casserole dish with a glass lid. I'm sure a modern plastic jobbie will suffice but leave the lid off for a good hour until the mix cools to near room temperature. Then you can cover and but in the fridge.

Next step is to go about your're normal day to day tasks, work hard, play hard, whatever you desire. Just let the gruel in the fridge slowly age.

Next morning, get the big pot/container out of the fridge and cut yourself out a nice section of porridge. It will have set like jelly but a large stirring spoon can easily break up a small section and transfer it to a smaller saucepan. Serve up as much or as little as you think you can eat. Do not worry about the remainder. It can go back to the fridge for use over the next 4 days.

Add a splash of milk to the small saucepan which contains today's ration. I usually go with enough to cover the bottom of the pan by about 5mm but everybodies porridge to pan area ratio will be different so err on the less side as more milk can be added. You can break the porridge block up with your spurtle of choice in the milk as it will warm easier without boiling the milk which should be avoided.

Gently warm the mix and stir to mix the milk in with the grey gloop as both warm. If it gets too thick and sticks to the pot, add a little more milk but don't make it too runny.When milk and goo is combined, you can let it simmer a little before serving. An extra dash of cold milk can be added in the bowl to prevent you scalding 'the gub aff yerself'.

I do suggest you try the method-even with a smaller batch size, but I can certify that the best porridge is usually tasted after the second days aging so don't try to make one meals worth.

A friend of the family, a woman in her 70s, uses her oil fired stove as a porridge maid. Each winter night, she buts a saucepan of cold porridge and milk for her and her hubby on the back of the stove. When the stove fires up the next morning on the timer for the central heating, the house and porridge is warm for them as they get out of bed.

I hope I haven't bored you all?

Regards,

Dave


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on August 10, 2016, 04:30:25 PM
Not bored in the Least Dave,
               Quite interested in fact but again, it is everyone to their own. One of the things that would make me avoid cooking porridge on a stove or cooker is the cleaning up afterwards.
   Cleaning that empty porridge pot is a job on it,s own and you cannot pour the residue down the sink, It would block all the sinks in the kingdom so the bowl straight into the microwave and after a settling 2 minutes straight out onto the table, is so so handy.
    My mothers people also used a griddle for making soda bread. oat cakes and  currant scones..Us kids used to lash on the salty butter and the Robison Golly jam ,then burp off to sleep. Their old black Stanley gave up the ghost one winters night and on our next visit my old man helped then install a nice Rayburn, one that had the bars going up the front that got red hot and sent the heat all round the room,even if the floor was a bare shiney pebbled concrete one.It heated a copper tank in the dairy room and if we wanted a cuppa quick,we could go out to the dairy room and get a fill of hot water in the teapot. There was nothing easy about life back then. They had their own electricity generator,It was ancient back then,the engine  had an open top, full of water and steam rose of it even in summer. The land was excellent for grain or anything. It did not need draining. They had all been to Donegal and more than once I was told that they would rather take the boat to America than try farm in our bog. The Home farm was not too far from Slan,s graveyard for pirates. Now i have no idea what pirates would be doing in a place like that. They usually used the west coast currents but when I was a kid,there were still plenty of supposed legends going about the pirates buried in Slans.I believe there is some truth in it.
  As for the origins of those people on the Ards Peninsula, I heard from a researcher that they recieved a special dispensation to retain their farms and good arable land directly from Charles the1st. I have no idea what they did to be awarded that life changing dispensation but they did. Each peninsula in Donegal was settled at different times by different people. It is only when you have lived here long enough that you realise how true that is.  Some 30 years ago they did some research into the origins of the people on the islands off the west coast, they found that Aran Islands,  with its fair haired and blue eyed people had typical Saxon heritage, so you never know who you meet. The Spanish came ashore in Mayo and Fanad Head in great numbers when the Armada was blown apart in a massive storm. The tall dark Spanish looks are very visible in those places to this day. It was from these same coastlines that people left for America and Newfoundland. Their luck depended on what time of year they left and what currents would assist but Newfoundland has a thriving Irish community going back for hundreds of years. These modern times, They have a direct link with Galway and some have managed to trace their roots. Again, I have no idea why they would want to risk sailing to Newfoundland but they did.
    I ramble,
            Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: desperate on August 10, 2016, 04:52:06 PM
Dahn sarf we call that stuff  "Tyrolean" as in render...........................yeeaarrchh

bloomin suverners!

Desp


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on August 10, 2016, 08:46:37 PM
A bit of history does no harm, ( I think)
                               I was always hooked on American history,, 1st because it was so young, 2nd because it was so volatile and 3rd because it is still running.
 American history was influenced by everything that happened globally. The famine in Ireland. It was almost as if some superior being or god decided to pull millions of people out of their own countries and dump them in the states to create a melting pot of different races and cheap labour. The Scots got there long before the Irish but they were further North in Novia Scotia (1750-1790s)and had a terrible time trying to survive being assisted by the local native American with whome they intermarried. Some Scottish clans became leaders of the tribes that helped them survive but history again dealt them a terrible blow when they were all railroaded south to the Everglades as prisoners of war by the British.
  Jedediah Strong Smith was only 21 when he led a band of mountain men off into the wilds of North America to trap the beaver and make his fortune but he did more than that, he opened the routes with his maps and comments. He was the first white man through Death valley en route to California where he was arrested for spying. He retired rich and on a journey south, on the El Paso trial, the Indians finally repaid him in kind.  L.D. Morgan,s book, Jedediah Strong Smith  and "The Opening Of The West" makes compulsive reading.   Then " Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee" is the other side of the story. It is only when you get out the maps and check the distances that these guys travelled,then you realise just what kind of guys they must have been., A lot of Jedediah,s men were from Northern Ireland. Hugh Glass (Green)  and Broken hand Fitzpatrick became legends in their own right. They just did not come any tougher than these guys.
  They made great reading and sometimes still do. One of the greatest ironies was the map detailed by a Senator with approval of congress,giving the proper route through to California from St Josephs, Missouri (jumping off point for the west). They were false and led to the deaths of thousands of wagoneers whose bleached bones were reported by the Indians. (some things don,t change) In fact, in the beginning the Indians saved hundreds of families from sure death. There was just no way through, The map was totally false after the first 200 mile.
     H,mmmmm Yes, I like a little history. It don,t do to read fiction all the time. ;D
                                                               Biff
      Last week a close relative of mine and his family were shopping in the local wall mart. They were stacking their shopping in their vehicle and a row broke out between a guy who had returned a new tv that did not work,,picked up another and headed out into the car park to put it into the back of his vehicle, So the security guy and the man with the tv are arguing. The guy is trying to put the tv into his vehicle ,when this woman pulls up in another car and starts shooting the tv guy at point blank range. The place was packed with people. Life is cheap.The guy died. It got the smallest line in the newspaper. This kind of thing is happening all the time. Nobody know where it is going to end. The Lone Star Star State is a beautiful country but a deadly one as well.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on August 11, 2016, 09:16:00 AM

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  Ahhh!! I got it perfect this morning.

     Rain and more rain. Our W/T has been milling away non stop for days now. The wind is relentless , Luckily I made use of the one decent day that we had.
 The cheerfull side of this is ,that even though the wind is driving the rain against our north facing window, it is also pumping the amps into our bank and keeping the water at a respectfull temperature. So It is not all bad.I watered the fruit trees only twice this year but it looks like we are heading for a bumper crop of Bramley,Gala and Cox.s Pippin. We got a decent crop of cherries but not a single plum and of course the Raspberries delivered  a bounty as did our black and red currants.
 The place is full of tourists getting soaked to the bone.They hire bikes locally and wobble all over the place. Red or blue macs guarantee immunity. We just slow down,pull out and overtake with a nice little wave of the hand. If it were a local, you would get out in the middle of the road and tell them to xxxxxx off home and get a bit of sense. So their is some truth in the accusations that we are not impartial with certain rules. I find that I am particularly helpfull to the Germans and the English, Our local village is quite famous , not just for the McGill summer school but for it,s connection to Meryl Streep who has got relations here and who stayed here on location shooting a film, So we get loads of Americans who, having travelled thousands of miles to look for a laneway that leads to a little cottage ,the same one in Streeps film. So you cannot help but be friendly and helpfull and tell them the best places to get a good meal and the place does have some really good eating houses.Some of them will be related to the people who once lived in that little cottage and danced and partied one final time before they left for America never to return.
 It is bucketing rain out there. I have been lied to once again, The damd 5 day forecast said it was to be nice and dry,,aaarrrgggg. (but the porridge was good)
                                                            Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: DaveF on August 11, 2016, 09:33:07 AM
From growing up through American history to American present. I have a lot to commnt on.

I can't say I remember the Rayburn stove you mention but I remember the cream co loured Torbelle thatsat sat center stage in our living room when I was growing up. In fact it remained there until 20 years ago when my mum got a grant to update the house (my father having passed away some years earlier). The old Torbelle, with its relatively tiny grate did not seem to make sense as a stove. The cooking area on top was maybe 18-20" by almost 3 feet but the fire was confined to a little box that seemed (from memory) to be 7" square and maybe a foot deep.

Ours had the oven to the left and below it was a drying box or 'stick oven' as we referred to it. Of the former, I can remember all sorts of roasts and puddings being expertly cooked in there-no mean feat when you consider the mass of metal work around it that had to have it's temperature regulated by stoking the grate or adjusting the dampers. I remember one year, the Christmas turkey topped 30Lbs and it was sent to cook in the stove for a few hours on Christmas eve as there was no way this monster was going to cook through in 6-7 hours the next morning. Problem was, the birds was too long for the door to close tight. My father cut a length of broken fence post to prop the door as close to closed as it would go and before a couple of hours had passed, the bird had shrunk enough for the door to finally close. My mother did all her cooking and baking on this stove. The living room was always referred to as the kitchen. The kitchen, sitting in an extension at the back of the originally stone built house with it's electric hob and oven, was referred to as the 'working kitchen' and it was here that everything was prepared-but cooking took place on the stove with the electric hob only coming into play on the warm summer days when there were no fires burning in the house.

Now to the other oven-the stick oven. This I remember my father filling each day before I was strong enough to carry the old wire potato basket that was used to transfer the cut and split logs from the ironically named 'coal house'. Each day the stick oven was filled of 2 neat rows of logs. My father knew to what length to cut these so that the 2 rows sat in perfectly, one behind the other. In winter it could take 2 or more large baskets to replenish the stock and these would quickly warm up as the stove warmed, sometimes causing some random 'creepy crawly' that had stowed away on the logs to flee the stick oven. I remember a cat, one summer when the stove was not in use, having her kittens in there. I can remember numerous new born or poorly lambs being placed in there to warm up on a cold wet February night. It seen a lot of uses-none of which you could consider in a modern electric oven. I may sound like I am a grumpy old man looking back fondly 60 or more years to my youth with thick and heavily rose tinted glasses but instead, I am a grumpy 41 year old man, thick glasses-yes, but the memories are not too far away and whilst the cold of the bathroom and bedrooms in a house with no central heating are also fresh in my memory, the warmth that a stove brought to a home was more than heat. A friend of mine made a very valid point about the difference between modern family interaction and that 30+ years ago. In days past, with no central heating, the whole family congregated in the living room in winter, because thats where the fire and heat source was. Families talked, fought argued but most of all interacted. Today, children take an internet enabled device and hide in their room.

Biff, I know little of American history. Maths and Sciences were always my referances in school. my history teacher was never that inspiring and always seemed to there to do his job rather than teach. This has stuck with me as years have went on.

It is alarming that the gun culture in America makes shootings so normalized. Whilst I do believe that firearms (remeber in good old N of I everything from and Air rifle up is classed as a Firearm), are tools and people should be allowed to own and use them, I do believe in licensing and sensible controls. Why anyone should be allowed to own (and carry in public) an semi-automatic pistol or own a semi- automatic rifle, I do not know. Why someone should need 10 different rifles in the same calibre-again, I know not.

When my health was better, I used to enjoy plinking away with a little .22rf. I would go out to the field behind my house on a warm summer evening and enough putting little clusters of 5.5mm holes in pieces of cardboard. I liked to challenge myself. Also, I would extend ranges to well beyond what the little subsonic rounds were capable of. I would calculate the drop over the distance and check the results. Part of my scientific inclination I suppose.

I have heard Irish and Scottish immigrants mentioned many times in relation the great adventurers in the USofA but cannot recall anything of interest on this topic. However, my interesting fact comes from the reference to 'point blank range' in the sad story mentioned before. The term is nearly always misused to mean a distance of a few feet or less. In fact 'point blan' means the distance at which you can point the gun at your intended target without having to make any allowance for bullet drop. For some full bore rifles, this could be several hundred yards. For a hand gun, 20+ yards at least.

I hope I leave you a little wiser, and a little happier and my apologies for taking this thread so far off track.

I do not have a turnip flying at my house but the wind this last while, has been predominately from the south and south east which is unusual for my little patch. Even when the forecaster predict southerly winds, I usually get south westerlies.

Kind Regards and compliments on your patience to you who have read all of my dubious grammar,

DaveF


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: DaveF on August 11, 2016, 09:50:22 AM
Apologies Biff-I went ahead and posted even though you had since updated us with the image of your hearty breakfast. It does look good.

I'm glad to hear you are forgiving of tourists-I believe my wife has booked us in for a night in Buncranna to celebrate the upcoming anniversary of my birth. For some reason she has booked this almost 2 months after the day in question-I think she has seen a keenly priced offer somewhere. I care not-I will eat the food and sleep soundly on the bed regardless of the % off. (I will also try to not sleep on my my back if I have a few pints before bed as I allegedly snore and I would not want to rule out the possibility of a further night away around the festive season).

Regards,

Dave


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on August 11, 2016, 10:45:51 AM
No Problem Dave,
              I am a little wiser. I believe we are evolving at a faster than ever. Our grandchildren are destined to have an all out battle between reality and fantasy. At them moment gamers leave their consoles and stumble about like they are drugged and the latest game which has normal sensible folks chasing imaginary animals around the world is just a taste of things to come. I am way way on the wrong side of 60 and can remember clearly the first TV that came to our town. Since then, it has been upwards and onwards and faster and faster with no slacking off.
  I have loads of relations around Boston and Philly. I would have more relations in the states than I would have in Ireland The close relation in the wall-mart carpark was my son and his family.
 They were putting the shopping into their vehicle and keeping an eye on the row approx 15 ft away between the security guy and the tv guy. The lady who drove up and did the shooting had no connection with the store or the man she shot. She just assumed that he stole the TV and blasted him from 10ft away. A dozen mobile phones recorded the whole thing.
 Our new technology means that I sometimes get to travel the lone Star state when my son takes weekend trips. He can relay live to out sitting room in Donegal. I have watched my grandson learn to swim and take to the water like a duck but best of all are the times in his workshop when he is working with wood. he loves wood just as much as i did. The downside is the terrible loss experienced when the laptop shutdown and you are left with an empty room. That took a little getting used to.
 I was no good at Maths, I was deaf and the maths teacher was a base animal who believed in violence big time. So I had to learn maths after I left college. By then I had been barrred from the maths class and realised that any future that I had would never be an academic one like the rest of my family. The river called, I had a great selections of flies and knew the pools backways. As for college and teachers,they could all go and get stuffed. It was all for the better.
  The Ards Peninsula was an alien landscape to me, just as much as the orchards of Kent, Rather nice to start with but so tame and submissive. I needed the mountains that swept down to the sea or to taste the salt on the wind, like today. We all have different tastes that are perhaps governed by our upbringing and circumstances. My clever sisters used to look at me and say,
  "You can take the man out of the bog but you cannot take the bog out of the man"  They were right.
  You will probably hear that song, "Anna From Buncrana" It is not bad. Buncrana is a thriving town full of Derrymen ;D. There are almost as many slot machines as there are in Vegas. The guy who started it all, used to stay in our house, Bertie Cartmills. He became millionaire long ago but he was poor as a church mouse when he stayed with us.  He was a decent sort. He married the girl with the golden voice. They had a son Norman who became a rally driver, i think. that is going back a bit. Again, I ramble.
                                           Biff
 


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: DaveF on August 11, 2016, 11:32:49 AM
No problem Biff,

I will go back to doing some 'work' now as I sit in front of a computer screen.

I miss the days when I used to work on our little farm with my dad, work for free for the neighbors too. Work was a hobby when you were young. The kudos that was to had from driving a tractor all day. Maybe nipping along a short length of country road, from one field to another even though it was still 4 years before your legally should. I remember buck raking in silage for a neighboring farm the day before one of my GCSEs-the lyre of driving a big tractor (a massey 290 with 3 gear sticks I recall) some much more important to my 16 year old brain than my exam results. 'Work' was work then. The little tractor driving aside, bales were smaller and stacked on lofts by hand. Cattle houses were cleaned with a graipe and wheelbarrow and our 'Dunkel' I imagine this was derived from 'Dung Hill' or midden was in the nearest field that meant pushing the barrow through winter mud to tip it up. My day sheared the sheep with hand shears, rounding them up in the cool of the evening and maybe doing 3 before dusk fell. We cut corn with the binder, we stooked it and then built it into shigs to be 'thrashed' usually in late October when the combining was done and we could get the local contractor to sit with combine and bailer as we manhandled the sheeves into it. I'm sure he thought we were gluttens for punishment-but the corn never fell foul of the weather.

Happier times. The 'good old days' might have meant, cold houses, little money and more manual work but I think as everyone was in same boat, everyone was happy with no jealousy or envy and no easy credit to keep yourself ahead of the Jones'. I am still adverse to borrowing money and hate direct debit for paying things like utility bills. Money is a number on a computer screen and I think we are loosing the realisation we are spending it.

Sorry to rant on-morning break over so off to work I go!



Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on August 12, 2016, 07:03:44 AM
Dave what a great post. I think this forum produces some of its best threads when it wanders from the the main thread. I do believe you have out Biffed  Biff on this occasion and he provides my favourite breakfast coffee reading. ;D


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: DaveF on August 12, 2016, 10:50:41 AM
Todd,

I humbly acknowledge your kind words but cannot accept the award of being compared to Biff.

I too have enjoyed Biff's many posts both on general day to day items, days of yore and indeed, renewable energy generation and know that I cannot compare.

It is true that the best posts sometimes wander and I have no idea how or why I rabbited on so much when I did.

There is always someone in the world better off than you, there is always someone worse off. Converting this to the forum, I know who my 'betters' are and am pleased to be included in the discussions.

Maybe I will think up something of interest again in the next year or 2 and post it under it's own topic-we shall see.

Kind Regards,

Dave


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on August 12, 2016, 03:16:21 PM
 I blush, My head swells,
                     If mother could see me now!. The most exciting thing has happened, The wind has swung around to the west and again it throws rain on our little dwelling.
 I dressed up in big mac and wellies and clumped out into the wet wind but somehow It stopped long enough to allow the hounds a good exercise and toilet. No sooner had I closed the porch door than the deluge once more lashed the house. I have to say that it is not often that happens, it usually waits till we get out and then drooks us to the bone,
 And I too had my tractor days. I drove a blue Major with balloon tyres,shoring gravel and sand for a couple of seasons. I worked with the tides that exposed lava runs and all kinds of earthly upheavals. Years later when I would meet the  rock chippers like Paul on Rasaay,still meets. I would give them details on how to get to the spot where they could chip on real lava till their hearts were content. It is still a special place to me and I visit it every year.I believe it is about finding your own worth and self esteem. My old man got really annoyed when I refused to go back to college and he and my Mam must have connocted a plan that would sicken me and send me back to the college. I got the keys of the Major, a 4 ton trailer and a square mouth shovel. I am sure they thought that it was bound to work. Even to this day when I take folks into the same area, I can see the unease on their faces. The noise of the tide rushing through the gap feet away is simply deafening and everything around has just been changed by the last tide.I had watched the old man come through this place a good few times and he taught me the rules."never stop the tractor" "absolutely no revving" and "Get out before the tide reached yond rock". I simply adored it. Every day was a different workplace that posed a different route through the rocks sticking up.The last 50 yards to safety seldom changed but when it did things could become tricky, very tricky.
  Shoring gravel requires a different technique, Instead of racing for the slope and easing back on the trottle to prevent spinning, The Major was slipped gently into low low, then set at slightly above ticking over perhaps 900rpm,difflock engaged and the clutch eased out. The balloons dropped down into the dallions, the Hitch disappeared and a few secons later the whole shebang, load and all,gently moved forward up the slope towards the bent grass and the hard ,at a snails pace. It worked beautifully. The very first time that i was asked to to this, I reached for the trottle when the balloons began to spin, The old man stopped me and eased the trottle back,,bit by bit the whole lot moved forward again. It baffled me. I had already been driving all kinds before I tried this but it worked beautifully. The Major had a very heavy front, so the hitch was a long one that pushed out past the back of the tractor, It could swing from 10am to 2pm and place the heavy load on the upper tyre when required as well as lifting the front up which was paramount to any chance of success.
  I had the place to myself. There was a terrific sense of freedom.Some days I would discover a massive bank of perfect 5mm Pea gravel and shovel like hell to grab as much as possible. I ate like a horse but still lost weight. I slept like a log and often woke before light heading for the shore to keep with the tides. The tides wait for no one. My mother was disappointed and our quiet conversations regarding returning to college always ended abruptly. She simply never forgave me to the day she died.
 Lagahurry was good to me. I started in an early march, the first weeks the hail stung like blazed and left red marks on my arms as I tried to cover my head. Then the rain lashed through the gap and there was no way of stopping once the exit had been commenced but bit by bit I organised myself.I guess the old man waited for the call to go and rescue the tractor but it never happened. My biggest problem was other tractors drivers who saw what i was doing,would race in and get stuck and then ask me to unhitch the tractor and go in and pull them out. These same drivers would be the ones shouting at me to "Open her up and give her the holly,Yer gonna get stuck if yee carry on like that" and there they were bogged to the hilt without even a load on. I did have a 50ft chain set but it was only to be used if i was losing the tractor, dropped round the front axle ans chained to a secure anchor,(the tractor would still be written off with the salt water) so if they could find rope to extend the chain,well OK. So I was a contrary little Buxxxr,No way,! was I going to have to make excuses for losing the Major. I got most of them out and I drove off and left the bossy ones who had rushing in after the receding tide, they had loads of time to get themselves organised.some would complain to the old man about me not taking the tractor down to tow them out. The old man would be very apologetic and give me a dressing down in front of them. Then when they were gone he would tell me. "You are hanging around there gawking and not minding your own business" "The minute you hit the hard with the load on,get out of there, especially when you see them going in" It was good advice. I remembered that one to the present day, ;D ,Then summer came, the calm weather did not produce the pea gravel so i was busy delivering to the building sites. I was like the moth to the lamp. I got my first real job and left Pop to his own devices. Not many kids manage to get sacked 5 times in the first 3 months but I did. I was a natural.s
  So when you walking Buncrana main St Dave, You will walk past the Plaza Ballroom. There is a little sweet shop beside it and that is where my first girlfriend lived, I had 2 years to go before I got my driver,s licence, I could get a lift to see her and afterwards walk the 12 miles home over the mountain, I always claimed that the courting business exhausted me. whistle
  Days gone by.
                 Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: DaveF on August 12, 2016, 11:09:15 PM
Biff, as always, you paint a picture with only a few sentences that any modern 4k monitor would struggle to display in all it's glory!

I never had the opportunity to drive a Major but have piloted a few Dexta's in my youth. I loved the way they whistled when you pushed the throttle forward from full tilt when in top gear on the road. I will look out for the ballroom and the sweet shop Biff, but I imagine my eyes may be on a par with your hearing.

This reminds of many stories but I will not taint your thread anymore. I will try and collect my thoughts and peck slowly at the keyboard in the Off Topic section. I doubt that any one will favour my posts over yours but maybe people will still read them and find some connection there too.

Todd-'He hasn't gone away ye know'. Only Biff could 'out Biff' himself!


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on August 13, 2016, 07:50:09 AM
Fabulous
I can smell the sea.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on August 13, 2016, 11:08:17 AM
Good morning everyone,
                    The old man would say,"Young fella,,You talk too much" and of course he would be right.
  But, but there were times when I wondered how he learned that technique of getting the Major up out and over the dallions (large smooth pebbles (50mm to 80mm+). It is not something that you would pick up accidentally or want to repeat unless you had no alternative,Absolutely, !! and if you got out in one piece you would be considered an idiot to even try it again.
 The first load out was the important one, The balloons churned along peacefully and then you could smell the rotten wrack,The dead kelp underneath acted like a lubricant  but if you eased back a foot but no more, the sun dried it to a sticky mess and you could slowly drive over it again. All this time, the draw bar and the hitch are either buried or floating on the dallions which obviously are acting as ball bearing of a kind. Once the clutch eased out the front lifted slightly the weight went onto the baloons, the thumping of the diesel transferred to the balloons and the resonance acted like whacker plated of a kind. You could actually see the dallions slipping into place and sticking before the sides fell in on the hard parts, The next load out was relatively easy unless some one used your track and began spinning. But I shoveled as fast as I could and would be out and gone before they got loaded. Square mouth versus longtail pointed was a no contest especially if they stood about smoking and looking at the view across Lag Valley. In retro, it was just an isolated little time bubble, long lost.
  So he had to be someplace where things were desperate. He was a time served mechanic and got a cushy position because he boxed for the regiment but what would they know about beaches and dallions and knowing when to ease off on the stick to let the tyres sink and grip.He knew instinctively ,what would work and what would not work and you did not pick that up in a few minutes without risking his hard earned cash or someone else,s. Then it occurred to me that perhaps he was busy on a beach in France, early May and June40, which indeed he was.
  In a quieter moment, in friendlier times before a crack at the bottle,he would drop a line or two about his c.o., The one who backed him  in the ring and collected the coins from the officers wives."Christ son,their language was absolutely blue" he would laugh at the memory. Then the same c.o.,walking up and down and tripping on the sand,totally helpless and confused, pulled out his service revolver and blew his own brains out in front of all the men. I could never imagine the old man as a sergeant but he was. I thought he would be too busy looking after himself to bother with anyone else. I will never know for sure, unlike me, he did not talk too much. He is long gone,he kicked off at 94,totally by surprise. He just had the central heating reorganised, A swanky new boiler and new fangled rads. The Plumbers packed their tools away on a Friday night. They had done well, it would be all ready to test on Monday morn.
 On the Saturday he got up at 8 as usual, took the car out of the yard and off and got the papers,parked out the front,walked in sat down,then something burst in his brain,fell forward and whacked his head on the hearth. He was still warm when my sister called to visit him.He always complained that all his pals were dead.
 The Plumber knocked on the door on Monday morn. A sister answered, "Daddy,s dead.   Ehh?.  Yes , Daddy,d dead.  He stood there looking at the ground unaware he was loaded down with boxs of tools.It was a gem of a situation. That sis is a fantastic natural snob, I could not praise her more if she was standing beside me, She can deliver a withering look that can freeze the blood in the vein, The Plumber must have thought that he was next on the dead list. I remember chatting to my cousins about it and we laughted till we cried.(almost).We used to ague about which of our fathers was the worst, not when we were kids but when we were in our 30s, Mal wrote and published a book about his Dad. It sold well.
The years march on and we sit and remember the good times. A good sense of humor is a precious gift, it can lift you over a mountain of sorrows.
                                        Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on August 15, 2016, 09:41:02 AM
A few hours later,
              The sun comes out, The golden rays spread all over our rear lawn. A kindly dry wind whips in from the west and sends our Turbine into overdrive.
  Such a difference. It lift the spirit and chases black dog away. Our tanks will be warm by 10.30. The hounds enjoyed their morning romp.
  They are partial to good weather like we are, especially when they are getting on in years. Even our new party member no longer lies down in the muck
  or the wet but instead picks her spot carefully and keeps her new coat spotless. She is 100% sheepdog with all the actions and mad desire to please.
  It is not what we were looking for but rather welcome all the same. Her heat has come and gone and left her with a solid head and a promise of greater things to come.
  Diese never got to be a daddy after all but he did enjoy the romance. He lost weight and is twice as agile and fit. Little Sheba has done him good. He sunk pretty low in spirit
  when old Nat passed away but now he is too busy trying to keep up with this one, to think about Nat.
   It is a day for out and about. The shed beckons, The hounds wait patiently for their breakfast. T,is a busy life you know ;D
                                                               Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on August 23, 2016, 08:28:35 AM
Amazing how a little sun lifts the spirits.
We had an end of the world storm yesterday only lasted half an hour howling wind thunder,and monsoon rain. Then gone to a flat calm and sun!


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on August 23, 2016, 10:27:06 AM
  Very True Tod,
               The calm sunshine after the storm is indeed heartening. I guess it is a bit like having to experience the bad to appreciate the good,
    This must be your first real storm,? If it lasted only half an hour sure that is a good sign,
    We often get 3 day storms here that fray the nerves and test the construction. Afterwards, it is such a relief to know that everybody is fine.
    The grass will lie flattened for weeks, The roads will be scoured clean and the rivers slowly loosing their brown/white waters and power.
    Some 30 years ago, I got caught in a storm down by the sea, I was hunting bunny with my best dog and the lamp,
    The place was like a larder with best tasting bunnies you could possibly ask for. Stewed chicken,curried chicken,etc,
    We already had 6 in the bag,(the dogs got their share) and I noticed how strong the wind was.We took shelter behind a large round rock that
    stood up proud in the short grass about 30ft from the high water mark. We were smack in the middle of an old village that had been demolished
    by Lord Leitrim just over 100 years previously,The houses were all gone but the foundation stones were still there and made great cover for bunny
    until my dog would flush them out.They did not burrow there because it was too close to the sea. so they could end up in the bag quite easily.
    They were going to a very good home, to folks who could appreciate them ;D
    We had stopped hunting and were sheltering in behind this big smooth rock, By now the wind was lifting the shingle off the shore and flinging it up
    onto the green around us.The shore itself was a mass of brown foam about 6ft high, It was a bit of a shock to see it in the lamp like that.
    Then my dog darted back and sounded, She was pointing to a gap in the foundation stones and jumping back and forth. We had company.
    Maybe Brock, maybe Foxy, I lurched over and dropped down beside her. There was Mrs Mallard with the full brood,pecking the nose of Lady who was
    very interested in the little balls of brown fluff. I dragged her back to the smooth rock and the two of us got ready to run for it.
    That was when I noticed the sod being rolled back. All along the head of the beach,where the grass met the dallions, the sod was being rolled up
    just like you would see in a landscapers truck.The dallions themselves were being flung or rolled into the bare soil.
     We abandoned the lamp and the bunnies in the bag, after weighing them down with rocks and crabbed our way to the car a good half mile away.
     I had let this creep up on me and had no idea just how bad it was going to be until I saw the sod being rolled back. We got away with it.
    The car was an old R/W/D opel kadet, Light as a feather but we only had a mile to travel, directly inland,to the house.
    There was a lot of damage done that night, I was very busy for a year after wards doing all kinds of building repairs locally. We lost just one ridge tile.
     I remember coming home from school in hurricane Debbie. It was pretty bad. Very very powerful.
     Yes, it makes you appreciate the good weather and the sunshine.
                                              Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on August 23, 2016, 12:06:40 PM
I just managed to get the washing in, as it broke and sat down in the conservatory which Mrs T and I had just re-roofed in plastic sheet.  We had been feeling pretty smug as previous rain had shown just one leak and a couple of turns on the fixing sorted that. Strange Biff on previous plastic roofs that I have done the fixings have always gone on the top rather than the valley of the sheet which made perfect sense.

These were valley fixed by design of course if you under tighten it leaks, if you over tighten it leaks. I never like Goldilocks solutions.  Good to report just a couple of drips under extreme conditions I will tighten the fixings a turn and if that does not sort it a dab of silicon will.  Perhaps the gale and monsoon rain had caused the plastic to flex we will see. whistle


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on August 25, 2016, 09:38:11 AM
Wonder of wonders,
                  The wind blows a balmy breeze, The sun shines kindly on our red necks, no it is not a dream or a mirage. The whole land is bathed in a golden sunshine. While out with the hounds,whose bounds sprayed the dew off the grass,The sun glinted off our gala apples hanging by the dozen, each a treasure,a prize, each proudly pushing the leaves aside to boast their weight and girth. The Bramleys, always a great performer,still giving us those heavy desert apples which last well into the winter,Hang quietly,confidently in the shade.
 Yet last night, it was getting dark on 8,30pm, The long dark evenings are closing in already. The push is on ,for me to get our winter wood supply sorted and my left arm is almost back to normal but still weak. There are lots of things to do. We still have a good 6 pallets of logs left over and I have access to tons of scrap timbers, so there is no reason to panic. Our solar array has been heating the house all summer,plenty of water for showers and the tanks provided excellent background heat in their central position in the house,
 I miss my jeep but I am glad it,s gone.It was costing me a 3 cents, under 4 euros a day,just sitting looking at me,without costing diesel or any repairs and that was just too much,bearing in mind my mileage of 7,500, for the 2 years that I kept it. I now drive a 2003 suzuki swift 1.ltr. What can I say. It rattles along fine. It is taxed and tested and very road legal. It has 1,15600 miles on the clock and costs 1,60euros a day to sit on the street looking at me, so it is not going to break the bank. So when our sleazy politicians and olympic officials decide to head off on foreign trips,they will have to make do with a little less dosh. Mrs Biff,s Kia was an excellent buy. It is a fantastic reliable machine and one of the best overtaking cars that i have every driven, The poke from 50 to 80 is quite something and it is very good on diesel. It is a good long journey car, Quiet and comfy.
  It is going to be a scorcher today,
                           Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on August 31, 2016, 02:55:45 PM
Dave says the summer is over,
                             He could well be right,but we always got a little good weather in September. It is September tomorrow. Where did that year go.?
    Someone has played a dirty trick on us. The troika ,without doubt. We are rolling in the money now. We just threw away 13 billion euros+.
    Meanwhile our wind turbine is milling away and doing it,s thing really well. Our W/B stove stays unlit and the house is snug but from now on it will be
    getting colder and within a few weeks we will need the boiler strutting it,s stuff.
    It is our annual harvest fair next week and traders from all over the place converge on our little village. I usually buy bolts and connectors,fuses and god,knows what.
    Quite often I buy stuff that sits for years in a special place. About 6 years ago I was passing a stall and a large trader was selling off all his gear getting ready to go home.
    He was about 6ft 6" and his kid brother ,the same. The two of them had camped in the center of the village for three days in a little father Ted type caravan.
    The caravan was fine but it was half full of bootfair gear and empty Guinness cans. The trader was selling the caravan as well. The same guy was quite a character.
    I carried on and looked over the rest of the fair. There would have been at least 300 stalls there,with all kinds of gear, even diesel genis (honest Paul,!)
    On the way home, the father Ted caravan was still there and as I was walking past, the trader gave me a shout. He was selling cheap. he had to get away.
    I pointed out that the caravan was full of gear of all kinds, He pointed out that the chassis/drawbar was perfect and that" i should,nt mind a few wee things that might come in handy."
    The price was 150 euros, I paid up and stuck it on the back of my old ZX.  I know,!! I know,!! Mrs Biff raised an eyebrow but i pointed out that it was an investment. (That one don,t work any more)
    I parked it in the shelter at the bottom of the yard and when the weather improved i spent a few days boxing all the gear inside, There was 6 different extension leads still in their wrappers boxs of
    trinkets, it was piped for electricity and gas,all 14ft of it.There was all the proper cooking gear that anyone would need and pots and pans galore. I discovered that it did not need anything but a little
    TLC. No I never went around Ireland in it but I did allow a few folks to stay in it and cook in it but when I came back after an early morning walk with the hounds, a friend popped his head out the door of the caravan ,He left the wife and moved into it during the night, i decided that enough was enough and immediately discussed selling it with Mrs biff. It was gone 2 days later. I did not even have to     advertise it. I did put  an add in the local free adds but it was sold before the add paper came out, A local English couple came to visit and ended up buying it instead.We are still good friends. I did quite well but did even better with the clutter inside.There was even a nice new stainless steel kettle with a proper whistle, the one we use in the house to this day. We have not found a kettle to beat it yet.
    So sometimes you can do ok.
                                       Biff
   
 


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on September 03, 2016, 09:33:14 AM
Yes,
         Winter is here, I donned a pullover last night for the first time, A stiff breeze was blowing outside and we had accidentally left the windows open. It was too late to fire up the boiler, so a quick hot water bottle for Mrs Biff was acceptable. There were lots of projects that I had to complete before September but somehow, I never even got started on them. I had wood to cut but somehow found other thing to do instead,We have a good few months in reserve and access to an unlimited amount of free scrap wood, so all is not lost. I have a fantastic excuse for avoiding the chainsaw, My left elbow is still weak and needs to be rested for a few more weeks.
   Little Sheba has started to blossom and expand her character which is proving to be quite nice. It has been difficult for her to drop the fawny mode but somehow,somehow she is managing to do exactly that, Her puppy behaviour cut no ice,so now she is more reserved and mature, She is a worrier a curious worrier and we leave her to it,within reason. Her training has boosted her self esteem and her confidence and now she can ask. She has met a few strangers in the yard and she is still here, nobody was interested in taking her away to a new home, so she is now much more relaxed.
  She is only here since early May,just under 4 months and it has taken most of this time to convince her that everything will be fine and all she needs to do is chill out and relax. Everything else will fall into place.There is no hurry.
                            Biff.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on September 03, 2016, 10:12:30 AM
still in shorts here, was cold the other morning and i was convinced the summer was over but then hot again, this weather is so unpredictable.
i asked the other day, why do the lists get longer and less appears to be done?
i had all big plans to get wood store built new solar on and ready before back to uk for work, but that is now next weekend so have missed another target, dont understand it.

hope you get some more good weather before we all hiberante.
steve.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on September 08, 2016, 09:50:56 AM
   Our turbine is milling away,
                           Plenty of decent wind, mostly around force 5/6. Today is the start of our annual harvest fair. The forecast is heavy rain and string winds, Lordy ho,,somethings don,t change.
  Today and tomorrow are a washout but Saturday bodes well and I will sail into town on my Ebike while the rest of the nation is looking for a place to park their cars and walk a mile or more. The traders come from all over the place,even as far a field as Leeds, Chelmsford and Glasgow. I assume they aim for 3 or 4 different fairs in a 4 week stint, to retire wealthy beyond the wildest oil Arab,s dreams to their isolated islands next to Branson. But it must be dear bought, Getting a deal with our lot, makes getting blood out of a stone seem easy.
    I was raised in a Market town with a fair every first Monday of the month. There were 32 pubs for a population of 800 souls but during the fair that swelled to 10 times the numbers and the pubs did a roaring trade,with the emphases on "Roaring". There was plenty of excitement, The Guiney men got going around 3pm, They helped the shy seller make a deal,taking a cut from both the seller and the buyer
There was always a lot of spitting on the hands and slapping the hands of the seller hands, Shock tactics perhaps but it worked.The pubs would start filling up around 6pm or before and the singing would start almost immediately ,mostly by ones who could not sing a note but later on the real ballad singer,s would take the floor,Good tenor voices would float out over the Diamond and people passing would stop and sit on a window ledge. I recall absolute silence in house as they sang and the noise afterwards was deafening, There were no microphones used. I used to sit on the pub window ledges. A lot of the dealers were from Antrim and Down and their songs reflected their origins. Little did I know back then,that this was a dying way of life, That before i was many years older,all this would disappear.
    Our town fathers built a cattle mart outside the town and the cattle had to go through the mart or you could not sell. The Pubs were ordered to close on time and heavy fines were handed out to those who were caught open after 11pm. We were being civilised and we did not like it. Those songs stayed with me all my life. They were mostly traditional, all about love, mostly about love lost. My own family were music snobs,there is no other way that I could describe us, but way back then,the right singer with the right song was something to behold. By the time I was 14 years old, the town was tamed. I learned to sing Carrickfergus and delivered it at weddings and wakes. Out would come the white hankies and the tears would flow. I guess I must have been a bit like snuff for my old aunties.
 They certainly got to blow their noses a lot. There is one thing that you will learn from all this and that is, the best singer does not always get the best songs and the blaggars at the back can make enough noise to convince the unwary that they are hitting the right notes and then if the listener don,t know the difference then everyone is happy.
  I look forward to our Harvest fair, There is a hint of days gone by. There are good singers here, In fact the whole locality is steeped in music. They come from all over the world to celebrate the life and times of a certain fiddle playing family whose fiddle playing methods broke new ground. So all is not lost. I just wish the summer had hung around a little longer.
                                                                                  Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: supremetwo on September 08, 2016, 12:46:49 PM
Did they have Irish Dancing at these events?

You certainly need to be sober for that. ::)


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on September 08, 2016, 03:22:47 PM
No Supremetwo,
                 Irish dancing classes were held locally but we lads did everything we could to get out of them. Irish dancers would have been absolute non drinker and very fit. However there was a dance called Sean Nos,where the men danced solo, The Tatty Hokers called it Maggie Pickens. This form of dance almost died out during the familne but survived in Connemara and farther south in Clare. The various churches labelled it Pagan but nowaday they have world championship Sean Nos competitions, I have no idea how they are judged but it is quite serious stuff. I preferred the big dance bands of that era and was lucky enough to know a lot of the showband leaders and musicians, I delivered their snacks from our shop :hysteria. When rock and roll got rolling, I got busy, No winklepickers or ducktail , I was hyper by nature so it suited me. The oldies were horrified but nothing like what was to come later. I can still smell the hair lacquer, chewing gum ,fish and chips mixed with the peaty smell of the turf fires. Coal was a luxury and their was no oil fired central heating, just loads of peat turf fires. They were heady times.
                                                                        Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on September 09, 2016, 09:45:07 AM
Pea soup, a misty, windy, foggy rain that permeates,
                                         into everything, under doors,through gaps.It is public enemy No 1 of controllers and all electrical circuits.
    I think that if the controllers are far enough away from the main source of fresh air,then the moisture can be deposited before it reached
    the fans. I think sometimes,that this is the reason that the Chinese build their large controllers with the massive dump load resisters next to the circuit,
    The thinking being that the heat will dispel the moisture. Ours, are well in out of the damp air but the controller on the charger is protected by just a thin ply surface
    I may have to unplug it and take it inside for the duration of the winter. or find a way to keep it warm and dry while it is not in use, like now.
                                                                        Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Fionn on September 09, 2016, 10:36:51 AM
It would be fine in the shed if you can put it in an airtight container, perhaps a tupperware container or some old paint buckets.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on September 09, 2016, 01:21:31 PM
The leaves are changing colour and there is a definite nip in the air when the sun goes down. Very misty this morning.
I do love the seasons of change, not quite so certain about Swedish winters. Mrs T hoping for a white Christmas(always a romantic). ;D


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: freddyuk on September 10, 2016, 09:33:51 AM
Had another apple tree flattened yesterday in some serious gusts. Propped it back up and re staked. That's the second one this "summer". Retrieved various items of garden furniture dotted around the place. Another low coming in tomorrow with serious wind and rain so the plan to put the boat back in has been scrapped until at least Tuesday. This morning is dead calm as if butter wouldn't melt. I will go out in a kayak and bale out the tender which managed to stay afloat on the mooring yesterday as another day of rain should see it sink without trace. I need some vitamin D. However the box of homebrew making supplies arrived so that will keep me occupied until the sun returns.......  :winter


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on September 11, 2016, 10:17:50 AM
We are supposed to be getting it quite rough by noon today,
                                           Excellent wind at present and even nice sunshine.
       Our fruit trees are well supported but heavy with apples, so we will have a few apple pies after this blows over  ;D
                                                   Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on September 11, 2016, 11:31:50 AM
we had a bit of a summer return last week, but rained last night a bit 22.3* but overcast and muggy today, given rain most of next week after Tuesday which forecast is for 32*, but forecast here is woefully incorrect most days.
wife and i had row the other night about salads for tea, i am getting to look forward to warming stews on the log burner.
wood was ordered but now bloke has let us down, sold too much!!
found a local farmer who will supply and deliver us 20 stiere of 3 year old split oak for €50 a stiere so all good, still loads to do before winter is upon us, wizzed by this year, my spell in hospital and recuperating seems to have killed the year for us.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: brackwell on September 11, 2016, 11:46:57 AM
What is a stiere?


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on September 11, 2016, 12:07:56 PM
spelled wrong stere, about a cubic meter, 3 to a cord 3m x 1mt x 1mt.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on September 15, 2016, 01:17:15 PM
It,s cruel. The weather i mean.,
                           We had a decent forecast. A friend came yesterday morning and told me he had all kinds of scrap timber in his yard, "Would I like a large trailer load"
   It was stored inside, dry and ready for cutting up, the weather good at the time. So Up I went to his yard, Filled a large 12 x 8 tractor trailer with all kinds',worktops, doors, carcase,
  4 x 4  you name it. Got it delivered to a nice processing spot and no sooner was it tipped off and the skies emptied down on top of it,. Then drizzly rain last night and all this morning.
  It is covered now. I am waiting for a decent day to power up the lecky saw. Once i get this one processed, i will order another till I have enough for the winter.
  One thing I noted about MDF and Chip board is that there is great burning in it if you mix them up in little bundles. Our firebox is approx 14" wide 9" deep and average 9" hight,
  So I developed this knack of breaking the chip to the above measurements and plopping it in the firebox on top of hot embers. It burns for ages.
  I still have 12 bags+ of sawdust left over from early 2015 + 4 good pallets of spruce and one of ash. The ash is brilliant.
                                                                                              Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on September 15, 2016, 01:30:03 PM
Biff isn't ash that burns as well green as dry?


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on September 15, 2016, 07:02:40 PM
Hi Tod,
      Yes, Ash burns green or dry but it keeps the stove cleaner when dry, It blackens the glass when green. and I think it actually last longer when dry.
       Well seasoned spruce is very good but not so good under 5 months seasoned.
       Our little stove is a beezer. Strange, but we actually have a lot of affection foe this lump of metal.
       who would ever think it could be used as a cooling rad as well heating the house.
                                                Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: supremetwo on September 16, 2016, 01:21:31 PM
Ash is brilliant at working up a sweat when logging.

I've not yet decided whether it's easier to axe green or waiting until it's dried.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on September 16, 2016, 01:49:28 PM
Biff isn't ash that burns as well green as dry?

Fit for a queen and keeps the kings slippers dry

Beechwood fires are bright and clear
If the logs are kept a year,
Chestnut's only good they say,
If for logs 'tis laid away.
Make a fire of Elder tree,
Death within your house will be;
But ash new or ash old,
Is fit for a queen with crown of gold

Birch and fir logs burn too fast
Blaze up bright and do not last,
it is by the Irish said
Hawthorn bakes the sweetest bread.
Elm wood burns like churchyard mould,
E'en the very flames are cold
But ash green or ash brown
Is fit for a queen with golden crown

Poplar gives a bitter smoke,
Fills your eyes and makes you choke,
Apple wood will scent your room
Pear wood smells like flowers in bloom
Oaken logs, if dry and old
keep away the winter's cold
But ash wet or ash dry
a king shall warm his slippers by.


Burning chipboard and MDF though gives off formaldehyde among other toxic substances.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on September 16, 2016, 05:00:02 PM
Ah Paul,
  That last line don,t rhyme and its rather long,
  However, I will take what you said on board,(forgive der pun)
                                       Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on September 16, 2016, 05:40:04 PM
Ah Paul,
  That last line don,t rhyme and its rather long,
  However, I will take what you said on board,(forgive der pun)
                                       Biff

If it were me with a pile of free MDF and chipboard I'd be burning it very hot and say nowt on a 'renewable energy and sustainability' forum  whistle

Cheers, Paul


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on September 18, 2016, 09:03:42 AM
Oh ho,! I say,
             Ghastly weather,rain you see, so much of the stuff that you cannot see the drops. It,s a kind of all embracing. drooking to the nude in seconds
    even the hounds thought it all rather unfair. There must be some mistake, clearly, obviously without doubt,we have been given someone else,s share
    without being consulted on the matter.
    But yesterday was "GOOD"  yesterday the sun shone on 80,000 souls that marched in the capitol to remind the government that they have to remove
    the water charges from the books. Not just suspend them but remove them.
    The citizens of some countries actually pay for this water that falls from the sky and in some countries the water is owned by another country which
    even has a different currency which means that dividends are somewhat diminished by at least 10% since Brexit.
    But that should not bother us you see. We have no intention of paying for our own water and lining the pockets of people that we never see or have
    even heard off. Ghastly wet weather today but as some say every cloud has a silver watery lining.
                                                                  Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on September 18, 2016, 09:13:15 AM
Fine day here Biff, 3.2kW steady from the turnip but I don't think the rain is far away. Water!! don 't get me started about that, luckily we have our own but I feel sorry for those getting fleeced by 'Scottish Water', every other van you see on the mainland is a Scottish Water van. Every day one of there employees leaves Raasay on the 7:55 ferry to go to work in her van and every day another van comes back on the 8:25 to go and test the water  ??? They spent millions on treatment plants over here on the west coast about 10 years ago. Hence me acquiring miles of pipe, two years later most of them were obsolete and needed upgrading  banghead:


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on September 18, 2016, 09:39:18 AM
Absolutely glorious here, warm sunshine light breeze.

Water charges here pretty steep considering there is an abundance of the stuff.



Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: freddyuk on September 18, 2016, 11:48:05 AM
I had the feeling August was a dreadful month so I checked and it was the wettest August for some years in this neck of the woods. http://www.met.ie/climate/monthly-data.asp?Num=775
April/May was really good with consecutive days of unbroken sunshine. My solar generation peaked in May not June where it fell away so actual sunshine =

April = 532.45 kWh
May  = 626.86
June = 608.85
July  = 524.19
August = 482.80

 Currently it's lashing down so no change there...


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on September 18, 2016, 01:02:37 PM
light breeze and sunshine here today, was big storm here last week while i was at work in uk, lost some 5 year old fruit trees and some slates on dormer window.
loads of trees down round about, so some free wood soon, mostly chestnut round here.
chipboard the wife moans about burning, but it doesn't half get hot when mixed with hardwood.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on September 18, 2016, 04:42:06 PM
Well, the rain held off here, so far at least, and we were even blessed with a little sunshine. Just had a really productive afternoon salvaging the breakers, isolators, switches, fuse boxes, busbars, cable and consumer units from an electrically heated hotel  bike:  bike: Now have a Land Rover full of exciting stuff to play with  ;D


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on September 23, 2016, 10:11:41 AM
Rain on the wind,
             A bleak grey sky and that chill that demands the wooly jumper. Winter is here Yee Gods,!
     Our row of Mountain Ash that line the driveway are turning all shades,deep red, brown and some a pale yellow,
     Even the fruit ranges in color from deep red to light orange
     Only now in their maturity do I relaise that there must be different breeds of Mountain Ash.
     They are different colored trunks and branches and different ways of growing.
     Some grow up singular and some grow sending maybe up to ten branches shywards from the ground.
     Years ago when they were getting settled in, Mrs Biff and I pleated a few saplings.
     Those pleats are still visible under the leaves and somehow don,t seem as pleasant as we would have wished
      It was perhaps a mistake. They were never meant to be constrained or tamed but free to wave in the wind
      The gnarled twists betray a pained expression and like any sin,hard to forget and impossible to undo.
     Ours is an oasis of Holly, Rowan , Ash, Sycamore, Alder ,Hazle, The invaders like Laurel have to struggle,
      The lawns have to struggle, The row of apple trees and beds of fruit bushes need constant care.
      Yet somehow they survive and even prosper, If the winds blow easy at the right time of the year.
      Strong wind at the wrong time if year,can rip the blossoms of our apple and cherry trees,
      Salt carried inland on the wind can burn the leaves of all the trees a blackened brown,visible for months
      Thankfully, it does not happen too often and we get to enjoy the years like we do at present.
      The hounds snooze one eye open,Breakfast please,? Life is good, The company is quiet and pleasant,
                                             Biff
     


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on September 23, 2016, 03:50:28 PM
Rain lashing sheets,
                    Wind picking up, Great wind turbine input and even our solar is performing.
   Very hard to get anything done outside, wind set to get much worse.
   Will move my saw inside the green store and cut in there. loosing too much time as it is.
   You can have a day off next Tuesday Paul,
   Bally great big red storm heading due east across Malin Head for Tuesday the 27th.
   We get it too but not quite as bad unless the wind changes direction and that can happen.
                                                     Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on September 23, 2016, 04:19:04 PM
dont want to rub it in but hot and sunny here today, too hot to hump wood but been doing it all day, kids just home from school so get some help after they have walked the dogs.
no wind good solar.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on September 23, 2016, 07:43:53 PM
It,s 20 past 7 and it,s dark,
                    No rain for an hour but it is dark,,Gawwwwd
                                     Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on September 23, 2016, 08:50:21 PM

   You can have a day off next Tuesday Paul,
   

I've got a whole month off Biff  exhappy:  exhappy:

was away in Inverness today, just back in time, the ferry didn't sail again. Put the heating on for the first time tonight too. The nights sure are drawing in hey, big stag started bellowing outside the house last night, don't usually get that until the first frost. Certainly no sign of that yet, just wind and rain, still it's good for the turnips hey.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: gravyminer on September 24, 2016, 11:59:09 AM
Down in the soft south west of blighty theres dust blowing in the wind, a warm wind from the south.
Its been a dry sunny week and the digger has been busy doing jobs that would be very messy if the ground turned wet.

All the trees remain fully leafed, a few show a bit of drought stress after a dry summer and theres a hint of yellow showing on some of the early droppers.

More daylight was stolen on Thursday than any other day of the year and in four weeks the clocks go back  :'(


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on September 24, 2016, 03:45:21 PM
Sunny with a light breeze here in Sweden about 18c at the moment. Lovely Autumn day great for a bike ride to the shops, why is it the wind is always in your face when you cycle! :ballspin


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on September 24, 2016, 06:07:06 PM
warm and sunny here today, was 25* on way back from diy shop this afternoon, my eldest and a friend spent morning stacking wood and moaning about heat.
rain forecast overnight with drizzle tomorrow and increasing winds.

not sure my knee is up to biking wind or no wind


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on September 29, 2016, 01:06:43 AM
  Very rough tonight,
                A good force 8+ easily. Everything is well weighed down and tomorrow is supposed to be bad as well.
    Going for last walks tonight with the hounds, they both had all the bother trying to stay on their feet.,
    Great big gusts would bend the branches of the trees, including our fruit trees and the hounds would be
    tossed about as well. They were both fine and not really bothered but inside they both listen for the noise in the chimney
    and the weird noise that the stove flue makes..They are more on edge inside, listening to what is happening outside.
                                                              Biff
   I will be out handy in the morning looking for the windfalls,we will have no apples left on the branches.. :'( :'(


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on September 29, 2016, 04:07:59 PM
Thanks for the storm chaps! facepalm
16:30 getting dark blowing a gale (I think tomorrow will be spent on the rest of the apples) and piddling with rain.
We were just saying how lovely the trees were looking as the colours change.
Stay safe.
Paul If the weather is as foul I think another glass of red by the fire is called for tonight.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on September 29, 2016, 04:26:50 PM
Hi Tod,
     This would be the right time to have a good grasp of the language, ;D
  Billi, Monday is a big day for you, You get the heaviest rain with Schull smack in the centre.
  It starts at 6 on Monday morning and don,t let up till midnight.
          Been quite rough here all day but set to slack off tomorrow morning,
  Raasay and Paul are getting a pasting as I type.
                                                   Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on September 29, 2016, 04:33:12 PM
Grey and mizzy here this morning, then sun came out had some 90% burst on pv light wind no power from turbine yet, a neither here nor there day today.
forecast here are terrible for accuracy, they appear to get it right on the day, but maybe by just looking out the window.
still 18* getting dark here about 20:00 local time, sun up about 08:00


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: billi on September 29, 2016, 04:48:31 PM
yeah Biff  , i have seen it

looks  promising for a pond that i am building .... :P





Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on September 30, 2016, 09:28:25 AM
Loadsa wind and no respite,
                            If it is not blowing it is pouring rain. My scaffold sits abandoned and this afternoon,s forecast gives for no wind and very light drizzle.
               I am hoping to get it back today as I have my own job to be getting on with,
               I am boosting my winter PV by another 1kw. It would be nice to get it up and done before the days get too short.
               The scaffold was supposed to only be needed for 3 days max but has been gone since the end of June.
               This was supposed to be a summer job and be shared with a cousin who wants to see how to install PV. facepalm
                We live, we learn and then we forget.
                                                     Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on September 30, 2016, 10:05:52 AM
Sun back out. ;D

A tiny drip from new plastic roof will get up and tighten fixing. :crossed



Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on October 01, 2016, 08:42:28 AM
Pasted for three days solid here and for two it never stopped raining, lost the internet and no prospect of recovering it until next week. Still, whilst we only generated a measly 12kWh of solar from our 4.75kW array, the turnip excelled at 113kWh during the same period  :o

Been beautiful the last couple of days and solar once more has overtaken wind  ;D

Weekend is looking lovely but more carp on the way next week I think  :'(

Cheers, Paul


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on October 01, 2016, 08:55:48 AM
Lovely sunny morning here,
                        Tomorrow is for the same and Monday is solid rain.Everywhere is waterlogged with the fields impassible .
                                                                    Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: billi on October 01, 2016, 10:19:19 AM
stunning ,calm and sunny morning here ... forecast for Monday looks better now than foretasted ...  they should stick to their promise  :hysteria

  disappointing ..
 





Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on October 01, 2016, 06:50:21 PM
Great day,
          Perfect weather, My scaffold landed, yesterday morning early. I had a box errected at the rear of the house and by 4pm I had the 2x 80watt x 12volt pv panels on the ground and wheeled down to the shed. This morning we sailed out over Barnsmore Gap to look at a car which I had a notion of buying. The salesman was straight out of "Fools and Horses". Mrs Biff and I enjoyed the morning sunshine and fantastic moorland scenery, my favourite over coffee and cake. The salesman was really outstanding. He was a bit like an IQ test, You knew he was telling porkies but you had to guess what they were. He could not remember the mileage over the phone,the car was down the yard you see but you could come and have a look. So we did. When we got there, he had to go and fetch the car from another place and while Mrs Biff and I were having the coffee, he went off and got the car. Only 5 minutes away.
  This is where the IQ comes in, :hysteria. He came back with the car, a 2001 ignis 1.3 petrol and came over to us and chatted while we were finishing the coffee.The car sat for 10 mins and when i went to go for a drive, it would not even click the starter.. OK,? so he opens the bonnet and explains that the battery terminal is loose, then i gave it another go. and nothing doing. So he produces this thing like a heavy I pad,shiny black surface and a peculiar plug on the end, It was 125mm x 300mm x 40mm approx. I took a really good gawk at it, He jumped started the car with it. I had never seen one of these little beauties before..It looked like a cross between a laptop and an ipad. The car was showing 146,000 miles and even with that, it was not bad at all, The body was surprisingly good no rust anywhere.
  The tyres were rubbish but brakes,steering and running gear were exceptionally good for those miles. I was sincerely impressed. The clutch was suspect but he explained that a new clutch has been. recently fitted. "Oh good" says I. However, instead of having a 1 year test, it was going in for a full 12 months test + 2 existing months which meant that the new owner would have 14 months NCT.
  "Oh good "Says I. We got on really well and then I asked him how long ago was it since the new clutch kit was fitted. "Just two weeks ago" he said confidently.
   " Oh good" says I.  I had had a look down the side of the bellhousing while he was talking to someone else, The gunge on the bolt head had not been disturbed since the car left the factory. I was truly impressed, 146,000 miles on the one clutch and looking at the double overhead cam set up, nothing there had been disturbed for years.
  I will be buying one of these little trucks, I cannot get the hounds into the swift, even with the rear seat down, Diese has to crawl  about,,So hence my search for a small van type MPV but I will not be buying that one. I would have loved to have got even 46 thousand miles out of it but taking it over now, I would be inline for all kinds of bills, one of which is an alternator,then a clutch and of course a new timing chain assembly.then tyres. We never got to the part where he would drop a few hundred if I took it through the test myself..Dell Trotter eat your heart out.
  It was a lovely morning rounded off with a bit of shopping, After lunch, I stripped down the scaffold from the rear of the house and wheeled it down to the new array location. I am looking forward to getting on with it.
  Today,s PV output has been the best for weeks, Our tanks are full of piping hot water and the rads are warm, so this evening should be easy on fuel.
                                                                                        Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: billi on October 01, 2016, 08:17:14 PM
Just now  .... what a day here it was 


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on October 01, 2016, 08:50:07 PM
Old pug van did nearly 400k km over 15 years without missing a beat.
Brilliant for the hounds.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on October 01, 2016, 09:24:31 PM
Hi Tod.
      I am sure the car that I was looking at today could drive for a while longer but it is not for me,
    I had a C15 for a few years, It was a brilliant little diesel, 1,9, it was still going strong when I sold it,
   The petrol engines don,t last quite as long and one @146,000 miles would be very unlikely to cover many more
   miles before it needed serious money spent on it.
 I would like to buy a decent one of these little yokes, They are quirky and have a nice feel about them and are not too dear to buy
 The salesman today, was asking way above the normal price.+ it already needed quite a lot of cash spent on it.
  It was advertised in immaculate condition with a full years test, It had 2 months test and was not immaculate ;D
  But, it was a very enjoyable morning. It was lovely to get out and about in the sunshine, an incredible change from the driving wind and rain of late.
                                                        Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: djs63 on October 02, 2016, 02:26:09 AM
Biff you are very forgiving of human nature and perhaps it is because you had a recent episode with scaffolding to cleanse the system? fpig:


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on October 02, 2016, 07:14:07 AM
Walking Elliott in the woods gets rid of the steamed up head for me! ;D


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on October 02, 2016, 11:17:42 AM
Good morning all,
              DJS63, you could well be right, I was truly relieved to get my scaffold back, I never loan my scaffold or mixer to anyone and this was one of the very very few exceptions
       Sad to say, my friend was unable to get his work finished. He was over run with his normal work and the weather made it dangerous to go up on top when he did have the time.
       He knew that I had to have it to put up the new array and show my cousin who is helping me how to make it work,
   As for the "salesman" , we have a saying in this part of the world "You were there when you bought it"and I would be more angry with myself if I got caught than I would be with the
   salesman. The humor here is different, kind of gone wrong centuries ago and today it is honed to a fine art of double speak and piddle taking. My son worked in Texas for years and said that you would
  not dare piddle take a oerson like you do here.. Everything there is as they say it is, or else there is big trouble involving things that go bang and kill quickly.
   Years ago, A kind of a friend sold me a Beetle for 75 punt. I had seen him driving about in it. It had new tyres and sounded good, He drove it into my yard and I gave him the money, he gave me a
   fiver luck and dashed off down the road walking. When I went to reverse it out of the way, I discovered that reverse gear was gone. Now I had a cousin J who was Beetle mad and he wanted it but
   was,nt on speaking terms with the first rogue. He popped up to collect and gave me the 100punt that he promised for it, He was after the engine and the tyres/etc were a bonus.
  A few weeks afterwards, I met the first chap in a pub and he was grinning from ear to ear. He wanted to know did I have any problems with it. "Absolutely not" says I and bough him a drink. A few
  years later he got quite badly stung and started on about the missing reverse gear in the VW. I pleaded ignorance and told him, the car was gone an hour after he had left it in the yard.
  I believe it never gets too serious with material things or even women but can evolve into a family feud over livestock/land/turf for the fire or a dog.. :hysteria.
                                                                                 Biff
 
 


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on October 02, 2016, 11:38:07 AM
i made a mistake of lending my scaffolding about a year ago, it was then lent to a friend of the person i lent it to, i was not best pleased, the second person then bought some of it back and fiend ignorence of where the rest was, still not best pleased, i borowed the dumper of the first friend and low and behold my scaffolding was next to dumper, so i decided to collect when i dropped off the dumper, what a mistake to make, went to do the swap yesterday and it was all gone again, got back home in a foul mood and decided to move my stash of cast iron radiators to my new hard standing/yard, got them down in two trailer loads and then moved digger back to lift heaviest off, halfway down the field the digger stalled, how odd i thought, and now it wont start, starter was on last legs so awaiting a new one to arrive but very peed off.

but on a bright not weather lovely again today, not summer but not cold and sunshine is lovely.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on October 02, 2016, 12:09:06 PM
Beautiful sunny weather here,
                             Not a cloud in the sky,
                                                 Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on October 03, 2016, 12:45:05 PM
It promised us buckets of rain for today,
                                          But so far the sun is shining and the Turbine is milling flat out, My dozens of scaffold boards got good drying over the weekend and I got most of them inside under cover
   to keep them aired. I will be getting ready soon to put an array on the side of the white container.
   This might be an idea for you Eabadger,. A 40ft container sitting with it,s rear wheels on a smooth concrete pad and the front jacks On semi circle rails, the whole lot swinging back and forth to catch
   the sun, It would take very little to motorise the jacks,and everything would be very low geared on a timer.
   It is possibly a viable idea
                                       Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on October 08, 2016, 05:27:50 PM
It has been beautifull and sunny,
                           With a good drying breeze. My 8ft scaffold boards are dry as my 16ft x 9 x 2s, That I got back as well. I got the chance to turn them and straighten them out before i rack them high up in the shed for some job that will never happen.
    I errected 2 boxs along the White store in preparation for our new array. The new array is just a conglomeration of different panels, small yins and big yins and yins of different faith as yins of different
  sexual orientatatation , A kind of multinational array, a Biff special. The only thing i have to look out for is a vmp of 5.4amp or as near as possible, and as long as the combined voltage lands anywhere between 135v and 155v ( a full 80watt x 12volt panel difference ;D) I cannot go wrong really. This array will be our winter array because it is not needed during the summer. I have everything that I need apart from some steel and a bit of geometry. It will go direct to the bank being picked up on the Charger line which is less than 20ft away underneath the other side of the store. I am not in a hurry, I have 2 other projects to be getting on with but it would be nice to get the steel cut and treated,even fitted to the side of the store. I will post pics when i am starting.
                                                                            Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on October 08, 2016, 06:39:41 PM
Man flu, trying aquavit,
Aquavit and Strictly what a combo!! facepalm


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on October 08, 2016, 06:57:18 PM
Spanish Garlic slices,
                      wrapped in tomato slices in buttie, a big double clove in each,then a ltr of good clear water,,.....bed,,sleep  with big duvet on top.
      Each time you wake drink water,eat garlic, You will not have many friends but the vampires and the flu will give you a wide berth.
    If you do happen to drink a hot toddy with cloves, Don,t go outside, instead  bed,,,,bed,,,,bed. best without the hot toddy.
                               Good luck :crossed
                                                      Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on October 08, 2016, 07:52:34 PM
Biff I'm just wingeing about nothing.
Thanks for the advice love garlic,
I remember the old adage if your friends don't like garlic, get new friends!!!


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: freddyuk on October 09, 2016, 12:17:42 AM
You think you got problems....
http://i1145.photobucket.com/albums/o517/freddyuk1/IMG_5114_zpssrtzxiir.jpg
Some sod pulled the plug out....


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on October 09, 2016, 01:02:16 PM
i missed the 40ft container idea, been busy plumbing this week, could work, but had costs back from work on the trackers so probably going that route, mates rate +++
but digger still busted, been nearly two weeks now waiting the reconditioned starter motor being replaced for the third time in 6 months, when back and running i can get base down for the trackers, i am going to collect when i come back to work beginning of november, also got base of wind turbine in so maybe get a ready mix load in as apposed to mixing up onsite.
weather overcast today, bit of drizzle but still warm but have had a fire last two nights, first of the season, didnt really need it last night but kids insisted and we had 6 trout left over from a delivery the neighbor made so had a go at smoking them, came out really well, may have not rinsed off enough of the brine as a tad salty but very tasty will be making some pate out of it.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on October 13, 2016, 09:40:47 AM
We had good weather there for a while,
                                        I got the lawns cut and the place ready for winter.In another few weeks the driveway will be strewn with ash leaves and then a good storm will send the lot down into the bog next door.Our little Stove is fired up each evening for a few hours after 6pm, Last night was particularly cold outside and winter is well and truly on the way. The storms that ravage the US normally take some 3 to 5 days to affect us but they do. I got a habit of keeping an eye on the latest ones and they will be here over the weekend.
  There is one blast,next Sunday morn @ 6am that travels up the Irish sea and gets quite powerful heading west over Ulster but not reaching us here in Donegal,The whole picture is very unsettled
  and changeable and anything could happen,
  Meanwhile I am up to the eyes in a project that I wish I had never started. I love puzzles but this one has got me and it is not even renewable energy, freeeze. Still I will give it my best.
                                                                                        Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on October 14, 2016, 07:43:18 AM
still mainly sunny here, but cold as sun goes low, been having wood heating on, putting in to the big slab, my teenager is predicting an early and cold winter, i hope not.
digger still dead in middle of field, new starter new wiring and still turns over slow, have pulled the glow plugs to get rid of compression still slow turning over, have charged and swapped battery am going to pick up a new one today, but am thinking could hydraulic pump fault cause it? i think it could, blooming cold outside last night tinkering with it. need it for turbine base and trackers.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on October 14, 2016, 08:40:46 AM
After not a drop of rain for the entire month of October 'change is afoot' methinks. What a spell it's been here, never known an October like it 148kWh of solar compared to 84kWh this time last year. Three weeks into a months holiday here and manged to get loads done, mainly on account of not having any Internet  :'( We really are 'off the grid here' no phone lines, not a single connection to the outside world. Normally we have the fastest and most reliable Internet on the island thanks to me supplying a wireless link to Skye and Applecross but it went 'titties up' two weeks ago and they had to call in an expert.
Had to laugh he arrived in the back of a car yesterday, probably cos he's not old enough to drive or shave!!!! Turns out he's employed by Edinburgh Uni  ;D Anyway he fixed it  bike:  bike: Should have seen the look on his face when he found out that he'd have to WALK a mile up a hill to the mast, pure priceless  ;D

@ EB, you could try removing the pump off the end of the engine, there's usually enough on the flexi hoses to allow you to ease it back without disconnecting anything. To be honest though I think it's still more likely to be electrical'
@ Freddy, tragedy about the boat, if anything has gone underwater then dunk it in freshwater immediately. If it's an outboard motor on then take the whole thing off and submerge it in fresh. Do not be tempted just to dry off sea water and spray with WD40. It will run but will come back and 'bite you in the ar5e' in a couple of years as all that salt crystallizes inside the wiring, coils, etc etc. I have MUCH experience in the field of submerged engines  ::) 

Cheers, Paul 


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on October 14, 2016, 09:42:49 AM
We woke to golden sunshine streaming through the window,
                                           Underfoot has never been as dry in October,so I ran the mower last night and prettied the rear lawn.Our Bramleys are all gone but we also got an excellent crop of a little deep red apply which I have grown quite fond of and have been eating no less than 4 a day, They are a deep red and if left in the bowl for a while the color of the skin goes into the flesh of the apple itself. They taste good and the hounds come looking for the cores so they must have something that the hounds like. They could not be bothered with the supermarket apples but like these one. They don,t give me the scoots either.
(https://s22.postimg.org/nbqar919p/001.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/nbqar919p/)

(https://s10.postimg.org/npph6d6mt/009.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/npph6d6mt/). I hope yee are not going to tell me that it is a GM apple. The result of a cross between a beetroot and a Kerrs Pink. freeeze
                                Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on October 14, 2016, 10:41:05 AM
Spectacular colours of the trees, but like everyone really dry. We have had a couple of end of the world rainstorms lasting no more than an hour then dry again. Perishing wind from the east our night temperatures are dropping to 3C so fire is being lit.  Walking Elliott this morning and came face to face with a deer, Elliott was on his lead and we just stood and looked at each other before going our separate ways.  Strange that a dog who can forlornly chase a duck will stand and calmly look at a deer. facepalm

When the rain comes I will have no excuses for not getting on with the interior painting. surrender:

On a more expensive note just spent the best part of 500 quid buying wheels with winter tires, you are obliged by law to fit prior to Dec 1 and leave them on until mid April.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on October 14, 2016, 11:39:17 AM
.  Walking Elliott this morning and came face to face with a deer, Elliott was on his lead and we just stood and looked at each other before going our separate ways.  Strange that a dog who can forlornly chase a duck will stand and calmly look at a deer. facepalm



I came 'face to face' with a deer on Wednesday too Tod.

(http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd170/camillitech/141016%20013%20Small_zpsgvc78ckc.jpg)

Didn't end so well for him and I'm just about to fry up some of his liver for breakfast  ;D

Truth is I'm not really into this 'stalking' carry on and prefer to just shoot the ones that come onto the croft. Take no pleasure in killing anything without good and unless I'm gonna eat it. However the weather has been so good at this years rut that I've taken to wandering further afield. Really cannot be doing with lying down in a bog for hours to shoot a beast then drag it over the hill for miles. Last week or so though my son and I have been doing the 'male bonding' thing cos it's half term and he's home for a couple of weeks. Been a pure pleasure, wandering the tinder dry heather with a couple of firearms and binoculars. He's a 'chip off the old block'  ;D

(http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd170/camillitech/141016%20017%20Small_zpsxegtg4gn.jpg)

Well, apart from the fact he always reads instructions, does his homework and will hopefully go to uni  ;D


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on October 14, 2016, 04:39:41 PM
Blige Paul he has grown! ;D

Hunting very strictly controlled here. How different from France!!
Our neighbour spends hours each week collecting waste food from the supermarket and feeding it to the wild pigs.
He has built a shooting hide with carpet! He says there are up to 30 pigs that come to feed and he will take about 12.
There was an elk (moose) meeting and this year it will be possible to take one cow and a calf, strictly no males.

Another neighbour wants to start hunting written and practical tests. Then the hunting equivalent of L plates you have to be accompanied by an experienced hunter.on your first few forays.

It seems very different from Finistere where if you walked the woods in winter you were likely to be shot at by a drunken buffoon.

We were given a lovely piece of wild boar to try, red wine and ceps I think.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on October 14, 2016, 06:06:55 PM
Aye Tod, same in Italy as France I think. I envy the abundance of wild boar/pigs, we've a couple of 'Iron Age pigs' on order, should be weaned any day. They are a cross between a Tamworth and wild boar, supposed to taste lovely and should be ready by next spring. Found my first cep of the year last week, all on its own it was, took it straight home and fried it  :genuflect hunners of chanterelles this year though.

Stayed dry all day today too, which was a surprise, the sky was full of mischief as Biff would say, but it came to nought.

Cheers P, now better start on dinner, venison, now there's a surprise  ;D


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on October 14, 2016, 07:12:01 PM
i went here in france to buy a gun for the rabbits, i was told i could not buy it to shoot animals, but was advised to buy it for target practice then no problem!!

paul, i agree sounds electrical, but have put new battery on and second battery with heavy jump leads to starter direct, still slow.
was running ok and then stalled driving down field.
have just took rocker cover off and oil is a bit thick, i could have sworn i changed not that long ago but looking at records may have been 3 years ago, long shot but got new filter and oil will drain down and replace.
but may have stuffed it, did head gasket and skim 3 years ago so may have to take head off again and see what is what, sound like compression and each inlet chuffs, all valves moving nicely.
then today the diesel ebersparcher water heater died again, RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR


have a nice tea, look great.

steve


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on October 14, 2016, 07:32:07 PM
Hmmmm,

does not sound so good, not a 24v starter with the wrong label on is it? How does it turn with a spanner and the injectors or glow plugs out? Eberspachers  facepalm well good luck with that one, hopefully it'll be something simple like the glow plug and gauze. I've been meaning to overhaul mine for two years now, got all the parts, just need the time and enthusiasm to coincide.
Rabbit, how I love a fresh bunny, they're quite rare here, gone are the days when you could guarantee 'one for the pot'. Between the sea eagle, golden eagle, buzzard and mink they've been pure decimated here.

Good luck with the machinery, Paul


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on October 14, 2016, 09:26:15 PM
 Another beautiful day here,
                      Golden sunshine and nice sharp working weather. I had grinders and drill going from 10.30 am till 4.30pm and still our tanks were toasty roasty.
    Out with the hounds at sunset and the wildlife is flourishing..They get to track and cross check and sniff the wind like experts. If they saw a rabbit they would more than likely lick
   it all over.,well Diese would but little Sheba might want to take it home.
   My current project is a kind of penance..I was not right started when i wished i had not but such is life. I get these ideas and imagine that ,,H,mmmmmmmm  yes this could work quite well
  and then I am in the middle of it and thinking , how in the hell did I end up in this mess..It don,t happen very often but.
  Its complicated, There was this guy who saw my doblo van for sale. he was the only one interested in buying it and I thought that he had it bought but he dwaddled about and i put the van back up
  for sale. Thus other guy rings up and asked me did i know where he could buy a 1.3 multijet and i said that i would sell him mine if he came up with the readies. He landed down the following morning
  with a mechanic and took the van for a good stiff roadtest. Then when they came back,they settled on what I knew was a very good price but the wanted the engine immediately. They paid me
  enough money that would buy another van, so i was happy enough but I still had the Van body complete,less engine.
  So I got a call from the first guy who was supposed to be buying it months before, He drove down and parked outside and got kind of annoyed that i had sold the engine out of the van but then
  explained that his old van was knackered but he could put his good engine into my van body..He wanted to pay me peanuts and I listened away and nodded agreeably.There was always a lot of talking
  but no dosh..Off he went and the next day, i took my tape and began to measure the Doblo body. I came to the conclusion that i could make a very nice dog trailer out of it. So i took my saw and cut
  the van in half behind the door,then lifted the front with the forklift and placed it carefully in a secluded spot out of sight. There was not a lot of talking after that.
  But now I am doing penance. There was a time that i could skip about and heave things around but now I am crocked and running like the little suzuki swift on our street,,on 3 cylinders.
  My back hurts,, It locks if i get into a certain position lying on the floor and of course i went and gave myself a job that would punish me to no end. I try to avoid profanities and recite poetry instead.
  Then the time that i got the diesel tank off and went to undo the tank straps handing from under the body. It was awkward and I was using a socket and a tommy bar, I was wriggling about on the
  floor with one arm passing through the big leaf spring and the other up over my head, pulling like mad, the socket slipped and the tommy bar, extension and socket lashed up, hit the body and came
  down and smacked me right in the mouth,Just missing my nose,, wooooooo,,I say " tasty tasty old man,,or words to that effect"  I did not want to have to crawl in there again, so i wrestled the bolts
  of and retreated up deck..I looked in the car mirror and my face was like something out of a horror film, i had split my lip,right through to the gum. I washed the good floor and went inside to get
  cleaned up. I am lucky, I heal up pretty quickly but it still took a good 10 days to knit together and eating was no fun. I should have got it stitched but that is risky as well. All said and done. the lip has
   healed up, both inside and outside but now i have a scar that tickles while shaving ;D
   Yes, I totally agree, i should have let the van go for peanuts..
(https://s18.postimg.org/pzilkyfh1/010.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/pzilkyfh1/)

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    There is without doubt a certain satisfaction in doing a little job like this, The drawbar is tacked for fit and all the joints will be reinforced before final assembly. The front is still in the planning stages
     I did consider glass fiber, and spending time to get a good finish. It can easily be sheeted straight across but that would give an ignorant look.So I have not quite settled on a definite plan but once the drawbar finished,then i will have to make up my mind. the workshop floor is chock a block and i need it back, + i have solar PV to install facepalm
                                                      Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on October 15, 2016, 01:16:20 PM
biff, i know the feeling, seems a good idea before you start then the enormity hits in?
no good for me over in france, any trailer over 500kg loaded needs a log book and insurance, you can get them tested at the ministry of mines but sound like a nightmare. over 750kg needs it own number plates, i got stopped in london by a copper saying i was illegal to have different plates to car he had to ask someone higher up???

paul, no second or third starter, turns over fine with a spanner, but with turning on the battery just slows down, but oil looks like treacle so got a new filter and when it stops raining will give it a flush out, weather pretty poor here today, drizzle and grey, off to do at kids school this afternoon so hope weather gets better.
ebersparcher is a 5kw hydronic the early sort, it is on a coil in the dhw cylinder has worked a treat for 5 years just little bits and bobs, since moving it, it has been eating heater plugs, put a new to me burner on and just cocked up and done it again, full decoke this morning running now but see how much carbon on when cooled down later.

steve


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on October 15, 2016, 02:12:58 PM
You have probably tried this,
                              But just in case you forgot,,Take a fresh heavy duty earth from the starter casing to the Battery,? I remember having to replace the earth strap several times on my own digger.
    The vibration works it,s magic and the connections suffer but a lead direct from the - to the starting casing will soon tell the tale.
  I am not sure what voltage your digger is but my own was 24volt.
  It is also possible that the cogs on the bendix don,t match the original starter..mismatched teeth will give that same effect where the starter turns slow..
                                                                     Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on October 15, 2016, 03:05:55 PM
Our car trailer rules in Ireland,
                           Need carefull study, You are allowed to tow a combined weight of 750kgs on the ordinary full licence, which is not really a lot, but, but
    you are allowed to tow a lot more if your combines vehicles weight is still under 3.500kgs.
   So You could have a VW Passat and a nice trailer with load and the combined weight could be 3,400kgs and you still could be working with the ordinary licence.
   But some guy comes along and puts his land rover or Toyota Land Cruiser to your trailer,,he is breaking the law because he is way over the 4,000kgs combined weight.
   Bearing in mind that the safety factor with the heavier tow vehicle would be much greater than the smaller lighter Passat.
   The only thing that the Passat owner has to worry about it that his towing capabilities weight wise are up to the job and within the permitted Passat specs.
   The Doblo is indeed a very light vehicle, The heavy parts are the back doors and the front drawbar which is designed to balance out the rear door,s weight.
                                                                                             Biff
  And then someone told me that I would have to get it tested at a cost of 380.00 euros freeeze freeeze..
  I can see a complete rethink on the way. However,all is not yet lost, I,m still learning.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on October 15, 2016, 04:08:58 PM
biff yours looks spot on and well made, lots in uk are death traps, i think uk still has no real regs on car trailers.
here on my licence i can tow up to train weight of my car but new drivers dont get that category.
had already done the earth strap idea from a second battery and the positive, my guess is engine is stuffed or hydrualics, will wait for dryer weather to see.

steve


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on October 16, 2016, 10:21:05 AM
What a change,
              It was dreary dark at 8.30. The controller was up on the dump voltage  and the hounds were keen to walk. We were lucky The rain spares us with just a passing spray but seconds after we came back inside,the real deal lashed the house. We had a great spell there for a while. There I was walking about the place in the golden sunshine eating those little red apples and imagining I was someplace like Tuscany waiting for our Italian guide to take us into the mountains.. but the harsh reality spares no one,,here i am, Our rowan is stripped of it,s leaves and its fruit turned a gaudy red,bending the dying stems and tottering like some drunken dame at a naughty party. Biff,s rose is suffering but he will recover and send more up through the snow The bog is filling up now, the grass falling back and the old homestead are once again visible in the hills. Ah, This is my lot,I should be thankful for all this water wacko,, there are places in this world where they kill one another for water,,Honestly ,I convince myself,
        Mrs Biff was quiet and busy last night,and after a lengthy silence, She handed me all the specs concerning the legalities of small trailers according to the Irish RSA. So now I am a happy bunny once again.
 My dog trailer is back on track. There was indeed a lot of confusion about what was permissible and what was not but the bottom line was that a guy with a Skoda Octavia could legally tow a pair of cows in a single axle cow trailer while the guy in his Land cruiser could not legally tow the same trailer carrying the same load because the weight of the tow vehicle (Land cruiser) took him over the 3,500kg barrier. So I should be fine pulling 2 ton behind the Swift  fpig: as long as it,s towbar is stamped to carry that weight,I just have to buy a stamp..H,mmmm
                                                                         Biff
  h
 


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on October 16, 2016, 10:41:18 AM
The UK towing regs are just as daft Biff, if you passed your driving test after 1997 you can't tow anything over 750kg until you pass another test, which is fine I guess. Here comes the daft bit though, once you have passed that test you cannot tow an empty trailer if it's 'plated weight' (the weight the trailer can carry when fully loaded) is more than the towing weight of the car!!! So, my Subaru can tow 2000kg and I have an 800kg tipping trailer that can carry 2000kg, so I can tow it empty but my wife cannot!!! She can only tow that trailer empty (or fully laden) with the Land Rover cos its towing capacity is 3500kg  wackoold

The only people who fully understand the regs are the polis in Dingwall who wait outside the auction mart ready to pounce on unwary farmers  :hysteria

Cheers, Paul


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on October 16, 2016, 01:02:51 PM
my terrano with trailer on back is 4500kg full up, only thing here is police ask you how heavy and if you dont know take you to the bridge, whenever i fill up with stone i have to have the ticket with me, also if trailer is loaded higher than car you have to put height on dash board.

can you not buy a tow hitch with weight stamped on it and attach it to your drawbar? that is what i have seen before, or i have seen vin plates on ebay

tipping down here today, not nice weather, even dog didnt want to go out this morning, only the ducks are happy, for now.....
rabbits we had were free ranging, escaped to be honest but had a good life before i had them, will get some more next year after securing field a bit more.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on October 16, 2016, 02:08:54 PM

rabbits we had were free ranging, escaped to be honest but had a good life before i had them, will get some more next year after securing field a bit more.

Me grandparents in Italy kept rabbits for the pot in a room below the 'drop toilet'! I kid you not, the pipe ran through their enclosure. I lived with them for a couple of years before going to school and always remember me granny (who talked constantly) taking them out for dinner. She'd catch one and put it under arm and set off for the kitchen above, all the while babbling away in Italian, then without breaking step, pausing in the one sided conversation or 'batting an eyelid' she'd just break its neck.

I love rabbit, probably as a result of eating it whilst younger, her recipe for 'Coniligo Provvedasco' https://lifeattheendoftheroad.wordpress.com/2009/07/17/not-even-close/  used to be on old favourite here when we actually had some.

(https://lifeattheendoftheroad.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/170709-005.jpg)

Yum, yum


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on October 16, 2016, 02:30:09 PM
looks good, you can get rabbits here from the chicken lady, ring her with order of chicks be it duck chicken turkey or whatever including rabbit, she rolls up once a week at the farmers coop come hardware store, bring your own box.
they keep them over here in concrete cages called clapier may have spelled wrong, we bought some secondhand but they dont appeal so when some escaped we just let them roam our land, when they got to eating age they started to wander and that is when the gun came out, they dont half squeal when you catch them and fight back, .22 is quick and painless for me.
chickens have been off the lay now for two months, either that or they have found somewhere new to stash them again, all started when we had a bit of a heat wave, i was meant to be using digger to clear back brambles in their field, cant face doing it by hand will continue with the repair when it drys up.
off in to forest now to forage tonights sticks, found a bag collected whilst walking the dogs will heat our water and bed rads, not freezing now but running them makes it feel better, seemed to have fixed the ebersparcher with a good decoke, big generator kept flipping rcd wet must have got in.

i am a fan of life at end of the road, normally save it up and read when away from home, good read, thanks for doing it.

steve


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on October 16, 2016, 04:57:40 PM
Steve
Do you put down  treize for them. Sort of grit containing crushed shell. The farmers use it as slow release antidote to acid soil. We used to use it on the veggie patch. Available from Gamm Vert  and the like used to always have a tray down for the chicks . A couple of buckets would cost about 20 cents if anyone could be bothered to charge. A trailer load for the garden a couple of euro.
Worth a go.

Glad you don't use clappiers horrid when you see the rabbits in them


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on October 16, 2016, 06:40:41 PM
Years ago,
       When my kids were small, i kept a brace of long dogs, one had a soft mouth and used to catch the bunny and set it at my feet unharmed, Maybe after a week,s layoff, she would get a trifle heavy handed and perhaps damage the first one of the night but from then on each one was delivered to my feet unharmed. I would land home (5 minutes away) with the rabbits in the bag and the job if wringing their necks. As long as the kids were told it was chicken masala,,ticka or roast ,it did not matter but to mention rabbits was a bit of a pain. 30 mins with the lamp and one dog would deliver 6 rabbits,4 for us and 2 for the dogs. Each area had a different type of flavour of texture, There was one area that stuck out into the Atlantic about half a mile wide and long,with a shallow lake in the middle. Some of the best bunnies came from there. It is all changed now.,first it was fenced off and then they went and built a canning factory on it. There were strong objection to it because the shallow lake was a stop over for the geese heading for Greenland. It was in fact a special place but the fish industry won. Curried Bunny with spud and turnip was one of my favourite dishes. The dogs lived for the excitement  and my top dog would scream with frustration if she missed.  We hunted two nights a week during the winter nights.
  There were others with long dogs like mine but their success was very limited,they had introduced Saluki and I regarded them as lazy and a bit to crafty and intelligent to work hard enough, then giving to robbing other dogs that did all the hard work. I avoided the hare because I believed that they were special and should be left alone. They are also very beautiful but innocent.I never bothered with the gun and like my old man would not let one near the house. I did not need one. As kids we built our own WMDs with square latex rubber only available in the UK. The Garda were always stopping us and asking us in their southern accents, "Come on now Boyho,,hand over them caddies",  we would just stare,with big open eyes and say  "sorry sir we don,t have any" and the offending articles would be stuffed down the front of our trousers, if we did not have time to hide them in the ditch.
  We had 5 or 6 good years of bunny while my kids were growing up,the maxi came one spring and the roads were littered with the dying rabbits. That finished it for another 5 years. I landed home one years with a Deerhound Lurcher called Bob. He had fantastic nightsight . It was a bit like rallying a Mark 10 jag ,he would overshoot a few times at the start before reaching out with the big paw and knocking them over before catching them. The long dogs are easy managed and kept if you have the time and a good hunting area. I only took for the table and to keep the dogs fit. I also kept myself fit , I was invited along on hunting trips but learned to decline and avoid the headcase dogs and the trigger happy owners. It was quieter,quicker operating on our own. I don,t miss it. It belongs to a time in the past but still I have happy memories and remember some really good dogs. These dogs are whole field of science on their own., a totally different species of animal to our present dogs. They are born to run and need to run to be happy and useful. They needed to be cunning and resourceful and be able to cheat and fool the prey,They have a different mindset . Yet I gifted one to my Mam and Dad, an 18 months old Doberman Lurcher, all the way from Heswall Hills in the Wirral, He was the best dog they ever had and they loved to to bits. In memory of Spyder 1973- 1981.
                                                                                      Biff
             


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on October 17, 2016, 07:03:27 AM
Wonderful post Biff.
 ;D  ;D


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on October 17, 2016, 03:09:27 PM
A wet dreary day here,
                   More heavy rain but also good sunlight and wind, so cannot complain, I got my chassis legs welded up and will soon be ready for stage 2.
                                                                       Biff.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on October 17, 2016, 05:50:35 PM
we never take out anything we dont eat, kids all know the food chain, re the treize yes other half does this, agrial round here same place i think, i have a feeling they have hidden the eggs, they did this before.

sun came out this afternoon, turned out great, except that gave me time to attack digger, oh dear not so great, unfortunately i was right, with pauls advice i separated the pump and a bit fell out  banghead:
was this a doughnut type coupling and all rubber has gone? looks well mullered are they standard or is the man in china about to get an amail help:


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on October 17, 2016, 08:01:41 PM
Hi EB,

mink,mice & crows excluded we're the same, much as I've tried I cannot get the wife to eat crow  :hysteria Not that I've sampled it but I did find some recipes on the Internet  ;D

Regarding the digger, it could may well be a coupling that's available from a bearing factor, something like this ?

(http://www.excavatorspare-parts.com/photo/ps3375530-caterpillar_excavator_engine_drive_coupling_to_engine_flywheel_mounting_hydraulic_pump_shaft.jpg)

Thing is though, did the coupling fail and load the engine or did something load the pump and feck the coupling ?

The good weather has left us for a while now, pretty scabby day here, going to look at a couple of 2.7 to 3.0 ton diggers meself whilst I'm away at dry dock next week  bike: Kinda miss having one about the place since the house was finished and I've just ended my period of mourning after the telehandler left almost a year ago  ;D

(https://lifeattheendoftheroad.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/310815-010.jpg)

(https://lifeattheendoftheroad.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/310815-011_thumb.jpg?w=244&h=184)

It was here for the best part of three years and I kinda got attached to it

(https://lifeattheendoftheroad.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/014_thumb4.jpg?w=180&h=136)

Me reckons a 3.0 ton machine will be good therapy

(https://lifeattheendoftheroad.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/005_thumb3.jpg?w=169&h=128)

and great for putting up the next turnip.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on October 17, 2016, 09:16:44 PM
The teleporter is a great machine,
                             There is a very fancy green colored Italian machine with 4 wheel steer and an incredible reach, It also tilts from side to side and could reach into all kinds of situations.
  It has been 9 years since I saw the last one in L,kenny.  It probably got repossessed  ;D.
  There is an old 3 ton tractor based forklift, I forget the name of it, Henderson or Anderson or some name like that. I got a feeling that it is UK built.
  I will try and remember the name but you can buy a decent one for less than £2,000 . They are also AT..Very basic but very reliable. Even an old F20 like mine is a very handy item to have
  about the place but it need the hard level ground.
                                                 Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on October 17, 2016, 09:45:58 PM
Aye Biff, I loved that old JCB, all 9 tons of it  :o it had a big mixer attachment

(https://lifeattheendoftheroad.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/260412007_thumb.jpg?w=621&h=467)

a huge bucket

(https://lifeattheendoftheroad.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/130715-025_thumb.jpg?w=554&h=416)

and was great for changing tyres.

(https://lifeattheendoftheroad.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/060915-004_thumb.jpg?w=244&h=184)

Would go just about anywhere too, so long as it wasn't too soft, got it 'bogged' once just as it was going dark. Did a lot of swearing that night I can tell you, eventually pulled it out with the Land Rover's 9000lb winch by chaining the Landy to a tree so it wouldn't move.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on October 18, 2016, 08:33:00 AM
i cant find anything that looks even similar, not sure what they were thinking with one i have, no rubber and no idea what it does.
farmers round here buy the infrequently used stuff between them, i was going to get my digger lifted in to barn but sun came out.
they use a teleporter like yours to put the christmas lights up in the town, with a pallet on the forks, eu health and safety anyone?


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on October 18, 2016, 10:46:22 AM
That looks clever enough Eabadger,
                                 The alloy lugs are meant to give way because they are soft and eventually they lock because they are out of line.
   Would it be possible to get the alloy lugs rebuilt and put the whole lot back in again. I doubt very much if you will find any offending bits because they would have been ground down to a
   pale silver streaked liquid.The problem now is getting the hydraulic system drained down/flushed and nice new oil into it again.
   That looks to me like a part that would be needed on a regular basis because it is designed to fail and save the other more important expensive bits from damage.
   Surely the digger manufacturers would be able to point you in the right direction,?
                                                             Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on October 18, 2016, 04:21:54 PM
emailed the german dealer this morning, got a chinaman reply to me asking serial number of engine, i asked if make and model would do and no reply back.
yes looks sacrificial, but rubbish design as no central locator for the lock piece so when it wore a little it then jumped all over the place and self destructed.
Yuchai digger seems fine and has lasted, but spares...........

very wet rain here today so getting on with plumbing last bathroom in, wife insisted on one each for kids, nightmare.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on October 18, 2016, 09:14:35 PM
Hi EB,

if you get no luck with the dealer/importer then I'd be looking at buying something like this,

(http://www.asap-supplies.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/small_image/640x/b9b333412eafde0503f2ea91c55693f4/r/n/rnd-12a60_2.jpg)

http://www.asap-supplies.com/engine-spares-gearboxes/adaptor-and-drive-plates/drive-plates

and getting a machine shop to turn the carp off your own plate, center the new one and drill it. Then make an adapter to fit the pump drive if you can't find a plate with the required splines.

They have many different sizes and types, it's a marine engine to gearbox 'drive plate'.



Good luck, Paul


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on October 19, 2016, 10:28:30 AM
that looks the type, many thanks, no reply from emails offering make of engine yet, appears the yuchai.de is just an address for main office not actually in germany

thanks again.

steve


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on October 19, 2016, 11:28:13 AM
The sun is breaking through,
                          Everything is wet or damp, The willow has cast its leaves all over the driveway to mix with the Rowan leaves. I don,t have to brush them up, just wait for a force 8 and our driveway becomes a wind tunnel that send the leaves up and over the road into the bog beyond. Some Ash leaves are holding out well and have not shown any inclination to wither.
    But the landscape is changing rapidly, the colors are rich and awesome, I like this time of year. When I was at college,we were encouraged to write essays , The teacher would name the subject and we would have to provide a couple of pages of sentimental drivil. I remember the Subject,,"Autumn" and how the teacher ( a crow in his 30s) insisted that we insert some version of " And the old folks,,they too felt sorrow.....because they knew that they too would fall,like the leaves when their time came"  So we all landed back in the following Monday with these very depressing essays on "Autumn" with every student having written these very very depressing essays about old folks dying, no grass for the cattle and everyone taking the boat to England.
  I have to smile when I remember the private comments of my classmates back then, there were some real characters among us, we could not care less about the old folks, religion or politics. we just wanted to get out into the world,get a job,make money, get a car,meet a doll and party all the way. We learned to stick together and get the story right, not to crack under pressure and to look the crow straight in the eye and lie through the teeth in the most downright convincing way. Your life depended on it. We learned 3 card brag and draw poker and while the rest of the congregation was safely on the boat to heaven, we were betting a penny a card on out knees, at the back of the church. Strangely enough,it was an education of a kind that did provide us with a certain kind of defense mechanism in later life but you can never be sure.
    Yes, I like this time of year,all I have to do now is get through to the spring and get another whole summer ;D
                                                                    Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on October 19, 2016, 11:48:40 AM
the season, we love them, chestnuts dropping all around us, first few years we collected like mad then ended up not using, now we leave for the tourist and just have a few.
sun out here also, wife got washing out but not a breath of wind, forecast given sunny for next few days, suit my middle son it is his 8th birthday today, Wednesday half day at school and tomorrow the school holidays start, joy surrender:

just had answer back from my digger people, does that name sound german to you?

Hi,

the part you needed (801-1207002L) is no more available. Some customers modify available part 801-1200003 themselves. Both drawings are attached. If it`s not possible for you pls let us know. We will ask Yuchai factory for offer for modifying.


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Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on October 20, 2016, 02:38:22 PM
 ;D ;D,
      Oh Yes most certainly,
     Great weather here, been working on my masterpiece all morning, 3 steps forward and 4 back but I am getting there.
                                             Biff
                                                


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on October 21, 2016, 10:38:33 AM
This morning is crisp and dry,
                    The hounds like the dry, they can track much better and run round the place like they are on rails. There is plenty of wildlife and obviously they have been busy during the night because the hounds were quite excited,perhaps Mr Foxy but he is a regular anyhow. The leaves are piling up and our Rowan looks gaudy and spent

(https://s16.postimg.org/tmmoon7z5/001.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/tmmoon7z5/) The Mountain ash, The Willow, The Ash and the Holly are all there and in the middle is a Cherry tree

(https://s12.postimg.org/mebdpx23d/014.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/mebdpx23d/) "I will listen to you better , if you get a move on and dish out the breakfast. !!"
                                                                             Biff
     


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on October 21, 2016, 10:48:47 AM
(https://s14.postimg.org/6ordd7wil/002.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6ordd7wil/)
       This one gave a fantastic display for months on end and now it looks a pitiful sight with no leaves and the weight of the fruit breaking the branches. There must be some birds or animal taking the fruit because there are none on the ground and no debris scattered about. This tree was absolutely heaving with fruit a week ago and now there is barely any left,What ever is taking the fruit must be doing it during the night. The show no interest in the dark colored berries on the bottom left of the pic,
                                          Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on October 21, 2016, 10:55:58 AM
Fine day here off Mallaig, doing 8.5knots on our way to Oban then dry dock for a couple of weeks. Wife and boy at home Sunny Island in charge  ;D


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on October 22, 2016, 10:26:48 AM
Ah Yes,! The Sunny Island,!,
                             Great piece of kit,,I cannot say enough good things about them,, freeeze
        But it is still dry here, It must be some kind of mistake, I must be dreaming, We have had so many days in a row without rain that it has become totally unnatural. Mind you, I am not complaining.
  Mrs Biff is still down south and the hounds keep listening out for her. They are not the only ones. It is tough living not having anyone about to complain to. I even missed "Pointless" yesterday. It is a great
  show with Richard and Alexander,keeping the approach of our senility in check. But it gets worse, This morning the telly is on and I am next door getting dressed and I hear this one, moaning in a porny
  voice,"  Oh my gawwwwd"   "I can do it"  "OoooooooO"  and thinks I,,early morning porn ? 
  But it was this thing called "Copper Chef", A big square copper pot and these two were going mad about it. He was smug and horrible, A real knowall, He was cooking all these great dishes right before my
  eyes, Now I know how the 40 loaves and the 40 fishes got cooked back in the old days. So I am sitting there with my mouth half open,watching this whizz kid with the "Copper Chef" telling me that I get
  a free this and a free that and I even get easy payments and the pot costs £49.99 + a 5er carriage.. and I realised that if Mrs Biff was at home, i would be out the door doing something usefull.
  Now the reason that channel was operating was because I ended up watching "Red" last night with the "Everard"  Bruce Willis and some dame that was fool enough to want to star along side him.
  I know,,you are all saying that I must be absolutely brain dead to watch such drivil and i have to agree but i saw Brucie doing his own stunts, like sitting down on a chair or climbing the stairs. He moves
  older than i do even with the help of the camera, I remember some time ago Arnie and Sylvester were making a film and Brucie  kicked up a fuss about something or other, so they let him go,,sacked him,
  I swear, ! I don,t watch these guys but I do read the news paper.  But this is what happens when Mrs Biff is not about and Holby City and the great British Cookup is on the telly. I am in great danger of
  watching the most brain rotting garbage, There is something to be said for a domestic censor after all.
                                                                              Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on October 22, 2016, 01:21:39 PM
There is something to be said for a domestic censor after all.
                                                                              Biff

There's always the off switch, me I never watch it, I'm just 'subjected' to it. Not even sure how to turn it on, Radio 4 for me  ;D When my wife is away it's pure bliss and the TV gathers dust. As for leaving it on when your not actually watching it, that's a cardinal sin in my house  ;D


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on October 22, 2016, 02:55:25 PM
You have iron will Paul,
                   I am simply addicted to the early morning news on 5 different channels, Rt,  Fr24  ,Al Jazerra   Euro and a bit of CNN
  They are all liars but it is nice to see which ones care enough to lie.
 We never watch RTE,,It is simply so bad,it makes one depressed,especially the mumbling politicians.
 I got a glimpse of Our Ends Kenny, (Prime Minister) giving Theresa May a big pat on the back at the recent EU summit.
 I think he was trying to advise her on DIY hole digging, Our Enda has dug him self into a hole a few years back and he is still in it.
 So there is no one better qualified to advise her than Our Enda. He wears the tea shirt.
                                                                           Biff
                                                           


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on October 22, 2016, 03:05:21 PM
lovely sunny day here today, loads of solar, not warm though, fire been in all day, water hot, rads hot floor about to come on.

news, every day i start the day with a depressing look at the news, for us top of the list is brexit, will have a big impact on us maybe, who knows.
May, what is she on?

tv, we have uk tv and do watch some things but r2 on all day, i treat the traffic news as a comedy channel right up until i have to go back to work, worse traffic we have a is a tractor, but even they pull over first chance they get.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on October 22, 2016, 04:06:47 PM
I seem to watch the TV but rarely in English, love the BBC 4 sat nights Nordic noir and the not so noir Montalbano, are all the girls that good looking in Sicily?  Get a bit p' eed off with R4 endless depression. If I'm working love audio books.
Mrs T off to the UK next week so a bit of painting into Jussi Addler Olsen Dept Q books at the moment. Listening to Robert Harris Pompeii at the moment.
Are you into the French system Steve? Carte Vitale etc?

Cold 3C all day but the trees are wonderful colours.

Watched a red squirrel for half an hour this morning and a woodpecker on the fatball so much better than doing nothing!!!! facepalm


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Westie on October 22, 2016, 04:40:20 PM
You have iron will Paul,
                   I am simply addicted to the early morning news on 5 different channels, Rt,  Fr24  ,Al Jazerra   Euro and a bit of CNN
  They are all liars but it is nice to see which ones care enough to lie.
 We never watch RTE,,It is simply so bad,it makes one depressed,especially the mumbling politicians.
 I got a glimpse of Our Ends Kenny, (Prime Minister) giving Theresa May a big pat on the back at the recent EU summit.
 I think he was trying to advise her on DIY hole digging, Our Enda has dug him self into a hole a few years back and he is still in it.
 So there is no one better qualified to advise her than Our Enda. He wears the tea shirt.
                                                                           Biff
                                                          

Maybe they were discussing whether Ireland should follow the UK out of the EU.  T'would solve some obvious problems like the border and the fact that Ireland's major trading partner will no longer be a member. I've certainly seen a couple of opinions on the subject in the press this week - what are the odds?



Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on October 22, 2016, 06:43:04 PM
 Westie,
          We had two political journalists staying with us not long ago, One is retired after years with the Beeb and also freelance. I happened to say I supported Putin and Trump, Nothing like throwing them a bone to get stuck into and of course they did and I got suitable chastised . Then I asked about Brexit and the two of them started laughing and shouted "FUDGE" . They are both adamant that Britain will never exit the EU. They were prepared to put money on it. The thing was,these two guys normally have different opinions yet here they were 100% certain that the "FUDGE" will come about.
  I asked them how it could be possible Fudged and they said there was at least a dozen ways it can be done.
   I am very aware that it is not a good idea to discuss politics here on Navitron so maybe I best get off the brexit subject or any kind of political subject, I apologise for even mentioning it.
                                                                                            Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on October 22, 2016, 07:32:58 PM
(https://s11.postimg.org/gorltdisf/002.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/gorltdisf/)  The audience, enjoying the sunshine.

(https://s22.postimg.org/bho29vsrh/003.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/bho29vsrh/)  Ready for welding in the workshop.

(https://s12.postimg.org/b1eamkymh/004.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/b1eamkymh/)  The steel is 80mm box x 3mm wall, The angle iron on the front is 50mm x 50mm x 5mm. The bolts are just to keep it together during the welding and towing it to the workshop.The front panel is proving to be a real puzzle. I have not worked it put yet, how I am going to finish it, The sides and bottom are not as problem but the roof is slightly box profiled with little ridges which would be impossible to bend correctly and neatly, 6" forward on the overhang it runs smooth and can be bent neatly but that means extra fabrication of a curved overhanging windbreaker effort. The straight cut would be less bother and perhaps easier sealed. I must have a look and see if there is some kind of trim that i can pop rivet between the surfaces that can make a good finish as well as seal the joint...If I am going to go to the bother , I may as well try and get it looking properly finished. Most of these kind of efforts look rubbish and I am trying to avoid that.I buy the upright supports on Monday and hopefully by then, I will have soused it out. It is balanced quite nicely and the extra steel and sheeting will improve it.
                                                                                                            Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Westie on October 22, 2016, 11:33:25 PM
Westie,
          We had two political journalists staying with us not long ago, One is retired after years with the Beeb and also freelance. I happened to say I supported Putin and Trump, Nothing like throwing them a bone to get stuck into and of course they did and I got suitable chastised . Then I asked about Brexit and the two of them started laughing and shouted "FUDGE" . They are both adamant that Britain will never exit the EU. They were prepared to put money on it. The thing was,these two guys normally have different opinions yet here they were 100% certain that the "FUDGE" will come about.
  I asked them how it could be possible Fudged and they said there was at least a dozen ways it can be done.
   I am very aware that it is not a good idea to discuss politics here on Navitron so maybe I best get off the brexit subject or any kind of political subject, I apologise for even mentioning it.
                                                                                            Biff

Well said, point taken, wrong place.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on October 23, 2016, 10:04:23 AM
Its Unhuman,
            There is not a cloud in the sky and the forecast is the same till next Friday. This global warming could have some advantages. This weather reminds me of Puerto Rico in February without the burnt soil and the black hosepipes snaking across the hillsides. The morning were ice cold there as well. The air quality here is better. Puerto Rico had the pong of the great British Breakfast about it but here it is just the Heather and salt from the sea, I fancied Puerti Rico for the first week but then felt hemmed in. I think that is how the X pats felt. Most of the early breakfast resturants by the harbour (I tried them all) were English and I got the feeling that they were trying to put a few bob aside for the ticket home. We have at least a dozen English neighbours here, some have been here for a good 10 years or more. They seem to like it but when the crash came in 2008 and the price of property sunk to an all time low,it would have been impossible to sell so there was a greater incentive to buckle down for the long haul. Property is now on the rise again and incredibly,there are new house being built locally,which is good news.
   I sometimes say to people that we are very fortunate to live here and I believe that to be very true.
 Easy knowing that the sun is shining from a cloudless sky, ;D
                                                             Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: freddyuk on October 23, 2016, 11:40:51 AM
'twas even cheaper in 1985! That crash left house prices at silly money as many Europeans went back home leaving a glut and as most rural Irish property has minimum 1/2 acre for the cesspit a couple of acres was not hard to find - no comparison to the average Semi in Kent. The Punt mortgage was affordable and then that went south too so we made hay while we could and never looked back. If the sun shines that is just a bonus. Oh and it is not shining in West Cork!


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on October 23, 2016, 11:58:01 AM
Biff you have sent your rain to Sweden facepalm
Grey and damp here.
The trees are magnificent



(https://s22.postimg.org/4aqyrsp8t/WP_20161013_15_33_53_Pro.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/4aqyrsp8t/)

Fire lit awaiting Spring
 :hysteria


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on October 23, 2016, 01:03:55 PM
lovely first thing but freezing freeeze
went out as a tribe dogs and all and started raining, cold north wind i predict snow!! but will be wrong.
10min and about 5kg of chestnuts and enough sticks to keep us warm till the logs go on.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on October 23, 2016, 06:21:28 PM
I ate the last of our apples this morning,
                                  It is not an impressive looking tree, It is a kind of one sided and covers the apples with big heavy green leaves. I think it was sold to us as a "Gala" but it don,t look like the Gala apple, these end up a very deep red and the color goes into the meat of the apple, In fact they are a very good chew.
 We had golden sunshine all day long, The hounds and I enjoyed it and I even did a bit of cutting on the new trailer to take advantage of the solar input. Our tanks are toasty roasty but the temperature is dropping like a stone. The sunshine is turning from a light golden color to a silvery glint, a sure sign that it is going to be very cold tonight.
                                                                             Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on October 25, 2016, 09:50:31 AM
How things can change,!
                 Everything is frozen outside and worse,there is freezing fog with visibility down to about 50yards.
   So no sun, no wind but plenty of reserve and of course our new bank charger which hopefully will not be needed. Actually, it is a good chance to see it perform,
                                Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on October 25, 2016, 08:22:36 PM
   10.30 am,The fog lifted and the sun came out in fine fettle,
                                         My power tools are all solar/wind powered ;D,
          I will post pic of my masterpiece when i get the camera working again, It is a trifle temperamental. ::)
                                                                      Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on October 26, 2016, 07:25:22 AM
Staring out the window at a very frosty lawn. Thermal undies for the bike ride into town later. The sky is a pinky blue. No long Biff post today  to postpone Elliott's walk.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on October 26, 2016, 10:16:47 AM
Ah Tod,
        We got your rain, You got our frost, Today is wet but not cold. It is dank and misty,but we have excellent wind and our bank is showing a health balance.
  The hounds were up early wanting out, Diese came in and bumped the bed but I turned over and went back to sleep,so he leaves the bedroom door wide open and I know I have to move as quickly as possible,There he sits by the front door looking at the handle,Little Sheb is cool,she is happy to spend the night on the lead and does not trot about the place counting sheep. She could snip the lead in a fraction of a second but instead is quite content and somehow looks reassured with it anchored, She is still flighty, nosey, pernickety , still rounding up stationary cars, trees, still attention seeking and trying to make up for hard times. How could such an animal appeal to anyone, let alone me, but such is her cunning that she looks the perfect victim that has to be protected and looked after and tricks the likes of me into being the biggest victim of all. Yet little by little, unbeknownst to her, She has fallen into place and traded her schemes for some honest cooperation. I have compared her to a female character who lived not far from my previous house in the Town. She was a shelf stacker by daytime but at night time and weekends she donned a nurses outfit and visited old men in their homes. She was futty, chatty, nosey and knew everything about everybody and the families of the old guys used to chase her and threaten to call the Garda. She never walked but trotted here and there  with her elbows sticking out,keeping time to her clicking high heels. She would have made a great school principle dressed in power red but she had the IQ of an knat. So it was grossly unfair to compare Sheba in such unglowing attempted parallels, cruel in fact. Sheba as it turns out is an honest broker, She will give and she will take, I may not be happy with the trade but it will do for now. And Diese likes the diversions.
    So off down the garden he went and stood for ages looking out over the bog toward the sea,facing directly into the wind and rain, balancing his 70kgs on one hind leg with the other lifted high enough to kick start a Honda50. It was long and peacefull and he enjoyed it immensely, It is a bally good job that he did not do it in the hall our he would have flooooded the place, but then again, he would have been up the stairs and bumped the bed real serious. This guy has never done a vile deed in the house, so me cruel to even let him struggle. Drying down is always a battle with little Sheb. She would fight the towel but I command her to sit still, Stayyyyyyyyyyyy!!! and slowly dry her down. For some strange reason she used to take it into her head to fight and struggle and go a kind of berserk while i would be trying to dry her,,,or Diese but once she gets the command, she sits trembling with excitement,ready to blow up. It points to a time in her past, where some one once loved her and cared enough to groom her and wash and dry her, She becomes a real handful if she is not firmly commanded to stay. She was  genuinely frightened and confused and needed to be reassured. We are getting there and there is no hurry.
                            Biff
 It is still raining out there, everything is back to normal.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on October 26, 2016, 11:14:49 AM
It is quite amazing the size of their bladder.

Tod used to refuse to go out if it was cold and rainy and when forced out would produce a fountain that would go on for minutes wackoold.

Back from the shops lovely ride sunshine freezing cold but the sun was up. Sorted for boots but I think my woollen thinsulate gloves are not up to the task.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on October 26, 2016, 07:40:55 PM
The day went slow,
                  The rain cleared away for a while and the wind got going strong enough to drive the small grinder, then the sun came out and i visited my masterpiece  chocpot:


(http://s13.postimg.org/7p0bv49xv/025.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/7p0bv49xv/)  Meanwhile, She plays to the Trogg,s number, "Wild Thing"

(http://s14.postimg.org/mks7g6w7x/038.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/mks7g6w7x/), Another day or so will see it ready for the final welding. It will be towed to the works a few mile away
 and the box chassis will be welded into place but first i have to treat the box metal itself tomorrow, rust proofing the parts I will not be able to reach once it is welded. That means stripping out the drawbar but it should not take too long.
 Is it worth doing, ?  No, !! I don,t even have a vehicle to tow it but I really enjoy trying to get it right, Already I can see that I will need more steel on the front and a Hand grip for pushing and pulling it into place while connecting it to the towbar on the vehicle, otherwise there will be dirty great dents on the front panels. It is still very light and easy managed but I am still looking out for a jockey wheel as well. It is the kind of job that you see other people tackle and not being able to finish it properly and that is why i am taking my time with the front of it, I think i have it soused where it connects to the roof but time will tell. I have to leave it doable for the welder. They are excellent but not magicians.
                                                                                                   Biff
 


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: supremetwo on October 26, 2016, 10:55:54 PM
Hi, Biff (and anyone else who has a suggestion).

What do you use for rustproofing?

My trailer chassis needs a going over in that department. I used Hammerite in the past, but its modern version is less protective.

I've been looking at Teamac Farm Oxide Barn Paint.

Malcolm


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on October 26, 2016, 11:27:05 PM
Hi, Biff (and anyone else who has a suggestion).

What do you use for rustproofing?

My trailer chassis needs a going over in that department. I used Hammerite in the past, but its modern version is less protective.

I've been looking at Teamac Farm Oxide Barn Paint.

Malcolm

Hi Malcolm,

I've been using Teamac 'farm oxide' for 27 years and Hammerite since I was at school in 'metalwork' around 45 years ago. Gotta agree with you, Hammerite aint wot it used to be but methinks the Teamac is heading the same way. Probably the EU regs that the rest of the EU ignores right enough but the UK (along with the Germany) does like its rules. I was a huge fan of the Teamac for years, having six corrugated iron sheds and a house with a 'crinkly tin' roof too. However methinks they've watered it down of late cos the last couple of times I've painted roofs it has flaked off after 12 months. These will be the same roofs I've been painting with the same methods every two or three years since 1989. As far as rustproofing goes Waxoil or old engine oil, or a combination of the two cannot be beaten. Not exactly 'environmentally friendly' but it does work.

Cheers, Paul


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on October 27, 2016, 09:52:06 AM
Good Morning Everyone,
                    Everything back to normal,driving rain from the north west, great big puddles here and there, a watery bleak sky,,who could ask for more.?
 However, our turbine is milling like a hero, so all is not lost, the hounds have been dried down and are enjoying their morning doze.
 Supremtwo,, I have 3 different types of rust proofer, Hammerite, Red Oxide and an Aldi one that I might use. Old engine oil is used here as well and stuff like Finnigans wax also. It is supposed to be a divil to apply, I think i will go for the red led as i have a big can of it and it seems to last better than the rest.  And ,yes, Hammerite aint as good as it used to be.
 I had my jeep done with the waxoil or the stuff that came in the big yellow 5 gallon cans. But when it went in for its second NCT , it was rusting underneath the waxoil ,despite having been cleaned down properly and done in very dry weather. I can put a few heavy coats of the red lead on the box that slips up inside the trailer chassis and grips the front spring hangers, I can do the rest after it is all welded. I had a friend who ran a small garage and he sprayed the chassis of a load of old cars with the burnt oil, for years. No mask, He also tested the diesel injectors, no mask. They had to freeze the top of his chest and windpipe to help him die in peace. Is is a terrible death. He was a kindly soul without a bad bone in his body.
                                                                                  Biff
  ooops, that is a rather glum start to the day.
                   


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on October 27, 2016, 10:15:08 AM
morning,
mizzy and grey start here, not cold but better in than out, set to shine for next few days, would be good time to fix digger but still waiting a reply to my last request for price for bits.

long time ago i inherited a car plot (long story) but as interested in cars i played for a while, we did sales and pre mot welding, mid 80's fords used to rot badly some before first mot, bl looked rusty on arches but not where it mattered, vaxhaul at the time were pretty bullet proof, astras cavalier mk2/3. but we had one astra arrive from auction, one owner very low genuine mileage and waxoiled when new, it was as rotten as a pear, and worst of all when our guy was welding it, it constantly burst in to flames, not even from where it was being welded, the stuff wicked and burnt, i remember the weekend lad running to the car which was being done outside with the hose, he got almost to the car and the hose ran out he forgot to let go and end up on his rs, welder stared at him and the burning car, opened the car door, slammed it shut and extinguished the flames.

have you tried acid primer on the clean metal?


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on October 27, 2016, 06:45:47 PM
Well I never chaps, that is unusual about the Waxoil, I've always found it great, so long as it's applied to clean, dry rust free areas  ??? My 'daily driver' is 30 years old and has a lot of Waxoil on it. Right enough I've done quite a bit of welding this last couple of years but that was areas that had rusted from the 'inside out' and were probably already full of mud when I injected the stuff in 2001. The new doors I fitted 15 years ago are still solid at the bottoms where all Land Rovers disintegrate due electrolysis. They've fallen apart around the tops where you can't Waxoil though, as has the rear door. What I do know for sure is that unless you high pressure wash a vehicle first then let it dry for a day at least, it won't work. Certainly no fun welding Waxoiled areas that's for sure, I still have the scars  ;D Agree about the red lead, great stuff but I've not any in years. On rusted areas I find old engine oil the best stuff or a mixture of that and any kind of underseal or bituminous paint if you don't like Waxoil.

Funny this cos just two weekends ago my neighbour asked if she could borrow my (serious) pressure washer to do the bottom of her Nissan Patrol cos she was gonna keep it 'forever'. Angus the Greek is gonna Waxoil it for me she says, nay problem says I. So she turns up on Sunday morning and I fires up the 200bar/11lts/min pressure washer (it's the flow that's important with pressure washers) and gave her the special short lance I have for such tasks. I goes off to do other things and ten mutes later she's finished, or so she thinks, I then spend the next hour doing it properly for her  ::)

Perhaps they done something to Waxoil too? my stock is very old, so old in fact that the bottom rusted out of the tin recently, from the 'outside in' I should add  :crossed

Cheers, Paul


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on October 27, 2016, 06:58:11 PM
Oh Boy,! What a day,!!
                          Everything is soaking wet outside. There is a fine mist being carried in the wind and it  permeates everything everywhere. arrghhhhhhh.
    Nuffin done today. Good wind though and plenty of lecky and water heating. Off to town we went, i bought two lengths of steel and priced one sheet of 1mm x 10ft x 5fy galvanised sheeting, 60euros,! which is not bad and free delivery to the front door. There are little car battery chargers for sale in Aldi, the digital kind that shows the volts, I have 3 of the older versions and then went and bought 2 of these new type about a year ago, One of them packed up after a short while, The older non digital ones are still working perfectly. Anyway, they are now in Aldi for sale for 19,99 euros.
                                                                                                 Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: supremetwo on October 27, 2016, 09:26:03 PM
Came across this:-

http://www.frost.co.uk/granville-heavy-duty-rust-cure.html

Mentions the marine industry.

Granville Rust Converter is the rust convertor used by the oil and marine industries, the MoD and NATO.

It is used to stop corrosion in environments far more severe than your car will ever see . . . and it WORKS. Drying to a tough gloss black finish it can then be top coated with most paints. Environmentally and ecologically safe. Acid and lead free. Non-flammable.

MUST be applied to rusted ferrous metals. Kills old rust and stops new forming.


Think I have a tin of ordinary zinc paint (90%?)somewhere.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: WillieG on October 27, 2016, 10:03:08 PM
That's the stuff, Malcom - we use a different brand - Neutrarust 661, milky coloured stuff, looks like it would do nothing, but is magic - certainly does what it says on the tin.
We have used it for years on our steel boats and on machinery etc, quite expensive if you want to do a large area, but well worth it.
Cheers,
Willie


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on October 28, 2016, 01:58:11 AM
That's the stuff, Malcom - we use a different brand - Neutrarust 661, milky coloured stuff, looks like it would do nothing, but is magic - certainly does what it says on the tin.
We have used it for years on our steel boats and on machinery etc, quite expensive if you want to do a large area, but well worth it.
Cheers,
Willie

Aye Willie, I'll second that stuff too, we used to use it on our last ferry. It was called 'Blue Steel Primer' right enough, cos that's exactly what it does, turns the steel blue. New boat is mostly aluminuim so longer have any, perhaps that's why my Waxoil has lasted so well, chances are I would have put some of it on any bare metal after I pressure washed it. Right enough, it's coming back to me now, first opportunity I had I got me ole Land Rover into the ship yard one Sunday and blasted all the rust and loose paint off with the yards 400bar machine  :o 


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on October 28, 2016, 09:02:42 AM
if i recall correctly the astra i remembered had been done from new by a specialist,  who had drilled holes all over the place to inject the stuff, many years have passed but i kind of think it rotted from the drilled holes.
i used some stuff that sound like the blue stuff, was it made by a big glue company? for diy was sold in little pots, turned blue/black when cured.

nice weather set for next few days here, or so they say.
misty damp start but no sign of clouds, still as anything.
still no reply from china, will send the daily email chase.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on November 02, 2016, 12:48:29 PM
grey and mizzy here today, no wind very little pv.
but good news the digger has moved!!
i made a drive to the pump.
but still would not start, by disconnecting pipes in turn from pump i got it to start.
followed that pipe to manifold under the floor plate, disconnected there and pumped oil, reconnected no start, found a bleed valve on manifold, opened that digger started, closed it digger still started!! and worked.
so have now drained complete system down and cleaned filters, tractor shop here could not find replacements but did put through the parts washer.
but €88 for 20ltr of new oil and just re read manual and it says i need 37ltr.
so good and bad news.
chinese did get back to me with parts at last, bit they could not recognize turns out they have in stock, the main bit they dont and want €60 postage from china, which seems steep considering it weighs nothing.
i think even though i have fabricated a joint i will order correct parts.

steve


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on November 03, 2016, 12:42:55 PM
grey and mizzy here today, no wind very little pv.
but good news the digger has moved!!
i made a drive to the pump.
but still would not start, by disconnecting pipes in turn from pump i got it to start.
followed that pipe to manifold under the floor plate, disconnected there and pumped oil, reconnected no start, found a bleed valve on manifold, opened that digger started, closed it digger still started!! and worked.
so have now drained complete system down and cleaned filters, tractor shop here could not find replacements but did put through the parts washer.
but €88 for 20ltr of new oil and just re read manual and it says i need 37ltr.
so good and bad news.
chinese did get back to me with parts at last, bit they could not recognize turns out they have in stock, the main bit they dont and want €60 postage from china, which seems steep considering it weighs nothing.
i think even though i have fabricated a joint i will order correct parts.

steve

Grey mizzy and cold here today with little chance of PV and only the gentlest of breezes EB. Glad you got the digger sorted, just been away at drydock for a couple of weeks and came back with a Kubota KX71-3  bike: bike: been without a digger since the house was finished almost a year ago and felt like I'd lost an arm.

Cheers, Paul


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on November 03, 2016, 01:54:19 PM
sorry to say for you, but beautiful day today, was frost first thing and cold walking little ones to bus, but blue sky and sunny, sitting here with all doors open after cleaning chimney and fire, not a year old yet but am away next week and weather may dictate it will be on after that, so maybe last chance.
anyway compared to old flue and fire fantastic very little soot til i got to the top, about 9.5mtr, the double wall stuff must keep the heat up and the soot/creosote down, so not a bad job at all.

did you just find the digger dockside and offer it a new home, take it in?
mine started best ever this morning, got an issue with the glow contacts on the key, must be high resistance as only getting about 8v. no relay or contactor on this will fix that when back.
can get on with my turbine base and new pv install.

back to weather my neck is getting hot in the sun.

steve


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: supremetwo on November 03, 2016, 03:43:58 PM
Hope you checked the stolen lists.

Round here, that size digger needs 24/7 guarding otherwise it would not be there in the morning. :-(


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on November 03, 2016, 04:01:15 PM
not so bad here, they all need a log book like a car, trailers over 500kg need them as well.
i am just getting round to fitting door locks here, but we never remember to use them now.

steve


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Tinbum on November 09, 2016, 05:32:29 PM
Hi, Biff (and anyone else who has a suggestion).

What do you use for rustproofing?

My trailer chassis needs a going over in that department. I used Hammerite in the past, but its modern version is less protective.

I've been looking at Teamac Farm Oxide Barn Paint.

Malcolm

Hi Malcolm,

I've been using Teamac 'farm oxide' for 27 years and Hammerite since I was at school in 'metalwork' around 45 years ago. Gotta agree with you, Hammerite aint wot it used to be but methinks the Teamac is heading the same way. Probably the EU regs that the rest of the EU ignores right enough but the UK (along with the Germany) does like its rules. I was a huge fan of the Teamac for years, having six corrugated iron sheds and a house with a 'crinkly tin' roof too. However methinks they've watered it down of late cos the last couple of times I've painted roofs it has flaked off after 12 months. These will be the same roofs I've been painting with the same methods every two or three years since 1989. As far as rustproofing goes Waxoil or old engine oil, or a combination of the two cannot be beaten. Not exactly 'environmentally friendly' but it does work.

Cheers, Paul

Galvafroid- hard to get hold of but absolutely brilliant stuff.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: supremetwo on November 09, 2016, 08:59:10 PM
Hi, Biff (and anyone else who has a suggestion).

What do you use for rustproofing?

My trailer chassis needs a going over in that department. I used Hammerite in the past, but its modern version is less protective.

I've been looking at Teamac Farm Oxide Barn Paint.

Malcolm

Hi Malcolm,

I've been using Teamac 'farm oxide' for 27 years and Hammerite since I was at school in 'metalwork' around 45 years ago. Gotta agree with you, Hammerite aint wot it used to be but methinks the Teamac is heading the same way. Probably the EU regs that the rest of the EU ignores right enough but the UK (along with the Germany) does like its rules. I was a huge fan of the Teamac for years, having six corrugated iron sheds and a house with a 'crinkly tin' roof too. However methinks they've watered it down of late cos the last couple of times I've painted roofs it has flaked off after 12 months. These will be the same roofs I've been painting with the same methods every two or three years since 1989. As far as rustproofing goes Waxoil or old engine oil, or a combination of the two cannot be beaten. Not exactly 'environmentally friendly' but it does work.

Cheers, Paul

Galvafroid- hard to get hold of but absolutely brilliant stuff.

Found it easily enough:- http://www.parkertools.co.uk/EngProduct/0418846/Zinc+Rich+Galvanising+Coating

But the details say Should not be used on rusty, corroded surfaces or over existing coatings so I expect one will need to sand-blast to clean metal first.

Granville Rust Converter looks to be my first choice.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on November 10, 2016, 08:44:32 AM
Cold north wind here for a few days, lots of snow on the mainland but only on the mountains here  freeeze Heating turned on this morning for the first time and I reckon I'll leave it on. Normally just been turning it on every other day for an hour or two in the evening. A day in the digger ahead methinks, with the door closed and heating on.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on November 10, 2016, 10:43:46 AM
Nice bright sunshine and a good blast from the north,
                                Not as cold as yesterday which had heavy showers of rain all day. Turbine milling away and the PV heating water,
                                 Who could ask for more.
                                                           Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: supremetwo on November 10, 2016, 12:06:25 PM
Hoping to avoid the rain for our last two firework displays on Friday and Saturday.

Needed thermals on the 5th but cold is far preferable than wet for both us and the audience.

https://www.facebook.com/supremefireworks


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on November 16, 2016, 09:55:30 AM
Good wind here at the moment,
                          Something around a force 6+ but steady. Before last walks, last night, I looked out at the trees to see how they were behaving,generally speaking the wind here is always blustry and gusty and the trees give you an idea what is happening outside, However, last night they were rock steady but our hall controller was stuck right up in the dump load as it had been all day and sure enough when we stepped outside the wind hit us,,steady, just that steady north north west push..like this morning.
  It is cold outside,quite chilly but inside is comfortable and warm,with no fire in the stove since 11pm last night.
  To anyone doing a house refurbishment or a new build, a central thermal store is a must. Our,s is right in the center of the house ,in the hall downstairs, The hall is 8ft x 25ft and the thermal store means that it is never cold in the hall,even now coming into the real winter, it takes that bottom chill out of the air. It is of course heated by a 138volt dc immersion heater but it is also heated by the stove. It is well insulated, it hold onto the heat longer and releases it slowly
 During the day it takes what ever sunlight it can from 2kw of PV. It only carries something like 220ltrs of isolated water,with it,s own little expansion tank, it also has its own pump in case the normal pump fails and this one can still take the excess heat and drive it round the C/H system in summer.The total amount of heated water between the two tanks is approx 500ltrs with the DHWT having priority with the wind turbine.The whole system looks after itself without any manual interference from me.With 3 pumps and 4 thermoswitches,it seems to work pretty well without any fancy clocks and green background lights.
 What I am saying basically is. A centrally located thermal store is a really good investment.
                                                     Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on November 16, 2016, 01:34:39 PM
Weather back from the West so back above freezing the last of the snow went yesterday.
No wind, no sun temp about 7 degrees.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on November 16, 2016, 06:11:47 PM
very low cloud rain last two days, yesterday 370w of pv all day, also no wind.
hammering generator, red diesel buying time soon worse luck.
toasty in house, but diesel water heater given up ghost again, more to fix worse luck
also last windows 10 update removed the euro symbol from my office 365, no quoting today but spreadsheet reading, gone blind looking at seemingly nonsense, someone was removing money from machines, i have to supper sleuth to see power offs and data loss to see when over a 10 month window!!

off to switch little genny off, big one has a fioul leak and too rainy to fix along with the nissan 4x4 which stinks of diesel, leak off pipes again i assume.

steve


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Barrie on November 16, 2016, 06:38:18 PM
Hold down the alt key and type 0128 to give €

- but doesn't work with a laptop!

All symbol and currency codes can be found here: http://symbolcodes.tlt.psu.edu/accents/codealt.html (http://symbolcodes.tlt.psu.edu/accents/codealt.html)


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on November 16, 2016, 06:40:51 PM
thanks barrie, it was working till last update which as part had a fix for keyboard issues!! i was supporting staff with brand new dell laptops last week that had developed a "slow" keyboard.
if i use notepad symbols work fine, 365 it does not.
if i use ctr fn 4 in the message header it works fine but email body or office no show.

steve


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on November 17, 2016, 07:58:54 PM
What a day,
           The sky was black with threats of rain, sleet,,show or hail around 9.30am, There was no wind, no sunlight,everything was soaking wet. Grass flat and gutters and drains full of dead leaves.
 The log box in the lounge downstairs was getting low, so I did several big ignorant loads,leaving enough for a few weeks. Meanwhile they also get a chance to dry out a bit as well. It was bally cold.
Even the hounds did not hang about. By noon our turbine was in overdrive and there was even a bit of sunshine as well.
  As darkness fell,the temperature dropped dramatically and now the news is coming in, of snow in the Sperrins so it will not be long before we get our share.
Some years back,we had a 2week bout of -14. It was tricky enough. We had plenty of fuel and the freezer full of grub but it was strange to be without any traffic on the road for days. The roads had been gritted but it thawed,then rained and a solid 4 to 6 " of ice just covered the roads for days on end.
 Our bank froze . It could give no power and take no charge. This was new to me but fortunately I had an excellent diesel generator ready for such occasions and a few hundred ltrs of red ready as well.
 So the gates remained locked apart from a few trips to the village on the empty roads. Then the thaw came and the Banks came back to life non the worse.
 It was a very good lesson for anyone like me who thought that i would never experience anything like -14 for so long. The Bank was supposed to be able to cope with up to -8 but -14 day after day was too much. I had topped up the digger with anti-freeze and checked everything else and apart from getting a water tap split in two in the garden,we did fine.
        so don,t forget to check your machinery and if you can, throw a cover of insulation over your bank,will be all the better.
                                                         Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on November 18, 2016, 11:00:40 AM
The clouds part,
                The sun comes out to play and the amps flow in the right direction.We have a good steady blast from the north,who could ask for more.
  The shed is like a freezer, ice cold. It is warmer with the roller door open ;D. My projects have all stalled but hopefully I will be back in action. I was supposed to get my welding done on my new trailer but discovered that it would have taken a few visits to get it all done the way i wanted it, so it sat there while i ordered another welder,,,,,,,yes, after reading up on the different types of welders i discovered that there was one Mig welder,non gas that could be just the job,So it arrived last week and is ready for action the first good weather that comes along. I need to experiment. it is a Clarkes 90amp 102 and suitable enough for up to 4 mm, The thickest that i am welding is 3 mm and it is supposed to be easy enough to conquer,,Time will tell.
  The first welder,the one that came from Aldi,s is back in it,s box. it got bad reviews from it,s users and needed more power than I could supply, It is also a stick welder and needs more skill,,(Apparently)
 Our supply of logs is lasting well. I have almost a decent pallet of scrap timber as well which I am holding back for when the weather gets really cold.
                                                            Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on November 20, 2016, 12:56:15 AM
The temperature went through the floor around 5pm,
                                       It is -4 now and everything is frozen solid outside. In the beginning it was black ice and I rang a neighbour to warn him but an hour later it all turned a cryistalised white so all is good.His sons will easily spot that.
                                           Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on November 20, 2016, 06:43:58 AM
We have gone in the opposite direction, wind has switched to the SW. From -10 last week to +7 now.  Forcing a change of undies!! ;D


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on November 20, 2016, 08:28:45 AM
Morning Peeps,

looks pretty cold outside here too, can't actually see any frost on the car but that could just be my eyesight  ::) Looks like fresh snow on the Storr and Trotternish Ridge right enough and it was bally slippy last night driving home from work. Just no sensation of the weather in here, house is always the same temperature and you cannae hear a thing through the triple glazing.

Can't say that I miss the wood burner and cutting fuel for it, gave all my petrol chainsaws away when we moved in and had to borrow one back last week. Needed to cut some birch trees down to clear the old chalet site with the new digger  bike:

Not a breath of wind by the look of it and it's about time I fed the pigs n chooks then set off for work, methinks I'll take the Land Rover today  just in case. It's worse on the ice than the car but at least ya can get get back on the road if you come off it  ;D

Take care out there chaps.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on November 20, 2016, 10:01:30 AM
no frost today cold in the breeze, storm wasnt as bad as predicted last night for us, but wind reminded me i need to sort some of the vertical slates on our bedroom dormer window, rattle/bang. also a small leak on the valley.
i think i would miss the wood burner, got my control system running, looking at gauges and lights has become addictive, then fine tuning it, will get bored of soon enough.
weather forecast for some sun next week, but we will see.

steve


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Tinbum on November 20, 2016, 11:38:57 AM
i ordered another welder,,,,,,,yes, after reading up on the different types of welders i discovered that there was one Mig welder,non gas that could be just the job,So it arrived last week and is ready for action the first good weather that comes along. I need to experiment. it is a Clarkes 90amp 102 and suitable enough for up to 4 mm, The thickest that i am welding is 3 mm and it is supposed to be easy enough to conquer,,Time will tell.
  The first welder,the one that came from Aldi,s is back in it,s box. it got bad reviews from it,s users and needed more power than I could supply, It is also a stick welder and needs more skill,,(Apparently)
                                                             Biff
I've found your better off paying for a quality welder. I thought I couldn't weld until a welder tried out the kit I used to have and said it wasn't me. One welder I had, which had very short duty cycle, had an internal thermostat that used to shut it down when it got too hot. Only thing was it also turned the fan off at the same time. ??? There was no way of rewiring the fan so it didn't.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on November 20, 2016, 12:00:54 PM
Strange night,last night,
                      I kept the stove alive because it really was cold.I checked the little Swift before going to bed. It was frozen solid on the street. then i could not remember if it had anti-freeze,, i know,,I know,, So i got a watering can of warm water and poured it along the seal of the drivers door and 30 seconds later the door was open. A quick check revealed the fluid was indeed fluid but still i wrapped it all in old coats and towels and went to bed. I was happily in the land of Nod and Nudge,,Nudge  a large head was reaching out over the bed and staring into my face,,  Oh,! So, Eh,?  He points to the bedroom door that he had pushed open to gain entry, Little Sheb is also sitting in the moonlight facing towards the sitting room,,and err,,err,,H,mmmmmm It is 3.30am.
  So off I went to see what there was to see, but,,but these two settled down to relax on the bedroom floor,  so it must be something not that important,,h,mmmmm, I could find nothing wrong anywhere.
  Back to the bedroom and the two rascals are quite content to settle as they were but I got my revenge and ordered them outside where everything was frozen and quite unfriendly. They were in no hurry and apart from doing a quick squirt they had nothing else to offer. It is possible that Mr Rat was scratching somewhere in the silence. Little Sheb has extremely acute hearing and he can hear the grass grow.
 This morning revealed quite treacherous conditions. rain on ice. The little Swift is again covered in black ice. Hopefully there will be no one hurt.
                                        Biff
  I know that you are right Tinbum but I have,nt tried to weld yet. I will get someone to show me properly and then decide if I need to go further. The thickest metal is only 3mm.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on November 20, 2016, 08:23:15 PM
but still i wrapped it all in old coats and towels and went to bed.

Don't ferget to take em off before you start the engine  sh*tfan:

Reminds me of old DJG the famous Raasay builder who was as 'tight as a ducks a***e, it was said he could peel an orange in his pocket. He also had his own special 10,2,1 concrete mix, that'll be ten of shore pebbles, two of salt riddled sand and one of cement. It was gonna be a hard frost in Glen Sligachan that night so ole DJ priced up the antifreeze at Macrae's in Portree, I'm not paying that says he, I'm going to Inverness tomorrow and it's 50p cheaper in Lidl. So he drains the radiator and wraps up the old engine nice and toasty like in a donkey jacket. Ole DJ wasnae gettin' ripped off by those sharks in Portree, nosiree. Trouble was, come the mornin' he'd forgot and then told his apprentice to go and warm up the van. He remebered just after Slug had demolished radiator, water pump and fan belt  :hysteria  :hysteria  :hysteria

Cheers, Paul


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on November 21, 2016, 06:44:13 AM
Left work last night around 5:30, Orion's head was just poking over the horizon and I steered home towards the Great Bear. Well, more to the point my son did as it was he that was chauffeuring me home. Gonna be frosty says I looking at the Milky Way so keep two wheels on the verge down the steeper hills  :snow One or two icy puddles and five miles later it's raining. Oh feck says I, gonna be slippy in the morning son, best set off early for work and school.

Well it's 6:12 now and the time has come, thing is, it's 6 degrees outside and really mild, what is going on  :o


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: linesrg on November 21, 2016, 08:38:07 AM
Paul,

You should come across the the east side, its -5C over here in Aberdeenshire.

Regards

Richard


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on November 21, 2016, 10:19:24 AM
Yarooo,
           Bright, Sunny with beautiful amps heading for the bank. Not many but much needed ones. Everything frozen solid. A white hoar has our 3.8mw pv locked down for another 20 mins ? but it still delivers and just within the past few minutes the top half of the array suddenly turned a lovely blue. That was quick.The whole array is clear within 5 minutes so there must be considerable heat in the array surface. This is a decent freeze that ensures the canine walks are mud free. They love the snow but the freeze is something else.
                                                                             Biff
   


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on November 21, 2016, 10:21:53 AM
not so cold today, windy and very very very wet, just went outside to move some scaffold and got drenched to my skin.
they say will be sunny tomorrow but we tend not to believe them, no pv to speak of but plenty of wind.

steve


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on November 21, 2016, 01:50:08 PM
Mild 8 degrees been outside continuing with the pruning!


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on November 21, 2016, 06:00:09 PM
Paul,

You should come across the the east side, its -5C over here in Aberdeenshire.

Regards

Richard

The only thing worse than -5C is +5C and melted water over ice  :hysteria

(http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd170/camillitech/211116%20022_zpshxzmhuqq.jpg)

we were really, really lucky, would have rolled had it not been for that tree and rock.

(http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd170/camillitech/211116%20023_zpsmwm3b8r8.jpg)

That happened around 6:30am and I didnae realize how lucky we were until I went to drag it out.

(http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd170/camillitech/211116%20025_zpsikytjaza.jpg)

My boy was driving at the time but truth is, it would probably have happened to me and he kept his cool, which was more than me  :crossed

Self extracted it with the front winch at lunchtime, worst part was actually turning it round to point up the road. 110 Land Rovers are not renowned for their turning circle  ::)

Skipper had to rescue me this morning then we got stuck on the way to work and the purser had to rescue us both. It's been a helluva day.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on November 21, 2016, 06:39:30 PM
Aye , Lucky is the word Paul,
                           These little things happen from time to time and there is not a lot one can do with water on ice. Still, it worked out Ok and no one was hurt.
   It is a good bit of education for your young lad. When we get those conditions we are having at present, I ring the neighbour to warn his lads.
  Most of the new machines have a beeper inside to warn of the freezing conditions but nobody would suspect with the water on top.
                                                           Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on November 21, 2016, 06:56:54 PM
Aye Biff,

really good lesson for the lad and he'd been doing so well up the first bad hill a mile or so before. He approached this one just right, selected 1st gear at the bottom, locked both diffs and crept up with two wheels on the verge. Methinks he may have just come off the verge and back onto the tarmac, we were only crawling forward and a split second later we were speeding backwards. Had it not been for that tree and rock we'd have been on the roof for sure. After that it was a long walk for both of us, him two miles home and me two miles south where my skipper was waiting with his car. A few miles later we had to abandon his and walk best part of another mile to where the rest of the crew were waiting in another car. After all that we were only ten minutes late in sailing  ;D

Not a trace of ice by the time I went to collect it at 13:30, the sun having done its work nicely. Hopefully it will have put a few amps into the batteries too cos there's been nothing in the way of wind for a couple of days now.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: offthegridandy on November 21, 2016, 08:02:09 PM
Good to hear your both Ok Paul.

Andy


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on November 22, 2016, 07:29:28 AM
Glad to here you are all OK.
Just invested in a pair of Swedish ice bug boots that have tiny spikes embedded in the soles.
It was not the snow but the ice sheets when it melted a bit, lethal to walk.
The car now sports it's winter boots as well but I don't think it would have made a halfpenny worth of difference in conditions. Like yours Paul


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on November 22, 2016, 08:41:25 AM
Aye chaps, thanks,

all is peachy this morning, though I never slept well last night worrying what to do about the boy. Methinks, do I drive this morning or let him, well I asked him this morning and he never even hesitated. It was icy as feck last night on the way home so I was kinda worried. I honestly don't think it was his fault yesterday but obviously I've a lot more experience than him. Anyway, he 'got right back on the horse' as they say and delivered me safely to work. OK, the ice had all gone but we didn't know that when we set off. The 'Old Girl' took a bit of a hammering right enough, left hand doors don't close right, rear ladder, winch fecked and a big dent in the chassis but nothing crucial.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on November 22, 2016, 11:27:50 AM
 You did the right thing Paul,
                          Letting him go straight back into the saddle. It is the only way. Our talking and teaching can only go so far but by now you will know that that little dunt was a blessing in disguise. It is almost 20 years ago since my son got his first car, a Fiat Uno, It was his pride and joy. He came to stay with me for the summer here in Ireland and towards the end of his stay he went for another drive in the mountains. There is a mountain road called Meenaroy and on the way up it has two twisted bridges. In the days of my old ZX, there were no white lines or speed traps and the only thing that would give you bother at night time would be the deer. I still love that road. It was addictive. You either get to know your car on that road or you will never know it.
   So my son was heading back to base, he says he was only doing 40mph but the descent is fairly steep on Meenaroy and his car went out of control on the second bridge going down, The road had a new surface and the tar was 6" above the grass on either side, so exiting the bridge the front passenger wheel dropped over the edge, He pulled the wheel, He over corrected, shot across the road,, hit the low ditch,,back again,,hit the other ditch,,somersaulted twice across to the right hand side and landed at least 30 yrds into the bog at right angles to the road to land on his roof,in a drain. Like my old man many years before, he walked away without a scratch. I had the car taken home and examined. I had nothing but praise for Fiat after that. The car was an absolute write off not a single panel was undamaged, The drivers seat buckled flat to the floor on one side and the steering wheel collapsed but the center was heavily padded. The roof came down almost to the dash. He staggered up to the road where people were waiting to see if he was OK, The ground was so bad you could hardly walk on it, I was on the scene about 15 minutes after it happened and we had plenty of help. He refused to go to the hospital for a check up and I spent the night looking in on him,every 10 mins, while he slept like a log, just like my old man. When day break came he was fine and all he could think off was his car. I kept the little Fiat for at least 2 years under wraps and every time I looked at it, I thanked it, Even with all the damage, the doors never burst open. When he got back to England, his Mam and I put the money up to buy a 1.9 diesel ZX in which he clocked massive miles before he handed it over to his younger sister. He sold his Dodge Ram 8 weeks ago and still feels the loss terribly, Like my old man he has a thing about V12s Hemis even his wife drove a V8 but now he is in another part of the world and he don,t do the driving.
  Then some years back my cousin,s son was coming home from a rave in the North, excellent roads and good conditions. They had had a good time at the festival near Randalstown, P was in the back seat asleep and his friend was driving. The friend fell asleep and P went out through the windscreen. There was not the slightest mark on him. The friend survived with a broken arm. We buried P overlooking the sea. He had been celebrating the exam results with his friend and was booked to go to OZ the following month. My cousin has still not got over it.
           I still thank the power that be for the good design of the little Uno. It simply had to be good. It was tested to destruction. I should know.
                                                                                      Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on November 22, 2016, 12:07:05 PM
Now it's funny you should mention the Uno Biff, my wife had one and she loved it too. It was better than my old Daihatsu 4Trak in the snow!!!. Bizarrely it came to grief within 10m of the 'Old Girl' one frosty morning  :'( I used to lend my then skipper the Uno when we were clam diving up this end of the island. He was never a great timekeeper but I got a little concerned when he was an hour late for the days fishing. Time and tide wait for no man so I went to check and met him walking up the road. He'd come down the hill, never made the bend at the bottom and just landed in the bog nose first. He must have flown there cos there wasn't any tyre tracks  :o The rear wheels were off the ground and it looked a picture. Managed to drag it out and resurrect  it for use on Raasay but as soon as the tax ran out it went to 'the big garage in the sky' or was it the sea to make an artificial reef  whistle Yep, she never quite forgave Willie for that!


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on November 22, 2016, 02:58:14 PM
glad you are both ok, and back in the saddle.

we had a BIG oak fall out of the forest on our vectra, squashed to pieces, but when tree cut off it it sat back up and was fine, but insurance wrote it off for the back window and dents, the espace it also hit was written off for the front screen, £1400!!!!!!!!
i would have felt safe in vectra as it just took the thing so well a roll would have not squashed it. the espace well that is another thing


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on November 22, 2016, 06:27:15 PM
Good on you Paul.
Glad it turned out well.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on November 22, 2016, 07:01:52 PM
As a son,
           You will never ever forget these events no matter how long you live. Some stay with you in sadness and others in wonder and then some make you ask,what would have happened if you had done as you were told to do but it is a pointless exercise because even though hindsight is a great thing, it is also useless. You just don,t know. You are left with it just as it happened.
   When I was a kid between 11 and 12, I went shoring gravel with the old man, It was good exercise for me and gave me an apatite, The old man would have a square mouth and i would have a spoon of a long tail but we managed good and 5 or 6 ton did not take that long.
  We were leaving the shore, the trailer full and the DB cropmaster  with twins on the rear was chugging along to the bottom of the last hill on the green. The last one was the one that caught everyone out because they usually tried to race up it and missed the change ,so with no brakes to hold it,the smart ones would step off and let the lot go. So we are belting up this last hill and the cropmaster is on tvo, he normally would have her on neat petrol just for this one stretch but this time she seemed to be running good, With just a few yards to go to the top and safety, she started acting up, so the old man said to me, Hop off son,!  hop off,, and me ,well I looked at him as he was swinging the wheel round to lock the big twins on the trailer drawbar,,but now he was frantic,,Jump,,Jump!. Then the pin on the hitch snapped and the drawbar shot up and caught the old man by his leather jacket, just under the waist at the back, So he is trying to reach the clutch and roaring at me to jump but I am trying to shove the draw bar off his back, and then he was gone, I ducked as the tractor shot back underneath the trailer and out the left hand side, Looking, back I could see the old man hanging on the drawbar kicking and trying to get free but the trailer was stopped because the load had moved to the back and was sitting on the grass on its rear.
  So I am sitting on the bench seat and the brakes are useless, so i stands on the right and looks back and steers the tractor backways,the whole way down the hill and round the bends,stopping it by facing it backways up the hill, I parked it and raced up the hill to find the old man free from the drawbar and trying to stand upright. He was so angry and if he had been able he would have probably knocked my block off.
 He was still giving out stink when we got home but after a while he had to shut up because it hurt that much to even move a muscle, All his back and across his shoulder blades was black and blue, even his biceps were purple a week later. We had many an argument about that in later life but he blamed me for endangering our lives because if I had jumped in time he could have stepped off and all would have been fine. I knew he was absolutely right but I would never admit it,even when my mother weighed in on his side.  And No,! I could not say that I did not hear him,,He was roaring in my face.
  All is well that end well but I sometimes think of that one and smile. We got away with it. He got rid of the cropmaster after that and put his faith in a good diesel Major which never ever let us down.
 His good American airman,s jacket was never worn again,even though it was not too badly torn. He said that the strong zip on the front had turned it into a death trap.
                                                                          Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on November 24, 2016, 11:09:32 AM
 Incredible good weather here,
                    Brilliant sunshine but no wind, The ground is frozen solid but the roads are dry. Walks with the hounds in this weather are a real pleasure.
      Today, I will venture my hand at welding. I have no great expectations but you can never tell.
                                                                  Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on November 24, 2016, 02:15:00 PM
Incredible good weather here,
                    Brilliant sunshine but no wind, The ground is frozen solid but the roads are dry. Walks with the hounds in this weather are a real pleasure.
      Today, I will venture my hand at welding. I have no great expectations but you can never tell.
                                                                  Biff

Good luck Biff, it's 45 years since I first picked up a welding torch and I pretty well taught myself. Practice makes perfect as they say, din't seem to work for me, I was 5h1t3 when I was 15 and I'm 5h1t3 now. Only difference is my newer pigeon 5h1t welding actually holds  ;D Of course living with Land Rovers means you have to be a reasonable welder or you're even poorer than the average Landy anorak.

Weather pure beautiful here too and the road has at last been gritted  bike:

Have fun, Paul


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on November 24, 2016, 04:59:27 PM
warm here, cant tell how warm as yet another outdoor sensor died on the oregon weather station.
just getting dusk now, took picture below.
cold weather forecast next week.
no wind at all now, pv not to bad today.

steve


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on November 24, 2016, 05:25:15 PM
Pitch black here Steve and most of the leaves long gone off the trees!!!


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on November 24, 2016, 06:09:21 PM
when i am working in UK it always strikes me the early darkness, we are not that far south.
trees had all leaves until last weekend and the storm,was very pretty with all the colours.
no hard frosts yet, been lucky this last 3 years, maybe due a cold snap.
pricing up red diesel today, keep putting it off but i can see level in tank, €0.62c today so will go for it next week.
must get the extra pv sorted and 13m turbine tower up, why wont job list get shorter???

steve


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on November 24, 2016, 07:24:19 PM

pricing up red diesel today, keep putting it off but i can see level in tank, €0.62c today so will go for it next week.

steve

Just put 800lts in my tank the other week, first I've bought in a long while so I was a bit shocked when I got an invoice for £495 which works out at almost 62p per lt. They put an extra 2p per lt for delivery to the island right enough, not sure if it's a little dearer cos it's stuff you can only put in ships and generators though. This stuff keeps a lot better cos it ain't got any bio in it. Of course I only ever use it in my generator and would never dream of putting it in the digger  whistle  :fight The regular low sulphur stuff is dreadful for the dreaded diesel bug.

(https://lifeattheendoftheroad.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/10-015-small.jpg)

That's some I took out of my tank 9 years ago after the delivery driver forgot to put the lid back on the tank and I never noticed for weeks  :fume


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on November 24, 2016, 08:13:25 PM
heating is by red here kero/paraffin  is called petrol (dont make the mistake) i use in digger, heating, whacker, dumper and generators, so we are about 10p cheaper but goes up if weather temp drops.
you used to get a government rebate for using diesel heating, sadly for me no more now so loads are ripping out fioul systems and fitting electric wet boilers.
we had the bug about 6 years back was like jelly.
will give my neighbor a few 100lts for mowing my grass again all year. but he insists on paying, but likes the bulk discount.

steve


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on November 24, 2016, 08:56:06 PM
The weather stayed sunny all day,
                                  Everything in the shade stayed frozen solid,,even in the sunshine it stayed frozen. The forecast for last night was -3 but down by the sea it was -5 and i am sure we had a genuine -6 last night, I only got an hour to play with my welding toys. I did not even get a spark for 20 minutes and then I spent the next hour trying to adjust the settings. It was working on the 2kw house inverter on the low settings but once i turned it up, i had to change over to the 5kw geni, Then everything seemed a little easier .
  The little welder is good and I am pleased with it, It is just me that is the problem. Trying to see what i am doing and doing it,,is difficult and I can do neither quite yet.
(https://s3.postimg.org/i57emw65r/002.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/i57emw65r/)
     This Clarke 102 got quite good reviews.
(https://s15.postimg.org/mtujzo2s7/003.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/mtujzo2s7/)
  finally, I got a spark going and got a good hour practice in. I think I have got the setting suitable now, so with the same good weather forecast for tomorrow, I will get cracking again on my old scrap iron bits and pieces
(https://s4.postimg.org/6nzoybg61/005.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6nzoybg61/).
  Then my little Swift went off to a good home this afternoon, to a  happy new owner. My new wheels are in the shed. I need something to put a towbar on and the Swift just might have towed the towbar but little else. The Ignis is a 1.3 with a small compact body and a very good upright driving position (Like the Doblo). Mine is a 2002 3 door version with no frills and seem,s to be very good all round. I am hoping I can keep this one for a decent length of time. It is also quite attractive to Mrs Biff who would hardly sit in the Swift never mind go for a drive in it,
  Years ago, we had problems with wax in the diesel. It never affected me but a few of the neighbours got a load of hassle with it.
 So all in all, good weather,good result, learning to weld and getting there.
                                                                      Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Westie on November 25, 2016, 12:02:48 PM
Cracking day here in Wales, bright & sunny, icy cold wind from the east tho....  For the first time in a week or so we generating, 2.5kwh by 11.15am ;D

Biff... I ve been welding on and off for over 40 yrs,  even now it takes a few mins to get back in the swing.  You may find an auto dimming welding helmet a big help. Welding is all about coordination and not having to flip the visor up and down is a big help.  The helmets are solar powered as well and just 15 quid delivered here: ;D

http://www.banggood.com/Solar-Auto-Darkening-Welding-Helmet-Mask-TIGMIGARC-Welder-Machine-p-965999.html?rmmds=search




Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Nickel2 on November 25, 2016, 03:31:05 PM
I never trained as a welder, only 'tried' at it in my mate's yard.
When I retired I went to the local tech college and did a 10 - evenings improvers course. After being shown correct methods and principles, my welding no longer resembles (ahem,) 'pigeon-sh*t'. My favourite is TIG on new clean metal, Mig on anything else. I've never needed to do ali, so concentrated on steel. Well worth the money!  ;D


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on November 25, 2016, 05:26:50 PM
Thanks Westie,
               That was a good tip. I ordered a local version of the same one, + Gasless mig wire, the bill came to 66 euros, delivered to the door, the one in the sates was 20 dollars but then the carriege goes on top and the courier takes a minimum of 38 euros in vrt at the door. The same one that bought is on Ebay for £38.00+ carriage.
  WWS is a local Dublin co.  (China)m it is advertised on the Black friday sale for 36 euros and vat then gasless wire .45kgs @ 12.50 euros+ vat and then the carriage @ 5.95euros=66 euros ::) :'( :'(
  But I had terrible difficulty seeing what I was doing and this gear will make things a hell of a lot easier.. So thanks,
                                                                              Biff
 


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Sean on November 25, 2016, 07:57:02 PM

  But I had terrible difficulty seeing what I was doing and this gear will make things a hell of a lot easier.. So thanks,
                                                                              Biff
 

Try a cheater lens inside the helmet

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/321735054465?lpid=122&chn=ps&adgroupid=39159866351&rlsatarget=pla-268911520738&adtype=pla&poi=&googleloc=9047003&device=t&campaignid=698622927&crdt=0&ul_ref=http%253A%252F%252Frover.ebay.com%252Frover%252F1%252F710-134428-41853-0%252F2%253Fmtid%253D1673%2526kwid%253D1%2526crlp%253D159563794253_563391%2526itemid%253D321735054465%2526targetid%253D268911520738%2526device%253Dt%2526mpre%253Dhttp%25253a%25252f%25252fwww.ebay.co.uk%25252fitm%25252flike%25252f321735054465%25253flpid%25253d122%252526chn%25253Dps%2526adtype%253Dpla%2526googleloc%253D9047003%2526poi%253D%2526campaignid%253D698622927%2526adgroupid%253D39159866351%2526rlsatarget%253Dpla-268911520738%2526gclid%253DCj0KEQiA39_BBRD0w-_rmOrc__8BEiQA-ETxXTakVGA2ptflPLbyliskhcc48KihutaVYjfSrvS8G5UaAvgk8P8HAQ%2526srcrot%253D710-134428-41853-0%2526rvr_id%253D1129398915980


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on November 26, 2016, 10:34:29 AM
Thanks Sean,
             The big freeze that hit us last night has more or less disappeared this morning.
 Now we have heavy fog and no wind..   
                                                Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on November 26, 2016, 12:41:40 PM
7 degrees early and  a sort of scotch mist being blown by a brisk westerly. 

Elliott walked  early we are due to go a Swedish Christmas market later. Deep joy!



Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: freddyuk on December 01, 2016, 07:26:05 PM
Fin whales in Dunmanus Bay yesterday - how cool is that? Sunny day to boot.
http://i1145.photobucket.com/albums/o517/freddyuk1/finwhale2_zpszhrwnuhm.jpg
http://i1145.photobucket.com/albums/o517/freddyuk1/finwhale_zpsywfjxrnu.jpg

Not my photos - don't know who was lucky enough to be out there.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on December 01, 2016, 08:36:20 PM
Nice pictures Freddy.

Grey damp and uninspiring here today, only 2kWh of sun and no cetaceans. Quite often see a pod of dolphins or porpoises from the house but no whales yet. Sure they must be able to hold their breath for a hoor of a long time. I once saw one leap clean out of the water on a day when the sea was like glass, you could hear a sparrow f4rt six miles off and you could see for six miles north and six miles south. To the east was Raasay and the west Skye and we were in the same spot for 40 minutes. Well that whale never broke the surface again that we saw, so it either went six miles north and round the top of Raasay before surfacing or it went six miles south and through the Raasay Narrows before breathing again, either way, it was quite a feat.

Cheers, Paul


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Ted on December 01, 2016, 09:24:45 PM
Exceptionally beautiful day here today. Bright blue sky, no wind and around 5C. Also an exceptionally low spring tide at lunchtime today. The sea is as calm as I have ever seen it - looking like mercury.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on December 01, 2016, 10:46:12 PM
Great pics Ted,
              It was a really nice day here. It started in heavy fog and we decided to put off our visit to the town for shopping, Then the sun broke through around 10am and the fog gave up and left.
 The mountain was bracken brown with dull greens. We enjoyed our drive into town, Unbelievably, they are building houses here again and some big extensions as well.
 Our government broke the news to us today that we would all be entitled to a grant of 7,000euros per house, for insulation and energy saving products.
 And then, some of our developers have decided to move in and take back their developments , changing locks and keys,,that kind of thing and the banks are complaining that it is not quite fair.
"Irish Water" the nice folks who took over our water that the Troika sold them for a song, have decided not to bother asking for water charges for a couple of years. They found it quite difficult and dangerous trying to install meters, so it is one less bill that we have to pay. However we have insisted on not paying ever. So there is hope in the air after all.
                                                                     Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Westie on December 02, 2016, 12:01:43 AM
Awful freezing fog here today, planes refused permission to land at Cardiff-Wales airport.

Previous two days were stunning.

The bad.... No wind at all which meant a huge stratified layer of smog accumulated over Aberthaw coal fires power station, which, for the first time I've seen this year had all three turbines running.

The good....  Dead calm on Pysgodlyn Mawr.





Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on December 02, 2016, 07:54:35 AM
very cold here last few days but clear blue skys lovely.
but today freezing fog forecast all day, good weather to return tomorrow.

Biff, is your government giving the money for diy? here we can get big tax relief on insulation and renewable  but only if installed by a professional.
and i am astounded by labour costs here, sparky registered is charging €380 per day, maybe i am out of touch?

steve


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on December 02, 2016, 08:00:26 AM
Nothing quite like the afternoon light of the low winter sun Ted, we don't really see much of it here, too many mountains in the way. Awesome here when it's rising on a winters morn though.

(https://lifeattheendoftheroad.files.wordpress.com/2016/10/031016-029_thumb.jpg?w=651&h=489)

It's a nice part of the world you live Ted, spent many happy holidays there in the sixties.

Cheers, Paul


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on December 02, 2016, 08:08:29 AM
Gosh Westie, it's very flat where you live, nice n smooth  ;D


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on December 02, 2016, 10:18:58 AM
Still no wind,
           The suns rays are falling 200yards away in the bog to the north. T,is cruel and unkind because not even I can wave a stick in that gloop. So it will be another 40mins  or just after 10am before our array comes to life properly. Still our "Yoke" is proving to be a blessing. I start it around sunset and run it for about an hour, This leaves us with plenty to carry us through the night and a healthy bank in the morning. We normally would have all the wind we wanted during the night but to have a bout as long as this, so totally wind free, is highly unusual and worse still, this is set to continue till at least Tuesday.
   We are not getting the deep freeze that Wales and Scotland are getting on Sunday and Monday morning.Our lowest is forecast at -2 but looking at the charts for east Scotland and Wales, it looks like  -10 once again. The shadows are still some 50yds away but racing closer, That is the thing about nice mountains, the buxxers can cast an very unwelcome shadow but we don,t suffer as bad as the citizens near Fintown, This time of year,they have next to no sunshine,Their lake nestling between the Derryveighs and the Bluestsacks may look a treat in summer and in winter but it must be rather depressing not to have the sun coming in the window to stir you out of the bed. Their steep mountains on either side of the lake, where they built their houses means that their fuel bill must be a hell if a lot steeper as well.
 Wow,! The first direct rays of sunshine are hitting our array right now9,52am, The frost is running for cover,
 It has the makings of a lovely day.
                                       Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on December 02, 2016, 10:38:48 AM
  Steve,
           Im Not so sure that our government is going to give us money for DIY. It could be a kind of like,,They would want us to be accompanied by our both sets of grandparents when we sign up.
 I am aware that they are seemingly full of the best of intentions but their delivery is always a serious problem.
 Who knows,! maybe this time they will surprise us all. The money could be coming from Trump. Our Enda was the only world leader, :genuflect that had nothing but praise for Trump.
 Ever since Donny O,Trump stood in goals for Mayo and sent Kerry to the bottom in the All Ireland Final in 2014, The Donald is No1. And,! And Trump has a university in Mayo City,
We are all winners.
  Lovely blue skies outside and out array is going full steam ahead, Good luck to you all, I am off to play in the shed.
                                                      Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on December 02, 2016, 06:30:53 PM
Cracking day walked Elliott and saw this

https://www.google.se/search?q=black+woodpecker&rlz=2Y3NDUG_enSE0715SE0715google.grouper.nakasi&oq=black+&aqs=chrome.0.69i59j69i60j69i65l2j69i60j69i57.11491j0j4&sourceid=chrome-mobile&ie=UTF-8

Never seen one before it just flew to a tree next to us magic.

Afternoon at a Christmas market walking alpacas, whist our friend had a stall with alpaca goods. She runs an organic alpaca and moose farm.

Cold but sunny.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on December 02, 2016, 07:35:42 PM
started off grim, but sun came out and went it disappeared behind horizon was fantastic, picture doesnt do it justice.
weather set ok for next few days so can lay off the generator.
but you can just see the none moving turbine.
my pictures still being changed, it is correct way up when i post it, that is the third one now.



Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on December 03, 2016, 08:42:50 AM
Nice pic Steve,

weather is pure mental here, December and the heating is off and windows open yesterday cos it was too warm!!!

(http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd170/camillitech/031216%20020%20Medium_zpsygpp4h9f.jpg)

No sun or wind all day, just the heat from the floor polisher that wifey had been using for a few hours and the oven. Still no heating on at 8:00am and house at 18 degrees. Grey, mild and breathless once more (the weather not me) so methinks it'll be another day for Harry. Batteries sat at 69% this morning but 'the boy' is home for the weekend so the washer and drier will be going all day. Luckily the novelty of using an iron has no worn off the wife  ;D Me, I'm off out now to feed the animals and resume work on the turnip base.

Cheers, Paul


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: billi on December 03, 2016, 09:11:05 AM
lovely pic eabadger , when i right clic and select "view image " then the world turns ... :) 


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on December 03, 2016, 09:43:34 AM
in real life the view was much better, wish i could have done it justice, not sure why my pics lie down when in message but as you say Billi correct when viewed in separate tab?

weather was meant to be fine today but is grey and overcast, my eldest back from school for weekend as well so power will leak out like mad, 2x or 3x is average over our normal.
and just realised he forgot to give his mum the washing from last week banghead:

am plasterboarding today, hiding the heat recovery pipes to the kids bathrooms, set my task to get this working by christmas and floors on landings down, why do we always impose christmas deadlines? or is it just me? and grand designs.

little kids christmas fair today, have to buy all they have created all year, upside is free spiced warm wine/cider.




Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on December 03, 2016, 09:10:09 PM
The day started dull and stayed dull,
                                   No PV input worth talking about and our charger ran from 4.30 to 6pm.
 Meanwhile my new wheels a Suzuki Ignis 2002 is has now been treated for rust and I should be able to take a peep underneath after Christmas to keep a check on it, So that is that taken care off. It is a cute little thing with a surprisingly good body that has obviously been very well cared for, so what ever small amount of rust there was, it was well worth treating it. It is a handy little run about . This morning I rounded up all my tree cutting gear, Chainsaw, Ladder, Maul, Petrol, 2 stroke oil, chainsaw oil and good steel toe capped boots.Cutting the ash at the base, meant that is had to anchor it to the forklift and the tree next to it, so that it would fall safely in the right spot, The diameter was 3ft+ so the saw had to go in from both side, which was ok as long as it was well propped.
 It was down and cleaned and reading for cutting by lunch, after lunch,I set it up on small trestles and  cut 3 rounds and split them with the maul,There is well over a big barrowfull in each round and the first lot went into the log box and into the stove. Incredibly, it burns perfectly.giving out excellent heat, only hours before,it was up a tree ;D
 So all in all, My day was pretty good, I am knackered but in a nice kind of way. There is a big days cutting in the rest of the tree but at least we have excellent fuel for the rest of the winter. We were down to one pallet of spruce and a half pallet of old ash.+ a good pallet of recycled timber. I am keeping that for the really cold weather in February, it burns really hot.
 When I get this out of the way, I will Phone a friend and he will come up and help me with the welding on the new trailer.Then I can free the shed up and start making the frames for the next solar array.
 The weather is giving dry till next Monday evening. Tuesday is forecasted to be a washout and hopefully I will have all the cutting done and dusted before then.
                                                                                                               Biff
                                                             


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on December 04, 2016, 08:12:42 AM
The day started dull and stayed dull,
                                   No PV input worth talking about and our charger ran from 4.30 to 6pm.
                                    

So do you reckon there's been much less in the way of wind than usual for the time of year Biff  ???

7:30 here, still black as pitch outside and being Sunday not even the green and red lights of the Portree fishing fleet to be see. Almost halfway through my 'fortnight off' with a long 'to do' list but heading into work today to help out. Big hydraulic cylinder to change and some work to to on the Forward LiFePO4 battery bank BMS system.
 I was seriously considering one of those wee Suzuki Ignis 4x4s for the wife a couple of years ago. Had one come up locally, pretty sure we'd have got it. Instead we bought Phoebe a Daihatsu Terios, fantastic wee car but extortionate prices for spare parts (£300 for an O2 sensor). Like everything these days though it has tyres about a foot wide and is actually pish in the snow  ::)
The boy has it now so I still get to drive it and it really is perfect for here, dead narrow so you can avoid the pot holes, really low geared so great on the hills and it has great ground clearance too. The only thing that spoils it are those 17" 50's it has all round  :fume I always meant to borrow my mates 'long forks' when I had the telehandler and underseal it at a decent height but never got around to it. Paying for it now right enough, passed the MOT this year but a couple of 'advisories' for brake pipe corrosion.

Cheers, Paul

Cheers, Paul


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on December 04, 2016, 10:19:58 AM
           "So do you recon there,s has been much less in the way of wind,than usual for the time of year Biff"
Morning Paul,
        Yes, I certainly do. It has been weeks since our Turbine turned a blade, It made a half hearted attempt this morning but no go. The wind is coming from the east a lot of the time. as well.
 It is very unusual ,It just goes to show you that you need your generator sitting ready to step in no matter how well set up you are in PV and Wind. But I have to add, We have been getting fantastic sunshine for the time of year it is, Crikeeeeee," Chrissy is just a shout away. ;D
    I did a lot of research into the Ignis,reading up as much as i could about it. There is no doubt about it,they do give serious gearbox trouble and this was something that I listened out for. There are a couple of Suzuki forums that spell out the trouble and the cure. There was even a serious recall with the ignition switches shorting out.(Graphite grease shorting through the rear connections). It remains to be seen how this one will do. It purrs with no nasty rattles and is very roomy. I cannot see any Fiat labels on the mechanical or electrical side of things but the body design has to be Fiat, There is has to be a connection, I know that the diesel version has a Fiat 1300 diesel engine, so obviously there is. It is certainly very economical.
                                                                    Biff
         


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on December 04, 2016, 06:15:20 PM
At play teeday,
           
(https://s18.postimg.org/4g7jmma51/001.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/4g7jmma51/)

(https://s14.postimg.org/qk8kfa8rh/005.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/qk8kfa8rh/)
   The little saw remains easy started but the Ash is brutal heavy on it, The anti-vibration handle is coming apart and I keep screwing it back together again.
 I am using good quality chain oil and touching the teeth every second tankfull. The next dozen rounds will be the best of it and then I will be looking out for barbed wire. There is a local custom of nailing wire to the trees, in this case our trees,which I did not take to kindly too. In event, that is all taken care off now but the last 4ft on the bottom will have both sheep wire and barbed wire deep in the tree,so i will be back using an old chain and wrapping an old coat around the arm/hand that hold the saw. I know the feel of the wire on the teeth, so i don,t push ahead but change the cut. The electric saw would be no good for this carryon, anything could happen. We were supposed to go to a Christmas do this evening but I only have tomorrow to get this done and stored away. working with this in the dry is a pleasure but it is the exact opposite in the wet, it is like trying to lift giant bars of soap and can be extremely painful if they slip.
                                                                          Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Westie on December 04, 2016, 09:52:38 PM
Gosh Westie, it's very flat where you live, nice n smooth  ;D

Haha...  I live at the highest point in the Vale of Glamorgan....   A not very impressive 400ft (compared to some of you folks) above sea level.  Feels higher than that peddling home tho ;)

Absolutely stunning sunset picture camillitech.

Super afternoon here - cold wind, 5 degrees but bright and sunny.



Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on December 05, 2016, 10:39:52 AM
Lovely Pic Westie,
           "A bow shot from her bower eaves, he rode between the barley shaves"
 But that,s one,ell of a chimney. he cried,
 It,s built with a grant from Shalott she lied.
   Round about Shalott,

       Dry dry here,,but no sun, strangely enough,after I posted about there being no wind yesterday, The wind got up and a decent breeze kept us sailing without the charger.
 I finished last night with the sawdust swirling in the wind.I have saved two and a half nice bags of it. Today I am switching to a new chain that will take me down to the 4ft area and then I can switch back  to the old one,
                           Biff,
      Forgive me Alfred but this version is a lot lot better than the one we used to recite on our schoolboy trips to the beach


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on December 07, 2016, 06:54:29 PM
At last, at last, the 'famine' is over and Harry can rest rest.

The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees
The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon the cloudy seas
The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor.


After more days of calm grey weather we at last have a good gale and some wind. The weather certainly has gone bonkers here and anyone whos says the climate ain't a changing is a 'sandwich short of a picnic'.

I left home on Tuesday morning with half an inch of ice on the windscreen and a bucket of salt in the boot of the car to help me get to the ferry. The genny was running when we left the house and the previous two days had seen us generate a paltry 10kWh!!!!! Two days Christmas shopping in Snecky (Inverness) later and we've returned home to 13 degrees Celsius and overflowing battery banks!!! The Proven has generated 27kWh in the last 12h and it's so warm that everything in my barn is wringing wet with condensation!!! The concrete floor, all the drums with liquid in and any heavy steel surface is dripping!!!!

The hydro turbine has gone from 1.5kWh per day to 16kWh per day and the solar hot water toobs were reading 17degrees at 17:00 in the dark!!!!

The times they truly are a changing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iadDAYSnJ7s


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on December 17, 2016, 06:58:54 AM
At last, a couple of great windy days ahead  exhappy: not only that but it coincides with my son being home for the weekend. Chances are we'll get away without the generator running for a couple of days  8) even with the washer and drier going all day. Something that always coincides with my son's arrival back home, along with the all night gaming and half hour showers  banghead: Been a totally grim December so far on the generation front, with only 12kWh of solar and 219kWh of wind compared to last years 14 and 300. This last week has seen me run the genny for an hour six days out of seven. Still we are heated by electricity too so not bad really but it's £12 I'd rather have spent on two bottles of red wine than 16lts of red diesel  ;D


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on December 17, 2016, 11:16:14 AM
    "And still on a winter,s night they say,when the wind is in the trees,
    When the moon is a ghostly galleon,tossed upon stormy seas
    When the road is a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor,
     .  ..........  ......  ......
          ....  .....
    . ....... ..... ......, Up to the old in door,"
        A different Alfred ,but one we all knew well.

       Yesterday was a peach of a day, no wind but good powerful sunlight. Our charger stayed on for 90 minutes after sunset, We ran the washing machine and topped up the bank.
   I am going to top up the tank today to get an idea of the economy but already, I know that is very good.
                                                            Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: gravyminer on December 18, 2016, 11:32:02 PM
gorgeous -

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/43187


Thank you  :genuflect



Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on December 19, 2016, 06:50:30 AM
She does the other Alfred too Biff,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80-kp6RDl94

though I do prefer The Highwayman, heard it a few years ago for the first time since school, sent shivers down my spine. I could see the blood running through the cobble stones, but I think that was the mushrooms  :hysteria

Today looks 'wall to wall' sunshine, tomorrow a serious southerly with buckets of rain  bike:


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on December 19, 2016, 10:55:30 AM
  A bright ,bright sunny day,
      It has been mild and dry with very little frost for this time of year.
    Still our gardens are dank and unwelcoming, Dead grass, Soil peeping through on the lawns. Sticky brown leaves plastered on the steps to the summer seat.
   And who would wish to sit under a large bare aSally next to a rowan,thrusting naked branches.?
  But spring will come and all will heal and grow. The Sally will shoot in every direction and once again I will have to tunnel through and clear the deck to replace the covers on the seat.
 And people say," Oh look, You have a nice sheltered seat in there" but as now, not always, not these times, Wait till spring, the hum, the buzz and the birdsong.
                                           Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on December 20, 2016, 10:28:00 AM
Strewth,,
      Wot is going on !?, A red shy came with the dawn and a big fancy rainbow graced us with it,s magic from the east,
            But "Red sky in the morning is a sailors warning",
 Sure enough we have a decent force 6 at the moment but there is real wind coming down the track.
  Paul, The red is touching Rasaay on Friday and on Saturday. The wind is from the west. with a massive big purple blob about 300 miles due west.
 Baker, You are in for a pasting from early Friday morning till Saturday afternoon. The wind starts around 6am on Friday morning coming directly from the south,so you have a little shelter but then it swings clockwise and really gets going from the west. So If you have anything loose, now is the time to get it weighed down.
   We were all a kind of moaning about the lack of decent wind there for a while, This lot should make up for it.
                                     Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on December 20, 2016, 01:17:04 PM
Aye Biff,

stormbound at the moment, steady 'severe gale 9', gusting 'violent storm 11'. Been awake since 3:30 and up since 4:00, when I arose to lash the caravan to the Land Rover and 15m turbine mast on the car park. Allegedly this is just a taster of Barbara who arrives on Christmas day. Unusually with this direction of wind and at this time of year, it's actually been a lovely day until around 11:00 when the rain arrived. When I left home this morning at 6:30 it was just starting to freshen and the turnip was belting out 3.7kW Fingers crossed  :crossed that Barbara is kinder to my Proven than Henry was in February  :'(

Cheers, Paul


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on December 20, 2016, 03:09:05 PM
If I get the chance,
                     I will lower our baby on Thursday afternoon. Friday is getting to look worse.
  The red is moving inland from Galway up to Mayo so Baker will have his work cut out. It can change for the worse or the better before Friday.
 Still I would like to lower the Turbine and save it from all the abuse. If everything goes according to plan on Thursday afternoon, it will be the first time lowered since this time of month in 2014.
   It is filling the clock as I type and so far, has been the best performing turbine we have ever had. It would be a pity if Barbara cooked it. :o :o :o.
                                                     Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Nickel2 on December 20, 2016, 04:59:36 PM
Today's picture at 16:20:

http://www.netweather.tv/index.cgi?action=radar;sess=

Forecast for the week:

http://www.xcweather.co.uk/GB/forecast

It looks like sunday has got one booked to arrive after friday's effort


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on December 21, 2016, 06:51:29 AM
Aye Biff,

with a bit of luck you may get her down on Thursday but don't do anything daft and take care. The epic lowering tales are great reading but mind how you go hey, we don't want any accidents.

Well, it certainly was a 'red sky in morning sailors warning' here yesterday.

(https://lifeattheendoftheroad.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/201216-007.jpg)

(https://lifeattheendoftheroad.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/photo_thumb.jpg?w=244&h=183)

Almost 62knots, 32m/sec, 71MPH or Force11 when this squall hit the bridge.

(https://lifeattheendoftheroad.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/201216-008.jpg)

Looking a bit better for Sunday though.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on December 21, 2016, 07:22:09 AM
Take care boy's looks pretty wild.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on December 24, 2016, 02:11:04 PM
Walking this morning a milky sky and sun, really pretty.
Wind starting to get up now and the rain has started. Still very mild 5C
A good day to light the fire and sit in front of it
We are scheduled for a good blow Monday evening 9/10. 94Km/h
Or a slight breeze as Biff and Paul might say whistle


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on December 24, 2016, 09:26:28 PM
Barbara did her worst here but no real disasters locally that I'm aware of. The ferry was firmly fastened to Scotland for the day.

(https://lifeattheendoftheroad.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/231216-003.jpg)

The unscheduled day off gave me chance to have a good check around the croft for damage but that was limited to wheelie bins capsizing (despite being tied) and some blocked drains. Turbine production was a record at 70kWh for the last 24 hours an average of 2.91kWH (and it's not been half as windy for the last 12 hours). Best previous 24 hour period was a couple of days before Henry (29/1/16) at 64kWh or an average of 2.66kWh over the 24 hours. Dunno what Henry would have produced on 31st as he fecked my stator at 22kWh  :'( Just awaiting Conner now to see what he can deliver  ;D Confident that the wider/truer 'air gap' won't see a repeat performance  :crossed

(https://lifeattheendoftheroad.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/050216-010_thumb.jpg?w=244&h=184)

https://lifeattheendoftheroad.wordpress.com/2016/02/06/fancy-a-taste-of-the-good-life/


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on December 26, 2016, 11:24:11 AM
   T,was wuff enuff last night and early this morn,
                         But things are improving as I type. Overall, it was not too bad. The bad winds, when they came,did not last much more than an hour before reverting back to force 8 and the rain was heavy but not prolonged , so I had time to dodge out an in with the hounds between squalls and downpours and being the kind of hounds they are with excellent bladders and good sense, they knew the score and settled down to sleep to wait the storm out. We have had storms batter us here for some 72 hours non stop,Our front drive became a 100 yard wind tunnel and our roof tiles were played like piano keys. The wind is still strong out there, too risky to go near the turbine, Yet there is powerful sunshine and the bank is dumping into the immersions already.
       Our Christmas is a low key one sans religion and easy on the grub as possible. We are aware that for all the worldly riches and advanced technology, there are more people getting left behind in the poverty trap than ever before and there are more large charities, paying their directors mega bucks than ever before. Charity has become a business you see. Even Donald ,,instead of opening a Charity as President of the USA, he is closing down monster ones that he already had before he became president elect. Odd.
   This is the warmest Christmas that I can remember. The seasons are not the only things out of kilter.
                                                   Biff



Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Nickel2 on December 26, 2016, 12:05:31 PM
It has been a bit warmer in the icy wastes of the north recently:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/features/38427793

Take care out there Biff, there may well be more to come.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: stannn on December 26, 2016, 01:41:05 PM
We just walked from Bakewell to Chatsworth and back, a round trip of about 5 miles in glorious sun. However, the wind on the moor was something else.....had to lean into it much of the way and it totally concentrated the mind.
Stan


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Iain on December 26, 2016, 03:45:44 PM
Hi
The wind was a bit cold today but glorious with the sun.
Just watched the raft race from Matlock to Cromford, walked  from Matlock to Matlock Bath, Cromford then over the tops back to Matlock and Tansley. Really lovely day, and a couple of nice pubs on the way. Thousands of people and even a couple of traffic wardens

Iain


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: stannn on January 11, 2017, 09:24:40 AM
Gales today. 4 out of 7 turbines have automatically shut down on the local windfarm, the 4 older ones with gearboxes. The 3 newer direct-drives are running.
Stan


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on January 11, 2017, 10:33:07 AM
Hundred mile an hour gust here last night https://www.wunderground.com/personal-weather-station/dashboard?ID=IHIGHLAN44#history and an average of fifty.

(http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd170/camillitech/100MPH_zpsqhz57rgi.png)

Turbine here averaged 2.85kWh overnight, be interesting to see what it is when I get home, did 49kWh yesterday, not the best but this west wind certainly is 'clean and steady'. I guess it's pretty obvious really but it is amazing the different production depending on direction. Anything from south west through to north is good here, which you'd suspect given our aspect. Just amazed how a southerly 'storm' can produce less than a westerly 'strong breeze', even when the turbine sounds like it's working harder.

Cheers, Paul


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on January 11, 2017, 03:00:43 PM
Blizzard this morning.
Woodburner going well.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on January 11, 2017, 04:18:26 PM
108MPH gust now and ferry cancelled for the day, looks like I'll be going home early  exhappy:


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on January 12, 2017, 12:54:39 AM
We have been getting pasted steady for the past 48 hours,
                                   Still going strong outside. Loads of nice hot water and bank full to the gills.
No pleasure being outside.apart from a nice brisk 10 min walk with the hounds, It is too dangerous, cold and unpleasant.
Our Turbine has been cruising flat out. our DHWT was circulating the water from the top to the solar coil on the bottom at 11am this morning and that means we were in a steady force9 at least.
The voltage was hitting 141/2vdc and that must be a record. It normally don,t pass the 140vdc unless we are on the pmg charger,I hate to think of the thrashing the motor would be getting, if we were still flying the the original big blades.
  We cannot complain, House warm and comfy and the ground has dried up outside, (ready for the snow whistle)
                                             Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on January 12, 2017, 09:39:55 AM
We have the snow!
Horrible blizzard yesterday, but not in truth a lot of snow about 4 inches starting to melt this morning.
A huge snow plough came down our little road at midnight to clear the route!
Very slippery underfoot these are the days I'm happy to leave the car in the garage.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on January 12, 2017, 10:37:29 AM
Some years ago,
                I buzzed about Puerto Rico in a little 1.4 fiesta, a good little car. I remember the sun beat down relentlessly, Mrs Biff loves the sun but mine ears become crispy bacon if i am not careful and I was known to turn a light shade of beetroot many years ago, Still, there i was exploring the island, going down early each morning to the harbor and tucking into a full English breakfast, The restaurants were mostly run by English couples trying to make their retirement pay.I drove to Las Palmas to view their Turbines, each factory unit had it,s own big Turbine and there were no turbines visible in Puerto Rico on the other side but they had mucha mucha solar panels, they even had special corrugated pv panels which i never saw since. We were there for 2 weeks but after the first week, I realised I had developed a squint and when I came inside to rest and looked in the mirror, I had these white lines running away from my eyes where they were all crinkled up against the glare of the sun. Odd looking to say the least. So I went Clint Eastwood and got a pair of dark goggles.
  Then you found out that there was no water there. When I drove between Puerto Rico and Las Palmas, I saw all these black hosepipes snaking over the hills,half covered in the dusty red earth. Oh Dear, it did not take a genius to figure out that these hills would soon all end up in the ocean because there was nothing to stop the wind carrying the soil away. So the rocks just get more bare and maybe in a few hundred years if they put up a statue ir two and dig a few tunnels,they could name the place Easter island 2. I used to quibble about the rain but after that, I realised how lucky we were.
Around here the bog is littered with little clumps of bushes and trees. The crows and the ravens travel back and forth during their nest building and courtship days, dropping twigs of this bush and that bush and a high percentage of these twigs take root, most are chopped down to clear the place for the turf cutters but things will grow and replenish the system.I think we are getting the best deal out of global warming, of that I have no doubt. To the town where i was born, The roads passed through bogland which stretched for miles uninterrupted, A single pine took root on an island on one of the Meencha Lakes,There was next to nothing else, I remember that road so well, In the summer It snaked, like a silver thread through the hills, In the winter it was always covered in snow,My first job driving was a twice daily run to collect and return 17 lively lasses back and forth to a shirt factory on a Ford Thames Minibus. These roads were frozen and covered in snow in winter. The wind that blew would cut you to the bone,nowaday they call it the "Chill factor", back then it had something to do with brass monkeys, so you took damd good care not to break down or have a slip up, You would never be allowed to forget it if you did slip up.There was no powered steering and the feedback from the ice under the snow was genuine.
  These days, the sally and alder, beech and different pines are flourishing along that road. The solitary mighty Pine on the Meencha Island is surrounded by heavy undergrowth that extends to the shore.
It was a lonely haunted place in it,s day but now it looks moire happy in its new clothing, So it must be that those few degrees up the scale make all that difference in my short lifetime.
After a week in Puerto Rico, i was ready to go home but had to keep myself occupied for over another week. It was Ok, Would i go back,,Nope,! I recon in another few years The puerto Ricians will be turning up in Donegal for a few weeks instead. Perhaps they are already here. One thing we have,,,Is plenty of water.
  We are in for a pretty big blow between 3 and 9pm today, It looks to be going to go anti-clockwise. A large 60 mile in Diameter, blob of pink is moving East into Donegal Bay and being picked up by another wind from the south, so that should get rid of the cobwebs for a while. Lots more hot water.

                                                                                    Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on January 12, 2017, 12:00:07 PM
Time for the annual bath then Biff ;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on January 12, 2017, 06:30:55 PM
been wet and miserable here for last few days, now the storm has started, snow forecast from midnight onward, with -7 forecast next week whilst i am away in UK. had the generator running as only 500w from pv today, then wind got up, victron was ramping up and down when in absorption so switched genny off, got some good power going in, saw peaks of 1.2kw when still on the short mast.
been chasing drafts, where i ran out of time to re lime outside walls small fissures allow drafts through the smallest opening, the "ECO" windows are not so good, modified several to stop leaks, the up and down bolt locks are worse bit, how they sold with a rating i never know, but when i complained i found out they had gone pop.

moved all cars away from the forest, dont want a repeat of the squashed cars.

steve


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on January 12, 2017, 07:10:48 PM
Snow here now and just about to brave the road home, shovel and chainsaw in the back, diffs locked and take it nice and easy. One thing for sure, if I do get stuck then I'll be walking home, there's no traffic on my 11 mile commute and I often get home when the snow plough can't get through!

 101kWh generated yesterday which is a record for me, hoping for better today as the wind turbine had done  40kWh overnight as I left the house this morning.  :crossed

Take care Peeps, I wouldn't be going anywhere if I could help it.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: MR GUS on January 13, 2017, 09:27:54 AM
Snow time check for huntingdonshire 08.25 Fri morning. ..light flurries settling, we are in a pocket that doesn't often get snow.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on January 13, 2017, 10:59:59 AM
 The snow stopped falling,
                 The sun came out,  Ah glory be, that nice fresh breeze,came in from the sea,felt good. felt right,so it should,h I scurried out and cleaned the front door steps,,
   The sky darkened immediately and the steps were back to square one,, Is there any kind of complaints department for this sordid kind of victimisation,?
  or someplace where sad folks who partake in lame poetry can go and get their heads seen to.
                                                        Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on January 15, 2017, 02:32:52 PM
(https://s29.postimg.org/690xsyucj/IMG_20170114_WA0001.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/690xsyucj/)


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on January 23, 2017, 11:38:09 AM
We had some beautiful short sunny days lately,
                                       but overall the sun did not shine long enough to top up the bank and of course the wind was not that beneficial either, so with the lightly covered bank and the below freezing temperatures the bank would drop to 123 under load around 8pm. running the generator to 9,30 @145 x 9amps gives us a fair start in the morning. Our old bank is terminally ill . I am thankful that it has lasted as long as it has. We know that when the days get longer and the pv does it,s healing we will sail through the Spring, Summer and Autumn until the same arrives once again. Eventually we will have to decide on a new bank but not immediately ;D.
    Everything is frozen hard here, The hounds skip and play like lambs. The clear air and fresh scents enthrall them. We have not had rain for a while.
 All that will change on Wednesday at dinnertime, we are in for a decent blow that will throw rain at us. It will not get as far as Rasaay.
        A large fat angry man with an orange face and a shiny fuzzy thatch is wrestling with fake nuke button and guys in white coats. "IT IS MINE "He screams. "GIMME ,,GIMME,"  "GOTCHA,,,GOTCHA",
 Sitting on the edge of the Atlantic,3,000 miles away has it,s advantages,, Lucky us,   help:
                                                           Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on January 23, 2017, 11:52:02 AM
i arrived back from working in uk to -8 and sunny, on the drive home the temperature was touching -11 and the thermostat on the car decided to hold open, so drove 275 miles with no heating freeeze
has been a slight north breeze but the sun is great, doesnt get over the forest on to the panels until 10.30 but keeps on shining till nearly 530.
with all the ground frozen solid am getting on with clearing up, digger doesnt make such a mess.
before i went away a friend offered me a huge amount of wood for free, if i would split and move it, me and the eldest spent two freezing days doing just that, am now stacking and looking forward to plus 2years when we can reap the benefits.

steve


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on January 23, 2017, 04:55:23 PM
Aye chaps,

good blast from the south heading this way over the next few days right enough. Strangely enough it's not supposed to be accompanied by much in the way of rain, which for a sowf wind in January is unheard of. Not really seen any frost since me son came off the road last year. Had a little snow right enough but no ice. Me Mammy who's just 40 miles away is frozen solid though. The solar hot water has at last started working again for the first time since October and the PV is doing much better, 4kWh on Saturday, the best since the 13th November.
It's a long way off but early daffs, snowdrops, longer days and green grass do make it feel almost spring like just now.

Cheers, Paul


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Nickel2 on January 23, 2017, 08:08:03 PM
Full set of catkins on my hazels already, but -5c to -7c last two nights. Gas meter digits spinning fast enough to alter the rotation of the earth


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Ted on January 23, 2017, 09:17:16 PM
Saw my first daffodils in flower yesterday driving back home from a weekend away on the south coast. Cherry trees in blossom there too.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on January 23, 2017, 09:34:28 PM
Still chilly here, but the days are getting noticeably longer.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Westie on January 23, 2017, 09:42:58 PM
7 degrees and sunny here, swooping thro the lanes on the bike dodging clouds of midges under the bare tree branches  ;D


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on January 27, 2017, 09:54:56 AM
2 degrees here,
              Good strong south wind, Quite a unique spell pf weather, very windy but bone dry for the past few days
  We wake to tankfuls of warm water. The hounds sport and play, pick up scents and complain that they are going in the wrong direction.
 Everything works well for them in this kind of weather. The stifling hot humid days of June/August are far away.
  But roll on Spring, I have projects, Targets,Directives ,,,,from my armchair.
                                                  Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on January 30, 2017, 08:17:20 PM
Quite windy and squally,
                    The wind is pushing this way and that. It is a good job we have double slip rings and a Yaw like the rear axle on a tractor.
 Billi, You are in for a pasting next Saturday at 6am,, The Yellow comes ashore off Kerry and Cork pushing up from the south, I recon that this one will be one of the worst to land in your patch.
 Big blob of red off Kerry and a bigger one spread along the Cork/Waterford coast,dark red in them middle with the wind blowing straight across from one to the other.. one pushing and the other pulling.
                                                                      Biff
           
   


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on February 03, 2017, 04:36:50 PM
big storm just hit here, local radio was warning of it but took me by surprise, batteries were in absorption from the generator, due to not finishing the job, that meant turbine was not auto breaking, frightening going in generator shed sh*tfan:
but all now calm and sun coming out, mad.

steve


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 03, 2017, 04:56:48 PM
You got through it Steve,
                       It is a horrible feeling when you get caught napping, The rush to secure things is tempered by the need for safety and when you see big sheets of ply that you weighed down with concrete blocks,take off with blocks on board, you soon realise the danger.
 I got caught out with a force 8 one dark evening, The inverter shut down, (shuts down @161vdc) and the dump loads had burned out, Like an idiot Io decided to lower the turbine on its 30ft tower.
 the wind blew the tower/turbine an all back up a few times before i finally got it down. Every time the wind blew the tower back up, I would dive in behind the back of a big pine tree that anchored the winch, It was thick with holly and brambles. I was wrapped up like a womble but I still got scratched from head to foot.I did manage to save the turbine that night and replaced the controller with a new digital one the following morning. This was before I learned to string a safety rope against the winching cable and hang heavy weights on it to drag down the tower should the wind get up to quickly and that does happen here a lot. However, I did work on ,till I crashed the turbine.
                                                                                   Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 06, 2017, 10:49:47 AM
A little too much rain,
              Strong wind and good hot water. It is a day for hearth and hame. Off in the distance the white caps are getting lifted and thrown back out to sea. The bare branches bend and sway. The Ground is still good and solid underneath from weeks of drying, even if the surface is awash with inches of water.
  The hounds got drooked, warm dry towels were greeted with ferocious tail wagging. The house is warm and snug, Mrs Biff will light a scented candle to combat the wet dog smell.We like it but it is not to everyone,s tastes. Perhaps because it invokes memories of my childhood by the river drying out, on the bank, in the sun, the steam rising of the dogs who swam with us. Those were good times.
 Now the world has become a giant reality show.The papers have masses to write about, Some of it is even true. A ban today and no ban tomorrow. The crowds gather and cheer but nobody is quite sure what exactly is going on but one thing is sure, The money has run out.
Mt X used to tell me that power corrupts. So she was right all along.!
                                                                       Biff
 


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on February 06, 2017, 11:58:07 AM
Gentle snow here temperature hovering around freezing.
Elliott walked along the lake(frozen) would not walk on it too dangerous . facepalm
With no wind it does not feel too cold. wackoold


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on February 06, 2017, 01:03:53 PM
Pure peach of a day here,

(http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd170/camillitech/060217%20003%20Medium_zpskomebl22.jpg)

no rain since Saturday but not much in the way of sun either, only 4kWh of PV yesterday but there's a good hash of south wind. Not our best direction as it comes off the land but it's more than enough to keep the lights on. Concrete arrived today at 11:00, 6.1 cubic meters poured and he was away before midday  exhappy:

Back to work for a rest tomorrow but it looks like a fine week of weather ahead here, bit of wind, bit of sun and no rain  8)

Cheers, Paul


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on February 06, 2017, 01:07:08 PM
Fabulous picture Paul ;D


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 07, 2017, 11:52:31 AM
The landscape is awash with sunshine,
      Not a cloud in the sky. It would nearly send you out walking and doing exercise like the other idiots. I was cutting timber yesterday in the rain and wind. Now I am sitting looking out at the sunshine.
    Our feral cats ( I would love Trump to grab one of these) had a big rave on our front street last night. The Green store has a different lover boy every morning. Blink must be that kinda gal.
  The hounds walk in and the cats just sit there looking at them nonplussed ,H,mmmmmm. I back them out nice and gently. I cut a little timber in there with the chainsaw until,the fumes drove me outside
 that was the idea,,The cats hate the fumes and will not return for days,,maybe weeks. The toms do a lot of damage.
         Duty calls,
                    Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on February 07, 2017, 06:49:42 PM
A couple of lovely walks, it has been snowing flurries all day.
Good for a walk but not a day for pottering. Elliott does not care a walk is a walk!
Temperature about -4  with a stiff breeze.
Wood burner keeps the house good and warm.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 07, 2017, 07:34:53 PM
Was a lovely day,
                A bit of shoveling, a bit of sweeping. Then finished off in the gloaming with an hour on the chainsaw.
  -4 forecast for tomorrow. The ground was frozen hard last Monday morn. No white hoare ,just frozen solid but friend of a friend,s son, came back from England with girlfriend, had beezer of a weekend partying and feeling remorseful decided to take Mammy and Aunty , The Sister and the Galfriend into town shopping. The beemer had it all, even one of those temperature alarms but nobody was listening or did not know what it was on about. Hit black ice, Left the road,through a big hedge, into a field, hit a tree and rolled a few times for good measure. The ambulance service was really quick and that was what saved the older generation, The Mammy and the Aunty were particularly badly bashed up and the local hospitals, kept them stable and then had them sent south for specialist care. They have injuries that will take years to heal..That lad the sister and the girlfriend, got various broken bones but they will; heal quicker. I never liked beemers. I always considered them death traps, especially the 1980s/90s models.I have seen people walking away from Audis that were totally destroyed and I have every reason to be grateful to the liittle Fiat Uno, but the Beemers seem to still be deadly, The very top speed possible on that road was 50mph, You cannot go any harder or else you would bounce off the road or maybe rip the exhaust off. I know black ice was to blame but when you spend money, you expect some little safety features. The seniors got terrible injuries almost as if they had been smashed inside a steel drum with no protection at all.
                                       Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Nickel2 on February 07, 2017, 07:54:44 PM
 I have every sympathy with those involve in heavy-crunch accidents, I know how much it hurts. Modern cars are so smooth, quiet and comfortable, they tend to detach the drivers from the reality of the outside world. It is easy to forget or become unaware of changing conditions when in a snug cosy cocoon.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 11, 2017, 09:48:05 AM
Strewth,! She is a hard one,
                              All is frozen as the sun,s rays speed closer to our perch, The hounds enjoyed their romp but the feral discos are over for a while as the various Toms have returned to their wanderings and one big guy to his hearth. I noted the nice collar and the well fed look. Perhaps he is a local feral councillor.
 Yesterday was also dry and cold. Good working weather. I did a bit of tidying,repairing grass banks. This morning the remaining scrapings are frozen to the ground. Ah well,,it will be ready for lifting before dinner, I also transplanted a few rogue hawthorn saplings in gaps in the hedge. Yesterday may have been dry but there was very little solar and no wind, so around 7ish I ran the charger til 8,30ish. It was that cold that the fans were never triggered
  I feel a bit better now, Timmy apple Cook has told us all ,Leaving No 10 that he is going to combat Fake News, this was reported on Sky. Maybe Rubert bear was present at the meeting like he was while Donald met yer man Gove..You cannot beat the help. Meanwhile central Europe is heaving at the seams and Romanian beach fronts are in demand.
 America to the west, a 3,000 mile swim, Moscow to the east a similar walk. Lordy, I am happy with that. It has just gone 9am in our Donegal time zone.The sun has just directly covered our first solar string. With the days getting longer, our old bank can soldier on for another year, looking good.
                                                                  Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 11, 2017, 01:58:47 PM
Town was lively,
                Full of happy shoppers with a few good natured traffic wardens. The sun shone bright on the mountain and the tar was grey/white with the cold. It is truly a different country in the dry sunny weather but the next thing will be,,no water, ::).
  We returned to a strong east wind pushing our turbine past the pv. The tanks are roasty toasty and full to the gills with hot water, this will probably be the first day of 2017 that the rads dumped the excess hot.l  There is snow forecast and our log box is empty..Duty calls, I have thawed grass sods to shift before dark,,
  Mrs Biff has gone off again with a boot load of small to medium sized teddy bears, These little geezers will wear romantic cards around their necks on the 14th accompanying large bunches pf flowers..
The things we get up to, but it is a hell of a lot better than sending  missiles to one another.
                                               Biff,


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 16, 2017, 09:38:36 AM
 A nice nifty wind from the west,
                      Heats our tanks. For days we had  a grey snow sky,bitter cold but no snow, Now it is warm but the place is back to normal with puddles of water and everything wet and dreary.
 The hounds slouch about, The scents get twisted and mixed up everyway, things are not as they should be, a bit like trying to read the Mirror upside down, it,s possible but the Mirror has nothing worth reading anyhow. There is a bit of a scramble among the remaining 27 to host the EMA.
  Out here on the edge of the Atlantic, T,is wonderious to behold the antics of the world,s top brass. It is obviously a plot by the governments to fool the invading Martians and make them turn around and go home, thinking that there is nothing easy to understand about Earthlings." How could you possible subdue such creatures who are constantly trying to drown themselves, Best avoided at all cost , It might be contagious". I would say, that they are well gone by now.
                                                Biff
 


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on February 16, 2017, 05:37:06 PM
Cracking walk around a frozen lake covered with snow, the deer have been across but we steered  the circular route. 9.2 km at average speed of 4.1 kmh  according to Mrs T new app. This allowing for numerous wee stops the dog not me.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 21, 2017, 08:24:52 PM
G,dang but it,s windy, tres windy,
                      The hounds do not like the wind. they are fine outside but the hear every little knock and bump while inside and want to tell me about it. It is a bit of a surprise really. I know we have some wind forecast but this was force 8 easily and far too early. I could hardly get the front door open with the wind sucking it shut..
 And then I decided to have a seat, let the hounds relax at my feet and watch a bit of telly,switch on the lecky fire and invest in some refined reclined relaxatation.  So there i was for a full 10 minutes and both the hounds had their noses buried under their tails, a sure sign they were uncomfortable,,especially this time of day. Then the telly died , the lecky fire went awol, the freezer conked out and the hounds hopped up onto their feet, looking at me with that look,,,,,"Wot ave you done now".. So I got up and switched on the light and put my hand in my pocket to see if i was dreaming or not. they were still there so it was not a dream..The light stayed off and it was time to go outside and face the music.
  
(https://s27.postimg.org/6kvyjftu7/004.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6kvyjftu7/) The little Chinaman on the dash was looking glum and unhappy and so he should have been, i only had 110volts.   So I switched over to the Compaq 3,000 (2.7kw) and was up and running within 5 minutes.

(https://s13.postimg.org/6gmz60qpf/001.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6gmz60qpf/), Her is a pic of the Eaton Powerware,/Compac, 3,000.  (warming up for action) It is a brilliant machine for driving the lecky lawnmower, meanwhile the wind was belting out the amps.

(https://s8.postimg.org/t5x2ai65d/015.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/t5x2ai65d/)  So out with the old and in with the new,

(https://s27.postimg.org/3wd6ro00v/023.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/3wd6ro00v/). I am beginning to suspect they might be Chinese products  8)..but In a way, I am kind of relieved. I am now one of the lads. I can ring Switzerland and ask for a code..Wait, ! There is a problem with that you see. This machine has been running for a good steady 9 years with no rest, They don,t do anything like that in Switzerland and I guess i have to accept that maybe the updates and stuff might be too much of a shock for it and kill it altogether.
  So after a short intermission normal power was restored to Castlebiff and there is a happy Chinaman grinning on the shelf once again.
                                                                         Biff
 


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 22, 2017, 09:35:41 AM
Big bad blow forecast for early tomorrow morning,
                           This one switches directions several times to make sure to miss no one.
  Andy, you are in for a right old blast as well from midnight tonight to approx 9am tomorrow morning with the serious stuff.
 Rasaay don,t get it,s share this time. ;D
                                       Biff
 


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on February 22, 2017, 10:36:43 AM
is the original inverter dead then? or was low voltage didnt get it.
breeze here today, still grey and glum.

steve


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: offthegridandy on February 22, 2017, 10:47:23 AM
Hi Biff and thanks for the heads up about Doris.

I have been hearing a bit of different noise from the turbine the last few days.  It appears as a slight knocking which increases as wind speed rises.  When I overhauled this turbine last year after it's little over speed disaster, I stripped the bearing and cleaned and repacked with grease.  I couldn't feel any wear but now I'm wondering.

So although it breaks my heart to turn away all the lovely Watts that are heading our way.  Last night after your 1st warning I went out and waited for a lull in the wind and tuned the turbine off and parked the blades.

I'll have to re-erect the scaff tower and bring the head down to ground level and check the bearing and replace if necessary.  Still better no WT power today than NO WT tomorrow.

I'm pretty certain I'm going to replace this unit with a 4.2 Mtr Dia jobby.  I'll be building this one completely from scratch and have yet to start sourcing materials so a few months away yet.

And now the genny has started cos the sun hasn't done its stuff properly since Sat PM. Burrrggggers.

Keep safe.

Andy


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on February 22, 2017, 10:49:04 AM
Big bad blow forecast for early tomorrow morning,
                           This one switches directions several times to make sure to miss no one.
  Andy, you are in for a right old blast as well from midnight tonight to approx 9am tomorrow morning with the serious stuff.
 Rasaay don,t get it,s share this time. ;D
                                       Biff
 

Aye Biff, we've had a good eight all night with some 50kWh generated from the turnip but methinks that's it over now. Bright sunshine now with the odd rainbow and the sea full of white horses but I think Doris is due to pass well to the south. Remember and tie all your loose stuff down and weight down the wheelie bins chaps.

Cheers, Paul


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on February 22, 2017, 12:18:39 PM
We have had a gusty wind for a couple of days up to I guess about force 8.
Temperature is up to+7 snow all gone the lakes are melting fast with the odd sight of chunks of ice from the melted bits  blowing  onto the still frozen bits.
The cold does not effect the mole who has been pushing up hills as fast as he can. ;D


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 22, 2017, 01:48:10 PM
(https://s27.postimg.org/hscneglbj/002.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/hscneglbj/) One pic and a thousands words.

(https://s27.postimg.org/z86q4yd9b/004.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/z86q4yd9b/)  There is  not a lot of solar but enough to drive the house and keep the bank happy as well as heat the water a little.

(https://s24.postimg.org/ejb4rqqyp/009.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ejb4rqqyp/)  The new machine, not quite the same as the old one and supposedly a bit more powerful. The little men on the dash are happy.
   Steve, The old inverter must be shot. When it first lay down, it registered a whoppiing 65 volts on the dash but when I switched it off, it registered a 110volts on the dash,,It was supposed to go off completely, so it is quite ill methinks and will not be required for further service. If all my bit and bobs served me so well as this machine, I would be a very happy lad indeed.,
   Andy, I was plagued by a rattle from mine for ages, then I chanced to lower it one time when the wind was blowing from the north and as it came down it was still spinning and braking, as it braked the pin that attaches the tail to the turbine body was making a noise inside the tail sleeve. it was tight on the turbine body but the sleeve through the tail was slack, so when the turbine braked during dump load activity, the vibration got going. I was positive that it was bearings for a while, bearing in mind that I had fitted nice new classy ones to this machine. Now I know that it is just the vibration cause during braking and transmitted to the slack sleeve and pin.
  This storm comes in from the north which is our weakest side, We have no shelter and it is set to give us all the excitement we want. I have already been out and weighed down everything, tied everything and I am going out again to check. This is the second time I have lowered our turbine in over two years,
 As  point of interest, I used to allow the turbine to run with the storm while lowered and it generated more than enough to run the house and keep the bank topped up. The lawn was originally level but as the years went by and I kept doing this act with the lowered turbine, I noticed a ridge approx 300mm high, had developed from the anchor point opposite the winching side..Then a large hollow developed to the right and to the left. The Brick control house tilted some 3" off the plum as well and the Turbine base moved a good 300mm towards the winching tree..So now I tie the blades.. So what I want to ask is,,,,,Why did you clever clogs not tell me about this, ?  or,, or were you all waiting for me to tell you.. ;D
                                                          Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on February 22, 2017, 03:10:46 PM
Post image seems to have lost its adverts tumble:
Just had Biff's turbine used to be a lass who was looking for someone just like me ;D

Good pics Biff stay safe all!


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 22, 2017, 05:47:11 PM
Dead calm outside,
                 Not a breeze, nor a stir, It is unnaturally warm with crazy birdsong.
 I could have left off lowering the turbine to later but I remember a few years back, I dallied in similar circumstances and missed my chance to lower it.
 We had 3 days of storms with the big blades that exhausted us all. Thankfully those days are well gone.
 It only takes me a few minutes to lower and extend the life of the turbine.
                                                 Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: going green on February 23, 2017, 06:34:23 AM
hope your OK Biff

http://i.vimeocdn.com/video/467627269_1280x720.jpg


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 23, 2017, 08:52:23 AM
We are absolutely fine GG, Thanks.
                  The storm got pushed farther south and we only caught the very edge of it, This morning is only blowing a force 6. The sky is very black and full of rain but going by the charts,the worst was pushed farther south. I would say that Baker in Mayo, is getting a fair old lift and Billi as well. Andy certainly got a share.
  It does happen from time to time that we get a last minute reprieve . It was very welcome.
                                                                Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 23, 2017, 09:07:07 AM
There is good news also on the inverter front,
         Our new Chinese replacement, is a lot lot easier on the juice. We had very little solar input after I lowered the Turbine yesterday morning and yesterday evening I assumed that i would have to go out and fire up the charger but when i went to look at the downstairs controller around 8pm, I discovered we were still up in a healthy 126vdc under load. This was a bit of a pleasant surprise.There was a constant load of 200watt at least overnight and we were still reading 124vdc under load  this morning before light. So Our faithful old Chinese inverter must have been leaking it big time. This was something that never occurred to me.
                                 Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Scruff on February 23, 2017, 09:20:03 AM
Morning Sir Biff,
You could flag these issues with a battery monitor. If you can see current or watts at the battery you get a much clearer picture of things. I prefer shunts for their accuracy but they use more power and derate due to heat near peak load.
Easy pick up a little Hall sensor job and very easy install too.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on February 23, 2017, 09:22:34 AM
Missed us completely here chaps, not a breath of wind but a heave on the shore so there must be a big sea running somewhere not too far away. Light dusting of snow on the Storr and just spoke to a pall in Inverness where it's snowing heavily. Looks like we got off lightly, just as well, busy, busy day ahead here on the croft  ;)


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 23, 2017, 09:41:37 AM
Hi Scruff,
         I will bear that in mind. I do have volt and amp meters but never got around to fitting them.
  The controllers all have their own meters, all 3, I know they are not 100% accurate but over time they give me some idea.
 They are set at different distances to the bank.
 The bank itself is 60cells of forklift , 2 ton of it. mixed composition, mixed brand . It is one of the few things that I can depend on, for,not getting blown away in the storm.
                                   Biff
                                             


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Scruff on February 23, 2017, 12:30:01 PM
Controllers only measure input Mr. B, I'm guessing there's a great uncharted territory between your battery and inverter that's unmonitored? That's actually the most important imho and I'd forsake all the others for it. You'll be missing the total load after efficiency losses, quiescent power consumption, system parasitics and installation losses. I suppose that's where a coupla ton pays off...I run on minimun lead for the job usually.


I'd never be without one after having developed an appreciation for one. Using appliances/chargers and voltage is a bit like driving a car with no fuel tank gauge just a pressure gauge and the volumetric receipt of what you put in it last.

Make sure use a bi-directional one though. Zero centre, charge and discharge....a lottov 'em don't go below zero.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Scruff on February 23, 2017, 12:39:59 PM
Oh and whatever you do don't buy one of these.
(http://thumbs3.ebaystatic.com/m/mqsIlWEzY_dI8_b6LVnkoHA/140.jpg)

..in fact if you even think of it pm me and I'll post you one. I guarantee you won't thank me for it after your hair has departed you when the calibration goes sidewards because you pressed the wrong button and then it takes you two days to fix it rewiring all your terminations for zero values and max values, using isolated power source malarky, with chinlish destructions that aren't even relevant... :fume

I nearly put a hammer through one yesterday... banghead:


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 23, 2017, 05:51:05 PM
Gwaicious Me Scruff, So You don,t like those cute sxy little Chinese red eyed jobs.
     Don,t worry, I will not touch it. I have enough meters to last me several lifetimes..shunts and god knows what, I must send you a pic. I put them all in a box and hid them away out of sight. They totally unnerved me. I was looking for a volt/amp combi that would be fot for my 120vdc pack and opened one. Then opened another and got the instructions mixed up between the two. the two meters look g   identical but the instructions are the opposite with severe warning on not to put the live "HERE" and I was left trying to figure out which,,"HERE" matched that "HERE"..> There is quite a lot of blue flashing smoke in 120vdc,
                   Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Scruff on February 24, 2017, 04:34:10 AM
Haha...yurp I have a very similar box.
120V is difficult indeed because nobody caters for it. I wonder why... it's a great voltage for a DC installation.
 
I expect most things measuring that high will want isolated power from a lower voltage and just sense the 120V.
Ammeters don't need 120v at all, if it's a hall sensor that'll have low voltage requirements if it's a shunt it just needs power for it's brain and spends all it's time going from 0 to <100mV across a shunt.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 24, 2017, 10:38:57 AM
120vdc is indeed an excellent voltage,
                            I know that the 48vdc gang will be giving me sour looks but the thing about 120vdc is the fact that if you only have 1 amp, just one. The freezer can run, 3 amps sounds paltry but goodness it is delivering 400watt. The other beautiful thing is the vmps on the solar. You can fit any range of panels to suit (well almost) strings of 140vdc and then the cabling is easy on the pocket as well. It travels really well and cables to immersions make it all worth while.
  One other thing, It captures the energy quicker. the 120vdc, will pull in more energy per minute that the smaller voltage systems. Less connections, less obstructions, no parallels  and then it releases it in greater surges. Let me remind everybody. these are all my observations (more like imaginary notions perhaps) but then again, i have absolutely no scientific qualifications apart from sitting beside some clever lad at school, looking over their shoulders and cogging their Latin answers. Still, it was satisfying to know the Latin for shovel, idiot and even cement mixer.(The Galls were great cement mixers).
        wer wuz i facepalm
                              Biff



Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Scruff on February 24, 2017, 11:30:35 AM
120vdc is indeed an excellent voltage,
                            I know that the 48vdc gang will be giving me sour looks but the thing about 120vdc


As one of those 48VDC gang, my hat's off to you Mr. Biff. If I was to sacrifice the convenience of off the shelf gizmos for power production capability I'd go 120VDC.
120VDC is far safer than 120VAC due to the capacitive nature of human skin. Ne'er mind the nay sayers.  ;)




Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: offthegridandy on February 24, 2017, 12:08:13 PM
So come on Biff give us the translations please, then give past, present and future participle.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 24, 2017, 12:14:43 PM
  freeeze freeeze freeeze


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on February 24, 2017, 12:45:13 PM
120vdc is indeed an excellent voltage,
                            I know that the 48vdc gang will be giving me sour looks
                              Biff



I don't think anyone has ever argued that 120V is a 'bad voltage' it is an excellent voltage and the day Studer, SMA, Outback or Victron make a 72V,96V or 120V inverter charger I'll be the first in the queue. As Scruff points out it's just very hard to find 'off the shelf' 120V kit. Sure 20 years ago it was hard to find 48V kit so perhaps in the future this will change and everyone will give Biff and Ag the credit they are due  :genuflect Meanwhile I'l just stick with the inefficient 48V system that powers and heats my house  stir:

Cheers, Paul


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: ringi on February 24, 2017, 01:08:03 PM
Remember that anything over 50v comes under the low voltage regs, rather then the very low voltage regs.   If you keep to building regs this can put the cost up a lot when you are diyer a system.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 24, 2017, 02:12:28 PM
Andy,
     Inside our Latin book cover, the Iliad, by Homer Simpson,
   we wrote,
  Latin is a dead language,
      as dead as dead can be,
          It kilt the ancient Romans ,
           and now it,s killing me.
                                 Biff,
    It was a bad idea.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Fionn on February 24, 2017, 03:13:30 PM
48V is standard in telecoms equipment and has been for a very long time.
There is a colossal amount of equipment in use at the voltage so it's not likely to change any time soon.
This economy of scale makes equipment for off gridders etc a lot more accessible.

It's extra low voltage and in most locales you don't need any qualifications to work with it which is very convenient for big business.
A 120V system wouldn't be much less safe if it was centre tapped and used +/- 60V like a 110V isolated site transformer.

380V DC is becoming popular for distribution in telecoms but is downconverted at point of use to 48V.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Scruff on February 24, 2017, 03:33:31 PM
Remember that anything over 50v comes under the low voltage regs, rather then the very low voltage regs.  

Extra low voltage = 50VAC /120VDC
Besides 48VDC nominal = ~60VDC peak...
much like 120VDC nominal = 150VDC peak..


It's extra low voltage and in most locales you don't need any qualifications to work with it which is very convenient for big business.
A 120V system wouldn't be much less safe if it was centre tapped and used +/- 60V like a 110V isolated site transformer.

Howdya centre tap DC?

120VDC is safe...about as safe as 50VAC.

What's really great about 120VDC though is you don't need an inverter for all kinds of stuff...just upgraded switches.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 24, 2017, 03:43:04 PM
Horrible horrible day,
                 Rain and wind from every direction, everything wet and the lawns turning to mud.

 (https://s28.postimg.org/c3mhjiukp/005.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/c3mhjiukp/)

(https://s18.postimg.org/5i39de6h1/004.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/5i39de6h1/)   But as ever, the wind is not wasted and the iron barely dents the bank
   We have visitors coming and going and were drooked to the skin on Sliabh League. So the stove is on full trottle,the house is warm and there is a big pot of spicy stew on the hob,
     Young jackintheboxs will recount their explorations and produce special shells and stones that will sit on the hall window ledge and then into the garden in spring. There have been some
  rough games of snap and I have been losing quite heavily. One 9 years old has a special speaker(no wires) about the size of a Terry,s orange but tubular. He puts in my hand and asks me what some I would like,
 I say, "Elvis" " Love me tender"  He wipes his 10" screen a few seconds and the thing starts singing with perfect clarity. His dad informs me that it only cost £12.00 on Amazon. The kids fingers are made of rubber and swipe back on forth on the screen producing all kinds of feats..Not only am I deaf but i am also left far behind.. He seems nice and well mannered with a nice easy going open disposition but then ,so was I on the front. Tomorrow will see them arrive from Texas,,,Gawwwdd, I have a Texas grandson who was filmed doing the crawl the full length of the pool when he was 3 years old. Then Saturday see the French connection.. I have one of these memories that go back and back to learning  how to walk.It is not a gift, it is more of a curse. I wonder which of these kids will discover they have it. My own children don,t..The tables are littered with board games and mecanical puzzles. When my cousins visit we compete with puzzles as opposed to booze like our fathered used to do many years ago. Years ago, I was puzzled by my own Fathers seemingly indifference in the same situation, now I know that it was not indifference but a kind of helplessness.
                                                                        Biff







Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 24, 2017, 03:47:23 PM
 120 volt UPSs are easy enough to find,
                             They are all sine wave, some are the bees knees, some are good for mowing the lawn on a sunny day. ;D
  They are all very reliable and robust.
                                         Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Fionn on February 24, 2017, 04:19:01 PM
Howdya centre tap DC?
You connect an earth to the centre of the battery bank, pretty straightforward.
Need to ensure all the equipment is isolated. Leaves you with 2 hots which should be almost safe unless you touch both simultaneously


120VDC is safe...about as safe as
Erm, I think you'll find that is completely incorrect. 120V DC is quite enough to be lethal.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on February 24, 2017, 04:29:50 PM
48V is standard in telecoms equipment and has been for a very long time.
There is a colossal amount of equipment in use at the voltage so it's not likely to change any time soon.
This economy of scale makes equipment for off gridders etc a lot more accessible.

It's extra low voltage and in most locales you don't need any qualifications to work with it which is very convenient for big business.
A 120V system wouldn't be much less safe if it was centre tapped and used +/- 60V like a 110V isolated site transformer.

380V DC is becoming popular for distribution in telecoms but is downconverted at point of use to 48V.

Aye Fionn,

we have a cracking 380V 15kVA UPS at work, it just sits there on float all day with its 32 x 100Ah Yuasa'a ticking over nicely. I just cannae get used to the size of the cables. Uses about 300W switched off right enough but I do love it, especially when the batteries need changing  ;)


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Scruff on February 24, 2017, 05:33:21 PM
You connect an earth to the centre of the battery bank, pretty straightforward.

I thought of that after I asked..of course. I was thinking "with regard to earth" terms
So you 'd be loading the battery asymmetrically?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snk3C4m44SY


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on February 24, 2017, 06:04:38 PM
Scruff  :hysteria  :hysteria  :hysteria priceless


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 24, 2017, 06:55:33 PM
Andy,
      You have another shot of wind coming in directly from the Irish Sea,
            A good force 8 easily,, between 9am and 3 pm tomorrow. Sat.
                        Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Fionn on February 24, 2017, 08:08:03 PM
So you 'd be loading the battery assymetrically.
No, that would wreak havoc and lead to the bank becoming unbalanced immediately.
All loads would have to be connected to the positive and negative of the full bank as normal.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 25, 2017, 12:11:41 AM
It,s been very rough all day,
                        Weather is a washout but excellent wind.Going to be a tricky afternoon tomorrow with the big match.
 We have English visitors and volatile French visitors and some very passionate female Rugger fans..Brexit is not on the menu.
We could knock the telly out of order but then the kids would all start hopping about like frogs. The Texan will be interesting.
He speaks 3 different languages ,two of them fluently. The humor is very different in Texas. There is no micky taking.
It is all about,,"Say what you mean and Mean what you say"  terrible !! How can you live like that.? We will have to work on the kid.
  I look forward to it all. ;D
                          Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Scruff on February 25, 2017, 12:14:33 AM
Sorry Fionn I misread you, your double negative threw me a wobbler too.
Yeah that makes sense now...if all equipment is isolated.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Tinbum on February 25, 2017, 11:42:03 AM
we have a cracking 380V 15kVA UPS at work, it just sits there on float all day with its 32 x 100Ah Yuasa'a ticking over nicely. I just cannae get used to the size of the cables. Uses about 300W switched off right enough but I do love it, especially when the batteries need changing  ;)

I have a 60kVA one available but it doesnt have any batteries. >:(


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 28, 2017, 11:20:16 AM
Ah,!
   The weather was a mixed bag, snow, hail,wind, rain and quite often the lot all at the one time..
   We also has sunshine like now, harsh. bright stuff that is no way friendly, there is a chill to it,s manner, that says,,Ok come forth but still i will chill yee, 
The house is quiet, the hounds snore gently in the hall below, Most of the kids are gone back home to their prospective schools and communities. I guess Castlebiff will be in some way a kind of sureal, maybe a dream in a few years time, I had lowered the turbine for the last storm and the kids arrives as i was in the process of raising it, So I had a very interested audience looking on from the safety of the house, Mums and dad as well. It takes only 5 minutes to raise it, including checkng the  guys and turnbuckles . It took off immediately, doing it,s best to impress.
 The past week has been quite a stressful one. There is no other way one could describe it. I have to get eye tests, hearing tests and a full MOT. Then I have to go for an interview.. My old man was different..The ordinary licence was not good enough, he took his HGV on an artic and 40ft trailer @70. Only now do I understand the confidence and effort involved. I have medics to see and paper to fill and then my interview. Nobody told me about this., This I could well do without.

 My eye doctor, adjusts the chin rest, My forehead rests tight against the guide,I am faced by a battery of different swinging ,complicated arms. The red line is on the card 25 ft away. She is from my hometown, but born long after I left. I knew her dad very well. He played Bass guitar in the showband, worked across the Bridge from our shop. But there you are,! his daughter not only grew up to be a doctor but also a very good one. As for Her dad, " Ah shure he up on top of an old flat roof today as we speak, trying to put tar it, and him 86". She said.
        Duty calls
                     Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on February 28, 2017, 12:33:44 PM
Glad you survived the 'rellies' Biff, great to have em around but good to get back to normal hey. Pure peach of a day here but me stuck inside with a sore throat, sounds naff I know bit I cannae even swallow the pain killers. So tis a day for the VAT return, paying bills, chasing up purveyors of cheap Chinese carp (me weather station is fecked after only 2 months  :fume ) and trying to source a hydraulic cable conversion for a Mitsubishi digger. Not an easy task as it's a 'grey import' with everything written in Japanese  ;D

Still, the view from the office is medicine enough.

(http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd170/camillitech/P1110049%20Small_zpsrrwra35l.jpg)

Good luck with the tests Matey.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on February 28, 2017, 04:03:02 PM
Good luck with the tests Biff. :crossed

Paul a little of the strong stuff might ease the pain. After the Vat return! :winter

Could be UK here grey and damp.

A lot of the fields are flooded, I'm guessing that when the snow melted the ground was still frozen and the water had nowhere to go.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on February 28, 2017, 04:31:44 PM

Paul a little of the strong stuff might ease the pain. After the Vat return! :winter



I cannae drink Tod, it just burns my throat  :'(


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on February 28, 2017, 09:26:54 PM
Thanks Paul/Tod,
       Paul, Funny that you should mention sore throats, I had a bit of a one yesterday evening but woke at 7am this morning, unable to swallow. I took a few tablets but they stuck at the top of my throat,,sips of tea and a salt water gargle eventually calmed it down. It is more annoying that serious. I am very aware that sore throats can mean serious ill health and need to be watched. Now Mrs Biff says she has a touch of it. must be carried in the wind whistle. I expect mine to be well gone tomorrow. The last of the visitors are heading off tomorrow.
                                                                             Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 01, 2017, 09:46:06 AM
Beautiful clear blue sky,
                      No wind, out with the hounds and the birdsong is deafening, Our feral cats have multiplied or else the locals have moved in here to stay. We have a great selection of different shapes and sizes. I suspect they are concentrating their efforts on the birds. Incredible. It is the first of March, Diesel will be 7yrs old in 3 weeks time. That is rather unfair. He has grown into a dignified and rather sensible old chap,, well he was always that.
 The last of the visitors take to the roads across Europe today. I got the news first hand. block99 which is part of Houston and only opened up some 24 months ago is already completed and the house buyers are mostly Middle eastern clients.. which does not quite tie in with what we hear on the news. Then, eastern Europe has become a financial melting pot for Expats. The battles for the hearts and minds of the former soviet states is being fought at boardroom level. The west controls the job markets because only their countries have the necessary cash to bankroll factories and find the waiting market, A bit like Ukraine, only now the locals kind of know what is coming and resent the outside powers being welded over them. The people live in high rise concrete sweat cells..They are skin and bone and do not seem to mind the frequent -20s. it is only when one has to communicate with them that one realises how the traffickers get established in business. The women are exceedingly good looking and are looked upon as a commodity. And we thought we had left all this behind,? The expats live in gated communities with tight security.
And the news with me,,Well old Mrs Boyle,fell over and skinned her knee,she was prevented from drawing her pension being whisked away at top speed to the clinic 100mtrs away,,She claimed they were trying to prevent her from drawing her few euros because our prime minister, Enda, needed the last few bob in the country to impress Donald in New York on the 17th of March.. She could be right.j
                                                                    Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 02, 2017, 11:16:54 AM
Its quiet here now,
                   The clocks ticks, The wind blows, The hounds are listening to Mrs Biff,s car heading up the driveway,off to town, Soon they will be fast asleep,snoring gently and maybe doing a bit of hunting.
The visitors are all gone,txt come in from different countries and soon they will be limited to maybe once a week. Goodbyes are difficult and can be final but humor is a saving grace.
Skype is fine for touring their latest houses or belting along the freeway on the dash cam but the house is so empty when it switches off. You could be sitting on Mars for all the difference. Still , I must not complain, I am one of the very lucky ones. They traveled thousands of miles to sing happy birthday.
Yesterday was a busy one. My eyesight is a lot better than previously though so I am OK for that . To be honest, I thought that all I had to do was turn up for the interview, say hello, accept my new free licence and say goodbye..and it is a bit degrading to be told,,"sorry we need a report on your eyesight and general health to be signed by qualified consultants and your family doctor". Well I never,!
But Mrs Biff says it is a blessing in disguise and she is right as usual..
       I can see a slight sea fog above the breakers and the sun trying to break through, The hounds await, I saunter forth,
                                                   Biff
                 


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 03, 2017, 09:13:47 AM
Out with the hounds was nice and dry underfoot,
                                          Last night was bitter cold, not freezing that i could see but just very cold. Rads warm and little stove doing its best. The wind blows steady from the east and our turbine does its thing rather well. I just checked the chart, it was -8 last night, I suspect that the nice dry street is still frozen solid without appearing to be wackoold. freeeze.
                                  Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 05, 2017, 09:26:28 AM
 Sunday Morn and all is well in the town of Tell,
                             A watery sun paints the bog back to life once again,Getting stronger by the minute, the colors more vivid, the blues and brown in different hues set against the brittle yellow grass.
 The sea heaves and rolls in the distance, a dark blurry blue,touching a pale grey misty sky, The hounds like this weather, There is joy in their stride, They no more like the muck and clabber than we do.
They pick their way carefully through the mud and stroll in the grass for a few moments before coming back inside.
 Miles away .across the border, They talk about the poisonous politics, Maybe if they can see it for what it is,they might just try a little goodwill for a change. If ever we Irish had a gift, it is the ability to laugh at ourselves, even in our direst moments and hopefully that will rise to the surface and calm the troubles waters.
 The hounds bump my chair,,The are patient ,,but Breakfast please.
                                                                      Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: DaveF on March 06, 2017, 02:40:00 PM
Quote
Well old Mrs Boyle,fell over and skinned her knee,she was prevented from drawing her pension being whisked away at top speed to the clinic 100mtrs away,,She claimed they were trying to prevent her from drawing her few euros because our prime minister, Enda, needed the last few bob in the country to impress Donald in New York on the 17th of March.. She could be right.

Well Biff-I think Enda has nothing to fear from Trump. Mr. Trump has just got the wrong map out and planned his visit to Ireland to land on the wrong side of the border.

You see, Mr Trump has heard tales of people with dubious hair cuts remaining in power after an election despite scandal and no one really liking them. I think he may be off to Stormont to seek advise and start planning for re-election. Either that, or he will no doubt be acting as a special adviser on matters relating to renewables.

Regards,

DaveF


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on March 06, 2017, 03:22:05 PM
Batten down the hatches chaps. Just had a phone call from a friend in Finistere worse storm in 17 years.190 kmh 120 mph winds loads of trees down trucks over turned, roofs being blown off.
Get your turbines down.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 06, 2017, 05:54:15 PM
Just has a peep at the charts Tod,
              It will be bad enough around 6pm but only last for a few hours. We get another visit from the west on Wednesday,
 Lordy Dave,,,,,,we have bother enough without throwing Trump into the mix. Just imagine him making a speech in Stormont and getting on the wrong side of everybody,which is normally quite easy to do.
Funny enough, He would more than likely bring them all together for the first time as they all chase him down the road, shouting after him,,
 "Go away yee auld ejit and let us fight in peace."
                                     Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: DaveF on March 07, 2017, 08:56:03 AM
Well Biff, we can only hope that like Bill, Donald can but inspire our politicians to work together!

Now Foster v Trump-there's a celebrity boxing match that would draw them in.

Donald would stand back, telling the arena of how good he was in previous battles, letting us know his skills, his tactics, reminding us that if it came down to a judges decision that the judges were biased and he wouldn't accept their call.

Arlene would say little-she would stand there waiting for the bell-eyes narrow, jaw stuck forward in stern defiance until 'ding' she would come out of her corner, like a cross between a bull dog and a potato digger during a dry week in october-arms flailing, dust flying, moving on relentless! Donald would vault the top rope and flee to Airforce One and never come back knowing that actions speak louder than words. Sadly-Arlene has still to learn this simple truth.......

Regards,

DaveF


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 07, 2017, 09:36:16 AM
There is hope Dave,
                They are still talking about talks and the lure of the steady money must be hard for them to ignore.
One thing that I learned about politicians is, They are never quite exactly what they seem to be.
 Hopefully they will work out some deal and get back to doing their jobs.
Many years ago, There was a NI comedian call James Young. He had his spot at prime time tv around 8pm.
He did little acts like dressing up as an old woman and sitting on her own by the big open fire and talking about the old days.
About the neighbors, About the young one having to get married in a hurry, About yer man running off with the maid.
And he took pot shots at the politicians. , both sides, which was not at all wise
In real life he was a complicated character but on the stage and on the telly he was funny, very funny.
I remember walking into the sitting room and looking across at my old Mam and wondering why she was crying and the old man the same,
They could not explain but on the telly was this guy Young,dressed up as an old woman by the big open fire, talking about woman troubles,
He could put tears in their eyes with the laughing and tears in their eyes with sadness. He must have been pretty good. He was.
Maybe some day another James Young will walk the boards and feel free to take the Michael out of everyone. It is good for us.
                                   Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: DaveF on March 10, 2017, 12:18:53 PM
Aye Biff,

I've seen many recordings of 'Our Jimmy' and he had a knack of adding finding the funny bone in all who watched.

But then-we have a special skill in this part of the world that other people seem devoid of-we like to laugh at ourselves.

Regards,

DaveF


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 12, 2017, 09:36:08 AM
The watery sun grows stronger by the minute,
             The hounds were happy this morning. Our feral cats are still cris crossing the site and leaving scents to entertain them.There is both good wind and sunshine as I type. March is our month. The solar output gets strong enough to keep the house warm. Maybe not quite ready to show heat in the rads but there is no chill in the air inside.Both our tanks are toast roasty and within the week maybe 2, the heat will return to the rads around 2pm. We did not need to fire up the stove yesterday, the first time for a good 4 months, I will also take our bank charger into the shed, give it some TLC and store it under wraps to till winter.I might be moving a little too soon but past experiences have shown that Mid March seems to be the turning point in this neck of the woods.
                                                               Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on March 12, 2017, 09:58:08 AM
been really wet and windy here of late, then friday night it changed and sun came out, yesterday was forecast 20* sun was hot, wife got sun burn whilst we took opportunity to clear yard and maybe prepare veg garden, not done that in 4 years as no time, going to pull back weeds with digger then get the neighbor to plow and fine it.

but this morning, grey and mizzy drizzle, but sun is said to return tomorrow for 10 days and some winds forecast, we will see.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 13, 2017, 10:48:28 AM
Lovely sunshine at 7.30am,
                  Yet driving into town I met the traffic with all it,s headlights on, must be fog or smoke but nothing that I could see.There is a decent wind from the N,west and out tanks have been heated since 8am,Maybe today the rads will get warm. As I look out the window, I can see a heavy bank of fog rolling in from the sea. It is about 3 crow miles away and heading this way. This is the time of year that they set fire to the gorse, so it is more than likely smoke. There will be trouble of this.
                                                     Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 14, 2017, 09:46:18 AM
Yesterday stayed sunny and dry,
                           We took to the road at 11.30, Through Donegal and south by Benbulbin near where Yeats sleeps in Drumcliff,then on to Sligo. Sligo is a town of banks, insurance companies and very heavy smokers who jam the busy streets to puff their lungs out, Yeats is a big thing in Sligo. Even the cafe where we stopped in for a break sported some Yeats connection. Either yeats spent all his time going from house to house to drink modern coffee or there are a lot of very polished shanachies about. Our coffee was dead and cold and the fare was best left where it was. Up on the wall behind the food counter was a quote from the great man himself, "I WILL ARISE NOW AND GO  ....."I would have loved to have wrote underneath it "and I,ll not be back" Every other male over 50 sported a ponytail and a goatee.They must be big into art. Visiting a bank meant going through a security airlock. Getting trapped between two sets of doors to face a camera and push a button if you could find the right one. So it looks like there are other kinds of artists as well.
Then there are medical consultants who set up shop, in little ally ways, paying low rent and charging high fees. So Sligo has it all. It is a kind of civilisation hub. The river smells. In fact the town smells of old damp building. I tried not to look at the Glass House, I have had enough of childish arrogant architects to last me several lifetimes. The builders in Sligo seem to have had the whole show to themselves and it shows..There is neither rhyme nor reason. Shops are flung up with fancy fronts and tin roofs next to old carefully constructed stone buildings.  Then the Yeats tourists center sits by the bridge and is home to the oldest potty that I have seen for a long time. I looked for Crappers name on the pan. I need to be careful here,,It could well be a Chinese import.
 And still the sun shone bright and folks went hurriedly about their business ways. There is money in Sligo, well i guess, maybe, it could be a step up from Cold Mountain in Dunmanaway.Just maybe.
The road up and the road down was littered with speed traps so i kept the little Kia under 100kms but the catch is, they lie in wait after the 60km and 50 kms signs as you enter the villages. There is money in speed traps. The babies were glad to see us. Like me they enjoyed the stiff dander and shook away the cobwebs to return for chow. It was good to get back.
                                                                           Biff
   


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on March 14, 2017, 05:39:22 PM
I tried not to look at the Glass House, I have had enough of childish arrogant architects to last me several lifetimes.
                                                                           Biff
    

I feel for you Biff, I've had enough of them too and I know nowt about the building trade. Some of my mates who worked on my house were working on an architects house around the same time and were mightily p155ed off with him. All queer angles so when the digger driver was doing the founds he felt sea sick. No skirting boards and a squint modern extention onto an old stone house so the chippy was going off his head.  banghead:  banghead:

Real 'controller busting' weather here Biff, loads of sun, edge of cloud effect, cold panels, full gale and more. Lots of hydro from yesterdays pishing rain and the wife away shopping for the day, so no washing or ironing, gonna be interesting to see what sort of temperature the TS is at.

Paul


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on March 14, 2017, 06:49:06 PM
we did some work on the gerkin in london, the waste of carpet was out of this world, everything about it is daft and not ecco, but they say it is.

speed cameras, be glad you dont live here, they are set at 1km above limit!! but on a positive only one penalty point, you only get 6 for having a drink! and after two drinks you can still drive a "car without licence" little things with 1 or 2 cylinder engines.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on March 14, 2017, 09:03:21 PM
Aye Steve, we have an 'award winning' and 'eco friendly' village hall here,

(https://www.dualchas.com/slideshow_imgs/thumb/raasay-1~0.jpg)

they took a perfectly good steel framed, insulated and steel clad building then drilled holes in it to fasten all that Siberian larch. You can imagine what that's going to be like when all fastners corrode, come loose and leak. Tis not even ten years old and all the sliding windows are fecked, best quote so far to repair/replace is £22K. Who in their right mind puts that much moveable glass on a building with very little between it and America  banghead: Some clown decided to build it on solid rock and got the 'levels' 900mm out.

(https://lifeattheendoftheroad.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/06032007022.jpg)

My mate wore out six pecker bits digging it out and another mate had to move it about half a mile.

(https://lifeattheendoftheroad.files.wordpress.com/2008/05/100508-006-small.jpg)

(https://lifeattheendoftheroad.files.wordpress.com/2008/05/100508-007-small.jpg?w=300&h=225)

 banghead:  banghead:  banghead:

A similar community employed a sane architect to build this much nicer and far cheaper hall on another island for a fraction of the cost.

(https://kdltbuildingservices.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/muck-village-hall1.jpg)

Of course it never won any awards but the windows don't leak the solar HW is great and it blends in great with the nearby croft houses and tin barns  ;D

Cheers, Paul


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: supremetwo on March 15, 2017, 01:17:12 AM
And as for the EU:- that new building of theirs must win any world-wide competition for waste-of space.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on March 15, 2017, 06:50:36 AM
Looks like another hard day ahead for the controllers today here. Yesterday would have seen us generating 102kWh had I not turned one hydro nozzle off. As it was we made 92kWh, 58 from wind, 24 water and 10 from the PV. The solar hot water didn't do great at only 5kWh but I guess that was cos the 1500lt tank was so hot. Sensors at four positions reading 80, 70, 70, and the one at the bottom 40, probably cos the UFH was on when I goy home.

Thick grey cloud and just a gentle breeze just now but alegedly that's about to change  :crossed

Cheers, Paul


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on March 15, 2017, 09:11:36 AM
it seems a case of the kings new clothes, that eu building not only looks awful but what a waste and for what?
lots of people claim to be eco, but look at bigger picture is needed.
i used to refurbish and repair all electronic goods, TV's, videos, fridges microwaves etc. yes all new ones use less power, but get thrown away or replaced for a newer looking one.

promised sun for today, they lied, i have started trenching for the 3kw tilting solar aray, was hoping to get posts in and concreted but trailer full of junk and tip closed till 1400, so no stone and rain now due pm.....
had to import all my unistrut last week as they dont sell it here, or i cant find it.

steve


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 15, 2017, 09:43:41 AM
(https://s22.postimg.org/lumt920bh/DSCF0693.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/lumt920bh/)
  Still, You have to work hard to beat "Our Boys"., The entrance to the above is to the right (The front)under the large overhang and is 3 stories of glass sheets covered by external, lateral steel beams coated in red paint. I will take a pic and post it next time I am in Aldi. It is actually a Credit Union of Ireland office, an organisation which i have good time for. An organisation,of which one of my uncles was a founder member and traveled the world giving lectures on. An organisation that combats poverty and breaks the hold of the loan sharks and pawn shops. He was a POW for 4 years and knew poverty very well, If he were alive now .............. Still the rooms are square,,There might be a problem hanging the fancy blinds
                                       Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 15, 2017, 09:49:01 AM
We could not ask for more,
                      Tanks full of warm water. Our Turbine has been on max output all night and the same at present.There was decent sunshine up to a few minutes ago but I can see rain approaching.
The grass is starting to fuzz the banks and muddy tracks. It must be quite a bit warmer than usual.
                                                                                        Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 17, 2017, 09:26:09 AM
It blew hard and steady all night,
                               Hard enough to circulate hot the water in the DHW tank, it has eased off slightly with the heavy rain. We did not spend too long outside but still we got drooked.
 I is miserable looking out at everything awash and getting tossed about. The hounds are asleep with their noses under their tails. Their perfect answer to the present weather. and,
 The forecast bodes bad for the next week. a bit of a blow on Saturday and another on Sunday night Monday morning, surrender: Rather unsettled. but,,but  plenty of nice hot water  ;D
                                                                             Biff
 


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 17, 2017, 12:40:42 PM
Oh and i nearly forgot,
                A very happy St Pats to yee all.
                                                 Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on March 17, 2017, 02:04:41 PM
And to you Biff, see All4 is offering all the old father Ted's online at the moment.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 17, 2017, 05:48:39 PM
Ah Yes Ted,  I mean Tod,,
                It goes a kind of mad here on St Pats but this weather guarantees to put the damper on the outside activity. My Daughter was on the telly this morning singing in the Pro Cathedral this morning for the president himself. her second time to do so. All very serious stuff on one hand and all very mad stuff on the other. I have not left the house all day and don,t intend to go on the road till tomorrow afternoon.
Pouring rain here,foggy, Heavy, wet misty rain blowing  in from the sea. Our brave daffies are getting hammered. It is tough being a daffie in this neck of the woods.
                                                                          Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 17, 2017, 06:56:02 PM
Andy,
     The whole weather charts are changing very rapidly,
       It looks like you have a force 8 blowing in from the Irish sea right now, It stays rough tomorrow Saturday, You get a rest on Sunday evening both sides of 6pm, then it s back again bad on Monday and worse on Tuesday with the red touching next to you.. We are getting it as well, Raasay gets a good shot but not prolonged like you.
                                                     Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on March 17, 2017, 07:28:37 PM
Thursday it was 24* here, i was in shorts!! tonight freezing cold got fire on.
mad!!!
mind you, my eldest 16 birthday today, 16 years ago yesterday weather was fine, i was woken up in night to be told to go to hospital sharpish, got outside and thick snow, so maybe not as mad as i was thinking.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: offthegridandy on March 17, 2017, 08:10:34 PM
Hi Biff and thanks for info.   I've got the turbine down now.  I've just had the use of a vintage cherry picker so I went up to the top and dismantled the gear and lowered all to the ground.  As suspected the main gearing is rumbling so I' ll be of the mast for a bit.  I'll load a piccy or 2 shortly.

Cheers

Andy


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on March 17, 2017, 10:19:39 PM
  I'll load a piccy or 2 shortly.

Cheers

Andy

Can't wait.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Scruff on March 17, 2017, 10:56:06 PM
(http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/attachment.php?attachmentid=412144&stc=1&d=1489787655)

Nature claimed a skylight!


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on March 18, 2017, 06:58:43 AM
Thought Spring was springing, sun out, converted ebike out on trial, crocus out in the garden. Today the snow is back  horror:
Bah humbug!!


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 18, 2017, 09:22:49 AM
Aweeee Tod,
          Show us pickie please,? You need a good dry clear road for testing your bike obviously. Mine is not glaringly powerful at all but it bowls me along discreetly and encourages me to pedal greater distances,especially if keep the battery switched off,I can rest assured that it will haul me home if I get fed up pedaling.
Andy, The red seems to have disappeared but you still get very strong wind, like this morning every morning until Tuesday midday.
Paul, You get a fair old shot of wind around 9am on Monday morning, lasting for a few hours, maybe you will miss it.
We get the usual with the red just 30 mile off our coast,heading for Scotland and Raasay,midnight Sunday.
It is all very changeable this time, one would think ,that with the steady strong wind that we have been having now for the past 4 days,that the whole system would be a bit more predictable than usual but the opposite is the case.
 For all the wind and the rain and the time of year, It is quite warm,even the rain is warm. the hounds look spotless,they are getting washed down more than twice a day and then toweled dry. At least there is good power in our turbine to drive the washing machine every day.Yesterday we had piping hot water circulating in the DHWT again. It only needs a small fire in the stove to trigger the C/H pump, the system is already full of hot water.
Still, iI would rather a bit o sunshine for our danders than having to race about and hurry back inside drooked..Roll on the Easter Bunny and the good weather.
                   Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on March 18, 2017, 10:24:44 AM
just nipped out Biff still snowing


(https://s12.postimg.org/p6xbzag7d/IMG_20170318_101616075.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/p6xbzag7d/)

Motor is 250watts front wheel
battery off and charging at the moment is 36Volt 13AH.

400 GBP plus 25GBP delivery to Sweden way cheaper than anything here.

A big present to me ;D ;D

Pretty straightforward fit, originally intended to fit the battery on the horizontal tube for balance ended up buying a rack and mounting it behind the saddle.

Points to note, refitted the brakes and did a hand test in the garage, hmmm the pads were 15 years since last used. It is fair to say some deterioration has occurred on the hill going down to the town they were more an offer to negotiate rather than serious stopping power. Visions of Knighty flashed through my mind! Lesson learned no harm done.

So far very impressed on lowest power makes the hill going home a doddle, and really takes the stress off dodgy knee. After the cold lovely to get out on the bike again.

Will now replace the brake pads and clean the gears.  I had to admit looking on youtube to change the tire. In France the local bike shop used to charge 50 cents to fit a new tyre so when required used to drop the bike do the shopping and then pick it up job done.

On a completely different subject all the birds disappeared from the fat balls and bird table sorry for the rotten picture.


(https://s9.postimg.org/wghheqah7/IMG_20170227_075332035.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/wghheqah7/)

We have the arrival of geese and swans and have spotted a couple of cranes. Next week plan to visit near the Baltic coast where 4000 cranes come annually to a small lake. The lawn is yellow from the cold, and white this morning from snow, the temperature goes up again next week.  :crossed








Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 18, 2017, 11:57:17 AM
Well done Tod,
           You would not know that it was an Ebike. Looks a nice neat job..
 I get a really good performance out of my 26volt x 10.5ah battery. I have never ever flattened it,
 So you should do really well with that set-up. Kinghty,s bike must be real animal,
                                                Biff
 I am no expert but I think that is a Kestrel. You will not get many little birds about while he/she is hanging around.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 18, 2017, 09:55:37 PM
We are in the middle of another storm.
                            The charts on Wednesday were spot on. The guys who changed it yesterday must have been on the beer for St Pats. Our controller in the hall is clocking 140/41vdc which is quite high, The DHWT is circulating down into the solar coil. I allowed the stove to almost go out and then topped it up and shut it right down. It is roaring out there. So I recon Andy is getting it as well.
  England went down in Dublin today,,it is a horrible game.There must be an easier way. Do they really have to try and break each other backs,? Bill Beaumont paid a terrible price and there are many like him. At least in the ring, you know exactly who is gunning for you and there is a ref standing there watching closely. With Rugby, you can be targeted and carried off and everyone will say," he did not really mean it",,"it was a spur of the moment thing " Johnny Wilkinson used to get terrible injuries and Sexton was targeted today. It is all part of the game. There must be a better way. Sadly, it is the same in a lot of modern sports. Even our national Gaelic football game, it has become so violent that quite often inter county games end up in riots.
           I just read my own dirge and I sound so old futtery foggie like,,I probably am,,,I have arrived. Crikey....I even moan about the weather...Help! help: help:
                                                                        Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on March 19, 2017, 04:08:49 PM
(https://s10.postimg.org/enfnk7491/P1090315.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/enfnk7491/)

better picture of the same bird that scared the tits away

Just went to look at the start of the migrating cranes



(https://s14.postimg.org/oeh99f9e5/P1090317.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/oeh99f9e5/)


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on March 19, 2017, 04:28:55 PM
Looks like a sparrowhawk Tod, fast as feck and often flies straight through small gaps in fences in a dipping flight, tucking its wings in at the last moment, very impressive.

(https://lifeattheendoftheroad.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/230409-037-small.jpg)

Carp picture but that's one eating a pigeon in the garden.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on March 19, 2017, 05:28:20 PM
Thanks Paul and Biff,
Trying to master the camera on the phone, not even used to carrying a phone, Mrs T thinks it a good idea, if out alone, since I told her same thing. Comes round to bite you on the bum!!  It is normally used to listen to radio 4 via the internet. Ho hum.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on March 20, 2017, 02:27:53 PM
Biff, do recharge your electric steed after every decent ride or let it get get low and then recharge? facepalm
What is the best for prolonging battery life.
Just been out to sort the brakes and give the gears a clean, ashamed to say this was my old bike from the UK amazed at the crud I cleaned off!
It snowed again last night but all gone with a bit of sun this morning the days are really getting longer now and really looking forward to seeing green leaves again.



Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 20, 2017, 06:39:33 PM
Hi Tod,
   
   I wait till it is down to the second light and then Charge it.The battery in my first one was li-po and I thought it was a perfect battery when I sold it. the buyer was really pleased with it. My new one has the same battery. It will sit for 6 months and I can hop on and go to town and back 5mile and the 3 lights saying full will still be lit.
Your battery might me Li-on and maybe have different characteristics  but if you are not sure ,It might be better to google it and see.
I was told that it was not a good idea to keep charging the battery full all the time, So i would do maybe 5 trips to the village and even then maybe not charge it until just before i go to use it. The battery in my old bike is still going strong and it must be 9 years old, It was supposed to be 5 years old when I bough it.The guy who sold it to me said it might need a new battery, I ordered a battery for it, meanwhile, opened the old one and discovered a wired had disconnected and repaired it,,There was no difference between it and the new one, so I used the old one all the time and the new one sat on the shelf,where it sits at present ;D a spare for my new bike, (santa)
  The trip to the village is just under 3 mile, I freewheel the first mile and then pedal with the motor along the river, The return journey has about 1.6 mile assisted pedaling and then gently uphill assited pedaling the remaining mile.I could do that journey 5 times before the first light would go out, so maybe I am pedaling more than I think..The Ebike is simply a terrific idea. You would be surprised at the power in the little 250watt motor once you get going.
           I hope this helps,
                                  Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on March 20, 2017, 09:32:13 PM
Biff you are a 🌟 star thank you very much. Only tried the trip to the village once powered up an absolute doddle, on lowest power the long drag uphill not steep but long steady incline is a pleasure not a chore, Still feel I am getting good exercise but no knee pain. This is not to say that the excess pounds put on through winter could not do with shifting, sideways in the mirror is not a pretty sight!
A well deserved win by Ireland by the way, have to say I think that I've enjoyed Scotland play the most. More invention less the clash of over muscled giants.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 21, 2017, 09:07:06 AM
Glad to help Tod,
             Once the snow clears away and the good spring weather comes along, you will love that Ebike.
  We woke to snow thing morning and it is snowing at present. Last night was bitter cold outside but the constant strong wind did us proud and took the bottom lift out of the central heating demand. The first full firebox and the rads were toasty roasty. It was freezing hard down south last night and we were sent pics of shine roads coated in black ice.
                                                       Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 21, 2017, 12:28:15 PM
And then it was time to drive into town,
                           
(https://s21.postimg.org/bivcc8mlv/004.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/bivcc8mlv/) This took some believing. There was water running down the bray at 8.30am and then it really started snowing but thinks I, It could not possibly create a problem but it did,

(https://s23.postimg.org/3wgjobtdj/002.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/3wgjobtdj/) So The mums and dads had to leave their transport at the bottom of the bray and walk the 600 yds to the school and yet I wondered, The little man in the white Partner kind of panicked and ever time he began to spin he floored the trottle,so he created black diesel smoke and blue tyre smoke till eventually the pusher took the van off him and drove it up the hill. You can see the tracks where the other neighbours overtook him and carried on. It seems this fall of snow was limited to just our area, The other side of the mountaiin was in bright clear sunshine and nice dry roads.
That corner above is quite famous. The young boy racers used it to set the drifting suspension on their cars. I used to fiind cars in the bog every weekend, On their roof, On their side, Some were unrecognisable but apparently no one got carted away.One young hero had a Micra and he flew down the hill, Instead of going right around the corner, he launched himself and 4 other straight out into the bog and landed rubber side down,a good 30ft out  The little car seemed ok  looking at it from the road and they all got out and ran away home to think of a story to tell the Gardai. The Micra was actually a write off, Underneath the whole suspension was ripped to bits and then they finished it off trying to pull it out if the bog with a tractor :hysteria. I saw no evil, heard no evil and spoke no evil. They all grew up and grew sensible and quietness returned to that corner.




Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on March 21, 2017, 12:40:06 PM
Golly gosh Biff  :o

cold here right enough but nothing like that, sat in the warmth here doing me VAT return  ;D Good gale of eqinoctal wind outside right enough, charge controllers set to EQ and batteries fizzing away at 61.4V.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on March 21, 2017, 03:01:33 PM
was freezing here yesterday in the strong wind, but today not a breath, quick april shower at midday now the sun is out and warm with it, building a new shed to go with the tilting solar array, two uprights in, final one in by weekend is plan, parts for frame either here or in transit, panels i can collect Monday or pay €145 delivery which is fine as 6 hour round trip, but pulling teeth to get them delivered at the mo, going for the 270w Bosch panels, 12 spread across two new morning star mppt60s which have been here since before christmas, get them generating, get current array down and roof fixed and put them back up at a more steep angle.

right back out to enjoy the sun

steve


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 21, 2017, 07:01:59 PM
It is for freezing tonight,
                       The snow is gone from down here apart from some drifts in the fields but up on the mountain roads, the slush is quite deep along the verge and will prevent the water from escaping to the drains, So driving will be tricky. Our fruit trees are budding, so they are going to suffer.
                                             Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on March 21, 2017, 07:10:59 PM
just checked our forecast and tomorrow rain all day so no concreting, then two more days of rain then sun for  4 days, but who knows, play it by ear, couldn't believe listening to uk radio this morning the snow on traffic reports!

ideas for brackets for pv on unistrut? seen the buy price and was horrified, make my own seems best bet?

steve


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 21, 2017, 07:24:22 PM
I made all mine a few years back,
                                     I used scaffold pole for the main structure and made very strong clamps out of half swivel clips.
  It is very easy to work with and very strong.
                                                  Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Fionn on March 21, 2017, 07:37:25 PM
Just use regular brackets with unistrut nuts instead, all my panels are mounted like that.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on March 22, 2017, 06:37:24 AM
Build the ground mount out of square steel from the local farming shop, bolted  together, then bolted rails as cross sections  to lock everything together, then bolted on the panels. This was based on Doug's  ground mount.

http://www.builditsolar.com/Projects/PV/DougEnphase/DougEnphase.htm

I would have used scaffolding poles but could not find any in Finistere.



Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 22, 2017, 10:46:22 AM
Strewth,! She cried,
                  16,000 homes are without power down south in Kildare. Freezing fog has collapsed the power lines with the weight of the ice :o :o :o.
 I SAY,!! Up Here we are basking in Alpine conditions,,bright sunshine with the slightest glaze of ice on the still water.Our tanks are already toasty roasty and it is only 10.15am. The ice cool air adds an extra 10% to the charge. Today could be the day that the Rads get hand warm  exhappy:.
                                                                   Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Fionn on March 22, 2017, 10:52:57 AM
                  16,000 homes are without power down south in Kildare.
                                       
Hi Biff,
Where did you hear this? Nothing on the ESB system about it.
Fionn.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 22, 2017, 11:35:33 AM
  Hi Fionn,
   This morning,s news on RT1 
                         Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: Fionn on March 22, 2017, 11:37:53 AM
Spot on, saw it online afterwards. Seeing the impact now all right!


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 25, 2017, 09:14:42 AM
We lost a few nice flowers of our shrubs and bushes ,to the frost
                                      The temperature dropped below freezing three nights in a row but yesterday the cherry trees and our plum trees started budding and hopefully they are not affected.
Yet, such weather, ! absolutely beautiful, clear blue skies and brilliant sunshine. My repaired grassy banks are covered in new grass. I have been busy cutting up firewood, my new towbar has seen some action and over the summer I intend to make use of it back and forth to the timber pile. I have decided to give the chipboard and MDF a miss because of the toxic gasses but I have ample access to the very best of free timber.
   Sadly, I knackered two circular saws. I had a sweet little set up where I had pallets on a stack and was running the blade back and forth cutting the tripe out of them and bagging the proceeds. It went quite well until i started on a fresh stack and suddenly No1 saw was laboring after cutting through the thin 20mm timbers. I kept at it for about 30 minutes and but the evil smoke started pouring out the rear of the motor..I checked the power supply but everything was in order. So i whipped out the 1kw version and got going again and 30 minutes later the same thing happened. More smoke.
 I was almost finished anyhow (dear wood) and I decided to split some of the thin pallet pieces for kindling. I normally use a small hatchet and set up a heavy log and a bag to catch the bits.. I discovered that the hatchet could barely track the end grain. I had to hit it really hard and then it flew everywhere..I had been cutting Oak. No wonder the saws packet up.
 Such is life,2 steps forward for 3 back..
                                    Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on March 25, 2017, 06:38:22 PM
biff is it just the brushes or something more terminal?
glorious day here sun blue sky and wind, power!
your suggestion about swivalls was great, i was going to do it and then found some other things i am going to try out, they arrived today, but some bits wrong, but they have accepted problem and are posting out monday.
all concreting done, 3.5m scaffold poles buried in concrete so 1.7m above ground, will have a 6m scaff pole across the top of the 3 uprights, then the unistrut will be attached, i can then tilt the whole thing on its balance point, hopefully, will do some pics and thread, in case it works or in case it doesnt, save someone the trouble of trying it

steve 


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 25, 2017, 09:29:37 PM
Hi Steve,
         I don,t know if it is just the brushes or not. I let them cool down and then started them again. They run but they smoke and they don,t have a lot of power/
 I just did not have the time to open one up and have a look but I will get around to it. Both are still running but smoking. The small 500watt one was very good and I cut loads of wood with it,,even went through big 2" worktops. Was a handy little thing. (Aldi ;D)
 Fantastic day here.
                                                                      Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on March 26, 2017, 10:47:55 AM
morning, after a long hard day yesterday, woken today to warm but cloudy weather, sunday rules here are no noise after midday, with clock change and up late may get little done today.
company with my new pv still not got quote for delivery sorted, i want them up!
got a new home for the big dog so the barn can be demolished and new power station extension go up, may start moving our old home out of the barn.

if you use them and they are still smoking they may never recover, give the com a light cleanup they may well work like new again.
sometimes cheep tools are the best, become disposable in a good way, building here has killed more power tools than i care to remember, quality ones and cheep ones seem to last no longer when stone house is involved. blue bocsh grinders, toast, green bocsh toast, own brand toast but same life span as the others at 1/4 of the cost, and had more hassle exchanging branded under warranty than own brand.

did you get the frost they forecast for you on uk tv last night?

steve


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on March 26, 2017, 12:17:44 PM
Always wake up a little out of kilter after the hour change. Just grumpy and a ride into town on the  ebike sorts that . Mrs T who insists that she is young and fit  and under no circumstances wants a motor on her bike facepalm puts all the shopping into my bags sensible girl and then wants a shoulder pull up the hill  hummmmm.  We have a cloudless blue sky and 12 degrees it feels very comfortable in the sun. Still minus 6 last night.  Strange thing a dozen or more dead toads on the path through the woods walking Elliott this morning. I think that maybe the warm sun during the day is tempting them out of hibernation and then when the sun sets and the temperature drops it does for them. Any thoughts?
A big surprise saw my first live  wild  pigs, and even more of a surprise the mother was huge and black only saw the rear end disappearing at speed and five young young that were black and pink quite small 10-15 kg i would guess. Fortunately Elliott was on his extended lead but nearly pulled my shoulder off in excitement. Strange he was very wary of the pigs we had in France. Lovely to see. Talking of courageous dogs, the linen basket in the loo banged shut and he leaped from his basket onto my lap!

Steve I would echo you experiences, cheap electric tools Lidl ,mainly, seemed to last just as long as expensive ones. Again exchange under warranty was easy as opposed to trying to claim from a French proper diy shop.

Are you buying your PV in France?
I used anyan a couple of times for transport between UK and Brittany.





Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 26, 2017, 01:18:32 PM
Mummy,s day here,
 Yes we had a light frost last night again but not too serious this time
                Loadsa flowers in the house but none of them mine, however I redeemed myself by stopping at the shop and buying her a Magnum on the way home from the bottle bank. No,,Non,,Nein,,not a Magum of wine but a chocky one, So I was a serious citizen ,putting the cans to the right and the bottles to the left while the holy ones kneeled and prayed their hearts out in Church. The roads are full of loony cyclists who wobble all over the road talking on their phones and telling jokes. They travel 100s of miles to hire our bikes for the weekends and then they go out and risk their lives doing stupid things that they would never do in the city. Like everyone else here.. I exude love and tolerance and give a limp wristed wave as I crawl slowly by but secretly, I would love to dunt a few of them into the bog, If I could get away with it. You can tell the French ones a mile away, they are gesticulating with both hands of the handlebars,throwing their hands out sideways,deep in debate.We stopped that lark when we turned 10 years old.
 The weather is unhuman,,I know,,the wrong spelling but also the wrong weather, There should be a law against it. We could get used to it and die of a chill when the lot returns to normal.. Remember that old adage,,,, "Nay cast a clout,till May is out"
 The hounds sport and play in the early morning sun. They need to lose weight, The buds are sprouting all over our cherry tree, I burned a lot of ash during the winter months and doused each tree root with copious quantities of the pale looking ashes. It is supposed to be beneficial but we will see. It is time for more Plum Jam. We have a new more powerful microwave now, all we need now are plums.
Loadsa plums some lemon and not too much sugar..Gawwwwwd, I am getting into gear already.
                                                    Biff
 


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: stannn on March 26, 2017, 02:19:44 PM
Mummy,s day here,
The roads are full of loony cyclists who wobble all over the road talking on their phones.
 

I find it the strangest thing to see a horse rider using a mobile phone. :norfolk
Stan


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on March 26, 2017, 05:27:04 PM
yes buying pv in France, 3 hours away but as you know if we see the kids off to school then we will arrive at lunchtime so waste 2 hours and then be late back for kids.
the company advertises delivery over 10 units but seem to prefer collection, 270w bocsh panels €135 each which i think is great but only to trade, so siret number at hand.

the Bricoman own brand seem my choice, no hassle when i kill them, Bocsh to 4 weeks to get taken back, own brand they just swap without question, i am sure it is the stone dust that kills them.

french cyclist Biff, wait till after lunch they will all be tipsy.
funny thing is kids here have to have a walking licence, a bike licence and then moto and then car.
lane control on dual and motorway spot on, but my goodness they are bad at roundabouts, terrible is to light a word.

just had last allowed bonfire of the year, should have done it sooner as it got a bit big.

steve


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on March 26, 2017, 06:08:04 PM
Great price.
Fingers crossed.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 26, 2017, 06:51:27 PM
It was one very nice day here,
                       Glorious sunshine all day long.Our rads still did not get warm, however, the house was warm and cosy with the two tanks full of hot water. The hounds are tired out with all the exercise.
Diesel was 7 years old last Wednesday. He had a special dinner and a hug or two  ;D. He is in excellent nick and is TV mad.especially the dog food adds and the wild life programs.
                                                   Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 29, 2017, 09:56:06 AM
We had a beautiful day yesterday while the rest of the country was awash,
                                                    Today, we are back to normal, Our fruit trees are getting the benefit of the gentle rain, Maybe today we will have the first blossoms on our Plum tree. Last year, around about now, the tree was covered in blossoms but we had a storm that almost whipped the lot away, so maybe this time, the wind will wait till the flowers are gone and the fruit takes a good hold. Like everything else in life, timing is crucial. The visitors who came to our neck of the woods the last week in March 2017 will go home telling everyone that the weather in Donegal is almost tropical. The only things missing are the pineapple and banana trees, Today is quite warm, even if it is spitting a little rain. The hounds pick their way,morose like, round the puddles. They too would rather have the good dry weather.
                 Biff
(https://s18.postimg.org/q3zp79vdh/266.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/q3zp79vdh/)  Signs of good life on our Plum tree yesterday. Everything is a little late in this part of the world but still it is good to see them. It lifts the spirit but it is a horrible sensations to find them scattered all over the ground after a storm.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on March 31, 2017, 12:29:52 PM
 The tide crashed on the rocks,in the distance,
                                       Bands of rain clouds and sunshine fight for space on the patchwork of bog and fallow far below, moving fast pushing each other in their haste,
 Futile governments argue over small print, some cannot see it at all,some refuse to wear glasses and some are reading from different script entirely.
The rocks turn to pebbles, the pebbles to sand and the sand sinks eventually into the trenches in the sea,taking with it layers of debris that will become entombed for thousands of years,
Futile governments pander to spoilt societies,,Societies governed by small print,reading material, a class of thinker somewhat different not better, perhaps dangerous.
The loose rocks cannon and grind down the soft shoreline, depositing its bounty in neat rows of prearranged man made catchment area on the beach
Futile governments grind down their base on the advice of the small print printers/thinkers, they point to the rows of man made select catchment area and smile. There is victory in confusion.
I swam a lake once, a clear water lake upon whose peaty bottom, large tree stumps lived, The summer drought lowered the water level and revealed the true size of these tree stumps,
The tree stumps had been sheered off leaving visible trauma ,a proof of some giant unimaginable force, none other than the ice age. Here they were spaced some 30ft apart in neat rows going
deeper,down into the center of the lake in neat rows, Then the fish farms put their cages above and contaminated the area with tons of fish poo and rotten fish food.
Everything was big back then, those same trees would have been some 300ft high and closely related to the redwoods some 3,000 miles across the sea. Our volcanoes would have flowed from the
Juras across Malin, In my short life, I return on a regular basis to visit the results of the tide on the lava, Even to my untrained eye, the change is dramatic,
 The last thing we need is a god to fight over. Our ancestors built Grainan Aileach, at the neck of Inishowen, some 5,000 years ago. They worshipped the sun.
The last thing we need is politics to fight over, We need to get serious about cutting the carbon footprint. We are all on the same boat/Planet.
We need to start removing plastic from the sea.
Today, the wind blows, the sun shines, There is a tang in the breeze. I am experimenting with sawdust and dog poo,,i don,t want to start talking sh-it,, but apparently 2 to one of dog poo and sawdust is a good combination away from root crops. I will post no pics on this one.
                               Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on April 01, 2017, 07:03:32 AM
Good post Biff puts our lives into perspective!

Mrs T up early to practice on the piano, Elliott straight onto the bed into the warm spot, nose under my ear seeking attention! Trexie is patrolling the exterior of the bed with morning miaws.  No rest for the wicked. Up now first cup of coffee, cat next to me on the table,  Mrs T plonking away with headphones on, I am getting to recognise the music by the tempo of the silent notes. It is a Matt grey day, the forsythia is ready to burst, yesterday was the first day with real warmth, the small pond was alive with mating frogs.

April 1st wondering if the Swedes do April fools, have a great weekend all.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on April 01, 2017, 09:03:37 AM
april the 1st France = Fish of all sorts being used as pranks, normally pictures of stuck to the back.

I have no idea.!!

Biff description of lake sounded lovely, such a shame.
i worry that some may just want the shine of eco, we are such a throw away society.
we have just had new bin system here, never had doorstep collection, used to take stuff to a communal bin, they have now all been moved and one central in local villages, a rfid access card allow the bin to open and measures what you throw away, you get invoiced on volume, so am looking at compactors!


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on April 01, 2017, 09:36:22 AM
Over here,we are into April Fool big time,
                                      Already they have started on the farmers, Apparently the government are now starting a massive investigation into the sexual abuse of cattle and sheep.
 The horrible practice of removing the young Bull,s/Rams testicles is now being classes as a form of sexual abuse and farmers are going to have to face the full force of the law.. This on the radio this morning,,Somehow, This is not a good idea, there might be come poor backward critters living on their own who will take this serious.
 So there was I was walking around the bedroom  with Mrs Biff relating all this news to me and then she said. "Look you got a nasty hole in the back of your trousers"
And of course, there I was standing on my head trying to see where it was in the mirror,,  I know, !!  but it was early for me and my brain does not kick in till I am ready to go back to bed.
Still, It gave her immense satisfaction and a twinkle in her eye.
                                                                     Biff
 


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on April 02, 2017, 10:15:58 AM
A land of sunshine and balmly breezes it is.
                                            There must be some mistake,,some slip in the postcode. Obviously they sent it to the wrong address.
But it is nice. Our Plum tree is lathered in blossoms. Please Sir,., no storms for the next three weeks till the fruit gets a grip. The hounds are cheery in the early morning sun.
The thinking is positive all round. I had put my van trailer on the back burner for some months and now I will get peace to complete it. I will also have loads of power to drive the grinder and the drills.
I note with some sadness that Aldi has got quite a bit dearer with their toys and tools. Today they have a small 300watt inverter for 40euros and a 6watt solar panels for 40euros. and a chargeable ,led powered floodlight for 40euros.. I have used their inverters in the past and sadly they were scrap, 6watt for 40euros is nothing short of robbery these days. I wish I has something nice to say but that is how it is.
            Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on April 11, 2017, 10:38:30 AM
I say, !  Its cold you know,
                         The temperature here went through the floor yesterday evening, We were fooled, once again, into thinking that summer was here to stay. I removed the winter insulation from the north facing windows last week. We wanted to see the garden grow. I sincerely hope that it don,mt drop below freezing for a week or so because our plum tree is covered in the most amazing cloud of blossoms one could pray for. This morning the wind is blowing a steady force 6 at least even though the forecast said a lot less, Our turbine has topped the Bank all night and this morning is heating water.
 The stove is lit for a change. "Nay cast a clout till May is out"  How true.
                                           Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: stannn on April 11, 2017, 10:48:48 AM
"Nay cast a clout till May is out"
Clout (archaic) a piece of cloth or clothing.
Never looked it up before.
Stan


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on April 11, 2017, 11:49:30 AM
I had always thought that a clout was a clod of earth. :crossed

Really though  Don't get rid of your warm clothes until the end of May  says the same thing a different way. tumble:

There again Don't get rid of your warm clothes until the hawthorne is out (May blossom). facepalm

The French say
En avril, ne te découvre pas d'un fil; en mai, fais ce qui te plaît.
In April, do not shed a single thread; in May, do as you please ralph: ??? ??? ???

Glad we cleared that one up freeeze


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on April 11, 2017, 12:54:26 PM
Hi Todd, Stann,

the saying actually means do not cast any clothes until the mayflower is in bloom  ;D

Cheers, Paul


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on April 11, 2017, 08:20:07 PM


There again Don't get rid of your warm clothes until the hawthorne is out (May blossom). facepalm



Talk about 'teaching granny to suck eggs' Tod, missed that bit in your post  facepalm That's what comes of using the Internet on a wee screen in the back of car  ;D

Anyway, home now after a brief 'holiday'  ::) The place is awash, must have been pishing down for days here and quite windy too as I've a 1500lt tank full of water at 80 degrees  :o and not just the top, the whole cylinder from top to bottom!! 176kWh generated in our 4 days away, good to know I can just leave the house empty and it'll 'look after itself'  :crossed



Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on April 15, 2017, 08:43:30 AM
Talk about a 'foul wind', well it's foul here right enough and folks are gonna be pretty miffed if they they've come here for a holiday. Just rushed back inside after a hellish shower of sleat!!! Sure, it's lovely inbetween the blighters but I feel sorry for anyone out hiking or kayaking in this. The mountain opposite me on Skye just turned white  :snow before my eyes. Been great turnip weather right enough and the sun is supposed to be coming out, just wish it would hurry up.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on April 15, 2017, 08:55:26 AM
Just above freezing here. Grey and horrid. freeeze


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on April 15, 2017, 11:14:30 AM
Very cold here,
           Good wind from the North and plenty of sun. Cannot complain but the hounds were not their normal happy selves, just too chilly and draughty. They sport and play in the snow when it is much colder but on a morning like this they just want to either vent their frustrations on the feline population (not a good idea) and scurry back home. We have a terrible problem with cats at the moment.
We have half a dozen toms battling it out for the rights to the martial bed but it is too evenly balanced and taking too long and they are killing each other during the night. The hounds bark and give out. This has been going on now for at least three weeks. Our Blink if fine. She did not stay too long in her new home. Some of the toms come to the front door and sit on the step, annoying the hounds who sit inside looking at the bottom of the door with a puzzled sideways look. If they don,t finish up and go back to where they came from, I am going to have to trap them and take them to the pound. One or two cats is not a problem here, but half a dozen at least, adults, most certainly is. We have never had anything like as many as this before.
 Our Turbine is milling away and this past few months has been excellent turbine weather.
                                                                  Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on April 15, 2017, 11:25:11 AM
Aye Biff, same with the hens, as soon as I let them out they did an 'about turn' and came running back in the hen house. I'm working on drains in the same field as the pigs just now (inbetween ferociuos showers) and they're snuggled up in bed, normally I'd be tripping over them.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on April 16, 2017, 10:32:50 AM
Once again, it is bitter cold,
                         I slept it out this morning and Mrs Biff walked the babies. I am fed the news on my phone. It has quite selective opinions. It is great to be in on everything but far enough away to avoid aftershock,well hopefully the winds will be blowing in the right direction when they start slinging their toys at each other.
It is Easter Sunday, the quietest one I ever knew but again it would look damd odd if Mrs Biff and i were seen searching in the undergrowth for hidden eggs, Instead, peace and tranquility reigns supreme , It,s tea and toast and life giving porridge. Our new microwave makes fantastic porridge, you would think they would all produce the same results, but no. The old one was good but this new one can fluff up the individual oats and leave perfect porridge in 3.33minutes.
 The sky is a bleak unyielding grey but our turbine is busy heating water. Our plum tree seems to have weathered the worst of the winds and the blossoms are dwindling rather than getting ripped off. I simply refuse to count my plums before they are hatched. Our feral cats have the green store wrecked, I claimed it back some time ago for cutting wood in in bad weather but these past weeks it has become a kind of climax point for the local feline fight club and they are sore on the furniture when they get going. They really give one another serious injuries, especially around the eyes and ears. I recon our part of the world will have the greatest number of one eyed cats in Ireland. When they fight on the street or on the lawns,the loser can escape but getting trapped inside the back of the green store means severe punishment for 2nd place.
  I wish you all a happy and content Easter, good grub and pleasant family gatherings.
                                                                 Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on April 16, 2017, 11:13:20 AM
You learn something every day. Eostre has arrived, norse/ germanic goddess of fertility and spring after whom Easter was named. First mentioned by Bede about 700 or so.
Today is a different day, yesterday Elliott and I went for the early morning stroll and got drowned in a horrid mix of sleet and rain.  He insisted on his afternoon walk by which time it had turned into driving snow. The joys of a border collie.  A thin coat of which remains this morning. The cat went out turned and came back in a single movement.  Day over. Get the fire lit NOW! I'm ready to sleep. Tea at 6 please no delay will be tolerated.

It went down to -3 first thing this morning but the sun is out and the wind has gone. The snow is going rapidly. A beautiful winter Spring day.

Have a good day folk.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: eabadger on April 16, 2017, 11:18:52 AM
sun out here today, but cold in wind, i am in shorts and tee shirt, but now pulled a fleece on as well.
happy holiday, what ever it is, we get tomorrow off but friday was business as usual.
sunday noise curfew in a few mins, so will take kids for long walk with dogs and leave the easter bunny to hide eggs.

steve


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on April 17, 2017, 08:49:13 AM
I think this is a hawfinch? Never seen one before.

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Out for the usual walk with Elliott. Mum and a baby
Mum looking worried



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Not worried





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Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on April 17, 2017, 09:29:24 AM
A soft morning here,
                  Damp with heavy dew, Our wind turbine is parked up,resting,pointing east, The light green fuzz has become a patchwork of different greens, not quite the "40 Shades of Green" yet. Soon the old wallsteads will disappear back into the undergrowth for the duration of summer and autumn creating this illusion of empty landscapes. In my conversations with neighbours, they remark that seeing the light return to a home after years of darkness is gladdening to the heart. I guess any light shining through the distant darkness signals a fellow human being within walking distance.
Some five minutes from here, a road branches of left into the bog and climbs straight and narrow for some 2 mile, then at a cross roads just past and unbelievable red brick building, seemingly dropped in the middle of nowhere,swinging right leads still upwards and on for a further twisting,dipping 2 mile through a gate and into a long valley through which a small burn runs with the road running parallel to it.
The valley sides slope gentle to the road and river, tumble down fences stagger down the slopes to right angle to the fence along the road.. Every hundred yards reveals a small bridge across the burn, some have the remains of gates but all have long lonely roads leading up the slopes,half way to homesteads, entangled in sidka,holly and briar, growing unchecked. The last to leave have good slate roofs and the grass in the centre of their lanes still brushes the odd engine sump. None are occupied yet some owners are still alive.Their farms still get the odd visit. The remaining  owners trapped into visiting them and making them secure,fighting a useless battle against nature and the rushes with nature winning each round hands down. It is a fallacy of thinking that every spring that you visit, that you will find things just as they were before. Time move on relentless, The moss creeps steadily up the slates,holding water for the following frost that gently looses the nails, The wind blows in from the Atlantic and the slates spin out into the bog, repairs are pointless the uninhabited house creeps towards wallstead status. If not this year,,then next year or the year after. The house needs the light and the one who walks the floor to turn it on. Steinbeck,s " Grapes Of Wrath" described the remaining farmers dilemma. One or two years looking out their window and seeing their once neighbours farms turning to useless dark hulks was bad for the soul and as they watched the Syndicate moved in and tumbled them,,goring the ground that they stood on till the last ones standing looked out at hell by just another name.
Fortunately, our farmers would never have had to travel South to California to spend their remaining years, living in tents and picking fruit for a pittance. They got to keep their farms but moved into the towns and lived like landed gentry on government pensions and when the relations returns from America,,OZZ or Canada or even England,,they would take the drive to the farm and show the relations the 20 acre Spread, then return to town for a hotel dinner and the drink..The ensuing funeral meant a will and then someone got a farm and farmhouse that needed so much work, they soon forgot about it but when they would retire,,they would "Do the Lot UP",
I have built many houses all over the place. I would like to think that they would never succumb to such betrayal but then that is never a willing choice.
The grass is getting greener and in another few weeks all those old hurts and sores will disappear back in time till next winter,,
                                                       Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: StBarnabas on April 17, 2017, 11:46:15 AM
Yo live in a beautiful part of the world Biff. Did I pass that house last week on the way to Glencolmcille?


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on April 17, 2017, 12:09:24 PM
Hi St,B
      I don,t think so, It is in the opposite direction in the middle of the bluestacks,
This was a valley of at least a dozen such houses all in a line along the side of the valley. Very remote and cut off from everywhere.
I hear stories of a certain community that uped and left Tyrone and settled somewhere in that area..There were only a few hundred of them but their music and language was that bit different. From what I remember being told, It was some time around the early 1800s. I am sure they have been researched and the information is buried away somewhere. Music is a massive thing here. Really big. There is a remote spot in the hills above the Big Glen in Glenties where they gather each year, to celebrate a certain musician, A fiddle player. They come from all over to strand in a semi circle around his monument and play several reels and hornpipes in his honor but in his style (fingerwork). When i say that they come from all over, I mean the Continent, Ozz and America..Bluegrass was very much influenced by his family.
 It is a lovely thing, I know a lot of young serious fiddle players. Box player like me are ten a penny but Fiddle players can move up onto a class of their own..
It is bound to be a good anti-dote to the x-boxs and gaming. Music is the perfect compatible escape.
                                                            Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on April 17, 2017, 01:48:54 PM
Hi Todd,

never seen a hawfinch meself either, we get it's cousing the bullfinch in a couple of weeks, the wee blighter picks all the buds off the hawthorne  ;D Still, he's a lovely looking chap and it's a pleasure to watch him. The old cuckoo can't be far away either, though they joy of hearing him is soon tempered by his incessant calling back to his own echo in the rock ampitheater that is his stage.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on April 17, 2017, 04:07:58 PM
Ah Tod,
      I wish I cold help you with the birds but my knowledge is limited to Brown Birds,,,black birds, bigger black birds,,grey ones and ones with big wings.
 I don,t quite like the look of that chap. He obviously has tried eating a cloth peg and gave up half way through.
 On a more serious note, It must be quite exciting to discover the different animals, especially Halifax and know that the wolves are never far away,
We have a large Hawk hanging around at the moment. Some weeks ago the Magpies were trotting around our street doing a kind of line dancing, picking up bits of sticks, I guess they were getting ready to get married and settle down. Then the Cats arrived and the party really got going, the magpies blew town, either that or they ended up in the feline menu..So between the large Hawk and half a dozen frusty Toms, it kinda got dangerous for the magpies,,which is good because they are a horrible ailment and do nobody any good.
This Hawk has a quite narrow shaped wingspan of about 2ft,(maybe more) He has white.brown mixed underside of the wings(Quite pointy) and brown on top. He/she sits in the middle of the trees until you see him and then he looks awkward trying to get away, drops off the tree and zooms away through the brush, about 4 ft above the bog. I have a strong suspicion that this guy or lass is the culprit that decimated our Two gangs of magpies from 5 years ago. Something does not look right, seeing him sitting on a branch, 30ft up, quite close to the trunk and then having to dodge the branches while making his escape. In another week, the trees will be covered in leaves and then he will be impossible to see.
 My daughters and my X had books on these birds and would get quite excited about them. i wish I had paid closer attention back then.
                                                                   Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on April 18, 2017, 06:55:23 AM
I'm pretty pretty much the same Biff, the LBJ category(  little brown job) covered a multitude of sins!  Now if.I see something odd I try and get  picture and either Google or ask the smart folk on here. A couple of weeks back we had 14 magpies in the garden, never seen so many in one place. Like the Hitchcock film!  There are numerous birds of prey but I don't have the expertise to identify them at a distance. When I was at school they had little spitfires ,. Hurricanes, Messerschmidt  models left over from the war they used to hang them in the pilot's mess to help recognition and they were hanging from our class room ceiling. I could do with the same thing for eagles hawks etc.

There was a lone wolf spotted in the village a couple of years ago, I was told he was a cast out from the pack and looking for a mate. Again I am told that this is very rare where we are. Most are to be found in central Sweden, the reindeer herders in the north have killed most of them in the far north. We will get up there but it is a long way, Stockholm is 5 hours drive north of us and that is only a third of the way!
Really want to see the fjords in Norway a friend tells me that they are unbelievably beautiful but it tends to pall after the first dozen.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on April 18, 2017, 09:09:46 AM
  You have it all ahead of you Tod,
                             Your language skill must be excellent and in time with the improving weather, you will be able to explore. It is years since my eldest daughter used to go to Sweden to visit a best friend whose family lived on a small island. Apparently, it is a big thing to own your own little island and build a house on it. This island was connected to the mainland by a long steel bridge :o.
Her pics and videos of the place were stunningly beautiful.
I trawl the early morning news on my phone and was reading a bit about the rooks suddenly disappearing from the Yare Valley. It was almost like what happened here to our magpie frieneds. One season the two gangs, one at each end of the site, were battling for possession and the next season,all was quiet, They were gone, leaving no tell tale feathers on the ground. Nothing but silence or the pleasant birdsong we normally hear. I also noticed that the crows that used to nest high up in the tall trees up the road are also absent and quiet. If the magpies were noisy the crows were 10 times so. They must have been served with a noise abatement order. facepalm  But it is a puzzle.
                                                             Biff
 


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on April 19, 2017, 09:16:01 AM
It,s muggy out there,
               The hills are hidden in the mist. Nay sun, Nay wind. It is a proper peasoup. For days like this you need the 2 ton of lead acid, Our solar can still harvest enough to run the fridge and  power the chargers without dipping into the bank.
The fruit trees are dripping with dew and suddenly everything looks extra green and lush. But this is the kind of weather that still puts the fear of god into the tattie farmers. This goes back to the 1840s ,to the famine in Ireland where the damp foggy conditions brought the blight and devastated the population. The population of Ireland at the time was 8 million +. It never recovered. Some of the best spud is grown locally and we like our spuds. If I had to choose between planting spuds or planting tomatoes in a greenhouse, The spud would wind every time but thankfully, not everyone thinks like me.
I need dry weather today before 10am. There is still time for the roads to dry up. Best plans,men,mice and gangplanks.
                                                     Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on April 19, 2017, 11:15:35 AM
The wind got going and real rain moved in,
                              So it is bucketing down out there and my day,s plans are put on hold. The forecast was good,,but,,but At least we are heating water.
                                     Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: DaveF on April 19, 2017, 04:19:47 PM
Biff,

I too share your love of the humble spud-both to grow and to eat.

The 'perdy field' was nearly always a social gather of sorts when I was growing up. At planting time, a trusted youth would get the monotonous job of rotavating whilst the in-experienced or young would get to sit on the planter and feel worthwhile doing a job as well as any man could. There was often an extra body clinging to the back of the hopper, picking out and rotten seed and discarding them at the foot of the drill.

Spraying was a one man job but when it came round to digging them it was a proper day out. Kids and people of all ages (mainly also 'on the brew') working away and cracking to your neighbor next to you on the drill. We socialised, had a laugh and got paid for it to boot. I can still remember eating sandwiches made with the whitest of white bread with finderprints all over them from the moully ground.

A seed was sown in my mind-an association between spuds, happiness and making a few bob. That association is dangerous. You want to revisit these times, plant a few drills in the garden for your own use, plant a few 'up the back of the ditch' for you and a few neighbors the next. Next year you've lost the battle and turned the sod on an entire field. It's only an acre but that is the 'want' reaching critical mass. From then on, any field is fair game regardless of size. You spend your evenings and weekends after work, tending, digging, picking, bagging or delivering and hope just to break even so you can do it all next year.

I know the story too well-far too well. The potato blight was a disaster for Ireland. But I have a heard a friend describe the above as 'potato cancer' and while the victims are few in number, it's a disease that still spreads today

Regards,

DaveF.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on April 20, 2017, 09:33:34 AM
Aye Dave,
         We had back breaking days of stone gathering,at 2 bob a day and a big dinner, like you said,this was a great social event. We worked out hearts out and often we did not get paid but we had an agreement between ourselves,especially the older lads that if the farmer was shy with the money we would not go back until we got paid. We worked the weekends from school,we were all around the age of 10 or so and mitching school was serious wrong..The tattie hoking was better organised and more respected as a job. Even at that age we heard of gangs of tattie hokers that left west Donegal for Scotland, ever potato picking season. We heard of terrible stories of the hardships they endured. Maybe it was supposed to boost or desire for a proper education and a chance of a job at home but fat chance of that. You would not get kids here to lift the stones or pick spuds, :hysteria. they would be too busy on their Iphones.
                                                                 Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on April 20, 2017, 07:07:32 PM
It stayed dry all day but threatened to rain all day,
                                      I arrived at my local engineering works with my trailer in tow around 10ish was was back home job done around 11ish. There was little or no sunshine but the heavy mist and damp conditions created a splurge of growth that could only be equaled in a rain forest. Our Rowan trees all decided to throw out their first buds all together withing hours of each other. They are all different strains, different colored fruits different colored bark and different way of growing but here they were all budding at the same rate. Our apple and pear trees are all covered in blossoms.Any bush that has a flower is showing it today and yet it was not particularly warm or sunny.
 I read of the terrible climate change effects in Alaska and Canada, In Alaska a retreating glacier changed the course of a major river, suddenly,sending the flow in a different directing, It took 4 days for this major river to dry up, stranding the communities and the wild life that depended on it. Already, The wild life are leaving the area. Nothing like this, has ever happened in the history of mankind.
 Icebergs are making life impossible for the fishermen off the coast of Canada. The place is littered with icebergs making it impossible to use nets of even sail and ordinary trawler.. Perhaps in the past,,there were similar incidents like this but not on this scale.
In my own lifetime, i have seen empty stretches of bogland, unable to support any kind of tree or bush, In the winter the freezing winds would cripple any growth,turning the roots into a soft mush, even the heather had difficult in the higher altitudes but recent visit, have shown strong presence of just about every tree and bush you could ask for, all growing in areas that were barren some 50 years ago.
 The bog next door to me tell the same story,, It is the same story all over the globe and it is all man made..An to think that the most powerful president in the world says climate change is not happening. It is very hard to believe. Perhaps he will change his mind like he normally does on every other subject.
                                                        Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on April 21, 2017, 09:12:42 AM
Strewth,
       More of the same, a grey sky threatening rain , cold with frost forecast for the weekend. Our turbine is facing north and milling away happily.
I would hate to think of the damage that frost can do at this stage, hopefully it will not be too severe.
I can see a heavy downpour covering swathes of the hillsides a few miles away to the north, it will be here in minutes. sh*tfan:
                Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on April 21, 2017, 11:16:42 AM
Warmer today but the sun has gone to be replaced by drizzle.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on April 27, 2017, 11:24:21 AM
Our garden is a riot of buds and blossoms,
                                      The grass is growing like mad, the hounds have almost completed their moult which is one of the annoying things about keeping or canine friends but constant sweeping and a handy vacuum, keeps it all at bay and of course regular grooming with a proper steel combe means that 99% can be removed outside and disposed of properly. Their new coats are nice.
The feral felines have retreated back into the undergrowth, their sexual excesses no longer betray them to the casual observer, For a while we had a whole army of moggies all having a rave up on our front street and the hounds were not at all impressed. Peace has now returned and our slumbers are content and restful.
I have had more time to spend on my trailer conversion and will post some pics. It is turning out a lot better than i first thought but frankly, these little jobs are always twice as difficult to complete properly than first thought but it is good. I will be relieved to get it outside and get my shed floor space back ;D.It is very stable and light to handle and tow., so at least it is a decent result,
This morning brings good wind from the north and decent sunshine, plenty for the immersions and plenty for my grinder and drills.
One by one my old faithfuls fall apart, Years ago, I bought a grinder (1200watt variable speed) in Argus for 38 euros. It has done well down through the years but now it has literally falling apart in my hands and is quite dangerous to uses. The nut that holds the drive cogs to crown wheel in the head came loose some time ago, so rather than stop and open it up, I held it in such a way that it did not dragg into the cogs where it made a hell of a racket and shook like mad,,eventually it just got hot,,too hot and then one day I saw a small group of ball bearing next to it,maybe 4 or 5, like the ones you would get in the axle of a bicycle wheel, I pondered that and noticed that it got rather hot after that but it was only later when I open it that i saw the empty races on the motor end of it.It still worked.
The loose nut in the head was chewed to bits but the cogs were perfect, the bearings were all shot but it still worked,,Not bad.
 Then i rooted about and looked to see what else I could use and there under the bench was an aldi copy of the same, bought in 2014 with the bill taped to the inside lid of the box.24.99 euros exhappy:
" I will arise and go now
 and go and make the tea
 In a honey bee glade
  without a spade
 at home in Innisfree,"           
                                        I think I got that one wrong, He must be rolling in his grave. Sorry Mr Yeats
                             Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on April 28, 2017, 09:25:27 AM
We bid a sad farewell to Leo Baxendale,
                        The better educational part of my childhood was spent reading his latest adventures in the Beano, Minni the minx, the Bash Street Kids,,Smiffy,,Shorty .et all.
 He passed away aged 86. Half a dozen of those latest Beanos, could open all kinds of doors,  or buy you all the marbles and caddies you could ever want. :genuflect
 Happiness was a bundle of dog eared Beanos.  May be rest in Peace.
                                                  Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on April 30, 2017, 11:03:42 AM
    A stiff wind blows from the south,
                       There has been good output from the turbine all night, out tanks are roasty toasty, the house is warm and no fire in the stove for days, The hounds enjoyed their morning romp. They like the dry underfoot and pick nice clean grassy areas to do their rolls and back scratches,,(accompanied by chest scratches) So all is quiet and content in Castlebiff. There is a spring in their step and now and then she breaks out into a gambol to duck and dive in mock attacks,, He strolls along serene,(ah , it could be worse you know) He is the most considerate and decent canine friend you could possible ask for and she knows it.
          Yesterday was good RE weather also, I had my grinder and drill going for a few hours and bit by bit I am getting there,
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(https://s15.postimg.org/u0crtnf87/018.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/u0crtnf87/)  The paint job was a mistake, the color is horrid but the paint is very good, I will do it all again, but it don,t look too bad with the front panel on. Sealing the roof was tricky but i eventually came up with a good solution. The pop riveter arrived from fleabay delivered to the front food for 22euros. Hard to believe but it works really well.The rivets have followed me for years. I used to have buckets of them, three different sizes soft alloy ones and steel headed one that are a buxxer to get out. It has been a good project. i was supposed to learn how to weld and even bought a welder a gasless mig one which works very well but unfortunately circumstances dictated that welding was not for me, much as I wanted to do it. It was put beyond my grasp. It tows well and is very stable at speed, Interestingly, it don,t create the drag that the shape would have you think it would and bowls along round the bends very well indeed.After today, It will need a jockey wheel and the lights connected to the 7 pin plug . I don,t intend to keep it but you never know with these things, I could be stuck with it. :o :o
                                                          Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on April 30, 2017, 09:59:44 PM
(https://s16.postimg.org/w1w5tnn29/006.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/w1w5tnn29/)  I started using these super slim discs some time ago and I find that they last at least 3 times longer than the Broncos.

(https://s13.postimg.org/mh6uay3mr/008.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/mh6uay3mr/) This is a bronco grinding disc, the cutting version does not last as long as it used to, In fact I get the feeling that some of the ones that i was using were cheap nasty copies, that frayed and disintegrated . The new one above are the best that i have used to date.
                                                  Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on May 01, 2017, 06:48:05 AM
Agree on the slim disks Biff, much easier cut with more accuracy.
Big bonfire in the village last night, to celebrate the end of Spring!  I wasn't aware it had started! Minus 2 this morning but lovely sun. Out on the bike yesterday and there were ducklings and goslings out on the lake yesterday. The trees are still bare but budded up and the days are growing longer and longer. We still need a little fire in the woodburner at night I lig


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on May 01, 2017, 06:53:44 PM
Our first day of May turned out to be a scorcher,
                              I did most of my cutting in the morning before the washing machine was sent into action, We waited to the DHW tank was getting ready to dump into the C/H. Even now, there is not a cloud in the sky and the sun is blazing down as I type. However, I finish playing in the shed and came into the hall around 4.30pm, to find the hounds panting, The windows were all open and the hall rads were warm but they were too warm and something was not right. A quick feel of the DHWT revealed that the exit pipe from the Essex flange at the top was cold and the tank was still recovering from the demand from the washing machine, at the same time the extra power in today,s solar meant that the thermal store was getting too hot, Normally the upstairs thermostat on the return pipe to the top of the cylinder is set a few degrees below the one in the hall downstairs ,when it triggers, it send the heat all over the system, it is on the return to the boiler, the pump in the thermal store is on the flow and pushes  the heat out into the Hall rads immediately and then around the system,taking the heat from the upstairs tank as well,,It is a fail safe measure..Today was different, The washing machine used a lot of our hot water and of course changed the dynamics slightly. However, The DHWT is now circulating the hot from the top as I type and we will be back in business before nightfall with toasty roast house and no fire in the stove.
Mrs Biff asked me today was I nearly finished my trailer but of course I,m not,,I found other things to do,such as the little panels on either side at the bottom of the front. I am trying to make it look as professional as I can, It is the finer details that will make it a success. So I spent ages futtering and fiddling and maybe I am getting there. It has been a pleasant project.
There is a heat haze over the sea in the distance, I am just hoping that some crazy farmer does not torch the heather. That happens from time to time and unsettles everyone. The weather forecast is giving a gentle cool wind from Scandinavia ,with no rain till next weekend, So it is not the kind of weather for lighting fires,
                                                                Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on May 02, 2017, 09:43:31 AM
Fantastic weather,
              The cuckoo arrived on Sunday evening. She sounded half hearted, maybe the long journey exhausted her. The hounds love their morning dander and all these wild scents are heady stuff, Carol was wearing a simple red dress this morning, Anything looks good on Carol, She can even put a nice spin on 3 days of rain, Still, I never forgave her for going on that day trip with Len to the sea side.. I imagined that maybe I could have this pseudo, intellectual deep conversation with her, perhaps on the origins of religion, kind of offhand and looking into the distance, but then again,I was once madly in love with Jane Fonda, I never told her and she went and married some one else. I am beginning to suspect that I might be a little wanton with my affections. I must be careful.
   Yesterday must have been a record breaker, Between the washing machine, drills grinder and immersions we managed to get the best out of the system and finished the day (1am) at 124vdc under full load. I am going to have to get the hose pipe and water the fruit trees. The grass is growing like mad and the farmers will be looking to increase their overdraft.
The news from abroad is good Mr Putin is talking to Mr Trump as I type. It should be a pleasant conversation. Talking is good. You only have to listen to Donald to understand that piece of rhetoric. Look where it got him. Mar a Laga is for sale and Putin might just be a customer. He could rent it out to other diplomats,,everything strictly above board of course. I mean if they can share their space crafts and space suits in close proximity, things cannot be too bad.
  Coffee a brewing, dogs to be fed ,  Grown up  toys pause  in the shed. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, I will arise and go now,,,,,      I must not steal that line.  I must not steal that line,,,,,I must mu......no,,,
                                                         Biff
   


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on May 02, 2017, 10:25:57 PM
Aye Biff,

The old cuckoo arrived on Raasay a little later than usual, I reckon that North wind slowed him down so wifey never heard him until the 27th, a good 4 days late. Me, I'm in Lochaline on the Sound of Mull and never heard him until yesterday.

(http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd170/camillitech/020517%20014%20Medium_zpsu62nhnvk.jpg)

Tis beautiful here and I have the luxury of no phone, TV or radio reception, so have no knowledge or cares of what Putin or Trump are up to. That'll be the MV Lochinvar https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Lochinvar I'm working on for a few days, the second hybrid ferry and sister to my own MV Hallaig https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Hallaig . We are plying the waters between Morven and Mull 'watching the ships go by',

(http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd170/camillitech/020517%20009%20Medium_zpsjuntfnfu.jpg)

I just cannae believe  that I'm actually getting paid for doing this !!!!!

Cheers, Paul


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on May 03, 2017, 07:00:52 AM
Ha ha Paul just reading your post and I was thinking AND  the lucky so and so gets paid for this, before arriving at your last line!
Wasn't thinking of the times you have to crawl the smelly dark spaces  fault finding  ;D


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: camillitech on May 03, 2017, 08:56:31 PM
Ha ha Paul just reading your post and I was thinking AND  the lucky so and so gets paid for this, before arriving at your last line!
Wasn't thinking of the times you have to crawl the smelly dark spaces  fault finding  ;D


Or cleaning blocked sewage pipes and emptying the sewage treament plant  :vomit2 Two things I've learned at sea. Never open your mouth when pressure washing a sewage tank and always haul a bucket of 5h1t behind you up a ladder, do not pass it up to someone  :hysteria


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on May 04, 2017, 08:46:45 AM
Great pics Paul,
                 You would nearly work for free, whistle.
Incredible weather here,Lush grass springing up off the rocks and bog,It would fool the brightest, even the farmers have dropped their usual scowls. We have the windows open back and front, despite using the grinder and drills for hours on end.
Our Apple trees are stealing the show. Some blossom early and some a few weeks later. If they throw up half the fruit they are promising, I,ll be exporting to Kent.
Nicola and Teresa and Junker are at loggerheads but nothing serious,,,,,,We have a real crisis,,Our crowd are fighting in the Dail as to wheither to say a prayer before they start their B/Sing for the day and what kind of prayer would suit them all..Now the person who tabled that motion had dark mischief in mind and deserves to be flogged to within inches of his country estate..
But the weather, !! It,s unhuman,,it is not natural.. there is something wrong, its a trick to deceive the wise ones like me.
I am keeping my head down and saying nothing and heading off down the yard to hide in the shed beyond the fruit trees,,, I will arise and go now,,,,,,arra wait..  coffee first and  wuff wuff,s their breakies.
                                                          Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: stannn on May 04, 2017, 10:28:06 AM
We don't get so much news about your dogs lately Biff. :norfolk
Stan


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: supremetwo on May 04, 2017, 12:36:56 PM
Quote from: biff
Our crowd are fighting in the Dail as to whether to say a prayer before they start their B/Sing for the day and what kind of prayer would suit them all..Now the person who tabled that motion had dark mischief in mind and deserves to be flogged to within inches of his country estate..
Biff

Over here, there is anger at the Republic's efforts to add clauses to Brexit related to re-unification.

Does the general public in Eire really want to pay for Northern Ireland?


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on May 04, 2017, 01:20:58 PM
   Hi Supremetwo,
                  There is a lot of anger everywhere. Things have become so unsettled recently that no one knows what is going to happen.
  I genuinely do not hear the business of the border being discussed very often.
 It is also not something that can be discussed rationally online without fear of hurting people feelings.
The Good Friday Agreement was a milestone and Ireland has gained a lot from it. More time is needed to heal old wounds,,
It is so easy to say something seemingly innocent about NI politics but it can lead to all kinds of confrontation,,There are so many different lines of thoughts.
It is best avoided.
 Biff
   
               


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on May 04, 2017, 02:35:40 PM
Hi Stann,
        We don,t hear a lot about your dogs either, surrender:  I do mention mine on my rambles, Sheba now lives in England and is enjoying life to the max. I am kept up to date on her progress and can advise if needed.I get pics and feedback and she gets all the work and attention that she demands. We parted company because she began making Diesel,s life a misery. She was born to hunt sheep and cattle and the urge was that strong that I knew it was only a question of time before she was over the fence and rounding up the ewes next door. She was a natural but she demanded attention and lots of exercise. She was in top condition when she left here. Her Advert was listed at 9 am on a Saturday morning. She was sold before 9.30 am and the add removed by 10am. So there was a demand for her type of dog and the things she could do, I charged plenty but also gave a guarantee. I sold to an English customer who arranged her transport.Her new owner said, "She is exactly as you said".
Diesel has a new lady friend and since the 12th of December last,They get along famously. She has traveled a lot of Europe,even to Sweden and down to Spain. She is 4 years old and we are all mad about her. To be honest, Once I get talking or writing about dogs, it is difficult to shut me up and I do go on and on a bit much. Diesel is happier now, He has a soul mate who looks up to him and does not round him up and drive him in behind Mrs Biff,s setee, It may seem a little strange because we are talking pure collie dog behaviour but anyone who knows German Shepherds, understands that the German farmers have their own working German Shepherds that do exactly what their name suggests. Sheba was pedigree, I have absolutely no doubt about that, Yet watching her flowing in on a wide arc from either left or  right , at speed, over rough ground, her legs and shoulders absorbing the shock as her back stays low and straight, You cannot mistake that. It is in her and will always be there waiting to be worked.
Once I started showing her the basics, It all came out. It was like a release valve of immense nervous energy that left her tired but very happy and once she got motoring, She just kept getting stronger and stronger. She would drop when told and come when called, so it was all there. But it was not for us. Then the mind games began and she would measure the time that it would take for me to miss her, She would dodge in behind something and wait to see how long it would be before I would call her. I have been around dogs all my life and I knew the signs, especially when saw her gazing tenderly/longingly  at the sheep next door. She is happy now. We did her good. She has come a long way from the time that I met her by the side of the road in Sligo.
         Dogs,,,ahhhhhh
                      Biff
 


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: stannn on May 04, 2017, 02:58:53 PM
Another memorable epistle Biff. I had been wondering by the silence whether you had hit a problem with Sheba but you've reacted admirably to the situation. Well done.
I'm walking 4 collies now, 3 apprentices from the sheep station and my old dog Bryn. This is becoming a mammoth undertaking but I love being with dogs.
Stan


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on May 04, 2017, 05:13:51 PM
Absolutely Stann out with that camera!! ;D
It is just there Biff, Elliott follows the cat endlessly, just up until she gets fed up and bops him. He then runs away and tries to climb on our lap. All the other dogs learn from this, 30 seconds later he is back following her. On the other hand he can be fast asleep in his bed and the cat will miaow next to him  until he takes notice. Strange dynamic. We are only here as walking companions and providers of tuck.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on May 06, 2017, 09:49:03 AM
The days fly by,
             Today looks like another scorcher, a strong wind blows from the south east and the sun is already working it,s magic on the pv. Yesterday , was ackward. somehow or other the power to the pump that drives the excess heat from the thermal store round the rads, was switched off by mistake and has probably been off for a while. It,s job is to stop the thermal store from boiling and yesterday as i mounted the stairs and put my hand on the newel post at the bottom, I felt the thumping as the steam struggled up the short expansion pipe to the gallon header tank. A quick gawk revealed the switch in the off position and it took a good half hours before the pump could run turbulence free. Later in the quiet of the evening I checked the thermostat dial settings and reset it higher but the rads remained warm till after we went to bed around 12ish. Everything seems ok. I can shine the light under the T/S supports and check for leaks,
 Today is much colder but the wind is still strong so i will be keeping an eye on the performance of the T/S.
Yesterday was spent hauling wood back to the store a distance of less than a mile. They were heavy loads with a few floors of junkers. It makes you wonder. People were paying a ransom for solid oak floors, some18mm thick and here is I,,storing it away to be cut up in 14" pieces to fit into the stove and burn during the winter. The same stove will hardly be lit in anger for another 5 months. It is a question of storage space, but then again, I have plenty of that.
Diesel is in love, he wants to get married and settle down and have a family, Angel says absolutely "Not" but even she knows that in another 7 days or so she will become a real strumped lassie for a few days of passion, but it is not to be. Much as I would love to raise a few of their offspring, I fear that the fallout would be more than I could handle. And yet the vet a kindly lass did suggest, ringing around for a pedigree dog to suit..We are happy with things as they are and in another 7 weeks she will go in to have the problem resolved. To leave it, is to invite all kind of future health problems, even i who railed against neutering our canine friends have to agree that there is no alternative if pups are not in the making.
Nothing breaks the bank like horses and dogs. At least with a horse, you can turn him out into a field and shut the gate but dogs require constant daily companionship or else you let them down and the deal is, you look after them and they look after you. Dogs differ so much that it is virtually impossible to see any comparison between the way dogs are reared and cared for in the UK against a country like Romania. So it must be that the care shown to our canine friends reflects society as a whole and if that is the case, then we are far back in time. Then again it should not be a surprise to learn that all the illnesses and mental problems,,good and evil that emerge in us humans also appears in out canine friends and I mean all,,,,,everything. To the people who say that there is no such thing as a bad dog, only bad owners. Good luck with Santa.
Diesel lies at my feet, it is time he had his breakfast. Angel is somewhat subdued and confined but more to rest her than anything else. She is just a very good little character and these heats are a shock to her system as her biological clocks taunts her into action,,,almost against her will. I have never had a dog yet that I did not learn masses from. Angel has been a real education for both Mrs Biff and myself but a lovely one at that.  Dog breakies,,coffee and. I will arise now and .....                                       Try and get this trailer finished.
                                                        Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: todthedog on May 06, 2017, 05:32:27 PM
Great post as ever Biff.
I am trying to build another Elliott, you would not believe the amount of hair he is shedding for his daily brush.
Someone has pushed the green button, leaves coming out, had to cut the grass! 30 km circuit down and around the local lake I just love the ebike a comfortable 20 degrees no wind a lovely potter, goslings swimming on the lake. It is an undulating ride nothing horrible I would really have struggled, being honest I would never have started without my 250w friend! As it is feeling fine.
Before feeling in any way smug MrsT and Nicky rode around with me without assistance.


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on May 07, 2017, 08:45:38 AM
Hi Tod,
         I guess you already know, but you get a glove for grooming dogs that really comes into it,s own when the dogs are casting hairs. It is easy to use and easy on the dog as well.
  Still perfect weather here, Everything is growing like mad. Our lawns need top be cut immediately and now there is a water shortage,,wow. what next.?
                                                                      Biff


Title: a foul wind a blowing
Post by: biff on May 07, 2017, 11:41:30 PM
It has been a beautiful day here,
                           Plenty of sun and wind, My drills and grinder were silent, Instead it was a perfect day for hauling out the little Hyundai lawnmower and cutting the rear lawn. The fruit trees have now used up over half my harvested rain water and there will be no let up till next Friday when the first rain is due to appear.
Today, our rads came on and off like clockwork, so that is a relief.
The hounds are coping well , it will be over another two weeks before we are in the clear and life can begin to return to normal.
                                                      Biff


Title: Re: A foul wind a blowin
Post by: biff on May 08, 2017, 09:13:07 AM
These mornings are action packed,
                      Strong sunlight, the wind will get up later. Everything is tinder., yet rear lawn looks good in the dew. The hounds sport and play. He ,so armorous and gentle, fobbing off the rejections,
 It has never ever happened to him, (that I know off) that the slack around his lower jaw got gripped and twisted hard, but he seems to know and spends the briefest of briefest seconds looking into her eyes as she tell him, "How dare you, I am a lady you know,,"  "Be off you ruffian!,, you vagrant!, You uncouth beggar!" and off he lopes down the lawn to seek bashful comfort in my presence. She has put a spring in his step and he exercises more frequently. His co-ordination has improved and his footwork on the stairs has to be seen to be believed, It is a two way street and she finds great comfort in him, They are made for each other. We all just need to fast forward a month without any mishaps. As it is, They get exercised much more than normal, mostly separately but a few times together. It is time consuming but revealing and they stay happy.
  I have fruit trees to water before the sun gets too hot and evaporates it before it does an good,,  Crikkkkeeee,, this is Donegal not Puerto Rico. G/.dang. Where has all that lovely mist and rain gone,,,wait,,i don,t mean that.,  Wuff Breakies,
   I will ari......se and go now,,,
             Bi