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« Reply #1155 on: September 11, 2017, 05:09:35 PM »

Strewth Westie,
                Yee sound local, using dem local navigational  calculations,   whistlie
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My family are all to aware of my navigational skills. Our family runabout of 15 yrs had a 90Ltr diesel tank but they still suffered from 'Range Anxiety'. On family outings they shrieked with horror when ever I said ' I think we should take the scenic route'  help


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« Reply #1156 on: September 11, 2017, 05:46:35 PM »

I had a mate who kept a boat at Glasson dock on the Lancashire coast. One day he visited the Isle of Man in the summer. On what seemed like an awful long return journey one of his passengers remarked on how come they were heading towards the setting sun  hysteria I kid you not, the same dude purchased the old IoM telephone cable for scrap and whilst grappling for it managed to lift the new one and damage it  banghead Another pal purchased a 60' fishing boat from Fife and sailed it around the North Coast of Scotland. He got lost in fog and someow managed to find a harbour entrance, not knowing where he was he embarassingly had to shout to someone on the pier "what harbour is this"  hysteria And I have lost count of the number of 'sailors' I've seen navigating with a road atlas  Grin The prize though has to go to the 'skipper' of a 40' yacht I salvaged in the Scalpay narrows off Skye. This once had the narrow channel marked with a cast iron perch. The perch had long since fallen down and was only now visible at very low tides. When I went to the aid of the listing ketch the French skipper came out on the increasingly sloping deck with an old 'West Coast Pilot' book asking 'where is zee perch' and pointing to a twenty year old photograph in the tatty book  Grin Mind you, I have had my moments too. I once dived on a shipwreck in Orkney in thick fog then after a couple of hours went to dive one nearby, only to discover I'd gone around in a circle and landed on the same one  whistlie
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« Reply #1157 on: September 12, 2017, 09:39:35 AM »

Sunshine , Sunshine everywhere,
                                       Our walk was dry underfoot. It makes such a difference. Overall, the temperature is dropping steadily, I still have less than 10 hours use out of the stove, adding up the hours for the odd days that i fired it up. That can change dramatically, Yet even the strong winds we have had recently supplied us with plenty of hot water and raised the temp in the T/S.
We are ready for winter as ready as can be. Out harvest fair was a washout and quite a loss to the local community. I have another wind fall to pick this morning. My plum jam factory has been put on the back burner so to speak.
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« Reply #1158 on: September 12, 2017, 10:59:33 AM »

Such a joy to be out in the sunshine without waterproofs near to hand. I do not think we have had a single 24 hour period without rain in August or September. We've had some fine breezy and showery days right enough but not a single day you could wander about in a Tee shirt. Certainly been good on the energy front with a good balance of solar, wind and hydro. Wind is rapidly catching up PV with 92kWh and 116kWh respectively this month. By the time the time September is out wind will be ahead for the first time since April ( 346PV 460Wind) but it's hydro that scores supreme now with 224kWh in just 8 days  bike And the rain has just started as I type  Cry
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« Reply #1159 on: September 13, 2017, 04:25:18 PM »

high winds here and poor solar Embarrassed
rain is constant and heavy and forecast is for more of the same for 10 days!!
wood burning season now started, good and bad, less drain on leccy as it heats the water, with our new extended arrays we still managed 2.1kw today, no idea how as is so dismal outside, highest array wattage was 213w each, day before yesterday they were current limiting at 1770w peaks!

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« Reply #1160 on: September 14, 2017, 07:03:54 PM »

One moment it is bright and sunny with a nice steady breeze,
                                 Next it is bucketing down in great big plomps or cloudbursts. It is very unfriendly weather for plumpshious plums. The sun shines bright for a couple of hours and the lucky plum is warm and comfy, Then the skies open and great big plomps land on the plums,whose insides are nice and warm and suddenly they are chilled all over,shrinking the skins which burst from one end to the other..
  Now you would think that this would be an unmitigated disaster but actually I was getting a lot of assistance in whipping out the stone, so rather than hang about till they spoiled, I got up the ladder and bagged the lot. The stones were much easier dealt with + I was getting better at pulling them out, I also wore a rubber glove on my left hand, so as to avoid the acid and dye getting up under my nails and cuticles. The more you do, the better you get at it. The first lot of pots were depending on their own pectrin to set and it all went quite well. The second lot on the 9/9/17 had a tablespoon of liquid pectrin added to each 1100grams of mix and this encouraged a stiffer set. The final 11 pots were done with " Jam Sugar" which contains Apple Pectrin and seems to also have a good set.
The mix is 600g chopped plum, 500g of sugar and 3 x 4.44minutes + a final 2 minutes of microwave cooking. We ended up with 23 jars of 5.45 grams which is 12.5kgs of jam. The plum tree still has a handful of stragglers which I will get rid off. I will also rake the ground for any that fell during picking and take them away and bury them elsewhere. It seems that fallen plums are not to be left lying about because they rot and encourage a bacteria that can and does damage the tree. It has been a real problem keeping Angel from dukeing in under the tree and lifting the odd fallen plum. I have to get them off her because she can crunch the stone quite easily. So once I get the plum tree cleaned up and the rest of the plums buried in the compost bin,that will be the plums taken care of for this year.

The pressure cooker can hold 5 tall jars and lids and steralise them on the lowest gas setting as well as keeping them warm and ready for being filled with jam.The jam filled jars are sealed in 4 stages
 One might get the impression that I am some kind of super dooper cook,, Nothing could be farther from the truth, I would have bother boiling an egg and would die of starvation and food poisoning, if left to cook for myself. I have always loved plum Jam that is not too sweet and cooking with the microwave seems to get the fantastic desired results.
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« Reply #1161 on: September 15, 2017, 12:14:05 PM »

I came across a wild cherry plum tree recently Biff, would they make good jam?
Do you just microwave the mix in a glass bowl or something before transferring to the jars?


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« Reply #1162 on: September 16, 2017, 08:59:55 PM »

Hi Fionn,
        Sorry about the delay in answering. I don,t know if those cherries are ripe enough, You could eat a few and find out,
 I use a glass Pyrex bowl to mix the 600grams of plum and 500 grams of sugar, It leaves me about 400 mm from the top rim of the bowl,so it does not spill easy.
 I cook for 4.44 mins and then give everything a good stir, The rim pf the bowl stays cool enough to manage it in and out,
 Then I cook for another 4.44 mins and stir again, then another 4.44 ,another stir and finally a 2.22 minute cook. I keep the jars warm in the pressure cooker after steaming them to steralise them. They need to be warm to put the jam into them. then the paper insert seal, then the clear polythene cover with the elastic band, then the lid.
  You do not know how good the jam will be to you try a batch,, The above measures will give you approx .8200grams of jam, approx two small pots or a big pot and a half.
 when you have the first batch done, you put a tablespoon full on a saucer and leave it in the fridge for an hour, Then take it out and tilt the saucer to see if it stiffens up or it is still runny, If it don,t set properly, you can buy the small Jif lemon bottles with the instructions on how much of the lemon pectrin to use on the next batch. I use as little as possible and try and let the plums provide their own but this season,s plums were much bigger and had more liquid in proportion to skin, so I ended up using one table spoon full of liquid apple pectrin to 1100 grams of sugar plum mix. This gave very good results. I never thought that I would see the day that i would be running about picking plums and making jam hysteria but the taste is an absolute knockout and beats anything that you could possibly buy in the shops. Your wild cherries could be very good,,you just don,t know until you try. It might be an idea to google,, (Making jam out of wild cherries" ) and see what you come up with, I got the idea of using the microwave from google. Grin.
                                  I hope this helps. our plum and cherry season is over and yours must be near it times as well, so don,t delay or the birds will beat you to it.
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« Reply #1163 on: September 16, 2017, 09:19:13 PM »

I came across a wild cherry plum tree recently Biff, would they make good jam?
Do you just microwave the mix in a glass bowl or something before transferring to the jars?

Cherry plums should have some colour.
https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/trees-woods-and-wildlife/british-trees/common-non-native-trees/cherry-plum/

Those look like greengages.

http://www.greatbritishchefs.com/how-to-cook/how-to-cook-greengages
http://www.greatbritishchefs.com/how-to-cook/how-to-make-greengage-jam
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« Reply #1164 on: September 16, 2017, 09:48:22 PM »

  Just to let you all know,
                         Sometime during the night, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and GGG fight takes place. These guys are among the greatest pound per pound boxers that have ever lived, They both have similar styles. They both have concrete chins. They both have fantastic recovery ability and they both can punch to kill and that is the problem.. GGG has had hardened hard men lie down on the floor and refuse to get up for further punishment because he hurt that much.  Saul is much the same. My heart says Saul but my brain says GGG. personally, I would not watch it, maybe when  all the razz ma tazz has died down, i will watch the video but not tonight. I just hope that the ref steps in on time. as of late there have been some refs who have left it too late.
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« Reply #1165 on: September 16, 2017, 10:17:20 PM »

Thanks for that info Biff and supremetwo I think you're spot on on your identification.
It's a small tree so probably only enough for a pot or two of jam, I'll give them a go if they're still there tomorrow.
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« Reply #1166 on: September 17, 2017, 06:01:50 AM »

 By All accounts the fight was an all out war,
                      In the end it was declared a draw. much to the annoyance of several commentators but then,,everyone is entitled to their opinion and GG has a massive support just as Canelo has.
 It is quite strange to hear of two knock-out specialists go the full distance and come up with a draw, However GG got the fight of his life, He has never been caught with successive heavy combination before and his iron chin was tested to the full, Saul on the other hand almost got put away around round 4. They pay a terrible price for their glory and yet it is their choice , just as it is the rugby players choice. They are dangerous sports. I was a big fan of Harry Arroyo, Tall, lean, fast and slippery. He stayed around too long and in the end I would have paid money for him not to fight. Early Duran was the one who got my attention, especially his battles with Dejesus, like GG he fought professionally from the age of 15. It is nice to see the trash talk missing and discipline to the fore.
   They both want a rematch. I am not going to watch that one either.
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« Reply #1167 on: September 18, 2017, 08:37:22 AM »

Yesterday, Sunday, was wall to wall sunshine, all day long
                                       Narry a cloud in the sky, not even a breeze, so it was nice to get the sun in my face to forget the chill in my rear. Our tanks got toasty roasty but not enough to warm the rads but a single firebox load in the stove did the trick after dark and left the house warm right up to midnight. Last walks, last night revealed everything covered in a dripping heavy dew and it was cold, the first really cold night this autumn. This morning walks had jaunty hounds again enjoying the sunshine, with Angel pointing out Mr Foxy.s postcard just 40ft from our house,,cheeky. Diese lifted his leg and showered the surrounding trees just to let him know that it was"not on" Angel has stopped trying to covet the apples (Touchwood), there were some rewards on offer to distract but it was mostly down to her own determination, There are a still dozen apples on top of the press in the hall and another dozen on the window ledge outside the front door,,so believe me, it was not an overnight success thing. Still we are getting there. She did divert to the plums but with very limited success, since i picked the ground clean but for 2 which she immediately found but handed over.
   The Sooth Sayers ,,Shannachies, Medicine men and Sean Spicer say it is going to be a very very difficult winter,,Look,,Spicer might have said that,,its possible. The indicators are ,,bushes covered in berries early, You know the usual things like cows eating grass and horses scratching themselves on telegraph poles..Very accurate it all is..
Our holly is a little early Grin and the Mountain ash is again bending under the weight of it,s berries.
  May you all have a decent Monday,
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« Reply #1168 on: September 22, 2017, 08:59:46 AM »

  It,s wet, windy and damp,
                       We are in the eye of some windy mischief, Our turbine keeps hunting a few minutes to the South and then a few minutes to the North east. Its struggling, maybe agitated would be a better word to describe it but it is filling the clock and running the show, so no worries there. The hounds got soaked and then dried down..They like a stiff rub with the towel. Angel is getting her new winter coat so despite plenty of brushing each day,,she still sheds horrible hair in the hall. It is easy swept up and her moult will not last that long. Diese already has his winter coat, so no problems there.
  The temperature is steadily dropping,even during the sunny days like we had, yesterday and the day before. Our plums are all gone but the plum tree is now inhabited by angry wasps who somehow managed to find any surviving plums on the tree and the ground. They do not like being bossed and I got a ding in the palm of my hand which incited some rare poetry,
  I completed the refit on our charger, The lads in the magic workshop did me proud..I cancelled the order for the 2417-45 after they saw a way to key the shaft without me having to strip out the whole PMG
 Yes, it is very pretty and i wished that they had done this originally but such is life.
The pmg rests on rails which guide it into position, The final adjustment is done on the rear brackets which can tilt the shaft a few mm in any direction but are governed by the last few mm adjustment on the transom that supports the pillowblock. The pulley is measured off the cage upright.
The new taper bush is the same size as the old one 2527-35


 I needed one new belt for the alternator,,
 All ready to rumble. I got nice weather to work on it. The roller door stayed open to the sunshine.
The whole experience was uplifting. The charger is now back in position.
  I had time for a cuppa and then a gent called to talk turbines, As it turned out he had built his very own Hugh Piggott turbine and I was impressed. I asked him did he had problems with the windings and he laughed telling me  that doing windings was his job. He actually goes up into the turbines and rewinds them up on top. So we had a great chat. He showed me actual videos of his work. It was a great way to finish the day..
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« Reply #1169 on: September 22, 2017, 09:33:06 AM »

I am surprised by the lack of interest in this type of electricity generating ,
                       I post the pics for the benefit of the members who live off grid and have trouble charging their banks in low winds and foggy times,,This is the most direct way that you can charge a bank.
With the little experience that i have had, i know that there would be much more clever designs but bear in mind that this was my very first attempt and i wanted to err on the side of caution. That pulley traveling at that speed needed to be caged and i guess everything was built around that.
  I believe a much lighter version,say a 2kw x 48volt run off a small Honda with a pull starter would be much less expensive The governors on the small Honda,s (GX160) are much more sensitive and also react quicker than the diesel yanmar clone. They are also misers on petrol.
  Setting up the PMG to take the belts would be the line of deep thinking but the basic know how, is all up above in the pics.
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