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« Reply #1680 on: December 13, 2018, 05:38:09 PM »

Good Evening All,

The C/E reports there was a very good display of the Northern Lights last night - damn I missed it.............

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« Reply #1681 on: December 15, 2018, 12:12:43 PM »

  Was a very Rough windy night here,
                              No Problems, we are in the lee of the mountain with the wind blowing up from the south and passing high over us going out into the Atlantic.
 It is the wind from the west that gives us the headaches. It barrels over the white horses, over the shore, across the flat bogland and right into our gable end and roof. Sometimes when it is really bad and the air pressure is affecting out ears, I silently go over the build, The double purloins one set 10" x 4" the other set  7" X 4". The double wall plate the way that the internal vertical, dry lining batons are stitched to the 4" X 4"wall plate,the first floor 9" X 2"joists, The second 4"x 4" wall plate, the 6" x 2" roof rafters, The Same tanalised batons are hiltied to every other single course of blockwork from the dpc to the wall plates and rafters. and last but not least the long S/S straps on the wall plates. We have sipped our tea at 3am as the express trains roared by and the ashes in the grate got sucked up the chimney. Oh we do get plenty of hot water, hysteria hysteria.
And yet there is a price to pay, The rain that dulls the blows and calms the wind, cools the turbine and flattens the long grass also saturates the bog to a wet sponge. The new road repairs which stand proud of the verges crumble at the edges and the trucks slide down into the drains leaving 6ft deep gouges mostly in narrow passing places ,making them even more narrow and more dangerous. Out Gardai put their cones up and the weeks pass by and we get accustomed to the new obstacle courses.
   In our modern world we find homeless people with jobs. We find homeless people who should have been homed years ago. As a society we are failing fast. Somewhere ,Something has gone badly wrong and we need to fix it. Put politics aside and fix it. Homeless people working two jobs and sleeping in their van or cars is 3rd world stuff. Our morals have rode out off kilter from our high horses, I have no answers. Angel is sitting up paying keen attention, The bacon smells nice, the tea perfect The Shed of dreams will have to wait.
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« Reply #1682 on: December 15, 2018, 12:36:01 PM »

There are some serious winds heading towards N Wales today,
                                                Then back again on Tuesday. It shows red over land and looks nasty. Raasay gets out wind after dinnertime today.
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« Reply #1683 on: December 15, 2018, 01:03:05 PM »

Ominously quite here Biff,
Good hash of south east wind yesterday which had us canceling the last sailing but today’s blast has no arrived yet. The anticipation is killing us, will I get home early or be messing about with ropes at 21:30 🙂
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« Reply #1684 on: December 16, 2018, 07:50:24 AM »

Never really amounted to much here (though it was strong enough to cancel the last ferry), sure, great wind for turbines but not the 'doom and gloom' forecast by the 'red tops'. Well perhaps the gloom, we've only generated 10kWh of energy this month from almost 5kW of installed PV against 246kWh from a 3kW wind turbine. There is no way an 'off grid' house dweller could maintain a decent and warm life at this latitude on solar alone  Embarrassed 8:00am here, still 'black as pitch' outside but 21.6 degrees in here with no heating on  Cool Looks like Tuesday will be the next day to 'keep an eye on' here.
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« Reply #1685 on: December 16, 2018, 10:03:38 AM »

Hi Paul,
      That is how it goes sometimes. Yet it is good to be prepared. Tuesday is also quite bad in Wales. Around 12 noon Tuesday the Irish sea is covered in Red up to the Isle of Man the wind blowing from the south.New Ross to Dublin gets it as well.We have had excellent wind energy this past few months. We are not as far north as you but not much better at harvesting the PV energy either, I recon we are clocking some 3 to 400watts steady in the ambient light, but no doubt, it is as Ag said, the Turbine that is cutting the mustard this time of year.March is very far away,
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« Reply #1686 on: December 16, 2018, 11:38:36 AM »

Sand blasted Saturday morning odd, loose sand blasting onto our backs as we walked up the beach at the same time it was rain driven by the gale, never had the two together. Dunes were being formed as we walked. Both of us were shunted into the shower on our return. Today virtualy calm. Paul you are about half an hour behind really starting to get quite light 07.30 on a normal day. Saturday it did not bother at all   wackoold
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« Reply #1687 on: December 16, 2018, 06:43:19 PM »

And we are away again.
        The Met Eireann 5 day map is pretty accurate.  This time we are in the Lee once again the red due just a few miles offshore. It shouldn't  be a bother but....
 Freda is extra friendly  these times and it is not just for the food. When she is really hungry she will brave the winds and join us in the shed. She cannot figure us out but there is this old ejit and his dog with an eternal supply of perfectly chopped cheddar and he does not seem to  want it. She looks tired and her feathers are dull and ruffled.The storms take their toll.
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   How it changes so quickly, Everything is calm out there now hardly a breeze.
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« Reply #1688 on: December 17, 2018, 07:48:54 PM »

What a time o wind,
                Fair good old breeze going out there now. Loadsa hot water with the wind shifting round to the south west. We had a nice lull in the morning and Freda got time to get stocked up. She is still looking a bit ragged. Wales will get a fair old blow tonight Tod,  The red will be solid right up the Irish sea as far as the I O M,. It is getting to be a frequent kind of thing. In fact this past months has been very windy all over. It will be rough up with you Andy. We should be clear of it by midnight but Wales gets a fair old hammering around 6am.  Raasay will get a nice Turbine breeze and that,s about it.
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« Reply #1689 on: December 18, 2018, 08:27:41 AM »

Pretty scabby here just now, extra ropes put out, sailings cancelled and firmly lashed to Scotland with both units powering into the pier  fingers crossed! Wasn’t bad when I left the house at 6:30 right enough but it’s gusting 60knots just now, we are onto our third pot of coffee and Finlay has got breakfast on  Grin
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« Reply #1690 on: December 18, 2018, 01:35:42 PM »

Very happy to get back from the dog walk,wind driven rain was unpleasant. Happy to watch the world from the warm dry side on the window. Only occasionly see the other side of the valley through the scudding clouds.
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« Reply #1691 on: December 18, 2018, 02:33:17 PM »

Very happy to get back from the dog walk,wind driven rain was unpleasant. Happy to watch the world from the warm dry side on the window. Only occasionly see the other side of the valley through the scudding clouds.

Just back from an attempted dug walk meself Tod, though it wasn’t the weather that put me off. The storm passed, by 9:55 we were sailing and the Portree fishing fleet was at sea. Prices will be through the roof for Christmas so prawns will be getting hammered and scallops bashed at every opertunity. Me, I went to walk Molly, Leah and Bonzo at lunch only to end up refitting a door for me pensioner pal Peter. It must have been pretty fresh here during the early hours.
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« Reply #1692 on: December 18, 2018, 03:12:11 PM »

A miserable, useless day here as well,
                                Though, I have to say we are getting great hot water wind Grin, and we did get a little sunlight this morning for about 30 mins.
  The driving rain is bad enough but the one that gets to you is the driving drizzle ,the kind of misty rain that don,t seem to be too bad but permeate into every nook can cranny to soak right through.
 You can see it swirlling about in the breeze when you turn your led light head lights on in the dark,. It is so fine it looks like dust and we breath it in , in the cities and other polluted places.
 It has a deadly effect on electrical equipment as well as out health.
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« Reply #1693 on: December 18, 2018, 04:03:20 PM »

the kind of misty rain that don,t seem to be too bad but permeate into every nook can cranny to soak right through.
 

Aye Biff, that be the worst kind, the kind where you think you don’t need your oil skins cos you’re only going to be outside for a few minutes. It never looks that bad from indoors and lulls you into a false sense of security, so you go and do the ‘wee job’ in just yer jacket, fatal, afore you know it you’re soaked to the marrow with a wet ar53 that follows you about all day!
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« Reply #1694 on: December 24, 2018, 04:30:45 PM »

The dark days of winter are slowly turning light,
                                             The temperature has dropped considerably and soon the heavy dew will turn to a heavy hoare. The trees are stripped bare of their foliage and the long grasses have retreated into the ground to expose the old tumbled down wallsteads ,It has a charm all of its own.
I get the impression that this Christmas will be a tough one on a lot of families, Money is not being spent. People are holding back waiting to see what is going to happen and nobody really knows.
Little Patagonia is far removed from the hustle and bustle, once the gates are shut it becomes peace on earth. I am now feeding 3 robins. There is elderly "Fat Chap" who is in declining years but solid enough. Then there is Freda,s hubby who is a bit of a bossy sort and completely wild and jealous and of course Freda herself an artistic strumpet who will throw herself into any role that pays in cheese. I am starting to believe that she deliberately knocks the crumpled cheese of the back of the forklift so that Angel will lick it up off the smooth concrete floor.
    The fridge and freezer are well stocked with various joints..too many mince pies, and different bread puddings, I am supposed to fight the good fight and keep my weight down,,, sh*tfan
  To one and all a very very Happy Christmas and Bright New Year.And of course a Prosperous New Year as well, ( Sorry Chas)
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