Lifeboat Farm


Power cut? What power cut?
October 7, 2009, 2:24 pm
Filed under: Energy, Technology, The House

We are in the middle of a scheduled power outage thanks to our lines company. The last “planned” outage for maintenance we were supposed to have never happened, so I was a bit blase when the letter arrived announcing today’s outage. Someone new must be in charge because at 1:00pm exactly our power went off.

Thankfully things haven’t changed too much this afternoon. We still have the range going to cook lunch, make cups of tea and keep us warm.

My laptop has been going for an hour and a half so far on battery and still seems to have plenty of juice left.

Our little UPS is doing admirably and with only the small load of our router and wireless internet dish it is still going strong 90 minutes into the outage.

So all in all – a good test and a nice reminder that life without electricity (for a short while anyway) is quite bearable.

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We finally have a garden gate
October 6, 2009, 1:47 pm
Filed under: Building, Garden

I don’t usually get so excited about a bit of fencing but this one has been on my to-do list since we arrived. No more will helpers (or us) need to climb the electric fence to get to the back garden.

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Here’s the before pic of the fence line we used to traverse regularly.

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Like most projects, it ends up being more complex than planned. I had to re-strain and secure all the existing wires to the new posts. The line of shade cloth keeping the chickens out relied on good fence tension.

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The honey flow has started
October 1, 2009, 10:46 pm
Filed under: Garden

I snapped this little guy this afternoon on one of the tree lucerne. There are vast armies of bumble bees collecting pollen at the moment and very few honey bees. In fact I’ve seen exactly one honey bee so far this Spring. That will change when our new colonies arrive in November but until then I’m glad someone’s making use of the flowers. Check out the very full pollen sac on his leg.

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