Wednesday, 7 November 2012
Monday, 22 October 2012
Sunday, 12 August 2012
Tuesday, 7 August 2012
At last my solar system is installed.
For those technically inclined, specs:
2 panels 230 Watts each @24 volts.
Average daily delivery 1500 W h (60 Amp h)
Battery bank 520Amphx24v=12.48kWh
Inverter 1,6 kW (cannot use any tools that need more power than that).
Shopping time! Need fridge/freezer, tools, appliances.
It is all so exciting!
Monday, 6 August 2012
Saturday, 21 July 2012
Monday, 2 July 2012
I love my chicken! They have their 200 square meters territory, little shed and different personalities:
right one - friendly, 7 days 7 eggs egg laying machine, respects the fence to my territory.
middle one - over friendly (asks to be picked up or jumps on you), 7 days 5 eggs, no respect for the fence whatsoever, no amount of education (stick) or clipped wing reduced her determination to get to the greener side. Since I don't know how she gets there - I suspect Zero Transportation, or something equally (un)imaginable.
left one - untouchable, "all men are evil" kind of girl. Respects the fence, having laid a few eggs went straight into brooding, spent 3 weeks just sitting there, after that two weeks more no eggs. Today the first egg appeared.
Luckily, they all use the same place for laying eggs. Recently they discovered the joy of neighboring lands, that is where they are spending all days now. As a result - they are no longer interested in my vegetable garden.
Sunday, 24 June 2012
Wednesday, 30 May 2012
In general, North-East of the island is wet and cloudy, green vegetation pleases an eye.
I am on the opposite side, sunny and dry. Only banana plantations are trying (and failing) to please your eye with green colour.
Having said that - there are a lot of small areas with their own microclimates.
On top of this comes difference in temperature with changing altitude, 1 degree per 100 meters.
All in all, the weather in my place is nice :)
Seriously, very roughly: 20C in shade during a day (winter and summer), at night 16C in summer and 10C in winter. If you're not in shade - it can be hot.
First pic: permanent picture, clouds are coming over mountain range from the North and dissolving in hotter South.
Second pic: Calima - hot dust from Sahara.
Monday, 28 May 2012
Archaic, different arrangements in different parts of the island, not always easy to understand. A lot of murders happened in the past because of it. No wonder, it's the source of livelihood of the island.
I own a share (€3,5K) in a sort of cooperative, which owns a big pipe bringing water from the mountains. One share entitles you to 1,3 litres per minute, you cannot stop it coming: use it, save it or waste it. Luckily I have a water tank (10x5x1,5)m.