Sunday morning and we had survived, strictly limiting the number of Crabbies consumed. Lots of excitement at people seeing me having a drink, a bit like our current over the top media outlets when there is nothing to report. Haven’t had a drink for three and a half days and do not anticipate another hangover in the near future….too much to do. At the Inn for a spot of breakfast before easing into the day. The day had already started for the three amigos still left over from the night before.
Despite running out of liquor the night before, a local came to the rescue and so the party continued throughout. They were funny drunks and a well deceived blow out was not begrudged them by anyone. Just the Camerons over from Lochcarron to serve, although kept on my toes for most of the day keeping the vodka and bacardi glasses topped up. The afternoon petered out and eventually the patient Craig managed to pour Kyle followed by Steve into the car and head off south. Craig was on coke and coffee all day. There was even talk of work the next day. I would not have emerged for a week after consuming that amount.
By the time the Inn relief crew appeared at six I was putting on layers to go up to the Turbine House, with Mick as he was calling it a day, and was shown around the metres. The generation is just at 50 kWh
and fine at that for running in. The next 40 kWh plan to be connected in the next week. It is quite something standing in front of the meters watching the pounds mount up for the community. This metre shows the hours generated and is more than the SSE export metre due to the boys running it for tests off grid.
It is an immense task for a community to build one as the few that have managed will testify. We were fortunate that HighlandEco were excellent project managers as well as constructors and you could see how well everyone got on at the Inn. Interesting to see the spear valve (almost called it Spearfish, torpedo, for those uninitiated in the MoD war games) and see how little of the valve is open.
It is closed to the left so you can see that only about 10% of the water is being allowed through to hit the wheel. I know some residents think it will run dry and may even go bankrupt but all the flow data and information collected over the years point to a good annual capacity throughout the year. It will have its dry spells and that is in the business plan. So a good night to Mick and a freezing cycle down home.
Yesterday the sea beckoned again with what appears to be one of the few quiet days before Christmas.
It was calm and cold
with the only mishap being the rudder swinging round again. Getting well versed in forcing it back round but must lock the cradle the ram is sitting on. Very few prawns on the go and so cold on the steam in.
But good to know there are squats and langoustines on the menu and at Loch Ness although there may be a shortage soon if this weather keeps up. A couple of boats out on the water today but there was very little incentive. Have a fleet on board that is staying ashore till the spring there may be one or two more coming ashore for a couple of months. Means that the ones out in the water get hauled more often preventing too many tangles. Very little wildlife, either birds or marine but the clear day makes up for it.
Beautiful mountains with their snow covering
and despite the lack of catch it is still a privilege being on the water no matter how cold you feel.