Archive for February, 2011

Beds raised, and Springing things

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

Things are moving along. The raised beds on the yurt terrace are now substantially complete. Just one more hügelbeet section left to create and the new beds will be ready for their first growing season.

Raised beds, yurt terrace


Never count your chickens before they are hatched …

Friday, February 11th, 2011

… or your alternators before they’re run in.

I spoke too soon.

Presto Wind M-24 permanent magnet alternator installed on water wheel

We purchased this alternator from Presto Wind in the USA on the basis of its advertised power curves and a couple of videos showing no evidence of cogging, which was the problem with the first generator we tried. As soon as it was installed, it was running well over its claimed threshold for generating usable power, so it was just a matter of waiting for the bearings and rotors to run in and then the batteries would be getting some much-needed juice 24/7. Or so we thought …