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Solar Battery Storage and Force Charging

Our new Solax solar system seems to be working well. There were a few teething problems and plenty to configure to get it all working in what we think is the most efficient way, so here’s the deal. The solar panels started working straight away. Even on cloudy days they were pretty much covering our...

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Hibernation for Hector and Harriet

Hector and Harriet our robot lawn mowers have been busy since Spring. They head out several time a day whatever the weather to mow the lawns. They’ve done well, and have kept them looking constantly neat and trim. We decided over the weekend that it was time for them to have a rest and to...

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Gradual Improvements

Sunday morning was a perfect morning for running, cool at 10ºC, overcast and still. After a quick walk to the beach where the surf was looking perfect I headed off along the flat straight road to Borth. I haven’t been back in the sea yet since my heart attack but with surf like that it...

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RPE vs Performance

Recent conversations with people have generally revolved around the recovery from my heart attack. People say hello, ask how I am and ask how my recovery is going. Generally it’s going well, if a little slowly for my impatient self. I’ll tell them that I still have some ongoing chest pain, although even that has...

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Solar Panels

In our ever increasing bid to be green we are now the proud owners of a 4kW Solar array and a 5.8kWh battery. The panels themselves were installed last week. Steve and Dan from Pure Electrics were here today to wire everything up, install the battery and the inverter and get it all up and...

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Driving through an Advert

Our first proper drive in our new car yesterday was like driving through an advert. Winding Welsh roads, leaves blowing in the wind, driving rain, splashing through pools of standing water and stunning welsh countryside. There was even a medieval castle. Meanwhile we were warm and comfortable as we glided along almost silently in our...

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New Car Day

Yeah, New Car Day finally arrived! To be fair it was only a few days after the originally planned date and I think the car itself did land with Shukers Hyundai in Aberystwyth last week. They then had to do some checks and register it etc so we were able to collect it yesterday. New...

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Going all in on Electric

We’ve been ‘all electric’ at home since we built the house almost 20 years ago. There’s no mains gas and we didn’t have an oil tank so our energy has been all-electric. It’s worked well, but we’ve always wanted to be generating our own electricity really. We did look into have photo-voltaic tiles on the...

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Moel y Llyn

Moel y Llyn isn’t the most exciting of hills. It is one of the nearest to our house, it does have a little lake on the top and it does have nice views too. You can even see our house from the top! I hadn’t been out in the hills since a little jaunt up...

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Beating my Age

I promise I will soon write a blog post that doesn’t mention my heart attack, but this isn’t the one! Pre heart attack I always did a 10km run just after my birthday. This was to make sure I could do it in a time that was under my age in minutes. I did it...