Sunday, 8 October 2006

master and commander

The guys are here today finishing the solar tank installation.

We have decided that the best course of action is for them to finish the job and then when we move we can take the actual panels with us and leave the tank and the pipework; then if someone else wants to reinstall them at a later date, they can do so.

I chatted with B for quite a long time via Skype yesterday. We finally got the video working properly.

It's an odd thing; in 1912 my Great Aunt Lucy went to New Zealand. My mother says that her father (Lucy's younger brother) went with the family to see her off on the boat. And he knew that they would never see her again. It must have been such a tremendous thing.

And now, nearly a hundred years later, B is still that half a world away. But I know what the place he is staying looks like. We can speak instantly. And a fortnight today, he will be back.

10 comments:

  1. Ah, the wonders of modern technology! The ability to harness the power of the sun for our physical comforts and the ability to keep in touch with loved ones half a world away for the ease of our soul.
    Sometimes I think that there's hope, y'know?

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  2. Ah, the wonders of modern technology! The ability to harness the power of the sun for our physical comforts and the ability to keep in touch with loved ones half a world away for the ease of our soul.
    Sometimes I think that there's hope, y'know?

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  3. How wonderful that you can keep in touch that way!

    I found out recently that my step-grandparents, who immigrated to Ohio from Surrey after WWII, had actually already purchased tickets to move to Australia instead, but were persuaded to come to the U.S. at the last minute by another relative. Just thinking about the chains of events that followed, and how different they could have been, makes my head spin.

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  4. How wonderful that you can keep in touch that way!

    I found out recently that my step-grandparents, who immigrated to Ohio from Surrey after WWII, had actually already purchased tickets to move to Australia instead, but were persuaded to come to the U.S. at the last minute by another relative. Just thinking about the chains of events that followed, and how different they could have been, makes my head spin.

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  5. WIll be very interested in your experience with the solar stuff. We've been thinking about it, but haven't taken the plunge.

    Given I live 9000 miles from where I was born I rely so heavily on the internet to keep in touch. Would find it hard to survive without it really.

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  6. WIll be very interested in your experience with the solar stuff. We've been thinking about it, but haven't taken the plunge.

    Given I live 9000 miles from where I was born I rely so heavily on the internet to keep in touch. Would find it hard to survive without it really.

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  7. How easy is the whole solar panel stuff? Been thinking about that for our new place, despite living in Seattle.. lol.. We DO get some sun in the spring, summer and autumn, so for about 6 or 7 months of the year it might be worth it. I think it would be anyway.. I'd feeel better about it, even if it didn't make financial sense right now. So thanks for the inspiration.

    Yes, I just got a webcam, and spent Saturday morning 'with' my cousins, it was awesome!! They got one, and finally got off my butt and got one myself. Yes, it's like they are in the next room, I love it.

    I felt that heartbreak when I moved away, and I knew I'd be going back one day to visit, can't imagine how it must have felt to probably never see your family again!! It's in my dad's family too, we've been flung far and wide, while my mum's family all live within a few miles of Bristol still.

    Here's to your next 2 weeks going quickly. I always miss Robert when he goes away for that long. It's so nice when they come back. :-)

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  8. How easy is the whole solar panel stuff? Been thinking about that for our new place, despite living in Seattle.. lol.. We DO get some sun in the spring, summer and autumn, so for about 6 or 7 months of the year it might be worth it. I think it would be anyway.. I'd feeel better about it, even if it didn't make financial sense right now. So thanks for the inspiration.

    Yes, I just got a webcam, and spent Saturday morning 'with' my cousins, it was awesome!! They got one, and finally got off my butt and got one myself. Yes, it's like they are in the next room, I love it.

    I felt that heartbreak when I moved away, and I knew I'd be going back one day to visit, can't imagine how it must have felt to probably never see your family again!! It's in my dad's family too, we've been flung far and wide, while my mum's family all live within a few miles of Bristol still.

    Here's to your next 2 weeks going quickly. I always miss Robert when he goes away for that long. It's so nice when they come back. :-)

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  9. Well, we've found the solar stuff pretty easy. We went with a small company called 'Green Energy Solutions', who are Navitron installers.

    I can't recommend them highly enough - they were really, really helpful.

    The whole thing cost us £3k - the tank was the most expensive item, with a solar coil, a coil for the oil boiler and an immersion coil, and also the capability to retro-integrate a woodburner with a backboiler should we want to do that in the future.

    We also had two twenty-tube panels, one on each side of the house, because it faces east-west. So it was a bit more complicated than a single-panel installation and needed a switcher-thingy to swap between whichever panel is hottest.

    I'll write a whole post about it in a week or two, once we see how it's working; of course, we won't get the best out of it until the spring now, but it's still doing some good up there ...

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  10. Well, we've found the solar stuff pretty easy. We went with a small company called 'Green Energy Solutions', who are Navitron installers.

    I can't recommend them highly enough - they were really, really helpful.

    The whole thing cost us £3k - the tank was the most expensive item, with a solar coil, a coil for the oil boiler and an immersion coil, and also the capability to retro-integrate a woodburner with a backboiler should we want to do that in the future.

    We also had two twenty-tube panels, one on each side of the house, because it faces east-west. So it was a bit more complicated than a single-panel installation and needed a switcher-thingy to swap between whichever panel is hottest.

    I'll write a whole post about it in a week or two, once we see how it's working; of course, we won't get the best out of it until the spring now, but it's still doing some good up there ...

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