One of the hardest things to get used to is that the truck has a very finite supply of electricity, currently one fairly knackered old battery. I’m so used to being able to simply switch on whatever I like, and the power will flow. Despite having pretty much nothing other than LED lights, a netbook and water pump, the poor old battery pretty much gave up the ghost today and had to be┬áresuscitated by running the engine for an hour.
Not the best solution long term, so we’re biting the bullet and investing in some serious batteries, and a couple of solar panels which will, we hope, keep things going over the summer, until we add a small wind turbine.

I’m learning fast, that I can’t be nearly as cavalier with electricity use as I’ve been used to, and simply leaving the laptop running whenever I am about is a habit I’ll have to kick, which isn’t a bad thing. That said, the question of how to connect to the internet seems to have been solved, with a 3g dongle, which gives broadband at about the speed that we had in the house. Am also experimenting with making a little parabolic receiver for the wireless, so that the currently out of range wireless in the farmhouse comes within reach.


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