Archive for August, 2011


Quite a bit in the media recently about the building off off-shore wind farms.  Lots of pros: obviously, a source of renewable energy unlike traditional power stations, without the risk of nuclear.  A boost for engineering, and construction jobs.  A sensible use of the wind power available to us as an island. The cons: huge expense.  The relatively small amounts of energy which turbines create in comparison with traditional energy sources.  Some conservation and aesthetic drawbacks. 

But on balance, I think the pros outweigh the cons.  Like most new technology, I would assume that over time, costs will fall, and our building knowledge and ability will increase.  Depending on how long each turbine remains in working order, and how much maintenance is required, I would also assume that most of the cost is upfront.  As our technology improves, it’s likely we’ll be able to develop turbines with a greater energy efficiency in the future.  And as for the aesthetic issue – well, as always, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  I think they are extremely elegant – and at least the off-shore sighting gets round the noise issue that troubled many in-land developments.

So let’s hope this is the start of something which will turn out to be a great step forward.  I for one would much prefer to see turbines rather than nuclear power stations.  

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14412189

No no, this isn’t going to be some do-goody post about not drinking tea because tea producers aren’t getting their fair whack, or because tea is made using child slave labour or similar…!

After a busy day, I’d just had a nice hot bath (sorry – I know it’s not very eco-friendly, but showers just don’t sooth those aching muscles in quite the same way) and I thought, I know, I’ll make a quick cuppa.  Ho…how was I to regret that!  First, I used the last of the milk in the carton that was open.  Went to the fridge to get another milk carton, and for a moment I thought there’d been a murder and someone had left some hewn off body part in the freezer compartment – then I remembered the bag of red currants I’d transferred into the little freezer bit of the fridge while I was defrosting the freezer yesterday.  Hmm…seems the little freezer compartment doesn’t actually freeze very well, hence red currant juice everywhere.  So I fetched a bowl and a cloth and started cleaning.  And of course I thought, hey, I’ve got a steady hand, I can pull out the very-full-of-icy-red-current-juice drip tray and just tip it into the bowl.  Ho no – straight over my trousers….eeek…!   Anyway, I finished cleaning the fridge, went back to the sink to empty the bowl, and saw the old empty milk carton.  This reminded me that I needed to put the recycling out for the collection tomorrow morning.  On my way back into the house I realised I should shut the hens away.  Then I had to go and change out of my damp trousers, and that made me think, well, the wash basket is quite full, perhaps I should put some washing on….so off to the washing machine I trotted.

And of course, guess what – by the time I got back to that cup of tea, it had gone cold!  😦