Pictures of the Week 18

I went to Auckland (town) for a few days last week to organize things, things I cannot share at the moment with you. Anyway, the trip went well and I was able to finalize the things I had to do. It was strange driving in a straight line on the motorway, it was strange doing so with many cars around, it was strange realizing I had trouble keeping up with a minimum speed limit, it was strange to see kids hang out at night on the parking area of a mall, which was already closed for hours.

I’ve been back on the Barrier since a few days and was greatly looking forward to watching some movies, which I borrowed from a friend… However, heaps of rain and cloud cover meant that I couldn’t charge the batteries via solar polar. Hence, I started my home-made generator up, only to realize that the alternator was not functioning. I tried fixing it, well, hit it really hard with a hammer a few times, made sure it was getting enough power to start up, but it just didn’t want to produce any electricity.

The next day was just as bad weather-wise and I still had great hopes for a movie marathon. Hence, I located another alternator which I was given in the messed up shed and tried my best to install it. However, being well familiar with the fact that when things are tough (working in the rain, only little area to move around, getting dirty and trying to use a multimeter properly, which gives false readings in high humidity), it pays to use the brain, because what seems unpleasant now might become really difficult in a few moments.

Yupp, instead of trying to mount the alternator next to the engine, it was a good idea to test if it worked at all. It turned out that it had the same problem. I was starting to get furious, the multimeter was about to learn how to fly, my confidence was at a low point. Was I doing something wrong? Were both alternators actually fine?

On the third day, it was still raining too much, I gave it another try and concluded that the alternators were faulty. Later, it turned out that my gas califont (used to make hot water for the shower) didn’t work properly either. Not sure what the problem is, but when you are standing in the rain, in the middle of winter, all naked, and realize that the maximum water temperature is 37 deg. Celsius, you start feeling a bit pissed off.

Another thing that seems to be happening during this time of the year is that my mobile internet connection, well both the connection and the signal strength, are crappy.

The sun is shining today though, I made a stack of fire wood and will have a hot bath tonight, the batteries are topped up via the solar panel, and I will finally be able to watch a few movies on the laptop tonight.

The Big Smoke (Auckland) is not far away now.
The Big Smoke (Auckland) is not far away now.
Five and a half hours on the ferry and I didn't even get out of the car...
Five and a half hours on the ferry and I didn’t even get out of the car…

 

Leaving Auckland
Leaving Auckland
A nicer shot of down town Auckland
A nicer shot of down town Auckland
I enjoy these views greatly.
I enjoy these views greatly.

 

Always good to sit down and enjoy these views.
Always good to sit down and enjoy these views.
Felled a few trees today for next season's firewood.
Felled a few trees today for next season’s firewood.

 

Hmm, they look so small on the pics.
Hmm, they look so small on the pics.
Rani (the dog) is great. Sticking around, picking up a piece of wood and most importantly, standing out of the way when I'm wielding the chainsaw...
Rani (the dog) is great. Sticking around, picking up a piece of wood and most importantly, standing out of the way when I’m wielding the chainsaw…
Yupp, she's muddy at the moment. Gotta be careful, it is difficult to judge the steepness on such a picture.
Yupp, she’s muddy at the moment. Gotta be careful, it is difficult to judge the steepness on such a picture.
Enough to keep the place warm for 4-5 days.
Enough to keep the place warm for 4-5 days.
Yet another way of (easy) composting.
Yet another way of (easy) composting.

 

Enough to keep the place warm for 4-5 days.
Enough to keep the place warm for 4-5 days.

2 thoughts on “Pictures of the Week 18”

  1. You always manage a shot of Port Jackson which I would be very pleased to see out of my car window right now, winter or not!

    Killer shot from the “Million dollar” viewpoint. Have you done any work up there?

    And man that track looks gnarly! I guess I won’t be visiting you in the winter, that’s for sure xxxxx

    1. Well, I do also have fond memories of the Port Jackson area, kind of where it all started for me. Still a regular visitor to the Million Dollar Viewpoint, hanging and meditating most of the time. I’ve had a good go at that place with the hand saw, opening it all up. I shall be up there in the summer with the chain saw, building a bit of a shelter.

      Me and Dave have put some work in the right of way, opening up gutters etc., it hasn’t rained that much this winter. My metalled driveway needs some attention, actually I just have to pick up the metal out of the gutters etc and place them back. Shitty job, but gotta be done. Well, fishing ain’t bad in the winter is it?
      Also quite nice to have a fire going all the time, so winter ain’t that bad up here.

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