It is now exactly ten years since our solar panels came on stream. In that time they have served us 14,474.704kWh of electricity and £7,594.93 of free money, more than paying for themselves. Hopefully they have also reduced more pollution than was engendered in their manufacture, having offset just over 10,000kg of CO2. Good stuff all round.
Admin2 is reading The Promise by Damon Galgut; change and decay in a South African farming family; best Booker-winner I’ve read in years.

Storm Arwen

After Black Friday, white Saturday. Admin2 woke in the early morning to find white stuff blowing all over the place in the raging winds. We’ve had over 25mm of assorted precipitation (snow, sleet, rain, hail, graupel and diamond dust) today and the day is not over yet [update: total was 26.1mm, which is half all the rainfall we’ve had this monh]. And along with Arwen we have Omicron. Happy days.
Admin1 is reading Surgeons’ Hall by ES Thomson.

Shine On Beaver Moon

If we had been on the other side of the world we would have seen the longest lunar eclipse this century and the longest partial eclipse for 580 years.
Admin1 is reading Beloved Poison by ES Thomson — Gothic, gruesome and gory, with a gallery of grotesques. And very odoriferous. Admin2 is reading Still Life by Val McDermid.
We scored 10 on the GSQ.

Starling the Show

Singing a song for us.
Admin1 is reading the 700+-page Termination Shock by Neal Stephenson, which posits a high-tech solution to climate change, along with its drawbacks and political problems. In typical fashion for NS, the digressions along the way are much of the appeal: Punjabi stick-fighting, microwaving grapes, eagles vs drones, Netherlands royalty, how to tie a turban, the Line of Actual Control, Texan feral pigs, skycranes, and much else.
Admin2 is reading the 900+-page Anathem, also by Neal Stephenson.
We scored 8 on the GSQ.

Cloud of the Day: Altocumulus

The sky was beautiful all day and filled with fireworks all night.
Happy Birthday Guida.
Admin1 is reading Murder at the Loch by Eric Brown,  a very old-fashioned murder mystery by a writer more known for his SF. Admin2 started reading A Knife in the Heart by Barbara Nadel but abandoned it because it was too educational and out of date about life, culture and politics in Istanbul.


A visitation by hideous ghouls which chilled us to the marrow as the door creaked slowly open…
Admin2 is reading Nighthawking by Russ Thomas; a mediocre whodunnit featuring metal detectorists and buried coins and corpses.
October was sunnier than in 2020, 2019 and 2017 but worse than all others. This is because we have given up climbing on the roof to move the panels around to optimise them for winter.

It’s Light Night All Right

Hordes of people cram into a churchyard to stick their heads in luminous flowers and hear the hum of nature. Light night is a brilliant institution; it’s understandable that it’s always too crowded to be bearable.
Admin1 is reading The Death of Kings by Rennie Airth. Admin2 is reading The Blood-Dimmed Tide, also by Rennie Airth.