important things have happened here this week. One is as old as the hills and
one is new technology. Both are good things and I am pleased about them happening.
our grass fields have been cut. The fields are called Oak Meadow (because of
the ancient oaks on the borders) and the other is called Goose bottom because
we used to keep geese in there and it is low land. The grass is also full of wildflowers
and this late cutting means that the seeds for next year have ripened and
dropped into the soil. There are wide margins and I am hoping that
over-wintering butterfly pupae and summer grasshopper eggs will be safe in the
long grass there. How strange to walk this new flat land with Speckles the hen
running wild and the moles having a field day with easy to dig tunnels. There
were seven bales this year big round bundles with summer wrapped up inside
thing that has happened is that we have had a smart meter fitted. My electric
company has been asking on-line for some time if I want one fitted. To be
honest I have not seen the point. I know when I have got electrical devices
switched on and I do not leave pilot lights on so what would be the advantage?
recently I read that the radio signal that switches certain night-time heaters
on is to be discontinued at the end of March next year. It’s worth checking if
you need a smart meter for your night heaters. Also, we may need to change our
tariffs for charging electrical cars and for that we need smart meters. Will we
really all be driving such cars? It seems true so we must think ahead.
we now have a device in the kitchen which shows green, orange or red. Green is
normal and the electricity is only costing £0.04 per hour, but switching the
kettle on changes it to orange and we are using £1.04 per hour. When we put the
shower on the red light blares out and I dare not linger for long or think
about how much it costs.
resident wren is also changing for the new season and thinking ahead. It is
still feeding on the ants on our warm path and at night as I sit in the lounge,
I can see it through the window flying up to my bay tree then up to my little
basket pocket in the jasmine on the house wall. Sadly, it did not nest here but
has found a cosy bed there for the night without thinking of electricity.
(Taken from my column in the Shropshire Star)
installation of our new smart meter