A highland fling

our wee adventure on the Black Isle

Mountain technology

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Despite living in a deeply rural part of Spain, we are smug in the knowledge that we lead a pretty high-tech life.

During the lightening storm last night, electricity in the village was up and down like a yo-yo. Not at Casa Tyr! We are not on the grid, but get our power from wind, the sun, and if all else fails, a backup diesel generator. Rain or shine, sleet or snow, we have power. Yippee!

We also are not on mains water. No sewer lines to work on, no water being turned off. We have our own septic system, and our own fresh water well (giving the best-tasting, sweetest water I have ever tasted). Double yippee!

Of course, things are never perfect. Last March, we realized too late that our septic tank needed emptying. No ‘honey wagons’ (what a name!) could make it up our muddy track. So brave Kenton went out in the rain and partially emptied the tank using…a spade. Such sacrifice has seldom been known. My hero.

And why do I write this today? We connect to the outside world via a wireless network (you guessed it, no landline here!). Works wonderfully…except for a 4th time, our router has stopped working! Argh!

Author: Ann Larson

One-time IT executive who lives on a 22 acre olive farm in Spain with husband Kenton and 2 boxer dogs. We make Yunquera Gold olive oil, and soap and skincare products from same. We aim to make natural, fresh, and handmade products at affordable prices!

One thought on “Mountain technology

  1. Yes – a Linksys router again – don’t buy that rubbish people. Five hours on the phone with tech support to be told “it doesn’t work anymore you’ll have to buy a new one”