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Fuschia, Sails Ashore

Fuchsia, on a lovely late winter morning

End of Winter

Well, in a couple of days it will be. Although I think the short term outlook for spring looks somewhat winter-ish. We’ve had quite a bit of rain. These last 5 days have averaged 20 odd mm per day and the last two weeks has given us 125 mm. I’ve modified our weather data tabs at https://sailsashore.co.nz/weather-station/  and there is a month and year summary section as well. The data is missing around 15 days in August, when the station was down.

But as I said, The End of Winter is also when we start to see the new season appear, and one of the first signs is our Fuchsia flowering. There has been blossom out for a couple of weeks now, and we’re noticing the Tui & Bellbirds are showing a bit of interest.

Maintenance for Sails Ashore

Winter is when we get our maintenance done, and one of the issues was our central heating. The last couple of months saw us with heating issues in our guest dining and sitting room which I eventually tracked down to collapsed hot water pipes. So we had to bring a couple of Tradies across and they re did all our pipes….. if one had collapsed the others would probably do so as well. Apparently a bad batch of imported pipes 15/16 years ago.

Our furnace supplies both domestic and central heating water and it’s positioned under the house in the crawl space. Easy enough for the younger me when we installed it 25 years ago. Not so easy now, so we’ve decided to shift the whole kit and caboodle into a yet to be built furnace room behind our back deck.  Add to that our hot water cylinder is 20 years old, and it would be a brave fellow who thought there were years of life left, so a new one of those as well !! Our Tradies will get two trips to Stewart Island this year.

Domestic Water

Our guests seem to love our drinking water, and often comment on the lovely “soft” water in the shower. So we explain that we harvest rainwater from our roof, and can store around 100,000 litres spread across 8 tanks. The down pipes from the roof have coarse leaf filters. Then the water is passed into a settling tank, and from there through a filtration sock into the storage tanks. Then we micro filter it to 1 micron and Ultra Violet treat before it gets to the taps.    It does take a some maintenance, so I’ve drained the settling tank, and changed all the filters.  No chlorine, flouride or any other chemicals, and I have to say I really notice the taint of chlorine in the tea and coffee when we visit Anne in Auckland. Her shower can be a bit smelly, as well but she never notices it. 

sailsashore lodge

Down Pipe Leaf Catcher

Sails Ashore water system

Settling Tank

Water Treatment Plant