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Will (my tortoise partner) set it up with a PVC coming from the bottom that I just have to tip down to the ground and it empties. I still have to use the shop vac to get what doesn't reach the drain. Then the time consuming part of filling each tub. I generally forget I'm doing this part and end up draining the over fill.

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I agree with Ray. Fall is settilng in around here also. Eat comfort food and get back to it tomorrow. Even the turtles may just want to not be disturbed. 🤗.
 

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It's been so cool I drug out some leggings and long sleeve shiirts. It's 68°f outside and dropping more for the night. Inside it says 80 but somehow I can still feel the outside cold🐢.
 

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Cool & sunny here. Finally some perfect gardening weather. Ive raked, cut the lawn, transplanted & divided a few house plants, gave away a few Snake Plants & a fig tree or two. Cleaned the garage up, participated in a community “garage sale” (i had a bunch of hostas, liriope, monstera, & snake plants up for sale). Pulled some Japanese Stiltgrass for our Sully to graze on. Soon, a wee bonfire on the back deck. Thats enough for today. 65 degrees outside and loving it. (18C)
I'm so jealous of your energy ☺️👍 good jobs well done. I need to do some stuff too real soon.🤔
 

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It's been so cool I drug out some leggings and long sleeve shiirts. It's 68°f outside and dropping more for the night. Inside it says 80 but somehow I can still feel the outside cold🐢.
We're down to low 40Fs at night now and low to mid 60s in the day. It's still dry though and not much of a breeze. Lola still wants to be out grazing and will have long basks in his sheltered spot if the sun comes through. This year he really has realised he's a tortoise - at last !
 

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Good afternoon/evening all.
Maybe you can help me with something puzzling me . o_O
I had a letter from my energy company today saying that only people with smart meters would have 100% renewable energy from 1st Oct, They didn't give any explanation or mention different prices or higher charges etc., so if some houses in a street have a a smart meter and others don't how are they are going to separate energy from different sources to different addresses? I may be being a bit dense 🤪and it may be perfectly clear to some of you, but I don't understand what they mean unless it does come down to cost.

It could be just a ploy to make everyone have a smart meter which sends usage data and readings to the company. They aren't compulsory here - do you have them on the US? I don't have one yet because my circuit board is an old type and apparently not compatible with them.
Your thoughts would be very welcome.
 

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Good afternoon/evening all. Maybe you can help me with something puzzling me . o_O I had a letter from my energy company today saying that only people with smart meters would have 100% renewable energy from 1st Oct, They didn't give any explanation or mention different prices or higher charges etc., so if some houses in a street have a a smart meter and others don't how are they are going to separate energy from different sources to different addresses? I may be being a bit dense 🤪and it may be perfectly clear to some of you, but I don't understand what they mean unless it does come down to cost. It could be just a ploy to make everyone have a smart meter which sends usage data and readings to the company. They aren't compulsory here - do you have them on the US? I don't have one yet because my circuit board is an old type and apparently not compatible with them. Your thoughts would be very welcome.

Is there an option with your electricity to be "100% renewable"?

The electricity is all the same, I'm thinking that they buy the equivalent amount from renewable sources for those that want renewable. The smart meters allow them to know exactly how much they need to offset with renewables.
 

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Is there an option with your electricity to be "100% renewable"?

The electricity is all the same, I'm thinking that they buy the equivalent amount from renewable sources for those that want renewable. The smart meters allow them to know exactly how much they need to offset with renewables.
The company sells it self as a provider of renewable energy but as I understand it electricity from all sources is fed into the national grid so I don't think anyone truly gets 100% renewable. They seem to be getting lots of complaints so I think I may switch - not that there's anything to gain financially at the moment with the high price caps etc but they have taken over another company and seem to be struggling.
 

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Hey Lyn, if you search on UK and smart meter rollout, you will find a ton of info. Looks like they are pushing everyone to be “smart.”

 

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I wouldn't install a "smart meter" unless like Y, my system was feeding their system and my finances, reflected it. Everyone has a different risk tolerance but as far at that goes...no, I don't let anyone control my elect, just for a few dollars. My situation might be different though in a few years<LOL>! maybe someone who had a better understanding of UKs' power can help Lyn? Mark, are you up?

Beautiful weekend.....Beautiful boat Mark, must have been someone else.....I didn't have THAT much fun this weekend. There is "the change", I felt it Friday when I worked outside all afternoon. it's time for summer to be done anyway.

I had to finish what we had started a couple weeks ago....but we got done and her sprinklers, seed, topsoil and agro are down and the system programmed so we can be done now! I found nice little garter snake with a fresh meal in his tummy....as we were both going in to the shed together. Once he realized I wasn't going to eat him, he decided to go in later and went underneath instead, 2 ft away from where I'd seen a tad a few minutes earlier! I think Mr toad was safe...snake was fat!

I remember in the Spring posting a pic of her back yard from the opposite side, the big expanse of beautiful green grass....as you can see below.....THAT's long gone<LOL> but now that she can water it w/o costing her money, and it's automatic, maybe she'll keep some grass in the back next year.


The front was still alive but fairly weak. I had planted a fine grass and didn't like it. Now that she has a nice bed of topsoil, the front will be a cinch.


for anyone thinking about it;

35 hrs total for me, the brains of the operation
35 or so for Kerry
15 for her 24 yo son

Materials for 1/2 acre front & back, no sides....used 4 of 6 available zones, interior manifold mounted on a board in the crawlspace(no exterior wiring )

240lf 3/4" pex but nearly all compression fittings, not PEX as the ID's are very small.
water motor heads in front(quiet)
Impacts for all the big spaces in back
Popups on the front strip and 1 MP head, just because I wanted to see one work. LOL..oh come on, it was 9 bucks.
Auto drains under every head( they open once the system is turned off)
Total material cost- $750 (pipe & prebuilt manifold kit by Hunter were 400 of it. I also bought extra heads for expansion.
8 CY of topsoil & 5 CY of Agro- $775
Seed/product - $500

I used to install this system as "side work" and in 19(there's a clue)90....

This same system, with my erecting a hand built copper manifold onsite, mounted on unistrut and a board....used to take me and a helper 1 weekend....2-12 hr days for each of us......ain't no way in hell that's ever gonna happen again.... LMAO

The beauty of age is.....I'll never have to either!

Enjoy the day guys!

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oh yeah, and she will KILL my for that last pic... I surprised her right before I left this morning. Wanted everyone to who had worked me to death, if I stroked out and didn't make it home!

LMAO.....everyone reading this knows how lucky I THINK I am....LOL.....and that's all that really matters.

enjoy the afternoon
 

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We're down to low 40Fs at night now and low to mid 60s in the day. It's still dry though and not much of a breeze. Lola still wants to be out grazing and will have long basks in his sheltered spot if the sun comes through. This year he really has realised he's a tortoise - at last !
Our nights have been the same as yours but this week is supposed to be in the 30's at night. Sapphire got out today for about an hour though. Even though the air temperature was 75°f, in the sun on my back deck it was 90°f and above. Even though I worry about the ground temperature being too cold for him, from now on, I'm going to take him out if the temperature in the sun is good enough. I'll just wait for the enclosure to warm up and bring him in when the temperature drops.☺️
 

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Cool & sunny here. Finally some perfect gardening weather. Ive raked, cut the lawn, transplanted & divided a few house plants, gave away a few Snake Plants & a fig tree or two. Cleaned the garage up, participated in a community “garage sale” (i had a bunch of hostas, liriope, monstera, & snake plants up for sale). Pulled some Japanese Stiltgrass for our Sully to graze on. Soon, a wee bonfire on the back deck. Thats enough for today. 65 degrees outside and loving it. (18C)
Wow Mark, you accomplished as much that I could do in a year.
 

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Our nights have been the same as yours but this week is supposed to be in the 30's at night. Sapphire got out today for about an hour though. Even though the air temperature was 75°f, in the sun on my back deck it was 90°f and above. Even though I worry about the ground temperature being too cold for him, from now on, I'm going to take him out if the temperature in the sun is good enough. I'll just wait for the enclosure to warm up and bring him in when the temperature drops.☺️
Cathie if you have a infrared temp gun. Check the ground temp, if it is 65° ambient temp here and sunny. In the early afternoon the ground temp will be about 80° to 85°f.
 

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Hey Lyn, if you search on UK and smart meter rollout, you will find a ton of info. Looks like they are pushing everyone to be “smart.”

Thanks Mark.
Yes they have been pushing them for years but they weren't popular to start with - there was a lot of distrust and a smart meter installed by one company wasn't compatible with another company if you switched - so initially problems. I can't have one yet until my circuit board has been updated. Apart from that I don't need a meter to tell me that my electricity use rises with some appliances - it's common sense!
You don't have to send meter readings with them so bills should be more accurate but a lot of people are still getting over estimated bills. They've probably ironed out most problems now but still some issues.
 

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Finally cool enough & less bugs to enjoy our campfire on the deck last night. Big storm approaching. High winds & rain.
I think we have the remnants of your storms and Hurricane Fiona making their way across the pond during this week with quite high winds and some rain on the way. I hope none of our Canadian members have been too badly affected by Fiona, and that your storm isn't too bad.
 

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Good afternoon/evening all,
I seem to have been busy all day but not really accomplished much today. Never mind, there's always tomorrow, and if there isn't, I've saved myself some work!;)
Hope you're all having a peaceful Sunday.
 

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