Earth Notes: Diarycast - March Warm, April Snow, June Xmas (2021-06-14)

Updated 2024-04-20.
Heating off, pub unlocking snow, a jab and an orchid! #podcast #lockdown
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Hi, I'm Damon Hart-Davis, and welcome to Earth Notes podcast on all things eco and green and efficient @Home!


A very brief scoot through the last three months at EOU Towers, since census day on March 21st. It's warm here this evening at my desk at something like 28°C...

On March 23rd (and again on the 29th) the Enphase battery carried energy throughout the night to keep us off-grid.

On the 29th also, we ceremonially turned the central heating off at noon. It did get used very briefly a couple of times in April, once for an impulse heating test.


On the 7th of April, according to the BBC and National Grid, Great Britain's electricity system was the greenest it had ever been at lunchtime on Easter Bank Holiday Monday, ... Sunny and windy weather, coupled with low demand for power ... meant zero-carbon power sources made up almost 80% of Britain's power.

On the 12th, on the day that the pubs could re-open, outside only, we had snow! I did somewhat grimly experience a few pub garden sessions, selflessly, in cold and lashing rain, just to prop up the local economy...

By the 24th it was warm enough to again wear the shorts that I had hung on the back of my chair "for a few days" at the end of March!


On the 6th of May, while I'd normally be one of the first to the polling station at 7am for the London elections, I had already voted by post this time to reduce covid risks a little. First time postal vote for me I think.

On the evening of the 21st I enjoyed a beer or 2.5 inside at my local microbrewery Tap Room.


On the 31st, according to Enphase, we had 100% "energy independence", ie we didn't import any electricity from the grid.

On the 1st of June, a tad delayed by covid, we had a belated Christmas with presents from one group of relatives. I got a neck warmer and a Christmas mug on a day where I am having to wear socks and sandals and mow grass that a cat could get lost in! The southern hemisphere Xmas Experience!

On the 6th I had my second covid shot, hurrah!


On the 10th was my first in-person meeting wearing a suit for many months, and missing a partial eclipse.

And today, on the 14th, I got to see what I think is a pyramidal orchid in a grassy area near home!

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