Now we’re even happier if it rains (the Longhouse rain water harvesting tank sometimes needs filling) or if the sun shines due to the impressive solar field we’ve had installed by the local company Brilliant Harvest.

We think that considering the electricity prices are only going to increase and we had the land on a perfect south facing slope it made complete sense to convince the nice bank manager with our idea. The 49kw array is only just over 1m from the ground and we’ve already started to landscape the surrounding area with the spare 60 tonnes of earth we cut out of the hill for the garden annex build.

Bruce has order to a mixture of wild flower seed and is just waiting for a shower of rain. In the autumn we plan to plant shrubs to provide more screening but with lots of colour and flowers to attract insects.