Spending a weekend on the farm is always the greatest getaway for me. Yes, there are always tasks needing doing, but when you take a second to look out on the rolling hills or spend an evening marvelling at the immense amount of stars, you realize that to work on this property is a privilege.
And yet, being off-grid often prevents us from enjoying the outdoors. You might think, that sounds counterintuitive Eva. Let me explain:
I may have mentioned that my dad is the energy police; watch yourself if you leave a light on when you aren’t in the room or if you leave something plugged in after you finished using it. The phrase that you will always hear in our house when it is sunny is the following:
“Everyone, it is sunny! Get inside and do every chore that needs to be done!”
Because the weather is very changeable in the Sorrento area, dad likes to make the most out of every minute of sun. He expects anything that requires energy to be done while it is sunny to avoid draining the battery bank too much before it gets dark. So instead of playing around outside, you will often find us inside doing laundry, having a shower, doing dishes, etc. I love my dad, but sometimes…
Thankfully we just recently added another part to the solar system which keeps our water hotter for longer without the aid of propane. There have been 6 more solar panels added to our power shack and these ones are specifically connected to our water system through a series of insulated tubing (more specific details on this addition to come). This means we can have showers at night! You can’t really understand how exciting it is to have a shower in the evening without getting loud knocks on the door accompanied by damning remarks about wasting energy, unless you have experienced having a shower in the evening while getting knocks on the door accompanied by damning remarks about wasting energy.
And so, with the help of my dad and his incessant researching, reprimanding, and reassurance, we continue to be successful off-grid occupants, revelling in the beauty of our surroundings while sustainably supporting our lifestyle. Living the life.