Day 6 on Maio
Saturday 22nd March 2014
Slept with the bedroom window open last night but with the mosquito net closed and it was lovely, a steady cool breeze, the sound of the waves hitting the shore and more importantly, no cockerel! The time is 07:05 and the temperature is again 22°C.
Well nobody can say we're not trying! We put the wind turbine up this morning on top of the generator building, with the day time guard Vee's help. You may ask why we hadn't done this before now, well there is a very good reason, the 12 volt battery we bought last time we were here went flat so we needed to charge it up first. We did this with the help of a charger we brought from home.
Now I ask you, why does it always happen to me??? As soon as the turbine went up, which took about an hour, the wind stopped and now the turbine is making a good impression of a still life subject. But we do know that it can generate 14 volts. Our idea is to link up the battery to the turbine, when the wind blows, and use the solar panel to charge the battery when it stops blowing. Then, when the battery and inverter are connected to the turbine we can get electricity to the bungalow.
We will be going back into Porto Inglês again later this afternoon. Our plan is to get a few things and stay there until evening and get a meal, then come back later after dark. Until then I will be up in the roof rafters to treat the wood. I'm not sure what they'll look like in 12 months or so time, but I must admit it does look better for it now.
Well we're back, the time is 06:45 and it's just getting dark. We didn't go for a meal as the heat seems to drain the appetite. On the way to town we walked about 1 kilometre and a nice gent picked us up. In Porto Inglês I offered him some money but he declined, everyone is so nice here.
We looked around the town and everyone is very friendly. All the children say "ola" and their mums and dads say "bom dia".
I know I have mentioned in previous blogs but I'll say again that there are quite a few Chinese shops around which sell a variety of goods but the locals would like you to shop with them. This isn't always possible because of the availability of goods that the locals can obtain.
By 16:00 we were both shattered an wanted to sit down. We went to the wall overlooking the beach, this wall has just been built and looks very impressive. I do however get the feeling, rightly or wrongly, that the building work started because of the Selina resort being started. My fear is that the upgrade of the beach area may come to a stop now that this development has been abandoned. Believe me, I hope I'm wrong!
We took the long walk back and was very glad of a shower. Christine is hoovering the floor thanks to our generous neighbours Frank & Sue letting us borrow it. I'm doing the man thing of lifting my legs.
Day 7 on Maio
Sunday 23rd March 2014
A nice lie in this morning, 08:20. We went to Casablanca store to pick up our bread and the owner's wife Mariana said that the lady who makes the bread rolls doesn't bake on a Sunday. Bless her heart Mariana saved us a loaf from Saturday which she kept in the freezer.
On the way back, we saw a few lads playing football with a very tatty ball so we gave them the 2nd football to play with.
Our turbine is turning nicely and we have now rigged up the solar panel on the roof of a bungalow that is yet to be completed. By the way this is where to generator is stored also. But we now hopefully have a electricity for our lights, believe me, this is a real luxury!
We have booked a taxi with Benvindo for 10:00 tomorrow to get some fuel for the generator. We need this for pumping the water so that we can have showers.
Day 8 on Maio
Monday 24th March 2014
I really can't put into words just how peaceful it is here. To be able to escape the hassle of work, deadlines, trying to get as much done in as little time as possible, it's just lovely to be able to just relax and take it easy.
On our daily trip to the store, Mariana told us that the minimum wage in Cape Verde is €100 per month. Some lucky people can earn €250 a month. Apparently most of the houses don't have electricity because of the charges the Electra company demand.
Benvindo picked us up at 10:00 as arranged. He took us to Porto Inglês with the diesel (gasoleo) container to fill up so that we had enough fuel for the rest of our stay. Filling the 25 litre container cost 2,500 escudos (I think of it as £25 worth), that's nice and easy to work out.
The rest of the day we went to the beach and just lazed around all day. Strolling along the beach and lounging on our patio.
After lights out last night we had a couple of children come to the door asking for a drink of water, after we gave them some, they came back and asked for a ball. The whole point of bringing balls is so that the community benefits from them and not just one family so we made them wait until we visited Morro football ground.