My husband and I live and farm a remote and isolated group of islands in the Falkland Islands. We use a 36 foot steel fishing boat to move between islands. Our lifestyle is pretty much self sufficient. We have a wind turbine for power our own veg gardens and 5,000 sheep that we farm for fine wool and fat lamb.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
A Heath Robinson turnout
Tractor with new and improved radiator.
I'm not sure why its called a Heath Robinson but that is what we call a botch up job. Christopher and Shaun have been out firefighting before breakfast every day. They have been using the Mitsubishi to tow a sleigh with a water container on it but it is too heavy for the vehicle and is going to knacker it completely. Hence the need for another solution. The tractor has had a knackered radiator for a long time but was okay for short periods of time but wasn't up to the job of towing the sleigh for any length of time. Yesterday they decided they would fit a household radiator to it. Its not ideal and will not work properly like the tractor one but they are hopeful it will do a full days fire fighting today. Christopher had never looked on line for spares for the tractor because it is so old and obsolete he expected the spares to be horrendously expensive. Surprise, surprise they are cheap. New radiator and arms on order tomorrow.
Update on how the Heath Robinson job performed later.