Photo article: call me Heath Robinson - my favourite fan is back at the Greek Hovel

Tom Winnifrith Monday 6 June 2016


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At night in summertime the one habitable room at the Greek Hovel is unbearably hot at night, after a long day of 33 degree heat. But opening the large windows would allow all sorts of wildlife diversity to gain entrance to a room where I have sealed every crack and hole to make it secure. As such one just sweats it out. Or at least that used to be the case until I bought an electric fan. However...

Someone, I cannot remember who, stumbled on the fan during the night and snapped it clean in two. The head is now seperated from its base. But call me Heath Robinson, if you wish, I have a solution. Remember that out here I built my own eco-loo from waste wood, I am a fecking eco-warrior so I shall not throw away a fan just because the base snapped off.

As you can see below a fourpack of water bottles is my new base. It works. As - sometimes - does the fan. I know that it sucks up power and to my fellow eco-loons I must apologise for that.

In a year's time, when this place is renovated, it will have PV cells installed and will be entirely self sufficient when it comes to electricity. In fact we should have enough power to sell some juice back to the National Grid although whether we actually get paid for that is another matter given that this is Greece.

Pro tem, I apologise for the power usage but my favourite fan is back in action.

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About Tom Winnifrith
Tom Winnifrith is the editor of When he is not harvesting olives in Greece, he is (planning to) raise goats in Wales.
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