In May 2011, after four years of life on McNutt's Island, we moved to Montreal. This blog remains, though, as a (sort of) daily record of our time on the island, and a winding path for anyone who would like to meander about among its magical places. For additional perspectives and insights I recommend Greg's book, Island Year: Finding Nova Scotia (2010), and my Bowl of Light (2012). I'll continue to post once in a while. If you do want to read this blog, one option would be to begin at the beginning of it (which is, as we all know, in blog-world, at the end), and read forward, concluding with the most recent entry. It's a journal, really, so it does makes more sense if you read it that way. But, you know, read it any way you like.

Friday, March 19, 2010

House call from MaManna

Yesterday our alternative energy company, MaManna, arrived to perform brain surgery on the Skystream.Its thinking has not been entirely rational of late. By some clever means, the people at Skystream, in far off Flagstaff Arizona, could peer into our wind turbine's deepest thoughts and figure out what was going wrong. Skystream decided that our wind turbine needed a new brain. Happily, there's a five-year warranty on brains. So Skystream sent MaManna to make everything right again.
First they dropped the tower. I would have thought that would be scary and hard. But no, they said. Piece of cake. Troy is one of the MaManna guys.
Skipper brought the MaManna team over to the island on Sailor Boy with all their equipment. He also provided his island vehicle for winching. Andy is on the right.
Andy went to Boston to train with Skystream. They travelled all over New England practicing the intricacies of installation. He says this Skystream turbine is one of his favourites: easy to work with, and very reliable. I wonder if he says that about all the turbines.
Here's the turbine, out cold. Allan is sort of head surgeon, I guess. He speaks another language when he's on the phone with the Skystream people in Arizona. Fortunately they understand each other.
After surgery, resurrecting the turbine. It does look easy. Of course, I'm not doing a thing. And obviously neither is Greg.
Winch and Chevrolet: old technology in service of the new.
Troy shows me the old brain. I think it goes back to Skystream for an autopsy.
I personally can't see anything wrong with it. But then what do I know.
Sailor Boy was loaded up and on her way back to Fort Point by about 4:30. MaManna is located in Dartmouth, just east of Halifax. So the guys had another few hours to travel before they would be home.
They left our turbine whirring happily in the wind again.
And they sailed away.

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