Today's temperatures and dew points.
Rose standing between the Giant Rockery and the Vegetable and Fruit Beds.
The oak tree in autumn that stands between the Field and Top Banks.
Part of the Front Beds below the house.
The sycamore tree in winter.
Life at Owlers
Life at Owlers means enjoying living on the south facing side of the Upper Calder Valley above Mytholmroyd, with views that span from Sowerby to the east, Cragg Vale to the south, and Lower Rough Head to the west. The convenience of the market town of Hebden Bridge is about a mile away. The minster town of Halifax is just eight miles away, and the cities of Leeds and Manchester are 24 and 27 miles distant respectively.
When we took over Owlers in 2008, it already had a sizeable garden developed from the surrounding hillside fields. However, as part of the renovation and remodelling of the whole property, many significant changes were made and new planting areas were developed. In some cases, gaps have been filled and the original planting has been restored. Some new areas of the garden have been created from what was both a field and a hen run. The hard landscaping has also been improved with new drystone walls, flagged areas and cobbles to the lane.
If you want to know what the weather is or has been like at Owlers, take a look at our weather pages. Our WS-2300 weather station consists of three sensors mounted on our potting shed - an anemometer to measure wind speed and direction, a tipper gauge to measure rainfall, and a thermo-hydro sensor to measure temperature, humidity and air pressure. Every eight seconds this weather data is transmitted via cable to a base station in the house, which is in turn connected to our web server, an iMac running Apache 2 under Mac OS X. Our server also runs wview, which retrieves the weather data from the base station, storing it in an SQLite database, and then generating our weather pages, which are updated every few minutes. From the above six measurements our system also calculates wind chill, heat index and dew point, as well as daily, monthly and annual highs, lows and averages.
Owlers Solar Power
Our solar power generation systems were installed to reduce our carbon footprint at Owlers. They consist of a solar photovoltaic (PV) system capable of generating peak power of 3.5 kW (around 20 kWh on a sunny day), and a solar hot water system that provides all of our hot water in the summer months and contributes significantly to heating our water during the rest of the year. We estimate that the combined effect of both systems reduces our CO2 generation by about four tonnes per year. Our solar power pages show annual, monthly and daily energy yields for our PV system and annual and monthly energy yields for our hot water system. The daily yield of our PV system also gives a good idea of how much sunshine we get at Owlers during each month of the year.