This very remote sheep farm covers more than 1000 acres of the surrounding mountains and lakes. No electricity existed at all in the farmhouse or buildings until approximately 9 years ago when a large diesel generator was installed in a nearby shed and the house was wired for basic lighting and a couple of sockets. Whenever electricity was required, even for a single light bulb, the generator had to be started up and kept running, often for 15 hours a day.
This arrangement meant that it was not possible to have a refrigerator or freezer and additionally, when a conventional washing machine was tried it would not work as the generator output was too "dirty" for the washing machine electronics.
The water supply to the house is gravity fed from a small stream coming down the hillside around 100 ft. above the house. With the stream completely open to the hillside the possibility of bacterial contamination of the water being used in the house was very high and a significant risk for young children coming to stay. The inlet to the holding tank was not filtered so that frogs and other small creatures frequently inhabited the storage tank whilst leaves and other debris blocked the outlet.