We have had 5 days of overcast & rain in a row. The power is still holding but as my Wife had to take one of our Granddaughters shopping today I got her to pick up a new generator whilst she was in the city. This one has a Kabota petrol engine with a 6 hour running time & is 5.5 KVA. Our main use will be if we have longer periods of overcast & for using the large washing machine in the outside laundry. The new 5000 gallon water tank is 3/4 full now so we can start using the outside laundry. We are not however dependent on the generator. We can do the washing by hand like we used to, & we can stop using excess power in the house if the power drops. The generator is a luxury.