Phew… luckily for the flowers of the hellebores in the photos below they don’t usually. They’d be a tad scared if they did though as above them there are some perilously perched roof tiles! Perhaps they will sense this and stay in bud for a little longer. It’s cold, wet and still windy out there today anyway.
Yes, our house is in the stats of those in Scotland/UK with roof damage after yesterday’s winds. However, our roof isn’t as bad as our neighbour further down the street so for that we are quite thankful. Although, we also have damage at a corner and if it doesn’t get repaired before more winds pick up we could be looking at some similar damage. As you might expect our local roof repairers are busy and looking at the worst cases first.
Many trees and fences have had and caused damage too. In last week’s wild winds, our fairly sheltered boundary fence got damaged with two posts breaking at ground level. We quickly got new posts, got the panels down and the old posts finally prized from the panels only to find massive concrete blocks below ground.
Hard as we tried we couldn’t break up the concrete blocks. As our neighbour has dogs we had to return the fence panels (post-less) with emergency fixings to our shed and a wall trellis. Thankfully it survived the winds of yesterday.
Plan B is to add more new concrete to bring the concrete level up. We will work with what we have and drill down through it to secure metal braces for our posts. The new cement will need time to harden first so our emergency fixing will be there a bit longer.
Yesterday, we had a bit of an early wakening with the wind as its force through our letterbox managed to open our internal door setting off our burglar alarm just before 6:30am. The weather forecasts hadn’t given any indication that we were about to get such speeds and force of wind. We are all wondering why.
Anyway, it could have been so much worse so I’m not really complaining. Here in my garden I’ve an Arch leaning over but it wasn’t strong before and we were planning to replace it. I have had an imaginative idea for this so perhaps it’s time to give this a try 🙂
Apart from leaves and rubbish in my little pond my recently moved pine tree is leaning again. The ground is pretty wet so I’ll need to find an imaginative way to support it. Actually, I could maybe risk some twine across to the tree beside it which has been there longer. That might work. Brr… but it’s cold out there… its getting windy again too 🙁
Sending my thoughts and best wishes to everyone with damage to their properties and gardens just now. However, my thoughts also go to the men (possibly women too) that will be climbing ladders and working on our roofs just now. Stay safe everyone 🙂
This post was written by Shirley for shirls gardenwatch in January 2012.