It has been a stormy night and I am very glad we have adopted ‘Plan B’, if we’d managed to pull off ‘Plan A’ the house would not have a roof on at the moment, it would be bound in scaffold and swathed in tarpaulins and I doubt any of us would have got much in the way of sleep last night.
‘Plan A’ was to reroof the house earlier this autumn, for under the heavy stone roof slates there is little in the way of roofing felt with that and the coombed ceilings in the bedrooms meaning that there is no space for insulation, what heat saving we gain on small windows and thick walls, seeps away through the roof. It’s a big job and an expensive one but one we’ve just got to crack on with. Except our carefully selected roofer has put his back out (as a one time self employed person, I feel his pain) he was already behind schedule on starting the job, on account of the poor weather this summer. So we have deferred the job till next spring. Given last nights gales I feel this was a very sensible move.
It was calmer earlier in the week
In the mean time Mr Uhdd has been beavering away on a stopping the draughty gaps and insulating our porch, the build quality of the porch is dubious, so we’ve made the best of a bad job by a new insulated ceiling and pouring vermiculite into the cavities, the trouble is it work in progress and last night was so windy that it has blown drifts of vermiculite back out of the walls, which just goes to show how draughty it was in there, the stuff is trampling all through the house (it’s the knickers draw saga all over again.)
we had blue skies on Monday, it was so still and quiet you could hear the taffeta rustle of a crows on the wing.
Mr Uhdd is running in the Lake District today, although given the weather he may just be trying to cling on to the side of the mountain for fear of being blown away, its the Dunnerdale fell race, he ran it last year.
there is a very nice pub across the road from the start of the race, with roaring open fires, that seems like a sensible move to me.