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Loved reading about the snow in some quarters, here at the moment we are into day four of howling gales sweeping around the house. When we moved in after Mum died eight months ago we removed 50' grisselinia hedging which was rotten at the base, but which did shelter the house from the winds from the north and west. However given the state of their weakness [rotten to the core] and the proximity to the house, we had to take them out or have them possibly fall on the roof causing major damage.

In taking them out we have exposed ourselves to bitter artic winds, which bring back memories to me of a childhood spent with the wind whistling down the chimney, shivering as I put a tentative foot on the floor in the morning before going to school, and wearing layers of warm woolies in an effort to keep warm, despite fires in every room.

Now thank Heaven for uPVc windows, apart from the piece of ridging that has fallen off the end of the north facing part of the roof, we are snug and cosy and I can wear a tee shirt around the house; roll on adding on a new family sized kitchen. My main priority will be a huge range and oh boy! do I have the wood to burn for the first year. By the time I get on to an Architect and get that part done, get p.p. approved and all the rest of it, the wood will be well seasoned for next winter.

I have a lot of nostalgia about this place, all of it kind and good, but those gales are not part of it. I have had to move the bird feeders out of the front garden and around to the south facing part of the house; I notice that our badgers and foxes come around later and later, partly due to the gales and mostly due to how they change their visiting times on their territories.

Enjoy the snow folks! Won't be long before we get it here too, looking at that line on the horizon.


Posted at 23rd Nov 2008 - 11:14AM   Posted by Irish Eyes   Gael force Comments: 5

Cait's Avatar Lovely to hear from you IE and of your progress in your new abode.
Stay warm.

Posted by: Cait on 23rd Nov 2008 at 12:19PM

Camilla's Avatar Hello Irish Eyes, great to hear from you and wonderful to know you are well in new house.


Posted by: Camilla on 23rd Nov 2008 at 02:08PM

Frances's Avatar Hello Irish Eyes,

Glad that you are cosy indoors, and keeping those gales outside. Right now, I can also hear strong winds just beyond my windows and don't look forward to walking down to the subway train stop at the corner. I will try to stay on the ground before heading underground!


Posted by: Frances on 23rd Nov 2008 at 02:51PM

Withy Brook's Avatar No gale here today for a change. The snow which fell later in the night has slowly been thawing all day.
I hope you are planning to replace the windbreak with something reasonably fast growing and attractive! Not something that grows to 50ft though Rolling Eyes
I envy you your draught-free house and tshirt temperature. Lots of jerseys here.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 23rd Nov 2008 at 06:43PM

Grouse's Avatar Sounds like a really exciting project though. The gales.....sorry to tell you- we never did get gales like we are getting so wind protection should be top of your list. Arnt the birds lucky that you have done that for them? Next spring when they most need the food you will probably have saved whole broods with your forsight.

Posted by: Grouse on 23rd Nov 2008 at 09:01PM

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