Friends, the recent snow we had in April
seemed to get everywhere.
And not just outside, anywhere it could!
Putting up the weather boearding
In places there was around 5 cm of snow inside, where it had blown in through cracks! (It did not melt because there was a long power cut and no heating) Once the snow had melted we assessed the worst of the problems and decided that we would need to put a complete new skin on the old stables, where quite a lot had got in.
Comparing the old and new
We started at the most exposed end the west gable and gradually worked around
Last part to go
We have now nearly finished the job. One of the last things was the angle flashing, which came yesterday from TAS building supplies. http://www.tasbuildingsupplies.com/ (Fantastic service delivered when they said. ) They just need to be screwed in. These will stop the wind (and snow) getting in under the roof panels. Then finish off putting the wood preserver on the new weather boarding, and hopefully it will be good for another 20-30 years.
The end result
Once finished it blends in with the shrubs. This is my ad hoc update and diary describing how I am developing our garden at Trostrie Cottage in Galloway. You can see the garden for yourself if you book a self catering dog friendly holiday @The Shieling which is attached to Trostrie Cottage http://www.trostriecottage.co.uk/
Over the last couple of days we have noticed our latest new residents – the fox family wandering around the garden. Now I am not sure if they have moved in because of the snow, or just think they have found some easy food.
Mr Fox on the look out
But we do seem to have a plague of rabbits at the present and anything that will help keep them down is a good thing.
Mr Fox killing the rabbit
Pauline says I should not show the images of the fox ripping the head off the rabbit and pulling on the gut so I have put this one in instead.
Mr Fox making sure it is dead
We were sitting having our tea when bold as brass Mr Fox walk passed the window with a wiggling rabbit in its mouth.
Mr Fox making sure no-one is watching before taking the food home
Evidently he was worried that it may get away as he stops to kill it by removing the head, then has a look round to make sure everything is ok before carrying it off to his home (his earth)
Mr Fox taking the food home to his family
Finally placing it down the burrow for the rest of the family to eat
Its dinner time!!
This is my ad hoc update and diary describing how I am developing our garden at Trostrie Cottage in Galloway. You can see the garden for yourself if you book a self catering dog friendly holiday @The Shieling which is attached to Trostrie Cottage
Lots of Snow
Like a lot of people recently we have been hit by large snow falls, no of power and a subsequent lack of broadband.
The lack of power did not matter too much during the day as we spent all the day light hours digging ourselves out. I don't know how many tons of snow it was but the depth of snow varied from 30 cm to over a metre.
Digging the snow
Eventually after two days worth of digging – around ¼ km our neighbour a farmer was able to finish off digging the track as he had finished digging cars out on the main road.
Well we are now catching up with things, which includes writing reviews of books I have read over the last few days, some of which by candle light.
It all looks very alpine now, with the sun shining on the snow but that is for another entry
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