After a weekend of continuing snow showers and low temperatures on Sunday night causing the steep part of the lane to be tricky to negotiate, the builders made it to site - I think they are now seeing it as a bit of a challenge that they are determined to beat!
Roof work planned for this week, despite the snow...clearing the snow was necessary first
Careful planning to get the 'random' slates of different heights to fit the battening pattern
When snow came down heavily, work continued inside to clear out areas ready for repair
and the stonework above the forking holes has been removed in readiness for battening out for the patent glazing in the roof - scaffolding was adjusted to allow full access to the windows
Telehandler put to good use to get the slates onto the roof - tricky manoeuvres skillfully done
Just beginning to see the roof slates appearing from ground level - about 4 rows done
Another layer of snow overnight on Wednesday meant a new tool was added to the winter roofing team's toolbox - a broom! The day was absolutely glorious despite the snow and clearing the battens and membrane was hot work up in the sunshine
the roof layers creep up....
Friday saw the snow beginning to melt ..... drizzly roofing work
The builders are happy with the artificial slates and they look convincing on the roof - the 'lichen green' colourway matches well to the weathered real stonework elsewhere on site
and the crates are being emptied - these are robust and heavy, and they will be upcycled around here - log stores, shelves for wildflower seedlings, den building, tree houses....etc
The roof is now not far off eave level and battening out for the front window is underway
Hoping to upload a video of the telehandler at work when the internet is up to speed.....