Wednesday, 31 August 2011

90 minutes from Lockerbie

7.00am and I was going to have a much-needed lie-in. Roofing crew not expected back until 8.30 so the doorbell was not welcome.



A charming young man driving the biggest wagon I have seen here and towing a trailer - a trailer full of our roof tiles. Rushed into clothes, moved my car, discussed where to drop the pallets and offered him a brew. He apologised for being so early and I asked him what time he had set out: "oh, about 5.30" he cheerfully replies.

So that's how I know I am 90 minutes from Lockerbie, a useless factoid that I could quite happily do without. Management slept through the entire thing which takes special skills, he's good like that!





10 comments:

  1. Are these slate? What came off the house? Can't wait to see it finished, how long do they anticipate the job taking?

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  2. Make sure you check out how much the tiles weigh in total (hopefully on the delivery note) as I think you'll be surprised. B-I-L had something like SIXTEEN TONS of tiles when he redid his roof — amazing amount of weight!

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  3. SewAli, oh my dear, I wish it were slate. That would, however, have cost over £40,000 JUST for the tiles. These are normal, environmentally unfriendly concrete (although with a lifespan of 50-60 years I reckon they will pay back their carbon footprint many times over).

    James, weight is not an issue. Have had a structural engineer check the roof supports (for solar panel weight) and the new roof tiles are half the thickness of the old ones. I think I overheard someone say each pallet (220 tiles) weighs 1.2 tons, thanks for the thought though.

    Pat - lie in, hmm, perhaps that's what people in towns do at weekends (ha ha ha). I know you and The Farmer don't get to lounge about once it's light!

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  4. It's quite scary the weight above your head! We had our roof done here just after we moved in.

    Despite leaving work I am annoyingly still wide awake at 6 every morning! Just need Yorkshire to brighten up a bit so I can enjoy being at home!

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  5. In our house it wouldn't have been me that rushed to the door!

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  6. Ah - I appear to have blinked (in the non-scary-weeping-angels kind of way) and missed the fact that you have taken the roof off your house. (*insert 'OMG - astonished smilie' here)

    You don't muck about, do you?! Frankly, can think of more entertaining ways to spend a two week holiday (and just watch me!), but each to their own. ;-)

    PS You are quite right re: lie-in comment, hobbit - don't think I didn't spot it!

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  7. Hazel, love the Don't Blink reference {giggle}.

    We've know this needed doing for some considerable time (see June 2008 for water pouring through sitting room ceiling) and no, it is not exactly how Management would choose to spend a holiday but we never planned to go away and it is nice having him here to share the decisions/see what's happening.

    PS: what's a lie-in?

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  8. Hazel, PPS: in your defence, you have been MORE than a tad busy in the last couple of weeks with Sue's Quilt-a-long and your own sewing ....

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  9. Jill - sorry you're still waking at silly o'clock even though you're not going to work.

    Sue - I'd prefer it wasn't me either but Management can sleep through any amount of noise, even the doorbell ringer strategically placed just outside the bedroom .......

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