Thursday, 9 December 2010

Sack the Builder .....The Girls have been Evicted !!

We are feeling the strain.....of the snow !!........
Thankfully....I had propped up the roof......as the snow was so...deep !......

An empty building......thankfully no harm done.....the girls have moved...to the building....down the track !......


Well this weather is taking its toll.....on man and beast.......and today...I was greeted by a scary moment !!

I have been concerned....by the small shelter that I made a couple of years ago....I wasn't convinced that the roof was strong enough....I have 7"x 2" spars....keeping the main support of the roof. But at the time of building....I was limited to how many cross members I could get and the ones that I did get....I wasn't happy with them at the time. Never the less......it was built and it has been an excellent little shelter........

Bearing in mind that we have not had....this sort of heavy snow fall in 2010 on record in Scotland....till now....I thought that it would be ok....after all ever one moaned on about Global Warming !!....so I thought that the roof....was more than strong enough...to cope with the copious amounts of rain !!.......

Having said all that....after the snow earlier on in the year...and the horrendous.....amounts that fell.....I was quite impressed with the little roof......and its....strength......

However all the while in the back on my head was a little niggle....that I think I should strengthen that roof !!..... Now...at the time I hadn't considered...that allot of the snow.....slips from the big barn...roof...onto this little roof.....I hadn't thought of that !!......either....!!

Today.....when I walked the dogs......I couldn't help notice...that we were thawing ....rapidly !!...infact.....every where...is soaked !

As usual I check the girls......the first thing I noticed....was the roof !!.....MMmmm the sight I saw I wasn't happy !!.....thankfully...in my wisdom......I had decided to prop the roof with extra supports to be on the safe side....after all we have had allot of snow lately !!

And...thankfully I did......there was a massive.....crack in one of the main....roof beams....if my prop had not been there...this little roof...would have collapsed.....and my girls are in here....the thought doesn't bear thinking about......

So this morning.....emergency..action plan...the girls were kicked out into the field.....I have propped the roof even more...with three extra....supports.......this will hold the roof till I can repair the damage.....probably in the spring or at least in the better weather.....

Thankfully the girls have been moved....to the old stone steading.....where I used to keep the boys...its a little dark...but at least the roofs....good !!....The other shelter..will stay empty till its repaired. I'm lucky enough to have a spare building to use over the winter.....

Aren't I glad....I propped up that roof......'Better to be Safe than Sorry !.......Lucky's not the word !!.....

You can never......be too careful ....... there's lots of farms on the news lately....that their buildings have collapsed with their livestock in.......and there have been several casualties.......the thought.....makes me just cringe....we spend most of our time...trying to look after our animals...........providing shelter.........and comfort..........tonight....Im grateful....I had a little bit of hindsight.......and it has payed off.......!!!!!

4 comments:

Rob @ Wellground said...

Thank goodness the alpacas are safe, it's a good job you had that prop in mind and acted on it. It just goes to show Jayne, your attention to detail makes a big difference. Well done you.

Rob n Les

Terry said...

Oh my goodness! How very scary! I am so glad the girls are safe. Good job, Jayne. Stay safe yourself.

Barbara@beckbrowalpacas said...

Building shelters...spotting the hazardous situation...putting in props...moving alpacas...Jayne are you sure there is not a small army of Jaynes...if they aren't cloning you they should be ;)) Well done!

Rosemary said...

Makes me worried just reading your story - very glad all are safe!
Take care yourself.