Birdy13


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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 31/10/2013 at 10:24

Weather here presently, dull, cold and occasional breeze.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 31/10/2013 at 10:23

I feel this is very much a weather related posting.

AWB: so sorry to here about your greenhouse not to mention all the spoiled freezer food.

I hope your insurers play fair - some years ago when an enormous overhanging bough was broken by a regional storm. the bough ended up just touching and resting on our greenhouse Denting it slightly. Any further weather damage and the whole greenhouse would have been crushed. 

I informed the insurance company to get confirmation that they would cover the cost of  a proper tree firm surgically removing the bough to protect the greenhouse. 

The call centre (in India I think) tried to tell me there had been no storm in my area (according to their computer records) And I would not be covered for damage that had not occurred yet.

i told them they were talking rubbish and had photos to prove it and if they didn't agree to  cover the qualified removal of this storm related new risk ( a few hundred pounds) then they were going to have to pay out for a much greater property damage bill when the bough finally crushed the greenhouse. On the other hand, they did agree to cover the tree surgery, I would be willing to correct the slight damage already done without asking them to buy me a new greenhouse.

Within less than a minute the guy came back to me, having 'checked with someone else' and instantly agreed they would cover the cost. 

I seem to remember - not surprisingly - I insisted on email confirmation of this volt-face.

Some of these firms are quite ruthless - you have to play them at their own game to get what you are entited to. I Hope your own claims are trouble free.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 22:34

Norfolk: Quite cold at first, then sun came out around midday - warm enough with a bit of a breeze to dry some washing - then cold again from mid afternoon, although hardier should would have found soil conditions ideal for weeding - Brrrrrrr 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 29/10/2013 at 09:36

A bit cold and breezy here in Norfolk. Window thermometers show around 8°C.

Lots of worm casts on the lawn are evidence (I presume?) of recent rainfall bringing up the water levels. A few more spits of rain in the air suggest more to come later today.

Oh, KEF, that big yellow thing... Could you roll it our way for a bit? 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/10/2013 at 22:09

Thanks fb. I will try that when I run out of shelf space. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/10/2013 at 21:49

Sorry - just realised I'm on the wrong thread for apple racks 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/10/2013 at 21:47

Oh can you tell me more fb - I was agonising for weeks about this crop being wasted until I thought of using the shelves that had been under my nose so long I'd stopped seeing them.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/10/2013 at 21:41

Not been anywhere as bad here (Norfolk) as East Anglia has had it further south (eg Suffolk and Essex). Short periods of strong wind on and off yesterday and then a bit this morning. Nothing destructive, thank goodness. A lot of rain though but that was only in the morning.

One good thing for me - the ominous forecast got me out in the blowy but at times balmy weather yesterday to rescue most of the best crop of Bramleys we've ever had. It also galvanised me to improvise an apple rack to store them:


 Not a large crop by some standards but I'm pleased that the pruning earlier this year paid off.

 Just needs a few more shelves to take the rest of the crop which thankfully survived the wind.

Green Houses

Posted: 23/10/2013 at 14:54

Ah, yes, of course! Sleepers! What would gardeners done if railways hadn't been invented?

And interestingly, they are a perfect size (about 8 foot long, I think) not just for greenhouses but also raised beds.

Green Houses

Posted: 23/10/2013 at 14:29

The concrete blocks are, of course, underground, holes filled with concrete around  carefully positioned anchorages - seen as the verticals in my last picture, screwed to the frame.

Sorry, I forgot you mentioned you had glass not polycarbonate. That will be heavier and may need a low brick base - not an expert on that I'm afraid.

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