Another storm with south-easterly winds hit gusting to goodness knows what and the greenhouse took another hit, blowing out a pane at the front and one from the back which luckily didn’t smash. There’s not much you can do when the wind’s howling and the rain is hitting you from the side apart from practice choice phrases in Anglo-Saxon that are best not printed here.
As I write I don’t know the full extent of the damage but the plan is to take all the glass out and re-glaze using the new capping that Vitavia kindly sent me recently to hold the glass in. At the same time I’m going to use some of the bars and stretchers from the old greenhouse to strengthen this one.
It’s a lovely greenhouse but our conditions here are pretty extreme. It’s in the most sheltered spot we have and I don’t know what else I can do. I think we’re outside the envelope it’s designed for.
Val, meanwhile, kept busy converting green tomatoes, onions and various items from the store cupboard into chutney. The wonderful smell of the cooking vinegar filled the house which normally puts me into a good mood although not so much today.
3am sees me sitting in kitchen drinking hot chocolate and listening to the storm howling down the chimney. I thought the wind was calming and passing over at tea time but it came back with a vengeance. Useless trying to sleep with this going on.
11am and I drag myself up after a few fitful hours of sleep. After feeding the cats who are dying of starvation, pop outside to review the damage. Another large pane has gone along with a small triangle shaped one. There’s glass bits everywhere.
Otherwise the greenhouse looks in good shape. Amazingly the doors are still on. Then I realise the frame is twisted at the front as if a giant hand has pushed it from the windward side. Hopefully, when the glass is out, I can straighten it up. Got to say I’m feeling very disheartened.
Spent a few hours just sweeping up the bits of glass which have got everywhere. Decided I don’t have enough daylight left to strip all the glass so will do that tomorrow which promises to be a decent day. My son in law is coming over to help as well so fingers crossed we can get it all done.