Thank goodness it's neither Margaret or her son.
Another slice of rural life. Looks good but it's a high maintenance way to roof a house.
Can't imagine how it keeps you dry but is is beautiful. Thanks for the tour. well done.
16 Dec 2008 11:09am
@Marcah: I don't think it does. They put a waterproof membrane underneath.
I agree with you, but it does provide magnificent insulation. This is a craft that I can spend hours watching.
16 Dec 2008 11:19am
Fascinating look at tradition in modern times!
16 Dec 2008 11:55am
A dying art... that I am sure.
16 Dec 2008 12:02pm
Those roof are so think. I guess they would last for 2-3 years.
16 Dec 2008 12:36pm
@Shuva Brata Deb: More like ten to twenty years if it's done properly. Longer in a dry climate, which it isn't here.
Wonderfully captured, such an interesting skilled job to watch being done, I agree it does look good but iss very energy intensive doing and I would assume needs frequent repairs
16 Dec 2008 2:00pm
HEAR HEAR,well said that man.
A great "English" scene I would say.
16 Dec 2008 3:30pm
we don't see very often layers of stubble, we also have houses like this in Brittany and Normandy .Beautiful shot !
16 Dec 2008 4:50pm
A fine image so us this interesting technique for roofing a house. Nice one.
16 Dec 2008 5:06pm
good shot, very interesting
16 Dec 2008 5:08pm
That must provide for some wonderful insulation :)
16 Dec 2008 6:16pm
haha -- great 'joke'.. ;) but this is a wonderful shot of the work in progress! we no longer have homes such as these -- everything is pretty much prefabricated nowadays... or at least all metal and wood and stone. is this hay for the roof? very cool indeed! bravo!
16 Dec 2008 7:55pm
@dj.tigersprout: It's reeds. They also thatch with straw but reeds are best I think.
Ha.. what a lovely construction, you don't see this type of craftsmanship any more.
16 Dec 2008 9:01pm
WOW amazing!!! Well seen and captured! I know its a difficult and time consuming way of roofing but Warm and cosy:-)
Hahah just got the 'Thatcher at work' joke...thank goodness indeed!!!!!
16 Dec 2008 9:37pm
Wow, so this the way they make it. Thank you for sharing.
16 Dec 2008 11:20pm
Quit slacking off, Maggie, there's still an empty spot!...this is a great photo of some fantastic heritage.
16 Dec 2008 11:28pm
Brings back fond memories of living in Dorset where there was rather a lot of this about. Stood at many a gate and counted my cash but never bought one because of my fear of fire . . I often smell burning in the concrete apartment here in London !
17 Dec 2008 12:37am
Love that, not only a great shot, kind of documentary too, thanks !
17 Dec 2008 7:58am
Fortunately some traditional skills have been passed on, great shot.
17 Dec 2008 8:56am
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