Scaffolding has gone up at the Priory.
At the first (gutter height) level I could look down on to the tropical border.
And, after a deep breath, I white-knuckle-climbed the second ladder to the chimney. Here, I was much higher above the same outbuilding with the tropical border down one side, clipped cotoneaster along the other and the wisteria covered arbour at the far end. The fine, stone roofed structure directly below is the woodstore. The greenhouses can be seen through the trees.
Here are some more views from the chimney:
The west pond holds a little water – a couple of weeks ago it was practically dry.
Sadly, more roofs block the view north to the long borders, veg beds and meadow. However, you can just see the duckweed-y east pond on the right and a glimpse of the meadow.
I knew that the roof had a lead-lined valley and were I of a childish and irresponsible nature, (and had the valley been wider) I would have taken a pot of paint up there with me. Why? Well, a few years ago a very naughty boy indeed painted an inappropriate image on a roof such as this. I hesitate to reproduce the young man’s ‘art’ but you can see what he painted by clicking HERE.
Childish, irresponsible and not in the slightest bit funny. I would never, ever have drawn anything similar (nor SO big) on the Priory roof. Though I did wonder if I had, how long it would have been before anyone noticed. It was a whole year before the boy’s parents found out.
No. Not in the slightest bit funny.