When the wind blows …Posted: March 30, 2015
One of the advantages of living on top of one of the highest points around London is the wonderful view; the downside is the fact that the back of our house is very exposed when the wind blows from the west … and yesterday afternoon it was hit by very gusty winds and heavy rain.
The sound of the wind and rain was almost deafening in our conservatory, and our garden fence started to sway as the wind gusted around it … and then – at about 3.30pm – we heard a very loud crack and the top two fence posts of our garden fence snapped off at ground level, taking the top two fence panels with them and damaging a third. Once these fence posts had gone the rest of the fence began to sway even more violently in the wind, and several of the other fence posts and panels looked as if they were also very likely to go as well.
By the time that the weather began to improve it was too dark to see how bad the total damage was. One thing was obvious, however, and that was that the fence will need to be replaced as it is too badly damaged to be repaired.
I have spent this morning removing the damaged part of the fence … which is now stacked up in our driveway.
… and after the damaged part of the fence was removed.
I have already had one quote to replace the existing fence, and it looks as if it is going to cost between £1,000 and £1,200 depending upon the type of replacement posts and fence we choose to have installed.
Expensive business, house ownership!