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  1. Gosh – I have never come across ths concept before, but from experience you must know it’s a necessary precaution! One of the open gardens we visited when we last went to my Mum’s (on Luing) had a new greenhouse, from Rhino, which they had been told was the only type that could survive the local weather; they were in the most sheltered part of the island though and won’t have to face the full brunt of any gales. Presumably you will need more than just recycled pallets for yours 😉

  2. That’s quite an impressive system! Good plan to stagger the repairs. We will be getting different kinds of storms but I really like how you are so well prepared for them. Fascinating.

    • J > The ad-hoc renewal approach is more sustainable in a number of senses. I’m beginning to find big lumps of work rather daunting, and possibly enough to tip the balance into dislike. But I love pottering about, so a smaller if more frequent tasks, easily done and ticked off in a day or two are so much more do-able, enjoyable – and therefore sustainable.

    • J > Do you have a greenhouse or polytunnel? Or just general storm-readiness in mind? Tiree weather and Uist weather are, statistically, very similar. We can see Tiree (just), on a clear day, from the summit of Beinn Easabhal, behind the walled garden.

    • J > We do already!. Before the 2018 holiday letting season gets under way, we need to paint the exterior of Eight Askernish, and I’m beginning to dread jobs like that. We either need to find someone to help me, or to pay a decorating contractor to do it.

    • D > The Hebridean Woolshed shop is inside the walled garden (just inside the south gate), and customers come down the drive to the house (at the north end of the garden) to pay, or to enquire about Hogget Lamb, Lemon Curd and other items not in the shop (which is not ‘manned’). The notice at the gate doesn’t say ‘keep out’, it says ‘private garden – no exploring’. We’ve no problem with folk coming in to the garden, we just don’t much like them nosing into every corner of the garden uninvited.

  3. I hope all goes well with your croft during the coming storm season. I know it’s inevitable that there will be storms. I am glad you are doing what you can to be ready for them. Kudos to you for having wisdom!

    • J > Yes, I seem to have developed an obsession with sustainability long long before the word took on that environmentally-loaded meaning. I’ve always had a distrust of any activity, way of life, ownership of property or equipment, that couldn’t in theory be sustained long term. That said, I hadn’t reckoned on one thing: the non-sustainability of an individual human life. There is a difference between something that is sustainable in general terms, for a community or at global level, though it may not be for an individual. But back to greenhouse reinforcements: I’ve become a great deal more pragmatic over the years, and I believe resilience lies in the ability to adapt to changing circumstances, which means preferring taking life day by day and in small steps, not taking huge leaps based on the current direction of travel.

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