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Friday, April 4, 2014

The roofs (rooves?) have it

Not going to check for correct grammar, if you know it, you'll let me know.  OK?

For Sepia Saturday  (click here) this week, I've been wracking my brain to figure out what picture I might have that showed some danger.  So how about water?  Or piers?  Or guys having lunch?
Nada.

To the roof I go, as the photo at Sepia Saturday certainly shows roofs.


Here are the roof changes taking place across the street.  Not totally dangerous.

Oh the most dangerous activity was the tree trimmer, who took down grandmother oak which I posted about HERE and here and Here, a few weeks ago.  He definitely had his life dependent upon ropes and carefully used saws for several days.  I had the cameras out most of the days, but missed the main trunk going down.



Workers stand on the ceiling of the new kitchen wing that's being added to this old house.  An older addition to the house has been removed, leaving these eaves to take the roofing off.

Then weather did what it's been doing all spring, another snow, but the construction guys would show up every day, and rough in a second story room over the kitchen wing.  Here is a dawn picture with the green construction materials seen through the trees across the street.


This week in our sunny weather, they've put rafters over the second floor room.  Roofing is soon to come.  (The wood in the foreground was left after grandmother tree was cut down.)  You can see her stump in profile to the left of the dumpster)

But wait, I just took a picture that also spells out danger...of another kind.

I lifted (carefully) the cover of the main electric box on the outside of my house...to find this lovely  wasp or hornet nest (the round protruding object stuck just below the switches).  No insects at this moment, but the sunny day had lots flying around the building.  I carefully closed the cover, and went inside.

14 comments:

La Nightingail said...

My husband says it's a wasp nest, but looks like it's covered over which means it's most likely abandoned - probably because it was a little too hard to get in & out of easily. Still ... Aaaack!

Alex Daw said...

Ouch! That could be dangerous indeed!

genepenn said...

The folk who do these jobs don't see the danger - or do they? it is part of their everyday life. Keep clear of that nest - I was stuck by a European Wasp in the UK last year - not nice.

Brett Payne said...

Mmmh, not sure leaving that empty wasp's nest there was the best option.

Boobook said...

Those tree surgeons do a great job, and they need such a lot about trees. But they won't be challenged by me - I'm not good with heights.

Wendy said...

We've had a number of tree trimmers in our neighborhood this year and it is a dangerous job, I agree! It is fascinating how they orchestrate lowering big branches the size of trees themselves.

B. Rogers, Living in Black Mountain said...

Well, I'm sure someone knows the answer about roofs vs rooves...but just figures it's so easy everyone already knows it. I'm leaning toward roofs. Wasp nest doesn't seem to be source of the wasps that are flying about. I hope my landlady will take care of both (old nest, new wasps). The joys of renting.

Bob Scotney said...

I just wonder whether the house extensions will last as long as that old oak. It always grieves me to see old trees felled to suit our ideas of improvements. Trimming OK; felling not unless its dangerous.

B. Rogers, Living in Black Mountain said...

Bob, I felt the same way, but the tree people said it was about half dead and would fall on someone or the house eventually, or at least parts of it.

Little Nell said...

Quite right - discretion is the better part of valour. The wasps have been and gone- they won't return. We were always taught roof - roofs, hoof- hooves.

Jackie van Bergen said...

We are an area in the middle of Sydney known for our huge trees. It is so hard to get permits to trim them, let alone chop them down. I love trees, but sometimes they do get sick and dangerous.

anyjazz said...

Fun post! It all looks dangerous to me!

Patrica Ball Morrison said...

Yikes you are too kind to describe that hornet or wasp nest as lovely, I would certainly have jumped as far back as possible in a heartbeat..interesting to watch construction in action

Mike Brubaker said...

A very clever spin on this weekend's theme. Those tree guys know all about wasps and bees too. Paper wasps are annoying but not too aggressive away from the nest. Hornets are the worst and they often nest at the base of trees. Danger IS everywhere.