Wednesday, May 09, 2007

A tunnel with a view . . .

The polythene has been on our tunnel for nearly four years and over the winter it began to show signs of wear and tear, which we duly patched with tape.

Last week however the gusty winds took the small holes and made them larger and larger.

On Monday I was potting up tomatoes anxiously watching a rip snake its way across the roof, unable to do anything about it, as even on ladders I can't physically reach.

Euan was out running errands but, as soon as he got back and saw my anguished face, he got up on the ladders and did a drastic cut and paste job, leaving the end bay completely poly-free but the rest of the tunnel intact.

So now we have a tunnel with a view - I can pot on seedlings and watch lambs gambolling in the fields across the glen. It is beautiful. We could repair the tunnel, but my feeling is that we should leave it for the summer - it always gets too hot in there in the sun anyway - a sort of open topped tunnel - I can move the plants gradually along the bench to harden off.


WesterWitch/Headmistress said...

Glad you tunnel with its cut and paste is still usable. We used to have a big Tipi and one June a freak wind toppled it over - the top ropes had rotted through. Sadly we took the Tipi down. We need new canvas for it - but that will have to wait a while.

The Country Craft Angel said...

Like the thought of a tunnel with a view!

It is so windy where we live that it would be up in no time and probably take the whole garden up with it.

warm wishes

DevonLife said...

blue sky Jane! You are lucky. Yes agree you should enjoy a convertible tunnel this summer - tres sporty.

Suffolkmum said...

An open-topped tunnel does sound lovely - an MG of polytunnels! Enjoy the blue skies.