All topped out at last

Thanks to 12 daytime periods of rain, it took the friendly thatcher nine weeks to complete the renovations. And last Friday a symbolic shower accompanied the traditional ceremony of topping out, flags ‘n all. We stood outside to enjoy a red sausage with a bread roll, mustard and ketchup dips, washed down with probably the best beer Denmark can offer. Believe it or not, that really is the traditional fare for such occasions!

He recalled that he himself had re-thatched parts of this same roof 25 years ago – and could even remember the details of his earlier work, replacing some rough-hewn battens with modern planed timbers, by now specified as to quality and dimensions by the building authorities. Not surprisingly, the latest requirements take account of the burgeoning girth of the craftsmen they must support!

Skål! Og vi ses! (Probably not.)

Author: janus

I'm back......and front - in sunny Sussex-by-the-sea

9 thoughts on “All topped out at last”

  1. Yer tiz! We’ve got some painting to do now – the chimneys and white walls – and some of the grass needs rescuing after all the scaffolding and fork-lift activity.

  2. Looks pretty good. I have to say, I admire your courage in taking on a thatched cottage! How old is it?

  3. Boa, about 1860. Built on the site of a much older forest dwelling which had been extended; so the exact date of this current house is uncertain. It was always inhabited by a forester-cum-gamekeeper, the last having restored it after WWII, planting non-native trees around the clearing, many of which still stand: yew, walnut, hazels, cherries, rowans, copper beech, holly and a magnificent magnolia.

  4. Looks idyllic, Janus, you lucky chap and well worth the obvious effort, even down to ye olde sattelyte dyshe, or is that really an ancient Viking shield and war-club for warding off the curses and foul incantations of gremlins, trolls and whatever else stalks dark, Danish forests?


  5. Yes, they are like wish-bones. constructed from two hard-wood, curved ‘legs’ about one metre long. They hold in place a ridge ‘cushion’ of compacted hay.

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