Storm Doris Damage

When I got up this morning Mr C was peering out of one of the back bedroom windows and I wondered what he was doing. He informed me that one of next doors fence panels had blown out. A little while later he announced that two more panels had blown out. Storm Doris was swirling in different directions and I was a little worried that the panels might get blown about and cause some damage.

I was not able to give this problem as much thought and attention as it needed because Mr C had booked an early morning appointment with the company who had fitted our new back door. Before the door was fitted we discussed in length our exact requirements with the person who came to measure and assess the fitting; he knew exactly what we wanted. He suggested that a blank panel was fitted so that exact measurement could be taken when the door was in place. When the  top glass panel arrived it was not at all what we wanted or asked for,and was something that we could not live with.

The door should have had Georgian bars to match the windows. The new glass panel had huge squares at the bottom with smaller ones at the top. It seems to have been a miscommunication (and a badly drawn diagram by the fitter) between Mr C and the fitter who came to measure the window. Apparently the glassmaker had queried the design when asked to make the unit!  The best laid plans… Now we await a new glass panel at additional expenditure!!

After the fitter had gone, just as I was leaving for work there was a knock at the door. It was our next door neighbour who had noticed that the fence panel nearest to his house had blown into our garden. Mr C took him to assess the situation. Our neighbour was quite surprised to find that two other panels, which were obscured by shrubs in his garden had also blown into our garden. He had come round to say that his son was coming later in the day when the wind had subsided to help him move the panel. After seeing the extent of the damage he was also considering that all the fence panels need replacing.

I was rather preoccupied in the morning so I didn’t think of taking photographs. When I had regained my equilibrium I texted Mr C asking if he could take some when he got home, if it was still light enough. You can’t see the extent of the damage from these photos that Mr C took. Two of the panels had partly collapsed, the two that are missing from these photos. The third panel has for now, been put back in place.

Storm Doris Damage

This photo of mine from last autumn shows two of the panels are ready to disintegrate.

Autumnal View

22 Comments CherryPie on Feb 23rd 2017

22 Responses to “Storm Doris”

  1. Debbie says:

    You little yard and garden are quite beautiful!! It’s nice to see such green grass today, in the middle of our winter!!

    • CherryPie says:

      Thank you :-) It is a project we started on last year, we still have quite a bit to do. It is slightly too early for some of the things we need to do.

  2. Amfortas says:

    Its not all ‘earthquakes in Chile’, is it? I hope the damage is rectified soon, Cherie, and also the glass in the door. One would hope that a clear explanation would do, but clearly not.

    • CherryPie says:

      The wind was pretty fierce. It dislodged a couple of power cables at work causing one of the roads to be closed. Part of a building collapsed in Birmingham and sadly a young lady was killed in the centre of Wolverhampton due to being struck by building debris. Part of the centre was closed off.

      I think our neighbours will get it sorted out next week. The new glass when it arrives will hopefully be correct when it arrives. How difficult is it to look at a photograph of the previous door and see what we want!!

  3. Nice yard. Haven’t had much wind this week.
    Coffee is on

  4. Ginnie says:

    I think all of Europe is getting this storm, Cherry! Yesterday’s wind was worse than the day before, when I saw whitecaps on our main canal. Now THAT is windy! Hopefully you and/or your neighbors had no further damage.

    And the door? Miscommunication? I hate when that happens, especially if it means paying more money. Ugh.

  5. Astrid says:

    ‘How difficult it is to do what the costumer wants’…… I feel sorry for you for what happened with the door. It is almost impossible to get something right in the first time. What is that with people. are they so ‘polluted’ with the social media that they cannot listen anymore?? I see that the panels are in ‘concrete’ that makes it ‘easy’ to repair. Hope things will be back to normal soon.

    • CherryPie says:

      There was even a photo to hand of how the door was before it was replaced. That is what I wanted again without the draft due to the old door being warped. It surprised me that they didn’t come and double check the requirement when the glass maker queried the design…

  6. lisl says:

    A good reason for your neighbour to get nice new panels, which will help the look of your new garden

  7. A fence panel and some posts need replacing here too after yesterday! What a pain about your back door especially if it is going to cost more :( Just about to have some major work done at my mother’s house – and am just dreading it! Hope you have a good weekend.

    • CherryPie says:

      Sorry to hear that you had some damage too, I hope you get it fixed easily and the major work at your mother’s house runs smoothly.

      I hope you have a good weekend too.

  8. james higham says:

    Goodness me!

  9. It was okay in London, just a bit windy.

  10. These storms usually find the weakest spots. My next door neighbours front brick wall came down onto the pavement and on careful inspection there were cracks in the cement on the bit that was left. We did not have any damage, just the garden furniture blown about. however there was quite a bit of tree damage on the local lanes.