piatok, 26. novembra 2010

Landslide!

When I said autumn was arriving fast, I mainly thought about the sinking temperatures. But there has also been more rain lately (if that is possible this year!) and as a result of some downpours we have some bad news to tell. Real landslides took down the green roof earth bags in seconds... see for yourself:

From Strawbale Dome Minke


All this happened on Nov. 19th

From Strawbale Dome Minke


The speed of the landslide is easy to imagine, the earth bags spilled out several meters at the bottom - it happened at night, so we did not see it.

From Strawbale Dome Minke


We thought that would be it, but two days later another two sides came down:

From Strawbale Dome Minke


Zuzana did her best to move the bags back, but they are really slippery and heavy when wet!

From Strawbale Dome Minke


And muddy!

From Strawbale Dome Minke


The good news is that the dome is still holding up, no new cracks appeared, even if the dome is now under uneven loads. 4 sides are still holding up. We now plan to put up some wooden sticks around the dome, tie them together with some strong rope, and then put the bags back up. That should stop them sliding down. The problem is that we have had no time and tomorrow the first snow and frost will arrive.

Maybe rather handle frozen bags than slippery mud...

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