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awomanonabike

When I'm not on my bike, you'll find me in my organic-ish garden in #Cumbria. Favourite plants? Wisteria, hellebores, paeonies, philadelphus...

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awomanonabike

This is the last #heather thatched house in #northumberland Turf is laid first, upside down, then the heather, then right way up turves along the ridge. It’s on the Roman Road leading to Vindolanda, just below Hadrian’s Wall and is wonderful 💜

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sharonhayden

Fascinating- never knew heart was used - but I suppose local resources are always used

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awomanonabike

Apparently it was very common until slate became affordable at the turn of the last century @sharonhayden

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sieveheadsarah

I wonder how often that needs replacing Jacqueline 🤔

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awomanonabike

If you want to know any more about it it is all here: https://www.landmarktrust.org.uk/Search-and-Book/properties/causeway-house-5837/

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awomanonabike

It’s said that it can last for decades but this is replaced every 20 years 💪@sieveheadsarah

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lesliecole49

I just googled heather thatched roof for a little info and guess which picture showed up first? 👆

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awomanonabike

😂🤣 It’s really interesting though isn’t it @lesliecole49

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sharonhayden

Just reread my message- heather not heart!!! And it lasts for years - thatch - straw has to be replaced more frequently

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pelly

Oh wow, you can even stop there, how amazing would that be 👍😍

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awomanonabike

Don’t worry Sharon, I had worked that out 👍 @sharonhayden

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awomanonabike

It was Jane! 😉 @pelly

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