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Thornleigh Farm Gutters

The family residence at Thornleigh Farm is, in parts, over one hundred years old. The roof is not quite that old, but it was leaking all over the place and rusting through. It has had its day.

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Pieces of old roofing ready to be carted off for disposal

Any restoration of the Thornleigh farm was going to have to involve a new roof, and a new roof it now has. Matthew Retmock has been pounding, nailing, drilling, and hammering away to apply brand new corrugated iron sheets.

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New corrugated sheets warming in the morning sun

Roofing is important to protect a house, to be sure. But Thornleigh’s roof is doubly important: It acts as the largest rainwater catchment on the farm. Rainwater is utterly crucial to our farming efforts. To that end, Josh Owens has been installing brand new 200mm gutters to feed off the new roofing.

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New gutters sitting ready for rain

A new roof and guttering have two practical benefits: First, the family home is now secure against the weather; Second, we will be able to collect much more rainwater for irrigation. Aside from the practicalities, all this new metal is helping a grand old home stand proudly again.