25 October 2011

#OccupyDameStreet - Now with 100% more Yurt.

And the Lord said, let there be Yurt!
#OccupyDameStreet, Dublin, Tuesday 25th October
Just how wet was it yesterday? Well, at Casement Aerodrome on the outskirts of Dublin three inches (82mms) of rain fell throughout the day, a once in 80 year event, with an inch of that falling in a single hour between 4pm and 5pm (the most rainfall at Casement Aerodrome in an hour since records began), right about when I was standing on Occupied Dame Street waiting for a Yurt to arrive. Despite being adequately kitted out for normal rainfall ('a grand soft day' in Hiberno-English) I was a little unprepared for the deluge that we experienced yesterday afternoon, my shoes came close to peeling away and may never see the light of day again, my gloves smell like damp sheep and Dame Street has done its very best to tie-die my trousers.

Still, the rain cleared and the Yurt finally arrived, and by midnight last night was ready for occupation. The plan at the moment is to use it as a meeting area rather than letting folks sleep there, and hopefully this is the first of a few more permanent-ish structures to protect folks from the misery that will be the Irish Winter.

It also has a back
#OccupyDameStreet, Dublin, Tuesday 25th October
Alas as I was busy Yurt-watching I failed to consider what effects the weather may have had on my own home (living well above ground level the prospect of flooding is rarely considered. I was thus somewhat shocked to return home and discover our own kitchen looking considerably the worse for wear, with pools of water collecting on the countertops and floor and our ceiling resembling a hydrological Rorschach test. Tt would appear that our extractor fan ducting channeled rainwater directly from the roof into our kitchen, something of a design flaw some might say. The smell of soggy damp plaster should have been a give away as we walked in last night, but sadly it was difficult to discern over the ambient levels of soggy damp people smell that we ourselves were emitting.

Therefore in the spirit of attending to your own house before looking after others, it might be a day or two before I make it back to the Camp. The irony of a Yurt on Occupied Dame Street being more weatherproof than my own home is not lost on me.

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At 6:13 pm, Blogger Theresa said...

Nice looking yurt. Well done on sticking it out yesterday - nothing short of heroic!


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