Saturday, September 15, 2007

Cowardice or sense?

I've posted a photo of the steeple of Ayr St Andrews Church before, when it didn't have it's 'crown' of scaffolding.

I just thought that there was no way you would have got me up there to erect the scaffolding - even in my younger days when I thought nothing of hanging off rock faces anchored only by my hands. Is this cowardice or sense, you decide?

3 comments:

Katya said...

NUTS!

I will tell you that there is a rather tall church with a steep spire similar to yours shown. (but remember, our "New World" churches are no rival to the European giants!) When the spire needed repair, the thing was REMOVED with a crane. HOW it was taken off is a mystery to me, but it was repaired down on the ground at a more reasonable height. I never saw the action taken, but we watched as a crane lifted the repaired spire back onto the "hole". Very interesting, but I was not too sure how they could attach it and NOT have it "leak"? Hmmmmm....

Andrew said...

wow reminds me of when i lived in ayr i was working for WM.Paton the builders from Kyle ST. i was atop the town hall tower repaing leaks and redoing some slate work on the surrounding roofs. i was swinging around like a monkey all over the place lol dont know if i could do that now .wish i had a digital camera back then i remember the views were awsome.

Hyde DP said...

this reminds me of good old Fred Dibnah - I guess there are still a few youngsters becoming steeplejacks, but not as many as there was.