About three weeks ago, at 4.00 am in the morning, a terrific wind suddenly caused quite a lot of damage. It lasted for about 5 minutes, and was accompanied by the sound of thumps and crashes. There was little I could do at that time of day, so I did my best to ignore it.
When light the following morning, I went out to find broken tiles all over the place, and the 'tower' roof in a rather strange state of disrepair. The tiles had fallen all around The Compact Royce, but not on it. There were also quite a few tiles off our covered terrace roof, but none off the house itself.
On the front of the small building, the two lots of ridge tiles which go up to the pinnacle were completely missing; from bottom to top. They had all been ripped off with force.
When I originally roofed it, I made sure that there was a totally waterproof membrane covering the timbers, so I knew that there was no risk of rain getting in, and there was no immediate rush to repair it.
My roofer has now been, and all is back to normal. He said that as I'd done that particular part of my roofing on a very hot day, the heat had killed the mortar, and it had become no more than lumps of dust; a disaster waiting to happen.
Luckily our wonderful village roofer, Olivier, saved the day, and my roof is once again back to normal. You might have to enlarge the picture to see what I'm talking about.