Apparently the main part of the roof is in water reed and should last 30 years but the top is made from combed straw and needs replaced every 10-12 years.
It's a very skilled job and when we found someone to do it, they had a bit of a waiting list. Our turn came up this week and poor Russell is on top of the roof with a wind chill temperature of -7C! He tells me that it's fine as long as you are dressed correctly and are ready for it but … rather him than me!
So if you are still moaning about 'the terrible weather' remember Russell and others like him who are out in the worst of it!