Leading up to SOAR I had been dyeing like a mad woman. My dye studio is in the courtyard of my house. My house is C-shaped and the courtyard is a nice centrally located spot to work in. It is outdoors though. That isn't an issue most of the time as we have very mild weather here (down to the 30s in winter and rarely hotter than high 70s in summer). I do need some rain and sun protection, otherwise I just dress according to the temperature.
I have used a 10 foot by 10 foot canopy for the last year and it has served me well. Last year we had a big wind storm that blew it over and put a few rips into it. I learned my lesson and staked it down (apparently, they come with the canopy for a reason - who knew?).
A week ago we had a huge wind and rain storm. I awoke in the morning to find this:
A trip to the hardware store for a few supplies and all was well:
All MacGyvered up! Please note the cunning use of large binder clips. I am particularly proud of that innovation. The plastic was even long enough to cover the bikes that don't fit in the garage at the moment because we are also living in a construction zone (bedroom remodel). I went inside feeling very smug and self-satisfied.
You see what is coming don't you. I didn't until it started raining just an hour later. It was coming down by the bucket load (I think we got about 6 inches of rain that day). After an hour or so of heavy rain I heard a loud thud. Yup, canopy collapse! The plastic had allowed ponding that put the sides of the canopy in lateral bending (gotta use the engineer speak once in a while or I get rusty).
Luckily, the rain moved on and I was able to complete my dyeing. Here is a bit of what I did:
What about the canopy? We have been meaning find a better solution. I guess that time is nigh.