A special post for the taller of my sisters in law, who is dating the last thatcher in Britain.
While there may be debate over who whittled the guards. where and when, the thatched roof of the guards' house at Sugimotodera dates from 2009/2010. It was being redone and all under scafolding when we visited in June 2009. Looks like a beautiful job to my inexpert eye.
Up the hill past the guards' house, the roof of the main building, which houses no end of important cultural thingumajigs, seems to be enduring more interesting times.