Our Victorian semi (dating from 1870) is high maintenance in all senses. A tile falls off the roof? We need a scaffold tower to replace it. Currently, we have two in place, one for the tile, and the other for the rear bargeboards, which had rotted.
Whilst he's up there, Andy is going to trim back the Rambling Rector and paint the window frames. (I get dizzy on ladders these days.) Let's hope for a dry spell.
Meanwhile, on the glass half full principle, we enjoy the benefit of looking over the road at much more intricate bargeboarding opposite: to replace that would cost twice as much.