EAGLEHAWK'S Harland household had a lucky escape from the wild weather overnight Wednesday after the Eaglehawk Pony Club's shed roof landed a mere metre from its house.
Ernie Harland said strong winds must have caught the roof as it travelled about "two chains" or about 40 metres to its landing spot.
"We were in bed and we heard this bang," he exclaimed. "I thought 'gee whiz, a tree must've fallen down'.
"I went outside and I shouldn't have so I went back in. I went out this morning to the yard to straighten up a few things and I saw the roof.
"I walked around the house and I thought 'it's not mine' and then I saw the pony club had the roof off its tool shed."
Mr Harland said the loud noise occurred about 3am on Thursday.
"The pony club is about two chains away so it must've gone up in the air quite a fair way as it went over two pine trees and two bushes," he said.
"It landed about a metre away from the house."
This isn't the first time Mr Harland has witnessed wild weather in Eaglehawk. About two years ago it caused significant damage to his home.
"I was born in Eaglehawk and I'm 82 years old," he said. "I saw the wind take the side of the house out when my wife was doing the dishes about 18 months or two years ago.
"We rang the insurance company and they fixed it.
"If the roof had have skewed the house this time, it would've been the finish though as it's pretty big."
Mr Harland said the City of Greater Bendigo council had been notified of the roof and would clear it.
After a tumultuous three weeks in the wake of being named as a tier one coronavirus exposure site, the Axedale Tavern was left without a verandah roof.
The tavern opened on Tuesday after closing for 14 days for isolation after a patron with coronavirus dined at the venue.
Owner Gary Van Wynen said a group of locals gathered quickly to help.
"A couple of blokes I know rang up and came out to put up a temporary roof," he said.
"They came out to help straight away.
"We're having fun, if I don't laugh I'll cry."
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