Dry stone walling by happypat

Dry stone walling

We passed this wall pretty early on our visit to Westmorland Show yesterday.
It was only about a third done so it was lovely to go past about 3pm & see the finished article.

We asked if they let it stay up but no it's taken down but all the stone stays here until another countryside event plus next years show. They said they just designed another wall with the same stone used.

The remit this year was to design a wall with a porthole... I think they followed it to the letter but it was the flowing wave that I loved!
There were quite a few of them building, all older men with sore backs I expect, those stones were heavy. It was interesting to see how they carefully fitted them in discarding g any that weren't just right.
We have a great number of dry stone walls in Lancashire, Yorkshire & Cumbria.

I must say a big thank you to you all for the lovely words of congratulation on our wedding anniversary, Harry & I appreciated them all.


Three good things:
1. I gave a good stock of show photos in the bank of fillers!
2. The holiday makers are on their way home so we are relieved kitten duty! He has been a very good boy.
3. Old skills kept alive by dedicated workers.
Wow that is fantastic. We are very 'dry stane dyke' aware here as Allan did a weekend course on them when he was working with the National Trust for Scotland.
They are such an extraordinary work of art!!
September 14th, 2018  
Bep
Love your dry stone walls. This is a very special one. The flowing wave is gorgeous. Fav.
September 14th, 2018  
Oh my what a marvelous wall! A fun day for you, I’m sure!
September 14th, 2018  
I love this, how fun, appeals to the art teacher in me!
September 14th, 2018  
What a beautiful wall, such craftsmanship.
September 14th, 2018  
Great capture, nice to see the skill hasn't died out. Fav!!! 😀
September 14th, 2018  
Fantastic to see them at work.. love the porthole and wave.. there is alot of stonewalls on the way to my Sisters place up North.. they intrigue me.. let's hope this art is kept alive..
September 14th, 2018  
How fantastic to see this beautiful craft been kept alive I so like to see these dry stone walls - Many seen around the Snowdonia area as well !
September 14th, 2018  
@beryl Yes of course Beryl, I had forgotten Wales, more dry stone than you realise! Great to see the art is still being learnt although they were all a good age, hope there are young enthusiasts too.
September 14th, 2018  
@julzmaioro In NZ, that's a great thing Julz!
September 14th, 2018  
@carolmw Thank you Carol, it's fascinating to watch!
September 14th, 2018  
@judithdeacon It is a beautiful wall you're right Judith.
September 14th, 2018  
@huvesaker I thought it would appeal to the artist in you Boo!
September 14th, 2018  
@louannwarren Yes we had a great day, met lots of people we knew & it was in a very beautiful area!
September 14th, 2018  
@gijsje I couldn't take my eyes off it at first Bep...it flowed so beautifully, fancy having a wall like that in your garden!
September 14th, 2018  
@sarah19 Well there you are Sallie Scotland too! Good for Allan, he does turn his hand to some wonderful projects! A young one learning this skill is so good!
September 14th, 2018  
@happypat it is like Vincents "Starry Night"
September 14th, 2018  
Fascinating. What an arcane skill.
September 14th, 2018  
Obviously these guys have learnt their skills from previous family! They would be in demand to keep the wonderful stone hedges safe. I hope this guy gets some reward for all the building ..and the demolishing!
September 14th, 2018  
I love these dry walls made of rocks. It is beautiful! I wish it could stay after all that effort! A FAVORITE!
September 14th, 2018  
Wow... that is amazing!!
September 14th, 2018  
i like the curve and patterns PAt
September 15th, 2018  
What a work of art. David built a small dry stone wall in our garden in Cyprus with stones we dug up from the garden.
September 15th, 2018  
absolutely fascinating, thanks for sharing
September 15th, 2018  
I have never seen a dry stone wall with a pattern in before, this is utterly fascinating. I love it! Instant fav
September 15th, 2018  
Wonderful skills and what a super shot of it in action. I was always taken by dry stone walls, just thinking of the effort it must have taken plus the skill to make it last so long
September 15th, 2018  
That's amazing!
September 15th, 2018  
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