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Hawkeye



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2010 8:32 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

i think it's just a quicker way of building it Kaz
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2010 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="Hawkeye"]excellent job, did you teach yourself or were you taught ? [/quote
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cannot really remember ,i have always maintained the walls around the farm from a very early age.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2010 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hillside wrote:
hmm nice walling, sandstone/gritstone ... how are you with limestone?

have done a few limestone walls not many though, mainly sandstone or gritstone around here
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2010 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

aha DD, i'm trying to finger the area of the shire you're in for my own musings.  With sandstone it wouldnt be the HP as i previously thought from the snowy pics  
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2010 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kaz wrote:


Why would you want to soften it? áStone walls are a work of art.


Yeh those walls do look good (as do the ones in this thread). I just expected the council to have put it in the specs that it would have to look like a local clodi (how do you spell that?).

We are peeved with the hedging going on the top as it will block the sea views.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2010 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is a nice piece of work Well done
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Mo



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2016 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have a dry stone wall along the longest side of our property. Much of it is in need of repair - Molly runs along the top of some sections and gives me palpitations.

Before we got our first pigs up here we repaired a section ourselves.




Steve was talking to a dry stone waller up on the fells the other day - making enquiries about the cost of repairing ours. The bloke said he thought he'd seen us doing it ourselves, and if it's still standing since we had pigs in there we'd be just as well doing the lot ourselves.

I'm just cautious about who gets to 'hop over the wall' to retrieve the fallen stones... there's a steep drop to the beck....
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2016 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You know I'm an archaeologist ? though these days I'm mostly a contented wee housewife
Anyway; a very long time ago I found myself field walking/ recording in the Lake District, and used to our Scottish drystane dykes, I thought nothing of trying to climb over the ones down there.
They are truly, evily, awful. They are not meant to be climbed over, they do not have through stone steps, they don't have styles or gates at regular intervals, they are just carefully built to collapse on anyone foolish enough to try climbing them á

An English archaeologist explained that it was a different culture, and that the point of these walls was to keep people out and animals inů.not just to keep stock in and usefully tidy up the fields while demarking property lines and headdykes.

It's interesting wandering the country and seeing the different types
http://conservation.historic-scot...gov.uk/inform-dry-stone-walls.pdf

http://www.dswa.org.uk/leaflets.asp

Good on any of you giving it a go

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2016 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, I didn't know that

I have read some background on walls and the differences between regions. We got books & a DVD and spoke to drystone wallers at a local show before we even attempted it.

Some around here have narrow gaps to squeeze through, and holes near culverts and streams.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2016 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Best of luck with it
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another section of our wall fell down sometime Sunday night - not sure why but we did have high winds.

It fell away from us so part of Monday morning was spent hefting the stones back up the sharp incline from the beck.

We've fixed it but I forget to take photo's.

Whilst it was a pain in the bottom because we had planned to be knocking in posts to extend the pig pen, we enjoyed it.

I find the whole process of building/repairing a stone wall hugely satisfying. With the stones we have it's like doing a big, heavy jigsaw puzzle.

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