Thursday, 4 June 2009

Mending wall

There are patches of vertically stoned walls across the farm, no mortar, just laid dry, clamped together with earth and hope. Gradually they get repaired, even though they are just dots and dashes in the lines of the earth banks. Round the corner from the house is a flowerbed, lying up against an old boarded cowpen. Full of weeds and foxgloves it was also full of old ash tree stump. The digger put paid to that with chains and the flick of a finger, which sent yet more of the retaining stone wall tumbling down.
So in-house expertise set to work and produced a work of beauty. It's planted up now with herbs, surplus tomato, courgette and cucumber plants.
Walls seem to be on people's minds at the moment. Click on the pics for more detail.

7 comments:

Winchester whisperer said...

Will you show us a colour photo when the tomatoes are out?

James Higham said...

Looks delightful out there.

mountainear said...

I thought at first you were showing us photographs from the distant past. (Strange how we imagine the past to be in black and white or sepia tones)

I'll bet that this little patch has never looked much different though. Keep up the good work - hope the vegetables prosper.

Swearing Mother said...

Great photos Mopsa. Wish I was there.

Mopsa said...

WW - yes, of course!

Thank you James, it is.

M'ear - fooled ya! It's amazing how it suddenly removes any sense of modernity.

Yorkshire Pudding said...

Nice one Debbie! It's clear to see that there would have been many hours of toil before you reached that pleasing conclusion.

Flowerpot said...

Wonderful pics, Mopsa - so atmospheric!