Thursday, June 28, 2007

As you can see it's a pretty bleak sort of day, but Margaret (who planned the outing) wanted me to see this wall. Her friend Henry Prout has just been given the Exmoor Society's top accolade in recognition of his work. He is a drystone-waller. 'The walls on Exmoor are different from others because the rocks are flat and slatey. When building up the two sides, the middle has to be filled with little stones, with big ones put in to keep the two sides together.' On a good day Henry can complete a length of three metres.

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8 comments:

john.g. said...

I love dry-stone walls. Good for wildlife too.

Gledwood said...

extremely atmospheric photos!

fatmammycat said...

It looks like you had a great day out.

PI said...

John: I didn't realise that.

gledwood: It is a bit lowering isn't it?

FMC: we usually have one of those days which leave you feeling great!

rashbre said...

lovely pix. a sense of 'climate' (!)

PI said...

Rashbre: yes we have a surfeit of 'climate' just now:)

zoe said...

Q used to do dry-stone walling. it's an art in itself :)

PI said...

Zoe: how marvelous. I wonder if he used the same method in the Lakes?