Ancient words of wisdom from the north country, for sure, but just for now, we’ve not really started winter, let alone looking to the end.
So it’s still a good time to be building those stone walls, and today neighbour Nigel Carr is hard at work again, on the road out of Allendale towards Allenheads.
Nigel is available for dry stone walling work, and he can be contacted through this blog — that is to say, as a neighbour, I’ll be happy to get any enquiries on to him, since I only have to walk across the fields to have a chat.
It’s remarkable how decrepit old walls contribute to an overall sense of decay, whereas newly re-constructed walls have that connotation of being cared for and enhancing the entire property. In the image above, Nigel has propped up a through-stone ready for placing in position to anchor both sides of the wall, and to carry the weight of the top stones together.
I’m reminded of a song written especially for me to sing at our local folk club, some twenty-five years ago, by dear friend Helen Lawrenson. The tune is well-known, but I can’t remember its name, though I can hum it for you if you like.