Tag Archives: Mimbolovedry stone walling
We have just about finished the dry stone walls we started earlier in the summer. Just as well since we seemed to have used up all of the stone that we had left over. It is difficult to believe that the huge mountain of stone that was left over from the old barn and outbuildings has now been moved and forms the new dry stone walls. We moved all of the stone by hand with the aid of an old dumper. We just kept chipping away at it and eventually it was all gone.
We are now left with a new sheep pen (for housing the dumper and other stuff for now) and a new dry stone wall along the top field. Give it a year and it will have all blended in.
Yesterday we dug out the last section of wall to reach the stone gate post in the adjoining field. We made good progress building up the wall and I reckon that we will be all finished in the next couple of working days. The main challenge is that we are likely to run a little short on stone for the wall. We do have some surplus stone elsewhere on site, so we are going to need to sift through the various piles on site to find suitable stone.
The very far corner of the orchard (where a new gate will be installed) will need to be dug out using an excavator. The ground here rises up for some reason. Originally, there was a large wooden shed here and I suspect that waste was deposited behind the shed.
The wall was in pretty bad shape. I have pulled out as many of the coping stones as possible and then dug the foundations. Since one side is lower than the other, I can use bricks in the base of one side of the wall base as these will not be seen as they are below soil level. Using bricks is quicker and also means that they don’t have to be thrown in the skip.
I am starting to lose track of the days that have been spent on the dry stone wall in the orchard. I am tending to work on the wall in between doing other things, so very few of the days are dedicated to just building the wall. It would be misleading to say that this is day 33.
I am just about to start digging out the next 3-5m section. I doubt that I am going to be able to build much more until the bottom end of the orchard has been dug out. At the moment, the land rises up and is a good 2ft higher than the road level outside. No doubt this is the result of years of rubbish and undergrowth behind the shed that used to be here. The plan is to use a mini digger to reduce the soil level at this end of the garden. Then we can carry on building the wall.
The builders have offered to show me how to use the mini digger, so this could get interesting!
The weather at the weekend was fantastic and we spent most of it working on the dry stone wall in the orchard. By the end of the second day, another 5 metre section had been completed. It is much quicker with two of us!
30.5m done. 17 to go. In the orchard anyway!
We had three great weather days in a row – and over a Bank holiday too! We have now completed 25.5m of wall in the orchard with only another 22m to go to!
I guess we must be approaching the half-way mark with the dry stone wall in the orchard. Must be time for a photo. Here’s a (slightly messy) panorama of the progress so far.
Well, the weather over the Bank Holiday weekend has been great so far. With any luck we will end up with 3 good days on the trot. Difficult to believe when Friday’s weather was so cold and wet.
With most of the work done inside of the cottages and the builders due to start next week, our attention has turned back to the dry stone wall in the orchard. It is a real pleasure to work outdoors in such fine weather. With two of us working on it together, we have made significant progress in the last couple of days.
Another Saturday dry stone walling, but this time it was in the sun! It was a beautiful day here in West Yorkshire, although the wind and the rain did set in later in the afternoon (but we were ready to pack up by then!).
We disassemble the next 3M section of wall and dug the foundations. The photo below show how far we got during the day – probably about 5 courses up. This means that one side of the wall is just above ground level (this side of the camera) while the other is showing a number of courses (the other side of the wall).