Friday, 30 December 2011

Strange Lump of Rock

This strange looking lump of rock was found beside pebbles on the riverside. Does anyone know what it can be? It is about 10 cms. across.

Monday, 26 December 2011

Summer Time in Mid-Winter

It is refreshing at this time of year in Scotland to remember what flowers look like! This is a photo of a limestone wall in Switzerland sent by Gerhard Stoll. On the 30th Dec. a strange rock , a little problem.

Thursday, 22 December 2011

A Merry Christmas

Many thanks to the great guy who built this tree and to the Canadian winter for helping to decorate it.

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Sarcophagus for a Famous Dog.

This most unusual burial place was built mainly by Evan Oxland and Akira Inman to commemorate a Canadian National champion South African Ridgeback. The structure is roughly in the shape of a kennel with the unusual addition of a ridge of small stone down the centre of the roof. The dog was buried below the large flat rock.
The entry for 22nd December is from the garden of Scott George.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Round Rocks

This wall was built by Scott George and Dan Pearl. It shows great skill to produce such a fine job from what must have been very difficult rocks to work with. They have carefully selected larger rocks to make a really strong corner. This photo was shown recently on website. Well worth a visit to find out what is happening in North America.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Another single rock.

This end of a wall breaks some of the traditional rules. Here I stood a large rock on top of a large flat base. This worked only because the base of the upright was large enough not to move. However it did have a curved bottom which required small wedges at the front edge. These had to be carefully chosen to ensure that they would not be crushed by the weight above them.
Entry on 6th December shows a wallend on the Isle of Skye.

Friday, 2 December 2011

Wall ends

There are many ways to build a cheek end of a wall. Normally in the UK there is an upright post for a gate , which means that the stonework has to be perpendicular. A single large rock with at least one third of it underground is a very satisfying way to achieve this. This example is in a field close to Auchterarder in Perthshire shows how to deal with a fence which does not continue from the wallend.
 The next few entries will show other ways of finishing a wall.