Wednesday, 21 April 2021
Thursday, 28 January 2021
2021 so far...walling alone due to lockdown...again!
... and it has been a very wet and very cold winter which seems to have been the norm over the last few years!
Made getting to work impossible for several days.
|20m of Limestone field wall near Parwich|
Work has been constrained and re-ordered due to lockdown and weather. However, nights are getting lighter the snowdrops are appearing, buds are starting to sprout tiny leaves and the woodpecker is hammering furiously to attract a mate...and this waller is sloshing around in mud building walls!
Enjoyed this job near Kirk Ireton...when from a delivered pile of rough stone emerges a gateway...4 cheek ends, 2 curves and a load of hand made copestones! Deeply satisfying...
Tuesday, 1 December 2020
What a year 2020 has been...A year of working alone, not meeting with colleagues, no shows, no teaching and a number of jobs lost. Still, I consider myself blessed to have a job where I can be outside, not needing to worry about commuting or having to wear a face mask!
In 2019 I finished 250m of a wall in Kirk Ireton which has become known as Emma's wall to friends and neighbours who walked past on a daily basis to observe progress. It was almost a 4 season wall!
2019 A group of wallers from the Derbyshire Branch of the DSWA spent 5 days on Orkney building a wall for a community. It was a memorable experience for us all and left a beautiful curved seat.
|One of my most favourite walls to date in The Brund, a 60m retaining wall, all dry stone. A beautiful setting which I worked on during the fabulous weather of the first lockdown 2020.|
Friday, 18 January 2019
All of a sudden its January 2019 I'm layered up in thermals, my once hot drink is turning to ice as it sits in a cup as I build ... and those hot days of summer where I was getting to work for 5.30am to avoid the heat seem so far away!
It has been a very busy few months of non stop walling moving from limestone to sandstone and back again.
A couple of insurance jobs...a couple of 'quick-my-wall-has-fallen-down' type jobs some garden landscaping work and now mid winter a very long stretch of field walling to do.
So looking back since August here's a little of what I have been up to...
|44m uphill, sandstone wall which had to curve around trees...quote a challenge as the trees were in the wall!|
|A quick day gapping at Snitterton with lovely limestone|
|Gorgeous early morning winter sun on part of my 255m near Kirk Ireton|
|uh-oh...winter has arrived!|
Monday, 20 August 2018
|Rebuilt limestone field walls|
Friday, 19 January 2018
|Can't cut these out so they stay under the wall|