Recently I have been lucky enough to be involved with a film about dry stone walls. A local filmmaker (Roland Keates - www.transfigurephotography.co.uk )has made a beautiful and fascinating film due to be launched this spring.
What a beautiful part of the world we live in...here on a hillside above Parwich with over 100m of wall ahead of us. The views are terrific and over the last few weeks we have watched buzzards, wrens robes and fieldfares visit us. We have seen hot air balloons, helicopters and even a spitfire fly over us.
At any point when I straighten up and stretch my aching joints I can look all around and see the green fields and white limestone walls stretching away into the distance. What joy!
People often comment that a cold winter must be the worst thing in walling....Not so, and until recently I'd have said that actually it was driving rain.
However over the last few weeks Trevor and I have been working on the beautiful Staffordshire moorlands and have discovered something far worse...
and no, even this didn't work, even with every inch of skin showing, slathered in repellant....