Saturday, 11 November 2017

What a beautiful land

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!




Tuesday, 12 September 2017

The worst thing in walling is...

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...
Midges!!!
and no, even this didn't work, even with every inch of skin showing, slathered in repellant....

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Features

Here are some lovely features Trevor and I have been putting in garden walls this summer



A wall we have just finished where we repositioned and reset the name of the property and put in a postbox. (Trevor built the front of this wall)

Chatsworth

Just returned from a lovely weekend at Chatsworth Show with our local branch of the DSWA (Dry Stone Walling Association) DDSWA

It's a great meeting of Derbyshire wallers of all abilities from beginners to master craftsmen, professionals to amateurs and hobby wallers.



We always build a new feature which stays in situ for a year. This year we built a straight wall of around 7-8m with a wheel, cantilevered seats, hog holes or sheep creeps and other small niches.

It's also a great opportunity to promote walling and the beginners courses that we run throughout the year.


Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Walling withTrevor

For the last 18 months or so I have been very fortunate to have worked alongside Trevor Wragg, one of Derbyshire and the UK's Master Craftsmen.

Trevor has been walling for most of his life and has a wealth of knowledge , not only about walls but about Derbyshire rural life and our local countryside. He also has a good few tales of local life too making a working day enjoyable and interesting.
Through Trevor I have experienced different walls, stone and techniques which has been a great boost to my overall experience as a waller.
Trevor is in the process of retiring and I shall miss him enormously but know that he will continue walling as long as he can lift a stone!
Trevor has appeared on TV and is also known as Trevor the weather!

The weather with Trevor

Trevor with Ade Edmunson

Waller's mate

My supervisor!

Asleep on the job

Can't be the comfiest place but it's Nell's preference!