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I live and work in the North York Moors area

I'm a qualified hedgelayer and have laid hedges in Ireland, Holland and in the UK. I'm also a drystone waller and have built houses (and walls), garden features, gate entrances in Ireland, Australia and in England.

I've been told I'm a bit of walling and hedgelaying nerd. But I don't mind it because it's normal. Doesn't everyone stop and take pictures of these when they are on holiday?

Some of the site contains my work along with pictures of hedges, walls and walling features from places I've visited. It should be pretty obvious which is my work.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Spanish Drystone Walls

Like many(?) wallers I keep my eyes open when on holiday. So visiting family near Val de Morillo 60 miles north of Madrid I noticed many of these walls in the locality. Largely unworked stone but characteristically all had rather large overhanging copes, something I've not seen in the UK.

Here is another example, this time of a retaining wall near a disused medieval water mill. Really good walling, tight joints, and alternate corner stones.

The principles of good building are universal.

This wall is the boundary wall between Madrid & Avila in central Spain and runs for many miles over the mountains.  Incidentally the young man is my Spanish grandson and is not a bad waller himself.  He's even been known to do a bit of hedgelaying.  Unique I'd say.
 Well, they certainly can build them big in Spain.  These are the town walls in the Avila a town immediately west of Madrid.

Outside Madrid - a single wall built out of granite

A wall built from granite just outside Madrid

Friday, October 1, 2010

Park Wall - An Historic Wall

This old wall was once part of Fyling Deer Park in Fylingdales, North Yorkshire. In the 12th century the park was created by the Abbot of Whitby, but by 1577 had ceased to exist.

Every fifty feet or so, stones are arranged within the wall to form a cross visible of both sides.

Incidently this wall is now owned by a distant cousin of mine!