We were met with a fine day, not too warm, eight trusty wallers, and large amounts of nice stone looked out for us. A member of staff checked on our numbers for lunch, arranged as usual for 12.30, and another, a weekend volunteer who knew a bit about walling, offered his services with a tractor for a short spell in case anything was needed. Gregor suggested moving some of the bigger stone down the wall a bit with the next stretch in prospect for September, and this was duly done. A good start!
Work proceeded steadily. Your chairwoman took on the job of persuading those laying founds to incorporate the few very heavy round boulders – sacks much in evidence, thanks, ladies – and soon it was piece-time. We had a look at the Cheshire branch mini walling kits, ordered with our Stonefest in mind, and decided they were perhaps too unlike our local stone to use.
A generous lunch set us up for the afternoon. Soup, sandwiches, cakes and fruit soon disappeared. Lady Erskine turned up to greet us and see how things were going – as always, great to have an appreciative person to come and chat.
Not much coping was done- that’s still to do. And the weather broke just as we were finishing…