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Another wonderful sunny weekend for the final, but one, training course of the season. The final one, advertised on our website, is being organised by Cherry Tree Lodge, Saline.  Calum Williams will also be the instructor.

South Mains – Training Course & Members’ Practice, August, 2019.

Trainees at the end of Day 1

The August weekend at South Mains was a glorious one.  With wall to wall sunshine, excellent building stone, with extra available on request, together with Daan and Kirsty’s wonderful cooking: morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea, what more could a group of wallers hope for?  I’m really sorry I missed it.

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Burmieston Members’ Event

Final Stages of Coping.

Two days of wibbley, wobbley wall together with intermittent wet and steaminess, sums up our time at Burmieston. Supervised by Gregor we took down and widened a gap leading to a parking area.  This involved two cheek ends and a rebuild of two to three metres.  Once we’d finished this, we continued, on Day 2, to work on the repair begun last year.  This meant another cheek end as well as taking down quite a lot of unpinned rubble and tracey wall, producing, I hope, a robust rebuild. Six members attended over the course of the two days.

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Stonefest

Sue chats with a member of the public

We were delighted to have the opportunity to promote the work of the Branch through a Public Engagement Day at Murton Nature Reserve.  We decided to call this day ‘Stonefest’, remembering past successful events under the same name.  Planning began several months beforehand and many hours were spent pouring over old photographs, choosing those which fitted in best to particular categories and thinking of appropriate captions.

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Cambo Members’ Practice

The team sitting down at the end of day 1.

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!

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South Mains – Training Course & Members’ Practice

It was an enthusiastic bunch of eight trainees from all corners of our area and beyond, who arrived at South Mains for the first course of the year.  Kate welcomed the group and Stuart McDonald, instructor for the day, led them through the various stages of building a wall.  Daan had done a wonderful job of setting out pallets of stone at both sides of the wall and he and Kirsty continued to provide whatever was required throughout the day.

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Cowden Japanese Garden

We arrived when the new and very imposing gates opened at 9.30. This much safer access from a small road behind the gardens is clearly signed. Our remit was to continue restoring an old overgrown and crumbled wall. Extra stone had been brought from their quarry site.  Sadly we had been unable to choose the stone and much of it was monstrous and covered in mud and we still had to barrow it to our work site.

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Monachyle Mhor

We were pleased to receive an invite from the Monachyle Mhor hotel management in Balquidder to take part in a rural skills weekend on Saturday 30th March.  Stephen Donne, professional waller, had agreed to demonstrate hedge laying and I agreed to take up the challenge of a wall demo.

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