Photographer's Note

Good Morning Everyone,

I'm sure you will recognise this as a drystone wall, quite common in the area where I live.

The drystone walls (as suggested in their name) are carefully built to stand strongly without the use of mortar or cement. The capping stones are important to protect the inner parts from the weather.
Quite often, they would have small, square gaps to allow sheep dogs easy access when rounding up sheep.

The walls, though very expensive to make nowadays, historically were a cheap way of dividing land for the farmers. (That was at a time when there were many people working on a farm). The stone was readily available and cheap.

Nowadays, stone walls are becoming targets for stone thieves. The capping stones (which were often shaped into semi-circles) have become desirable inclusions for modern gardens, hence the stones from the walls become a target for unscrupulous thieves.

As yet, we still have many that are complete, though maybe in need of a little restoration!

From this high vantage point you can see how the village fits snuggly into the valley.

I dedicate this photograph to Malgo, who always tells me how much she likes these walls.

My warm regards,
Bev :-)

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Additional Photos by Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9503 W: 373 N: 21998] (86438)
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