it's a great life, if you don't weaken (matociquala) wrote,
it's a great life, if you don't weaken

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something there is that does not love a wall

Today, I have conformed to Yankee stereotype and mended a stone wall. I didn't take a before picture, but suffice it to say that it was slumping, and on the verge of total collapse.

Here is the "after" photo:
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The mended bit is on the right, in shadow. As you can see, the original wall-builder subscribed to the "stacking" method of wall construction, whereas I am a "wedger." This was in part necessary because the "stacked" wall is three feet thick, and the two external stacked courses contain a heap of haphazardly piled rocks between them, so once the stacked course failed, the interior heap started to collapse as well. So I used big, flat rocks placed sideways for containment, and wedged the heck out of the bottom.

The wall on the other side of the yard needs mending too, but I think I might do that tomorrow.

At least I'm getting plenty of exercise.
Tags: (new) england, elves maybe, the simple joys of homeownership
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