Most years, for the last decade or so, we've gone along to the British Geological Survey open day at King's Buildings in Edinburgh, and built something for them (and for the entertainment of their visitors). However, they're moving home next year, so it didn't seem such a good idea to put a few more tons of stone construction in. Instead, we had a table with 'mini-dyking' kits, where children (and the occasional adult) could try their hand at building a dry stone wall.
Almost everyone spotted that the flat-ish square-ish stones were better than the rounded beach pebbles to build with. And almost everyone got the idea of putting stones of the same height next to each other. And some very quick on the uptake individuals got the hang of it well enough to get the wall coped.
Looks the part, I reckon. Well done everyone who had a part in it!
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