On Sunday we kicked off our dyking year with a joint project with the Friends of the Pentlands building a raised bed at the Harlaw visitors' centre. The design was by some school children and was meant to be based on an earthworm - it was certainly wiggly enough, and the pinkish sandstone was the right colour. The wiggly design was a bit of a challenge as the stone was guillotined into pretty large rectangular shapes not well suited to doing curves, but the judicious application of a sledge hammer helped.
The foundation had already been laid by the Friends, so we cracked on with getting the walls up.
And by lunchtime it was taking shape nicely.
I couldn't stay for the whole day, but by mid afternoon it was looking pretty nearly done, so I didn't feel too guilty about leaving the others to finish off.
And I've heard that they did indeed get it finished - we're back in the vicinity in a couple of weeks, so hopefully I'll get some photos of the finished job then.
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