On the 11th of May (almost a month ago - my apologies once again for not keeping this up to date) the South East Scotland branch of the Dry Stone Walling Association visited Vogrie country park, to complete the work done last year on the boundary wall. I couldn't make it along in the morning, but dragging my family with me I got there at lunch time. The original estate house is now a ranger centre. It has a good little cafe in it too, where we stopped for lunch (the kids were too hungry not to - and that's my excuse, and I'm sticking to it).
Richard, Mike and John (with Coolie the dog, as ever) had been hard at it since early doors, and had got the bulk of the work done by the time we arrived.
Theoretically, the children had come to look for minibeasts (bugs, to us old-fashioned folks). However, the temptation to join in the walling proved too great, especially when the ground level on one side of the wall makes it nicely child height.
Not much more effort took the wall up to coping height, and then the others broke for their lunch.
As I may have mentioned on previous blog entries, the stone here has a pronounced grain and is very brittle. Fortunately there were enough big bits to complete the wall, but any attempt at shaping the stone usually ends up in a pile of shards.
It's good stone for fossils, though:
After lunch we cracked on with the copes, and by mid afternoon the section was complete.
Here's how it looks from the path through the woods:
And here's what's traditionally referred to as "the cows' view".
This blog, and the rest of the site, are produced by Donald McInnes, treasurer of the SES DSWA (I'm the baldy one, sometimes in a saltire hat).