I made a lot of mistakes on my first few metres – but gradually I got the hang of locking stones together. I built the first ten metres outside the cattle fence – so that if they got through my wall, there was still another barrier!
But I needn’t have worried – two years later and its still standing and the cattle love having something to rub on. Sometimes I think they play games knocking the odd one off the top. I just tidy up after them from time to time.
They are like a big 3D jigsaw
Friends started asking if they could join me to learn how to build a dry stone wall. It was great to have some company. And it is pretty addictive – like a big three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle.
If I’m on my own, I just put on an audio-book and enjoy the fresh air and the challenge.
It’s amazing what you can lift once you get warmed up – but sometimes for the big stones I use the winch on the farm truck.