Sunday, February 21, 2010

Drystone Wall - Fylingthorpe

So 11 years since leaving Yorkshire to live in Ireland I recently got my first walling job back home at a lovely farm at Flylingthorpe a stone's throw away from my home.

The corner has collapsed partially due to the fill settling, foundations giving away and numerious small trees.

Dismantle all the dodgy bits and dig out the old foundation stones at the bottom and re-set the biggest stones again.

And a couple of days later interrupted by several inches of snow, we have the finished article. You can hardly see where the old stone meets my replacement.

Pretty pleased with it as I think it is also the only wall I've built from regular coursed stone.

So if you want a drystone wall repaired or a completely new one do give me a call!!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Goshawks & Snow Buntings

Out doing my voluntary ranger duties at Maybecks recently and in perfect weather - sun and snow, a pair of Goshawks sailed by enabling me to get an excellent view of the pair. These once very rare birds are becoming increasingly common in the conifer woods around here.

Later taking the dog along Bay Ness (at Robin Hood's Bay) I saw a flock of about 25 Snow Buntings feeding in a field of grass with many seed heads intact. Their favourite feeding ground.