Wall: Weekly Photo Challenge

When you look at the workmanship that goes into dry-stone walling, you can only stand in awe of a craft that’s been handed down through the ages:

Here’s a dry-stone wall which has proven to be an attractive host for  lichen.

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And here the lichen-covered wall has some kind of blue deposit providing an interesting contrast:

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Below is an example of Spanish stone-walling.  No, not the personality trait, more the kind of precision-built retaining wall that provides the frontage between elevated houses and coastal roads.  Beautiful, but frequently the casualty of torrential rainfalls that can occur from time to time, with subsequent collapses causing delays for traffic.

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Some examples below of French walls;  the ‘log-shed’ at Chateauneuf, a lovely wisteria-clad cottage and part of Chateaneuf castle showing some evidence of structural stress!

Another Spanish wall that found favour with a feral cat, not well-pleased at having to show his best side for me:

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And finally, a bit of light artistic relief on the gable wall of a French cottage, serving as a photo opportunity for passing boaters:

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To see other ‘Walls’ click on the link:  Weekly Photo Challenge

 

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About Sandra

I cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and write fiction and poetry. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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24 Responses to Wall: Weekly Photo Challenge

  1. Lovely set, Sandra. I love handmade walls. As for Chateauneuf, my favorite walls there are those enclosing a winery or tasting room. 🙂

    janet

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  2. Walls have a beautiful voice dont they?

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  3. I miss the wonderful stone walls which run through the New England countryside. Covered in lichen, they look very much like your first photos, Sandra. Wonderful.

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    • Sandra says:

      Glad you liked them Barbara. Some areas of England have their own particular style of dry-stone walling. Lancashire, for instance, tends to have black stone-walling, whereas in Derbyshire you tend to see a lot of grey stone-walling. Such a lot of work has gone into them.

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  4. suej says:

    I’m with Sustainabilitea on Chateauneuf!!

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  5. 2e0mca says:

    A rather nice selection of walls – nice to see healthy growths of Lichens, the air must be getting cleaner 🙂

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  6. nowathome says:

    I like all the different kinds of walls! The dry-stone wall is just amazing, Sandra!

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  7. I wonder if the craftsmanship of creating these stone walls will die eventually.
    Very nice photo entries for the challenge, Tish. : )

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    • Sandra says:

      I know that when they ran the Yorkshire stage of Le Tour a lot of concern was expressed that the cyclists would run into the walls. Whether that was a safety concern rather than a concern over whether there were still enough people skilled enough to repair them… not sure.

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  8. pix & kardz says:

    what a great collection! i especially like the first three stone wall images.

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  9. pix & kardz says:

    i may or may not have just left a comment. in case i did, the url link is invalid.
     
    just wanted to say that i enjoyed this collection – especially the first 3 images. thanks for sharing!

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  10. Lovely collection of wall images, Sandra. 🙂

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  11. rxfrazier says:

    Nice walls. Here’s someone else who is into stone walls you might find interesting: https://frieseke.wordpress.com

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  13. dunelight says:

    Wow…the middle wall..how the stone is joined…the work involved boggles the imagination.

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    • Sandra says:

      It always looks beautiful, but under heavy rainfall many of these walls (which are acting as retainers) collapse as the sodden ground behind them moves. But I agree, terrific workmanship.

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