Wall Wednesday – Week Four


drystone wall covered in moss scottish borders scotland

Today’s wall – comes from my friend’s garden, she lives in a beautiful farm cottage between Lauder and Stow here in the Borders, this lovely wall runs along her drive and forms the boundary between her cottage and her families’ farm next door.  It was the moss that attracted me.

In Scotland such drystone walls are called “dykes” and someone who builds them is a “dyker” – dykers are amazingly skilled.  When I see these walls snaking across our landscape, I am in awe of the dykers who stood out in all weathers on the bleak hills, building miles of walls stone by stone, carefully selecting each stone for the perfect fit.  There is no mortar – just stone, skill and gravity – and the result – timeless beauty.


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