Thursday, April 12, 2007

Rocks Gone Wild

We saw so many different ways of laying rock. I particularly liked this one, helter skelter but built to last. Families have their own pattern. I just couldn't believe the miles and miles of walls on this tiny island. It must've taken decades to make all these walls. Each paddock was only about 50 feet across and the walls were usually 6' tall. This was to prevent the salt water from coming in and killing the grass. Rocks were used for so many purposes. Some of these walled areas had no gate but the farmer would move rocks aside, let the cattle in and rebuild the wall. Large, flat rocks were used for tables, smaller ones for benches or stools.

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