Building mania!

We’ve always loathed them – the sheet steel gates that once let a car or two park in the ruined cottage that has now become a tiny, if productive, kitchen garden.  They rattle thunderously in the mildest breeze, sail dangerously open on the rare occasions they get used, and spoil the run of ancient stone walling that runs down out side of the lane.
We have a stonemason repointing other parts of the ruin, enthusiastic, and who thinks of stone as a plastic thing, easily shaped to become what is needed.
I suppose it was silly of us to show him, but amongst the jumble of carved bits and pieces that have presumably lain in the garden since the late 18th century, was a nice base and neck that presumably did, or was intended to, support a stone ball, and of which we already have a number that play important roles in the garden scene.  So… a new one?  Well, what about…., said out mason, a cube instead.  OK.  Half an hour later, he had a splendidly cut cube.  One of use, a sticklet for such things, thought it too small.  It needed the same edge size as the base.  Hmmmm…………  The mason vanished once more into the lane, returning later with a much large polished and champfered cube, which only he could lift.


It looked splendid.  I think it was his idea to try it on its corner.  It looked, we thought, even grander.  And so, supported with the help of a steel dowel, it now sits up on the corner of the kitchen garden, quite upstaging the lead finial over the tiny garden’s gateway.  Our mini-folly.  But it’s hard to stop.  The mason has a clever idea for getting water from the Bacchus mask into the top pool.  We think we really must have…
And the new wall isn’t even yet begun.
Oh dear…


About david stuart

garden writer and journalist, and occasionally a designer, with a garden in the Scottish borders, and his pal's gardens in Edinburgh, London, and Lincolnshire. They keep both of us very, very busy. Books I've written listed on my website, and dozens of articles and garden and plant pictures. Currently working on several new projects. One of these was to return to painting - see the blog - and which is proving exciting! or, more fun, have a look at
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