Mending Wall…..

Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,

That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,

And spills the upper boulders in the sun,

And makes gaps even two can pass abreast. – Robert Frost, 1914


In the village I grew up in, there were many old stone walls left from earlier times.  Most of those are now found in wooded areas.  Obviously, built by the earliest settlers of the place, the walls tell of a rough landscape, where land was cleared of trees and rocks – the rocks piled to create the wall. They speak of the dreams, hopes and plans of those sturdy souls (who were mostly Irish – a people who knew a thing or two about stone walls). What stories could those walls tell, I wonder? In spite of the back-breaking work of years ago., nature has quietly, gently reclaimed what was hers.

When we built our present house, a decade ago, here – in the middle of an old pasture – I was delighted to discover an old stone wall on the land.  That was the inspiration for our retaining wall.  We built this last fall, between the house & garden and the driveway.  Every stone is from this piece of land.  Every stone placed by one of us – creating a connection.

At present, this stone wall is underneath a (slowly melting) snowbank.  I  pray the “frozen ground swell” hasn’t caused it damage….. only Spring will tell for sure.

This post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge – Wall

8 thoughts on “Mending Wall…..

  1. Judy @ newenglandgardenandthread March 14, 2015 / 5:53 pm

    Now you’re talking ‘wall’ – stone walls are my favorite. New Hampshire has quite a few, and I went to the library this morning and the wall around the side of it was just starting to peek out from under the snow. What I wouldn’t give to sit and chat with a couple of those farmers who came before us and listen to the stories of how they had to move all those rocks in order to build their home and work their fields. Here’s hoping your wall is as beautiful this spring as the day you built it. 🙂

    • JanetRimmington March 15, 2015 / 2:17 am

      Thanks! I’m looking forward to seeing it, too – we whatever shape it’s in. :). I think New Hampshire has some of the most beautiful stone walls I’ve seen anywhere. And lots of them! My father lived in Auburn, near Manchester, NH in the early 90’s. We were lucky enough to explore the area. It’s a beautiful state all round. You are very lucky. 😀

  2. seeker March 14, 2015 / 6:35 pm

    Mending the walls. I like that idea using old stones.

  3. LifestyleswithLia March 14, 2015 / 7:21 pm

    What a great post about your lovely wall and the stone walls in your area.. The craftsmanship is amazing! I hope your wall has survived the winter!
    Happy Saturday!

    • JanetRimmington March 15, 2015 / 2:05 am

      Thanks, Lia!! When I showed my husband the photo of the wall today, he said, “oh! I forgot what it looked like”. It seems like it’s been buried for-ever. (In fact it’s only been about 6 weeks). What funny creatures we are! When the snow melts, we will forget it was ever here. You must be feeling “springy” NYC by now. 🙂 Any crocus? Happy Weekend!

      • LifestyleswithLia March 15, 2015 / 7:09 pm

        Yes it’s true we get seasonal “amnesia ” and forget all about the snow! It’s still chilly here… No flowers yet.. But hopefully soon!
        Happy rest of the weekend!

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