Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Stone Walls & Generations

Most of our land is bounded by stone walls. Acres were cleared by hand or perhaps with the help of a work animal. But at some point each stone was touched by human hands and piled - neatly, roughly, hurriedly, wearily - to mark the piece of the world that they would call their own. Then they raised up crops alongside a family, never knowing who or what would thrive or survive season unto season and beyond. Those stones, laid out in bounding lines two centuries back, are now patchworked with lichen. Black, gray, green patches now creep where calloused fingers once gripped. Echoes of memories of folks I never knew. Silent, solid irrefutable evidence of lives lived here long before we settled in.


barbie2be said...

Lee, that's a beautiful picture. i love looking at those ancient (by US standards) stone walls.

Pink Granite said...

Thanks B2B-
A few years ago a company went door to door in our rural area offering to buy our stone walls. Apparently folks wanted to install them in their new landcaping projects. But I know of only one family that had to avail themselves of the financial incentive and sell off a section of their beautiful old walls.
- Lee

Roo said...

ok promise you will never sell off your walls!

I come from the top of North Yorkshire originally, and there are plenty to be seen around the countryside, and believe it or not I've even helped rebuild a few under watchful wise eyes, and it's a craft I can tell you.

Tip - never drive your car at one, it will come off a lot lot me on this one...

barbie2be said...

oh, it would just make me sick if i knew someone was selling their stone wall. that's just wrong.