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  • n. A stalactite or stalagmite
  • adj. Alternative spelling of dry-stone.


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  • A half-woken stoat peeped scaredly from its lair in a drystone wall and a skinny old doe stood alert and watchful on a limestone outcrop.

    City of Bohane by Kevin Barry – review

  • He insisted that such an individual should repair a drystone wall "if he chances to bring it down while crossing it" – a common probability in limestone country where the misshapen stones don't sit easily upon their brethren.

    Country diary: Langsett

  • As I walked down the side of a drystone wall the other day I noticed a young woman levelling a veritable range of molehills with a fork.

    Country diary: North Derbyshire

  • Public money funded new tracks for walkers and the repair of drystone walls; another £2.6m, via grants from Argyll and Bute council, Historic Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund, is about to be spent on Rothesay's decrepit town centre; with any luck, £8m more will be found to restore the town's pavilion, which is the finest piece of 1930s modernism in Scotland, the northern equivalent of the De La Warr pavilion in Bexhill.

    Could rebranding Bute as a middle-class holiday haven halt its decline? | Ian Jack

  • Beyond the complexity of drystone walls around the tributaries of Ewden Brook, the broad, gently inclining slopes of Broomhead Moor lead our eyes to the far crest of Margery Hill and Featherbed Moss, now dim with that prospect of rain.

    Country diary: Langsett

  • Yesterday a 1960s Olympia 463 sailplane landed as light as that proverbial feather in Grasmere, albeit skimming a drystone wall at 50mph to slide along the grass after 100 yards and just before another wall loomed ominously ahead.

    Country diary: Grasmere, Lake District

  • By this time, it was full dark, and we turned north onto Ye Old Windham Road (also Route 97/Hampton Road), a narrow two-lane affair bordered by dense tangles of hardwoods and greenbriars, drystone walls and pastureland.

    "I'd rather not," the cat remarked.

  • And everywhere were drystone walls, and the ruddy buds and silvery bark of red maples.

    "Only mustard isn't a bird," Alice remarked.

  • For the big picture, remember that hay meadows tend to be surrounded by regionally distinctive boundaries like the drystone walls and barns of the Yorkshire dales.

    Make hay meadow photos while the sun shines | Phil Gates

  • It landed, typically, on the coping stones of a drystone wall that slanted directly up towards the 1,200ft-high point of the moor at the place called Burton Bole; a spot more accurately part of Abney Moor.

    Country diary: North Derbyshire


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  • A method of building without mortar or clay.

    August 25, 2008