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Barriers – keeping things in and others out – never work very well. However, they can look nice and facilitate mowing and digging. Doing stone work can be good excercise, if it doesn’t ruin my back.

I love stones and enjoy the work, and effect.

The stonework is finished, and I am very happy with this seasons progress. 

I even made a television. The very first permaculture TV set in the world, as far as I know. During fall storms I can sit in the conservatory by the pot belly stove and watch the war of the ants. 
  

But now it’s time to cover the stonewall work in progress, to keep it dry during the winter freeze.  

 

While the stone work is at a standstill because of the freezing nights, it’s been perfect weather for harvesting, cleaning out and turning over the soil. 

 
This crop circle is soon done and will be the pumpkin patch next summer. 

The stonewall is bedded in, waiting for warmer weather. If it doesn’t warm up, I’ll cover it over permenently for winter. Last year I did stone work until the end of October.   

 

No frost yet! That is good for the maize and pumpkins that are still ripening. 

But I’m getting close to the end of the stone building season. I may be able to keep doing stonework for another few weeks by covering over the fresh layer with a tarp when the temperaturs drop a few degrees below zero. 

A load of angular stones. 

  

Where the stones go. 

  

The weather has been unusually warm this October. There are lots of flowers and vegetables left in the garden, and the stone work could probably go on for a few more weeks, but I’m going to end it for this year, and start again when it warms up in spring. Today is another glorious fall day, and I did the final stretch of cementing this morning.

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I’m quite proud of my progress this year.

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It’s been so mild with only lite frosts that the tomatoes haven’t completely died yet.

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If the weather stays warm next week, I’ll mix up a little more fine cement and fill in the spaces between the new stones to polish it off.

The arch is coming along and looks pretty good.

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But it’s a lot more difficult than I expected. First, it’s harder to find stones with good angles so that they fit on all sides. And then the underside, which will be exposed later, is now hidden, so I can’t see what it will look like while building. I’m sure it will be quite a surprise when I take the form away.

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Not that I haven’t been working, but because of the heat and the garden party I’ve had my attention otherwhere. Now back to garden work and building. The stone wall has been neglected for about a month because of the hot weather. I want to make the arch and continue layering the stones.

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And get a half a meter done before winter sets in.

I should have known. Soon after I bought the train ticket, I realized that the museum would most likely be closed, as they usually are on mondays. I wanted to see an exhibition of Sashiko Stitching by Hisako Hagiwara from Japan. Alas.

The outdoor part was open, so I had a great time viewing the collection of old buildings and stone work.

This magnificent church was built 1927 in the old medieval style.

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Wow! A 20th century gothic church!

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The metal door;

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The bell tower in wood covered with tar paint. Smells sooo good!

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The stone wall surrounding the church yard;

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The opening in the wall;

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Not far away, I found this massive stone fence post.

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And this stone garden bench.

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A few more ideas for the garden.

Place: Länsmuseet Västernorrland
Murberget, Härnosand