The Reluctant Mason  

This would be the perfect title for a book about a young English lad in the Middle Ages who deperately wanted to be a knight but who was from a peasant background. A distant relative was the head stone mason at the local cathedral and so his lot in life was cast to go there. It could spin on about his eventual legacy of work because his uncle dies and he becomes a significant figure in the completion of the cathedral.

But alas it is really just a post about the role I am playing with our rock wall. It seems bloody endless if you ask me and even though you didn’t I’m telling you that anyway. I was enthusiastic as the begining of the summer but now the realization has finally dawned on me (slow leaner that I am) that we aren’t going to finish this side as I had anticipated. We worked so hard but it will have to be continued next year unless the fall weather holds well into October. The days are so short and we never seem to get going really early in the am even though I try to push hard for that. You can read between those lines if you want! On the other hand he is still out there finishing when I have moved on to gardening, yard work or supper prep. 

The back of the wall, foundation below for a total height of 9’10”. The Tyndal stone is where the landing ties in. 

The top of the wall; Ron is doing finishing work on the mortar. 

This rebar is where the foundation of the other wall ties in.  
The railing brackets — created by Metalman Arts and delivered on his way to the lake.  

The 10′ section of the wall ends here. There was some mutter mutter here yesterday as a few rocks slid before the mortar set. 

Backfill partially complete so the backside of the wall is now actually a retaining wall! 
 There is only one day left until my “end of the year” blogging give way so if you hurry you can still enter by following the link to the Feedback Giveway and your name will be entered in the draw. It closes tomorrow evening (past the time I should be in bed but won’t be) so you have about 24 hours left to leave a comment.

That’s the post for tonight — pictures and a bit of text. It’s time for an epson salts bath to ease the ache!


I forgot the artistic photo last night!  


11 thoughts on “The Reluctant Mason  

  1. Your Man September 15, 2015 / 8:39 pm

    Don’t forget that I do actually read the blog posting. Didn’t think I needed to leave comments but…..


    • bernielynne September 16, 2015 / 12:07 am

      Haha!! You can’t win anything in the giveaway though because I bake for you all the time!! It’s funny you left a comment though — you could have just called out and told me that I had it right or wrong or what the heck was I thinking!! Or what the heck were you thinking is more like it!!!


  2. Janice September 15, 2015 / 9:14 am

    I wonder why you can not get going early in the morning …….. what are you doing instead of that amazing rock wall? And when is your new novel coming out? I would be there for your book signing for sure! 😉 LOVE your artistic photo – and you know the wall is amazing …………. fabulous job you two are doing!


    • bernielynne September 15, 2015 / 12:03 pm

      Probably because the head mason is exhausted! Plus we stay up late.
      Haha — a novel! NOT but a book about the house yes.
      Had to zip back in to add the artistic one — I know loads of people really enjoy it. The colour on the leaf was crazy!


  3. Gail September 15, 2015 / 8:24 am

    you guys inspire me. Love, love, love these pictures. when I have time this winter I plan on reading the whole blog.

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    • bernielynne September 15, 2015 / 9:09 am

      Careful! Reading the whole blog could take your entire weekend — it’s kind long and covers a lot of years!


  4. Shannon September 15, 2015 / 6:00 am

    Rock on!

    It is an amazing labor of love…xo

    Liked by 1 person

    • bernielynne September 15, 2015 / 9:09 am

      Thanks — I needed a reminder of what it was besides a pain in the back! And strong Muscles and time spent outside with my man. Ah yes there are positives.


  5. Cheryl September 15, 2015 / 12:23 am

    I have thoroughly enjoyed your journaling and continue to marvel at how long you have maintained your enthusiasm so chuckled when I read your comment about the “bloody endless” job on the wall!
    Well done!


    • bernielynne September 15, 2015 / 9:08 am

      I am extremely disappointed that we won’t complete it this year. That was my goal — maybe not his — so it delays the big plan.


  6. Anonymous September 14, 2015 / 11:40 pm


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