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Monday, September 16, 2019

It's not just the wild west that is full of cowboys.

 This is a photo from an Andrew Pighills Facebook post back in July, and that is where it should have remained, but this afternoon I got a call from the owner of the wall to say the wall  has fallen down again. This photo is after the wall had been repaired 3 months previously

This is a photo I took this afternoon, just 2 months after it was repaired for the second time, by the same person who did the first repair

 The wall on the other side of the entrance, also rebuilt by the same person, is full of small stones that have no structural integrity whatsoever

and this large flat stone placed on its edge and just leaning against the wall.

This photo was taken in July.

This photo taken this afternoon, shows the smaller stones falling down behind the large flat stone which is slowly being pushed out and eventually, over.  

For a wall that will last a century or more, go to and look for a certified waller in your area.

 I can promise you this.
The feeling of sadness as your wall collapses before your eyes will far outlast the joy of the perceived inexpensive build.

Wild flower patch extended.

I think my wildflower patch has been somewhat successful. According to the package, the basil was added to attract pollinators. I thought the smell of basil might deter deer.

It doesn't

In my garden, hanging white strips on fishing line to emulate the alarm signal of the white tailed deer does.

Last weekend I tilled 4400 sq ft of part meadow, part orchard. obviously this is too large an area to cover with tarps as I did with the patch. This area will be flame weeded, raked and flame weeded again before sowing with a perennial wildflower mix this coming weekend. Hopefully the seeds will have a month to establish before the first frost.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Speaking Engagements

This Fall I have 3 speaking engagements.

Sept 21st, 1.30pm 
Greenwich Library
 101 West Putnam Ave Greenwich Ct

The Stone Walls & Structures of England & New England: an Evolution.

Concentrating on the stone structures of England and New England, this lecture draws comparisons, similar and dissimilar, between the geology, building styles and techniques, and follows the evolution of stone walls and structures from colonial times to the present day and explains how they fit into the garden and broader landscapes, past and present.

Oct 8th, 7pm
Guilford Library
67 Park St Guilford CT

The Yorkshire Dales, from Herriot to Home

From Herriot to Home. So called because we will travel through the dales, from Leyburn in the North east corner of the Dales, where Herriot, or Alfred White better known as James Herriot, the author of All Creatures Great and Small, first entered the dales as a newly qualified veterinarian back in 1939. to Airton, the village where I spent my formative years, in the southern most dale. Airedale.

22nd Oct 11am
Mystic Garden Club
Mystic Congregational Church
43 East Main St.

The Stone Walls & Structures of England & New England: an Evolution.
(Description as above)

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Friday, September 6, 2019

This year our Fall workshop is on the 26th and 27th of September, 9am to 4pm both days. Coffee and cakes will be served upon your arrival.
You will need to bring your lunch.

On Saturday evening we fire up the onsite Pizza oven and serve pizza from 4pm onward with beer and wine. Participants significant others are also invited to the pizza party. 

The wood fired oven will cook a pizza in around 3 minutes.

The party is also an opportunity to discuss the days work in a more relaxed atmosphere.

For further information please contact:
Andrew Pighills