Dry Stone Waller and Conservationist in its widest spectrum, the blog of Welshwaller covers a wide range of topics and delves into a number of issues which will hopefully generate some thoughts amongst its readers…

As well as Countryside matters the author is heavily engaged in the preservation, interpretation and education of traditional farming techniques and the tools and equipment associated with it.

Welshwaller presents a varied range of blogs covering personal issues and thinking.  Read with an open mind and feel free to add your comments.  I hope you find it stimulating. SF


13 Responses to “About”

  1. Mark Says:

    Dear Welshwaller,

    Thanks for the very many months of pleasure reviewing your posts since I first found your blog. Whilst I do have family, principally in Roch and local to there in South West Wales, I’m London based. I am making contact to reflect that I enjoy and look forward to your posts. Your reflections remind me what life could and should be like.

    Some years ago, I went on a National Trust dry stone walling holiday, which only served to prove that I have limited if nil practical skills (OK, no skill!) in that direction! I prefer engines, and old machines.

    Anyway, I thought I’d reflect thanks for the posting you make, and any time you need someone to provide a day or so’s labour on machines, give me a shout.


  2. Mark Lunn Says:


    A couple of years back I sent the above message and you kindly replied. Since then I have singularly failed to respond! However I was prompted by hearing your dulcet tones on Farming Today on New Years day, (I heard the original one as well), to make contact and repeat how much I enjoy your posts, thank you for them, and wish you well for the New Year. On the subject of the Farming Today piece (Ty Gwyn walks), you don’t do landscape tours but whilst riding on elderly machines, by any chance, do you?!! (Lazy Man’s culture!)

    I am in Wales much less now, much to my regret – two close relatives have passed on and the next generation (my many cousins) have less use for an old goat like me who likes, and can, fix old machines! I fear I shall end up one of that type who retires to Pembrokeshire, but that’s at a point which is regrettably some way away, courtesy of the need to earn myself a pension!

    Anyway, my thanks and very best wishes for the Year, and keep the posts coming!

    Kind regards


    • welshwaller Says:

      Thank you Mark, I didn’t know the R4 piece was re-run at the end of the year – several people heard it, more than the first time I suspect, given the un-Godly hour it goes out ! Historic Landscape tours on vintage tractors !? Now there’s a thouht, I’m going to explore that idea !!

  3. bookvolunteer Says:

    Given your specialism, I wonder if you have come across Babalwbi? This may (or may not) be the term for the quartz decoration on the top of garden walls, of which there are many examples in Dinas Cross (Pembs).

    • welshwaller Says:

      Babalwbi is in fact Limestone and it is the so called ‘pavement’ of exposed limestone which has been eroded into the gentle curvy shapes much favoured as a wall topping in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, particularly in the long terraces of the dark industrial valleys where its brightness must have added some cheer to the sombre dark grey and brown of the Pennant sandstone. It is illegal today to remove it from its natural environment. It can seen in many areas of the western Brecon Beacons in the limestone uplands of the Swansea valley for instance. Quartzite is also very popular in areas where it occurs such as you mention. Only this last weekend I was moving old slabs of babalwbi in a garden near Carreg Cennen castle, believe me, it is HEAVY !

  4. bookvolunteer Says:

    Thanks so much for the information. I had been wondering for some time .. and the people I asked in Dinas (including a stone mason) weren’t able to help!

  5. charlotte50249 Says:

    Hi welsh Waller, we just found some very similar French drain, d shaped clay pipe , cracked in the same place. This is on an estate that has been around since 1540, my question is when were these type drains used?

    • welshwaller Says:

      They were earlier in France and so could be late 17th century but definitely not later than the middle of the 18th. The clay might give you more of a clue and the way it has been fired. Look after them !!

  6. Clare McKillop Says:

    Dear Welsh Waller,
    I live in Devon and was looking for an explanation of the vertical stone placing I see in local walls and banks. Hey Presto! your post from March 2011 popped up and I am now enlightened, though it took me a while to get there as I kept being distracted by other interesting items. The only point I would make is that Exmoor has it’s own Exmoor ponies and they are not the same as the Dartmoor version!

    • welshwaller Says:

      You’re right !! I did say ‘Dartmoor’ !!! How stupid – I’ve corrected it, thank you for pointing it out … it’s an even worse mistake when you consider my father BRED Exmoor ponies !!!

  7. Staci Kristen Says:

    What happened? Where are you? There are no new entries that I can find. Been reading you for years.

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