The Installation of The Stone.

by AnneWareham on November 6, 2015

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Stone waiting in car park. Veddw copyright Anne Wareham SAM_4123 S

Stone in the car park.

Bet you could hardly wait for this.

For too long we looked at The Stone in the car park and wondered if it would ever find its way anywhere else. I attempted to contact landscapers (just their kind of thing, you’d think, wouldn’t you?) but no-one was even slightly interested. But Jeff knew the man we needed – Alan The Builder. And sure enough, he came and looked and was quite unperturbed.

And so the day came and with it the men. Alan, Jeff and Luke. And the marvellous machine.

Machine arrives. Veddw copyright Anne Wareham SAM_4124 S

The Stone was to be dragged most of the way, so it was attached to the machine…

Jeff prods it . Veddw copyright Anne Wareham SAM_4130 S

And Jeff prodded it. (that helps, you know)

And dragging commenced….

Dragged through gate . Veddw copyright Anne Wareham SAM_4129 s

Got it through the gate …

The Introduction of The Lever

And on down the hill..

Bit churned up... Veddw copyright Anne Wareham SAM_4142 s

Ouch! . Veddw copyright Anne Wareham SAM_4153 s


Into the New Garden

Arrives at the bottom of the hill . Veddw copyright Anne Wareham SAM_4149 s

Time for a break….

The Stone, Veddw, copyright Anne Wareham SAM_4160

And then, more dragging, into the Yew Walk..

Arrives at Yew Walk . Veddw copyright Anne Wareham SAM_4163 s

And then it’s got to get through the hedge…so we need it on edge…

Lifting . Veddw copyright Anne Wareham SAM_4208 s

Nearly there..

Nearly up . Veddw copyright Anne Wareham SAM_4209 s

Just needs pulling…

Heave from the other side . Veddw copyright Anne Wareham SAM_4215 s

And a bit of shoving

Stone going through hedge Copyright Anne Wareham Veddw. 20150930_113920

and more pulling

Stone and hedge Copyright Anne Wareham Veddw20150930_114131

Then Alan digs a hole for it…

Digging a Hole Veddw copyright Anne Wareham s

And somehow it is heaved into the hole..

The Stone instalation, Veddw, copyright Anne Wareham

and shoved

Stone in. Veddw copyright Anne Wareham 20150930_134429 s

and persuaded (precisely) upright..

Getting it upright . Veddw copyright Anne Wareham SAM_4222 s

Bit more pulling..

Nearly . Veddw copyright Anne Wareham SAM_4226 s

And pushing…


More tea . Veddw copyright Anne Wareham SAM_4235 s

And I bet you’d like a pretty picture by this time for your own kind of break…

Persicaria Copyright Anne Wareham SAM_3871s

Then there was a long hard effort of making concrete and barrowing it from the car park to fill the hole.

Concrete Copyright Anne Wareham, Veddw SAM_4239

And there was The Stone – in situ! Phew!

The Stone in situ Copyright Anne Wareham SAM_4281

With grateful thanks to Alan, Jeff and Luke – an amazing effort.

And we waited for the next stage…..

More next week……

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charles hawes November 6, 2015 at 1:59 pm

And all of this happened whilst I was away! Which looking at some of the pics of it being dragged through the hedge, I am quite pleased about. Thanks for making such a good record of the event. Our readers are going to love seeing it with the poem on…..

John November 6, 2015 at 3:05 pm

Psst! You didn’t need to stand in the car park looking at the stone for a long time. You could have stuck a photo on the wall.

Isn’t it great when you know a man who can. And equally great when someone returns from being away to help with the re-grassing (bet you didn’t use turf). But who forgot the concrete colourant then? And was the second break for tea or tomato soup (that’s where the concrete colourant went) πŸ˜‰

AnneWareham November 6, 2015 at 3:26 pm

A man (or woman) who can is a great find and in this case a great relief. We didn’t re-grass: it’s growing back, all by itself and should be fine by spring. And I can’t imagine what concrete colorant would be needed. You’ll see… next post…

Maggie Biss November 6, 2015 at 7:16 pm

OMG Anne – quite amazing! xxxx

AnneWareham November 7, 2015 at 12:39 pm

Wait till you see it!

Dee Nash (@reddirtramblin) November 6, 2015 at 10:39 pm

Love that you were able to use. When we built our garden, I had a huge piece of sandstone, and we could not get it out of the path so we built the path around it. It is now one of my favorite things.~~Dee

Kathleen Rice November 7, 2015 at 9:47 am

Terrific!! And what an ordeal! It’s absolutely stunning and mysterious and beautiful. Good job!!

Kathleen Rice

ClareP November 7, 2015 at 11:46 am

Glad you’d already earmarked it’s resting place – dragging something that size around the garden trying to find ‘the right spot’ could’ve become farcical. (But why would I ever think you’d do otherwise?) xxx

AnneWareham November 7, 2015 at 12:38 pm

True! The place seemed obvious though, as if it was waiting for it.

ClareP November 7, 2015 at 3:46 pm

Great feeing when symbiosis happens πŸ™‚

Pat Webster November 7, 2015 at 2:09 pm

Wow, Anne, this looks to be a saga with a happy ending. Love how it is looking so far, can’t wait for the next installment.

AnneWareham November 7, 2015 at 2:48 pm

O, worth so much from you -thank you! Last bit coming soon… XXXxx

pauline Cobbold November 8, 2015 at 8:09 pm

What a lovely story with a very happy ending. Can’t wait to see it for real next year.

AnneWareham November 8, 2015 at 11:02 pm

And, you’ll get to see the finished version….

J Sherry November 9, 2015 at 9:08 am

Oh my goodness, what a job; excitedly awaiting post re next instalment!

AnneWareham November 9, 2015 at 9:34 am

Coming soon….

Libby November 11, 2015 at 9:45 am

Almost found myself holding my breath through that post! Brilliant to see the installation process Anne – the perfect feature in the perfect spot. Well done to all involved! πŸ™‚

AnneWareham November 11, 2015 at 9:59 am

Thanks – it was hair raising in parts. It will be a surprise to everyone, Libby, as it doesn’t appear on your wonderful plan.