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Natural Beauty: Haiku Poems

Updated on September 7, 2014
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Jo has been an ITU nurse at the London North West NHS Trust for 14 years. She obtained her RN at University College London Hospital.

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Dry Stone Walling

Dry stone walling is an ancient craft, it uses local stones with no adhesive, i.e. no mortar to build walls and other structures.

This craft has been used since the Neolithic period. Example of this ancient craft can also be seen around the world from Egypt, Japan, and South America to Iceland. In the UK, dry stone walling was used by the Celts, the next main period of wall building began in the the early Middle Ages, from Anglo Saxon to Viking times with peaks and troughs throughout the ages.

Today there are 69,926 miles of dry stone wall in England alone, 12% remain derelict and 17% consists of remnants, 13% stock-proof and 38% exhibiting major sign of deterioration in need of repair.

The craft of dry stone walling is now used in a number of innovative ways such as sculpture, garden walls which can be functional or decorative and modern buildings where its strong visual impact continues to impress and wow new audiences.

The images are from a recent visit to Cumbria.


 On Lake Windermere
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Imaginative
Ancient stone craft, built to last
Awesome bridge through time


A Long winding sight
Fields of stone, fashioned by hand
Regional beauty


Marking boundaries
Standing proud, for miles and miles
On and on it goes

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      The dry stone walls looks great and last a very long time, if it falls down you just put it back together again.

      The photos were taken in Cumbria up in the Lake District I hope you had a memorable visit when you were there. thanks for stopping by

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      KatrineDM 5 years ago

      I love this. I first saw these walls along side the roads in North England about 12 years ago, while visiting the Lake District region, it was stunning. And I always wondered how it was made...

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Integrity Yes, thank you for the visit and the vote, very much appreciated.

      Best wishes to you.

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      IntegrityYes 5 years ago

      I also voted up!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Angel, so glad you like this, thank you for stopping by.

      All my best to you.

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      Angelme566 5 years ago

      Beautiful Haiku lines plus superb pictures. I love this whole thing in here.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Unknown, very glad to know that you enjoyed the picture.

      Best wishes

      Jo

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      wow Jo, incredible photos you have here.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Thank you Voronwe, I'm just off to work but will catch up later, yes the country side is incredible I just love it up north.

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      Voronwe 5 years ago

      Lovely hub! I've seen some dry stone walls here at a farm -the lands belong to a friend's family...it had been a fun weekend. The countryside landscape was absolutely beautiful. Incredible really. Awesome haiku poems!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Lesley, I hope you had a lovely time in Cumbria, those walls seem to be growing up from the ground, they're everywhere, but what beautiful country side.

      We actually had tea with the lady mayor.Well actually, she introduced herself to us at a local tea room, they serve the most delicious apple pie. Thanks for stopping by and my best to you.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      I love to see dry stone walls - it's a beautiful craft.

      I have just got back from Cumbria, I enjoyed your photos - yes plenty of stone walls there!

      Thank you for a great article, fabulous poetry, voted up and awesome

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Max, So nice to see you, yes the craft of dry stone walling in incredible, especially when you realize how old some of the walls are and totally hand made. Many thanks for the visit and comment, all my best to you.

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      BeyondMax 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Jo, you captured the essence of this eternal beauty with an amazing precision! I read about stone walling craft may be just a couple years ago and it left me totally speechless and in a complete awe. You have amazing pictures here, it just takes my breath away, like real magic that you can actually touch with your own hands! How fascinating!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Mhatter99, Thank you for this beautiful contribution, always nice to see you.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Deep Metaphysical, Very happy to know you've connected with this, nice of you to stop by, much appreciated.

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      Deep Biswas 5 years ago from India

      Good Haiku and very fitting images. I found great tranquility while reading and looking at the images.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Softly silent sands

      Sweep silhouettes still streaming

      Somewhere souls stir sleep

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Shinningirisheyes, thank you for stopping by, amazing what you can achieve with a few stones. :))

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      It rather cool that you just posted this. Our local town paper had a picture of a guy who dry stone built a truck in his back yard. It really was amazing and had to take skill.

      Interesting

      voting up

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Thank you Wetnose, so glad you liked it.

      All my best to you.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Incredible is the word, those ancients knew what they were doing.

      Thank you Billy, very nice to see you, best regards.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Frank, It's so amazing how these structures remain standing for so long.

      Thank you for stopping by, I'm glad you liked it.

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      wetnosedogs 5 years ago from Alabama

      Absolutely beautiful.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Incredible work and craftsmanship went into these stone walls. Saw quite a few of them in Vermont when I lived there. Wonderful pictures and hub.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      perfect pictures perfect poems voted up and awesome!!!!!