With nursery rhymes well in hand, I caught the 10:30 train from Buxton to Whaley Bridge, and at the station met two Americans from Salt Lake City who are touring Britain for five weeks. We had a very brief chat on the train before my 17 minute ride was up, and I had to get off.
|Narrow, but too long to turn|
|Al and Muriel|
|Eddie building a wall|
A little further on, I met Eddie, who is a stone mason and is building a stone wall. I commented about all the dry stone walls I have seen and Eddie said he’s spent his life building and restoring them. Unfortunately, working on dry stone walls is a vanishing art; Eddie says that the young people don’t want to do all the hard work required. The hard work has done well for Eddie. He’s now 75 and is lifting big rocks that make me ache just to look at them.
© 2011 Ken Klug