Monday, July 02, 2012
I see a lot of stone walls when I'm out hiking. (These photos were taken early this spring; thus the lack of foliage.)
And all I can think of when I see one is, "Maaaan, that must've been a LOT of work."
And I wonder. I mean, I know that farmers had to clear their fields of stones, so they had a ready supply of rocks for the walls.
But wouldn't it have been easier to just heave the stones out of the fields, and then cut down some trees and make wooden fences? Or wait, were farms close enough together back then so that if you heaved a rock out of your field, it'd end up in your neighbor's field? Or did they figure that the rock walls would last a lot longer, making all of the work in the beginning pay off?
All I know is, long after the farms are gone and the forest has reclaimed the land, the walls are still here. And it makes me tired just looking at 'em, thinking of all that work.