|after: the completed wall and earthworks|
|before: the crumbling old wall, seen behind the line of the broom plant with new stones piled in front|
Grandfather was rough-dressing the stone for the wall, and laying it out along the hedge. Joseph unwound the line and pegged one end in the joints where Grandfather had finished the day before, and pulled the line tight against the bank. His job was to cut the bank back to receive the stone and to run a straight bed for the bottom course.
He chopped at the bank.
'Get your knee aback of your shovel,' said Grandfather. 'There's no sense in mauling yourself half to death. Come on, youth. Shape!'
Grandfather took the spade from him and looked along the bank. He walked along the raw cut edge and shaved the earth with light swings of the blade.'You've got it like a fiddler's elbow,' he said.
Grandfather and Damper Latham worked together, as they had always done. The stone moved lightly for them.
|'bed for the bottom course' of the wall|
|The wall is 120 cm high, about 40 wide and 40 metres long. Here, the lines that the mason followed, to keep the wall straight.|
|the 'bottom course'|
|the sloping angle on the wall is discernible here|