I picked up on a few ‘nuggets’ of inspiration on our recent trip to Cornwall.
I’ve got quite a lot of raised beds to build both to the front of the barn and in the garden at the back. I’m toying with the need for solid breeze block or brick backed structures against ‘looser’, less permanent dry stone structures. These lovely raised beds, photographed on my phone (so apologies for the quality of the pictures) at the Eden Project sway me down the dry stone route.
I thought it worth taking this picture of a hurdle – I’ve plenty of ash and willow that needs tidying up and maybe I could ‘lash’ some of these together from the smaller branches with the larger stuff going for firewood.
Not one for the barn, but this living roof took my eye (after dragging it away from the beautiful estuary in the background). Although I worry about leaks, having a living breathing roof seems like a good use of an otherwise ‘dead’ space (unless it’s crammed with solar or PV panels of course!). The wall and gate are pretty special as well, although the wall is too perfect for the barn – a little too neat, tidy and precise – too correct – it would both show up and look down on my more ‘organic’ dry stone walling.