Today’s #joinindaily theme from Johnny Wills is “Fences Or Walls?” A friend from the midwest used to call these…

Today’s #joinindaily theme from Johnny Wills is “Fences Or Walls?” A friend from the midwest used to call these “stone fences” and wonder why Maine had so many of them wandering through the woods. These were likely built by migrant labor in the early 1800’s; Norwegian possibly. They got paid by the rod. The summers I worked on a farm there were two default jobs if nothing else needed to be done. One was painting the buildings. The other was going down to one of the hay fields and “pickin’ rocks”. I’d walk through the field filling up a front-loader with them, and then go dump them on the nearest wall. But every spring a new crop had grown in the field.

This wall’s been nicely neatened by my mother, who straightened and leveled it on either side of her driveway. Although it was probably pretty level when it was first built.

There’s a good song, song by Gordon Bok, about stone walls, and the countries and people they represent.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BcC0RhzctM

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