Dry stone walling is an ambiguous occupation: Discuss.
- After hearing that explanation, a newbie might ask , "Does that mean, when you are building a stone fence, it would be better not to use stones at all then? Surely you're talking about 'invisible fencing' now? "
It seems that rather than being able to understand the idea of not limiting the amount stones to do a proper job of hearting, the description of what a dry stone waller does has become more confused.
Let's see what else might be confusing.
- do we mean ‘not visible’ at all, or ‘very easy to see’ ?
-purposely ‘hindering’ any progress, or conversely 'trying to be productive?
-‘ditch’ or ‘wall’ ?
-without anyone actually ‘holding’ them there ?
-that would be placed 'up right' or ‘lying down’ ?
-are these ‘connections’ or ‘separations’ ?
-on their way ' to' somewhere or ‘staying in the same place’ ?
-is that ‘without any running joints’ ?
-‘glue’ or ‘exploding devices’ ?
-totally ‘fallen down’ or ‘completed’ ?
-‘peering at it’ or ‘completely ignoring it’ ?
-‘beautiful’ or ‘merely frightening’ ?
-‘withstands’ the elements or just ‘crumbles’ away ?
It's no wonder people wonder.
Let's hope that despite all the ambiguities of walling terminology contained in the English language, eventually people will begin to understand what it is we do.