Dry Stone Walls
Everywhere you look you will see that the landscape is crisscrossed by stone walls that have been piled up without any cement.
Why bother, you may ask yourself? Why not just put up a fence?
Well, these walls are a superb way of enclosing fields and once built, the stones settle into place and are stronger than any type of fence you can build. There is no wood to rot, nor metal to rust. They can withstand the harsh weather that the peaks get in the Winter and provide shelter for lifestock from Wind, sun and rain. Many last for generations, but if it should fall down, no worries, just pile it up again, and no additional materials required!
They are also miniature ecosystems in themselves with homes for mice, frogs, toads, lichen, bees and even rabbits and stoats!
Who would have thought there was so much to a wall?
Royalty, like counts, dukes,...
Royalty, like counts, dukes, earls, lords, sirs and barons, in England has still a specific place in society. Though royalty in other countries have been lowered to living like actual average citizens, here many are having their estates, mansions, halls and houses and with them distingues themselves from the 'common people'. To make their ends meet, many however have to open parts of their houses and gardens for public and thus we can as well enjoy the majestic interiors.