WWW (‘Weeping Willow Walk’)

WWW (‘Weeping Willow Walk’)Only online at HoBB Virtual does ‘www’ stand for something unhuggable; at HoBB Real, our real WWW grows daily.

As a tribute to nature, I have designed a path leading to a tree I will always respect, the Ginkgo. This species has declined to evolve – surviving unaltered for 200,000,000 years – for me, an emblem of sound natural design.

Its modern name, Ginkgo, is the Japanese version of the Chinese yin-kuo, meaning ‘silver fruit’ – the roasted peanuts and cashews of the ancient Chinese.

The path to our Ginkgo will only be found by crossing a small bridge and entering under the canopy of a Weeping Willow Tree and following part of an ancient route towards the vineyards that once grew above the village in the medieval ages.

Both Ginkgo ( 25ft / 7.5m in 20 years) and (Weeping Willow 40ft/ 12m in 20 years) are growing well.

Anyone know what part of the Ginkgo they use in these various ‘preparations’ and how they do it then contact me. I’ve seen the duck-foot shaped leaves on many a cosmetic bottle – let me know what you know and we’ll have a go with our Ginkgo tree and see what we get.

Waves and respect ~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant

Our monocline

Our monoclineTo build HoBB Real, back in the 1700’s they scooped a section out of the hillside and constructed right up against the exposed rock face without any regard to damp proofing.

This was a typical building method at that time, and having the hillside against the rear of buildings enabled easy first floor access to store hay and sometimes farm stock.

When site excavation work started here around 1991, the ground behind both farmhouse and barn was taken away exposing the rock face. Thankfully, the stratified rocks are inclined parallel to the two buildings thus do not break up by sliding. However the edges of each strata break with frost damage and we have to clear up after each winter.

Along the back of the cottage, a wall supports the rock which is a slate shale. Along the back of the barn we are gradually embedding lengths of steel rod into concrete runs placed in-line with the rock strata so as to keep it looking ‘just the way it is’. This might work – I’ll let you know!

I like a ‘natural look’.

In winter, ground water seeps from the rock face and pillows of moss and ferns adorn it. As the surface breaks down, we loose the fernery and the moss! This happens each winter but of course, on the next exposed edges. The trick we aim to perform is to make these rock edges stay in place and develop a stable, year-round fernery.

Any practical ideas are always welcome. If you have mastered this situation in your own place, we’d be glad to know how you tackled it so contact us.

Waves from the many strata of the HoBB
~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant