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

Fireman’s Pole Wanted

IMAGENAMEHEREI have heard that the system of getting down to fire engines is changing, and that there just might be a few fireman’s poles needing to be re-cycled.

If you have one (in the U.K.) that you can donate to the HoBB Gardens please get in touch.

Behind the HoBB Barn, the land rises to above the roof ridge and because of the tradition farmhouse layout of building into the hillside, it is a long walk around in order to get to ground level. A fireman’s pole would be ideal.

Contact me if you have or know of any Fire Station that may be disposing of their pole.

Waves from the HoBBian Hills , ~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant