This month on our Headlands site sees the erection of the garage roof, shaping of the surrounding field and age-old craft of dry stone walling.

Garage roof under construction.

Gutter from main leaf roof carries over the middle section.

Adjacent field shaped and part seeded, with the serpentine wall completed and ready for stone cock and hen capping – traditions of dry stone walling in the Cotswolds. The so-called ‘cock and hen’ coping stones are thin individual pieces of stone placed on end at right angles across the top of the wall. These stones weigh down the courses below and bond both faces together so that the wall settles into a solid unit. They protect the face stones and fillings from the weather, animals and people.

Father and son construct the dry stone wall.

The father is 75 years old.