Speaking of walls…

Jul 12, 2017 | 2 comments

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The ‘commute’ to Portland (which is what we seem to be doing these days) gives us lots of time to do the things we ordinarily don’t take time for.  Like singing along with old favorites:

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace

Or reading aloud to one another:  …who lived in the big house at Easton surrounded by the biggest crinkle-crankle wall in East Anglia and probably in the world…

Crinkle-Crankle Wall

And looking stuff up:  A crinkle-crankle wall, also known as a crinkum crankum, serpentine, ribbon or wavy wall, is an unusual type of garden wall.  [It] economizes on bricks,  despite its sinuous configuration, because it can be made just one brick thin. If a wall this thin were to be made in a straight line, without buttresses, it would easily topple over. The alternate convex and concave curves in the wall provide stability and help it to resist lateral forces.

Wow! Isn’t “crinkle- crankle” about the best name ever for a wall?  And some of them are gorgeous!  We took time out from our listening and reading aloud activities to discuss the possibilities of building one in Oysterville.  Not to replace our picket fences, of course.  After all, Oysterville is known for its various styles of picket fences and walls just wouldn’t fit into the general scheme of things.  But… how about a teeny-tiny crinkle-crankle wall?  Maybe around the vegetable garden?  But it would have to be pretty high to keep the chickens out.  And would it block the sun?

Humpty Dumpty

Which led to a nursery rhyme discussion – Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall… And then to a poetry discussion — Something there is that doesn’t love a wall…   Betwixt and between, we spoke of all the carpenters and masons, wordsmiths and thinkers who have trod this ground before us – John Lennon and Robert Frost, to say nothing of Mother Goose and of the seventeenth century squires of East Anglia.

Several times, we approached the wall topic of the millennium but our thoughts were finally cut short by arrival at our destination.   Perhaps on Friday we will return to the wall/fence discussion.  All-in-all, thoughts of walls and fences made the commute to Portland  palatable, but certainly not desirable on a regular basis. Three times in one week seems more than adequate.


  1. Pam

    Along with all the fun the two of you are having in your new Subaru, I’m hoping you are getting some good medical news in Portland!

    • sydney

      Thanks, Pam. So far… lots of tests and exams for Nyel. Tomorrow another angiogram with hopes that the reason for his increasing dizziness and shortness of breath can be found… and corrected!


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