Southern Indiana Living

MAY-JUN 2018

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May/June 2018 • 11 Bob Hill owns Hidden Hill Nursery and can be reached at farmerbob@ hiddenhillnursery.com. For more information, including nursery hours and event information, go to www.hiddenhillnursery. com About the Author I am standing in those stone ruins where my great- grandparents lived, and surely family before them. The landscape slopes down toward huge rocks pounded by waves at the ocean's edge, the white foam slipping down their sides to the beach. I'll be happy to make 90. That leads to the fact I can claim no real ownership to these walls. Someday when I'm dead and gone, and our house is leveled to create a subdivision, some- one else will come to take my stones and build another wall someplace else. So it happened with the wall at the back of my neighbor's family farm. So it will happen with me. The half-dozen stone walls spread across our 8 acres each come with a sto- ry. The very best of them was built by a young man who showed up one day seeking plants, saw a pile of stones, and created two perfect structures held to- gether only by his skill, and gravity. Somewhere in there I took a course in building such walls. It was a team ef- fort, almost a religious experience. Histo- ry, creativity, muscle, sweat and we built a finished product that will last 100 years — frozen ground swell be dammed. In more recent years, my muscles have turned to sludge. I have had lots of help with my stone walls, the restoration done by Juan and Maria, incredible work- ers and people who just know how to stack disparate stones into visual poetry. It's only been in these last few years I gave much thought to why I felt the need to build stone walls. Sure, I liked the work and the results, but was there more to it? The answer is in that picture I pass 20 times a day. I am standing in those stone ruins where my great-grandparents lived, and surely family before them. The landscape slopes down toward huge rocks pounded by waves at the ocean's edge, the white foam slipping down their sides to the beach. One hand is on the limb of wild tree that has attacked those abandoned ruins. The other hand is resting on the ancient stones of my family's Irish home, that wall slowly giving way to the frozen ground swell. My Indiana home is about 3,700 miles away. My stone wall connec- tion is much closer. • Adult Education Classes High School Equivalency Testing Test Proctoring Services Accuplacer Exam College & Career Preparation WorkKeys Assessments Computer Education Classes Harrison County Lifelong Leaning 812.738.7736 KEEP LEARNING… KEEP GROWING!

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