Social Media and the efforts to self-promote

For those of you who know me, I’ve used this web site as my primary source of work since I took up dry stone walling as a professional. My background in web design and web marketing was a big help when I started. Building a web site to showcase my... Read More


Back in October and November the tabloid newspapers were been all doom and gloom about how this winter was going to be the worst on record with plunging temperatures, ice, snow and generally extreme cold. “Winter blast to hit the UK blown in from the Arctic: Forecasters warn of icy... Read More

A review of dry stone walling in 2013 – part 2

After finally finishing the big job in Edinburgh in June, I spent the following three months getting stuck into three fairly decent sized jobs – and doing lots of miles of driving. I shouldn’t complain as it’s good to be busy. July 2013 Scottish Borders – Low retaining walls and... Read More

Work/Life unbalance

I like working for myself.   It has many advantages: the best is being in charge of my own time. But sometimes work has a way of creeping up on you and essentially taking over your life.  Lately its done it big style.  Cancelling holidays because of work is not good.... Read More

Whatever the weather

One thing working outside gives you an appreciation of is the weather.  Most people will spend much of their working lives  looking out at the weather through a window – at home before they leave to go to work; in the car, on the bus or train on their way;... Read More

Stone work and mountains

Summit Cairns Many Scottish hills and mountains have stone cairns on their summits. Most are rough piles of boulders made by the walkers and climbers who visit the tops to mark the highest point. The Ordnance Survey constructed thousands of concrete pillars to be used as trig points to map... Read More

Pro-landscaper magazine

Pro-landscaper article A garden designed by Carolyn Grohman, and built by Watergems has made the front cover of this month’s Pro-Landscaper, a UK garden design and landscaping industry magazine. Why is this of news? Well, because Stone Inspired built the wee bit of dry stone wall behind the pergola shown... Read More

The winter break

In the old B.S. days (before self-employment), the Christmas and New Year break used to be something to look forward to. Two weeks paid leave away from work: from the phone and the in-tray; from clients with their problems; from the looming deadlines, the endless team meetings and from colleagues... Read More