After another day-and-a-bit of effort, the stone blocks from Balintore Castle's oriel window have finally all been moved to palettes for storage and future reconstruction. It is strange to see the bottom of the oriel window unencumbered by the rubble of the collapse, and at last there is a view of the ludicrously small pillar that once supported it! The oriel was always a somewhat odd feature, clamped barnacle-like to the east elevation, as if an afterthought.
The pictures were take after the last melt of snow, and before the current dump. The melting has turned the storage site for the blocks into a quagmire but assuredly this will dry out in the Spring, and the grass will grow again.
|oriel window now free of collapsed stone blocks|
|block storage facility and glacial melt mud !|