Posted: 23/02/2014 at 20:32
In Belgium, Oz and Kiwi bottles are not returnable for a deposit and, until about 10 years ago, there weren't ubiquitous bottle banks so we built up quite a collection of empties. When English speaking friends learned I intended to build a bottle wall the men all scoffed (closet engineers of the failed variety) but brought me their empties too.
OH wasn't convinced either but my bottle wall was quick to build and has been in place 10 years and withstood temps ranging from -32C to +38C. What is not to like?
If you should fancy making one yourselves, the straight sided bottles with high shoulders work best. No cement needed, just a firm base and an end wall made, in our case, from granite pavers fixed with cement. The top is made from marble slabs recycled from dismantled fireplaces when we renovated this ex farmhouse.