Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Stepping over styles

The public footpaths that let you wander so easily over the English countryside sometimes take you through a farmer's land. To make sure that his land is protected and any animals that might be grazing there are kept in, the entrance will be across a style. This is not like a gate that could inadvertently be left open but a wooden structure with a step to climb over. Nowadays there are also kissing gates which allow you to enter a field by passing through a swing gate and also to kiss your partner as you each go through. 
Today hopping over a style I thought of a nursery rhyme. 

There was a crooked man
Who walked a crooked mile
He found a crooked sixpence
Upon a crooked style
He brought a crooked cat
Who caught a crooked mouse
And they all lived together
In a crooked little house.

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