Thanks for popping in. Happy Easter Bank Holiday Monday! Lovely day. Walked out in the countryside with Dave, his daughter and her family. Haven’t seen Laura, Trevor or the grandchildren for months. Those kids they do grow! Young Evie is so bright, and Oliver just laughs and smiles. Precious. We went to their neck of the woods, to the Wild Garlic Woods, and saw lots of new things. The wild garlic is just coming now. We rubbed the leaves, and the smell was delicious.
We also learned what a Ha Ha is. Dave told us. There was a beautiful old Rectory just up the road from them, which had what I thought was a dried out ditch at the front. Proper deep it was too. Put it this way: you wouldn’t want to pull over for oncoming traffic!
No, No, said Dave. That is a Ha Ha. We all started laughing. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha? It’s true, he insisted. It was an Edwardian feature apparently.
“an incline that slopes downward to a sharply vertical face (typically a brick wall). Ha-has are used in landscape design to prevent access to a garden by, for example, grazing livestock, without obstructing views. In security design, the element is used to deter vehicular access to a site while minimizing visual obstruction.
The name “ha-ha” is thought to have stemmed from the exclamations of surprise by those coming across them, as the walls were intentionally designed so as not to be visible on the plane of the landscape.”
Well it certainly made us laugh. We skipped off down the lane, singing “Ha Ha! He”s fallen in the ha ha!” Much to Evie’s amusement.
She wanted to show us the Local Library too. And this is where we were literally stopped in our tracks….
Isn’t that something?
What’s more, she knew exactly where the childrens’ section was. At the bottom of course, in easy reach for kids. All thought out… She also knew which book she was looking for. They use the little library a lot. Isn‘t that something too?
There are things about England which I just love. To find an old disused, iconic telephone box in the middle of the countryside, which the locals have turned into a community library is simply heart-warming. In fact, there is so much goodness around; you just have to open your eyes. TO IT. To the goodness. Not the badness. Too often we are getting sucked into negative news, bad stuff. To the detriment of all the goodness around us.