Weekly Photo Challenge: Curiosity
This is a good word, as it could be interpreted two ways. The most obvious is that associated with cats. I’m sure every cat lover has a photo which illustrates this! Here is mine:
Actually, the caterpillar survived, due to tasting bad. Well, I say survived, it may have been too traumatised to continue, but it is possible that it made it on its journey to becoming a chrysalis and eventually a butterfly. It is one of the same caterpillars as in last week’s post. We had a lot of those that year.
The other meaning is that of a curiosity, such as the wild plughole of Derbyshire.
So I was glad to find this wonderful narrow packhorse bridge in Bakewell:
I’m used to seeing much wider bridges with these triangular bays, so to find such a narrow one piqued my curiosity. According to the Peak District Tourist Board, they all used to be this narrow, and the bays were for pedestrians to huddle in as the string of laden horses went by, rather than for the horses themselves to get out of the way of carriages, as my Mum told me they were for.
That must have been rather precarious, as the walls were apparently low to accommodate the bulging packs the horses carried. I wonder how many people ended up falling in! Surely it would have been preferable to simply wait at the end of the bridge?
It seems people were just as impatient in medieval times as they are now…