Thursday, July 22, 2010

Strange contraptions

Last night we went on an evening walk through the old town. I kept seeing these strange things sticking out of the walls:

Under closer inspection, it turns out to have been designed to scrape the mud off your boots - you know, before the roads were paved and you'd get to someone's door with mud all over your shoes.

 Perhaps a sort of early version of the doormat...Here, a few more examples:

...quite the local oddity, indeed!

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