Photographer's Note

Hello Everyone,

When I posted my last photograph, from Framingham Castle, I promised that I would show you some photographs of the Children's Activity Day, where the children were assisted is learning play activities that were followed by children in previous generations.

My main photograph shows a proud mum photographing her child learning to walk on stilts.

Stilt walking is an ancient tradition and was practised in ancient Greece as far back as the 6th century BC. Some other stilt-use traditions are very old. In Belgium, stilt walkers of Namur have practiced fights on stilts since 1411.

The inhabitants of marshy or flooded areas sometimes use stilts for practical purposes, such as working in swamps or rivers.

The shepherds of the Landes region of southern France used to watch their flocks while standing on stilts to extend their field of vision, while townspeople often used them to travel the soggy ground in their everyday activities.

Nowadays, stilt walking can often been seen at festivals, where the stilt walkers wear long trousers to cover the stilts and give the impression that they are extremely tall.

The children were eager to learn the skill of stilt walking and, if they fell off, the soft grass protected them from injury. It was surprising just how quickly some individuals succeeded; they probably had a good sense of balance!

I will reveal some other activities in workshops.

Thanks for your interest.
I hope you enjoyed it, Bev :-)

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