Saturday, August 11, 2012
The Kissing Gate
This kind of gate you find all over England on hiking trails. It's built between walls that divide a parcel of land form the next one, but in order to spare you from climbing over uneven walls you can walk right through this gate - it's called a kissing gate. You step into the gated area, turn the gate to the side you just walked in, thus closing it and opening up the other side at the same time. You can walk through, but the sheep have to stay where they are. Pretty nifty. It just belongs to the English countryside. Once, while I was hiking on a beautiful afternoon between two villages in the Cotswolds, a huge bull stood right next to the kissing gate. He appeared pretty angy and seemed to be just waiting for some innocent hiker, so I chose to walk further down the meadow and make the climb over the wall.
When the Geek and I spent a few weeks in England we of course took the chance to kiss whenever we met a kissing gate...