Monday, 28 January 2013

A Floor of Bones

Near where I grew up in Devon is a wonderful old National Trust house called Killerton. And in the grounds of this house is the Bear Hut - an old summerhouse tucked away among the trees. It is wonderfully rustic, wood and thatch and a ceiling of fir cones.
 
It is called The Bear Hut because in the 1860's it was used to house a black bear brought back by one of the family from Canada.
 
But one of the strangest things about this hut is this section of the floor. It is made up entirely of the knuckle bones of deer. Weirdly macabre - and looks like a lot of deer to me!
 

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  1. What an interesting place, Kate! Strange and weirdly macabre, as you say!

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    1. That's what I love about visiting these old places - you never know what you are going to find!

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  2. That is really unusual. I think I didn't know that deer had knuckle bones!

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  3. That's certainly impressive and yes, my first reaction was that it would have required a lot of deer knuckles - keep your wits about you, deer contingent of Devon...

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    1. Be afraid - little deer.... :-)

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  4. Interesting, but if you want something even more weird, or grotesque, google Jackson Hole Wyoming images - or narrow it down to antler arch!

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    1. Just did - oh wow! That's really something!

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