French shepherd resting on stilts, knitting. Undated.
"[...] Walking was just one form of locomotion. The swamp dwellers of the Marais Poitevin got about their watery world using fifteen-foot ash wood poles with webbed feet that allowed them to vault across a canal twenty-six feet wide. The shepherds of the Landes spent whole days on stilts, using a stick to form a tripod when they wanted to rest. Perched ten feet in the air, they knitted woolen garments and scanned the horizon for stray sheep."
~ 'The Discovery of France' by Graham Robb.
Monday, 24 March 2008
How French shepherds did their knitting in times of yore.
Posted by iant at 19:16