Thursday, 3 April 2014

The Third Arch

Cross the county line, a road and high wall.
Here and there parts of the wall
have fallen, tantalising glimpses
as to what lies on the other side.

But travelling at sixty and looking
out the passenger's side window
on a road that curves like a racetrack
is a hazardous occupation.

Doesn't stop me from trying, though.
The wall, and what might be on the other side,
a fascinating proposition.

What adds to the appeal are the stone arches.

Three of them, all different. The first arch
plays host to a muscular
stone lion.
The second arch supports
a proud white stag.

Then there's the third arch,
nothing on its plinth.

Something tells me
that if you try going
through there,
you'll end up dangling
from a rope.

13 comments:

  1. Dead man's curve round Château de la Rochecourbon?

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    1. Nowhere near as exotic, fortunately. The place in question is near Blandford, Dorset. I trawled the web to find a picture for you, of the Stag Gate and discovered this curio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8tu7VmYFk0

      I have driven down this road every working day since mid January.

      Thanks for driving by, Susan.

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  2. I see--it is almost a tunnel. Lots of traffic. The repairs are ugly--no offense.

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    1. Yes, the repairs are like ugly scars. But the arches are magnificent things and it's frustratingly difficult to get a proper look at them due to the fast volume of traffic. Nowhere to park, either. However, there's a nice shot here, taken from inside the gate: http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2787505

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  3. I guess you could walk from somewhere and climb over or through. You would have to go at midnight. Are the holes from cars crashing through or from the rain?

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    1. A combination of heavy traffic vibration and rain weakening the mortar. This winter has been particularly bad with many parts of the UK suffering from flooding. As for going in, I mean what I say in that final stanza.

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  4. Yes. Maybe I could tone it down a bit.

    Thanks Susan.

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  5. I think it's too late for that. You've driven it already.

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    1. You're right! Better see what comes around the next bend.

      Thanks Susan.

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  6. Watch the speed, or are there limits over there?

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    1. Limits everywhere. Thanks for the tip.

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