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All along the boundary attempts were made to cause surprise amusement and jollity. (A Ha Ha is a hidden wall in a ditch so it is not visible from one side, giving the visual effect of there being no boundary. A feature of many 18th century landscape gardens, like for example Stowe.)

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we all need to laugh more
John Prior: Thanks Chantal. Agreed smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 31 Jul 2011, 08:22
This is wonderful Kohn!
John Prior: Thanks Chris, these were placed 50 yards apart, to both educate and warn I supposesmile
Great picture!
What's in a wall? A simple structure, built to serve a purpose - surely that's all there is to say? Not so in the case of the quirky breed of walls called ha-has, built in the 17th and 18th Century on country estates of the landed gentry.

Ha-ha walls typically formed a boundary between the estate's gardens and grounds. These walls were constructed so as to be invisible from the house, ensuring a clear view across the estate. Ha-ha walls consist of a sunken stone wall-its top level with the garden, with a deep ditch on the far side: an effective barrier to livestock.

The unusual name is believed to have derived from the exclamations of surprise uttered by those who encountered these hidden walls. Exactly why ha-ha walls became so popular provides a surprisingly rich historical insight into the social landscape of the 18th Century.

good old google!
John Prior: Have always been A big fan of the Ha Ha, but not so much the growing need to stick signs on everything smile
HAHA... did make me laugh John... Where was this located?
John Prior: This was at Greys Court, a very charming National Trust property not far from Henly-on- Thames. Thanks for Comment Jacquelyn.
  • Otto K.
  • United States
  • 31 Jul 2011, 16:09
ha ha. smile fun find.
I had to check Bills explanation and he is right. I've never heard of that before.
John Prior: Yes and many of the NT properties have them, you'd enjoy Greys Court. I knew what it was but was amused by all the signs, as I've never seen them labelled before. THe NT can go over the top with signs, I expect soon to see 'Wall', 'Tree', 'Grass' 'Path' etc. smile
  • Mats
  • Sweden
  • 31 Jul 2011, 20:16
Nice capture and nice color tone!
neat signboard
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America
  • 2 Aug 2011, 01:54
a strange sign. love the weeds and the tint you've applied.
Great composition with a blue treatment so perfect. I love it! Well done!
Have a nice day.
  • Penny
  • United Kingdom
  • 9 Sep 2011, 19:56
Have you ever seen this bridge, John? - made by a friend of mine:

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