The Challenge Day 4: Windaes

Rachel (RachelSquirrel) has challenged me, not a cycling challenge as such but a photograph and writing one.

The rules of the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge are:

1) Post a photo each day for five consecutive days.
2) Attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or a short paragraph. It’s entirely up to the individual.
3) Nominate another blogger to carry on the challenge. Your nominee is free to accept or decline the invitation. This is fun, not a command performance!



So, another day of the challenge & wondering what to do. Then it struck me and once again this wonderful village has provided the wherewithal.

Windaes – which is the Scottish for windows.

Look carefully at the windaes in the photo I took today. No look really closely at what is unusual about some of these windaes. There is no glass and they’ve been painted. Inside the buildings there is often a wall or partition behind the window. So why are they there? A lot of the older houses in the village are like this.

I used to think it was because of the days of the window tax, when folk were taxed according to the amount of glass windows they had in their houses. As glass was expensive then it seemed to be aimed at those in society who were richer. But these were the wrong age for the window tax and when I was in some of them I noticed there were walls of rooms cutting across the centre of the false windae. So why were they there?
The explanation was fairly simple, it was done so the house looked more symmetrical according to the tastes of the times. Instead of windows far apart, separated by a blank wall, the illusion was made, a sort of trompel’œil, so that to the casual glance it appeared to be a real window.

And the moral – look up, be inquisitive, it’s surprising what you can find out!

By the way, the bunting is out for our Gala Week, another Scottish feature.

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