Curious Kiwi fences
If you've ever seen those shoes hanging from overhead cables and wondered why they were there, you'll probably be baffled by this fence in New Zealand. Drive east of Burke's Pass in South Canterbury (between Queenstown and Christchurch) on the South Island, and you may be lucky enough to encounter The Shoe Fence.
Apparently, it started when someone left a pair of shoes for a shearer who had left his at home. Now there are over 1,000 assorted items of footwear, from regular shoes to sandals, ski boots, gumboots and flippers.
Strangely enough, it's not all that unusual for such a thing to happen in New Zealand. For some time, the Cardrona Bra Fence in Otago Province was quite a tourist attraction. In 1999, four bras were left on the fence (perhaps for another shearer?). A year later, there were four hundred of them. In spite of regular removal by dsapproving locals, the bras kept returning. In 2006, the local council finally removed over 1,500.
In an attempt to rival the crowd-pulling power of the bra fence, a farmer in Te Pahu, Hamilton, started tying used toothbrushes to his fence. Now it boasts all kinds of brushes, including bottle brushes, kitchen brushes and a toothbrush that once belonged to Prime Minister Helen Clark. It's a funny old world… RM
Shoe Fence via The Travel Tart