Originally these strange, stone mushroom things were known as staddle stones (or occasionally steddle stones) and they had the very important job of holding up vital storage units (such as granaries or or hay ricks), so that they could be kept off the ground and out of reach of various rats and mice.

What did this image teach me?

These days they are often used as a garden “feature”, in that they no longer serve their original purpose – they simply look appealing, scattered around the place.

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