Pull Up A Seat And Relax

It’s time once again for XingfuMama’s ‘Pull Up A Seat Challenge’.

Here are a few images of relaxing places to sit a while.

Cats have purr-fected the art of relaxing, and Ravioli who rules my daughter’s house in Johannesburg, is no exception.

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This Siamese had commandeered a comfortable place to spend the afternoon.

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Watching the waves is a very relaxing sport and one which I’m hoping to do a lot of whilst in South Africa.

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Sitting watching the sun set over Montego Bay is a very fond memory for me.

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I’m so looking forward to seeing my Mom-in-law in England next week. She’s not looking too bad for almost 106.

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Have a great week, everyone and if you’d like to contribute to XingfuMama’s Pull Up A Seat Challenge, just click the link.

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Pull Up A Seat In Thailand

It’s time again for XingfuMama’s Pull Up A Seat Challenge.

This week, I found some photos of places to sit in Thailand. A trip to Bangkok wouldn’t be complete without a trip to one of its floating markets. We were collected from our riverside hotel by boat and taken on a ‘shopping’ tour.

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Fruit and vegetables were in plentiful supply at the market and the locals also shop there.

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A great variety of goods are sold from boats and as we floated along, our boatman stopped off at many of these well-stocked booths where everything you could imagine in the way of tourist souvenirs was on offer at good prices.

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Exploring the Khlongs and canals in Bangkok is done on one of the long-tail boats which are like tuk-tuks on water. The wooden seats are not the most comfortable, but my sit-upon survived the almost two hour tour and the scenery was so interesting.

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In Patong I spotted these guys seated on the back of a truck advertising the Thai Boxing Stadium, a visit to which unfortunately was not included in our itinerary,  Muay Thai is a traditional form of full contact kickboxing that utilizes kicks and punches as well as elbow and knee strikes, so definitely no sitting down involved. I think it would be quite fascinating to watch though whilst seated at a safe distance.

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Pull Up A Seat In Memory Of……

It’s time once more for XingfuMama’s ‘Pull Up A Seat Challenge’.

Our favourite local wildlife reserve is frequented by many elderly folk who come to admire the birds and generally just to sit and enjoy the peacefulness found in nature. Dotted along the boardwalk are benches donated by grateful families in memory of their loved ones who used to enjoy walking and resting here.

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The benches are all very plain and serviceable,

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but the view from this one is absolutely wonderful,

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and sitting up there on the guard rail was this Little Blue Heron, having  a very cute bad hair day.

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Happy Sunday to you all.

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Pull Up A Seat On My Travels

Each week, XingfuMama hosts her “Pull Up A Seat” challenge.

I’ve perched myself on many a makeshift seat over the years. This friendly elephant in Zimbabwe seemed to think it was really funny to have me sitting on his knee.

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In Egypt, it was straight off the flight from South Africa and onto a camel. Our guide insisted that we do this before he would take us to our hotel to freshen up a bit.

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It was quite a bumpy ride and our camel was a bit frisky, so I was relieved when we were back at ground level and I could slide off of my seat. It’s now a distant memory but I can still remember that searing heat and the pungent camel smell. (Camels pee down their legs to cool themselves off.)

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This was a far more civilised mode of Egyptian transport; a horse drawn carriage with a comfortable seat for my sit-upon.

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If you have any photos of seating you’ve encountered on your travels, just head over to XingfuMama’s ‘Pull Up A Seat Challenge’.

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Hope you’re all having a great Easter weekend.

 

Pull Up A Seat At The Beach

Time for another ‘Pull Up A Seat Challenge’ from XingfuMama. This week, let’s go to the beach and get some sand between our toes.

When we arrived at the Isle Of Palms ‘Wild Dunes’ resort near Charleston, where we were to stay the night on our drive from New Jersey to Florida, there was not a single person to be seen on the beach. In fact, the whole place seemed deserted.

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The beach in Phuket which had been hit by a Tsunami just two years before our visit seemed just as unpopular.

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In Umhlanga Rocks, things were a lot more lively as many spectators took a seat on the grass as well as on benches to view the annual Red Bull surfing competition.

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Further along the beach, the rocks provided improvised seating for holiday makers.

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What a great place to sit for a few hours, quietly reading or just watching the waves.

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It seems that everyone loves to be at the beach.

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It’s the most relaxing place to sit and do absolutely nothing.

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I’m looking forward to going back there at the end of May.

Hope your Sunday is also very relaxing. If you would like to join in the ‘Pull Up A Seat Challenge’, just click the link.

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Pull Up A Seat And Wait

XingfuMama’s ‘Pull Up A Seat’ challenge has come around again. When waiting for something to happen, I find that it’s always good to have somewhere to sit. After all, one never knows how long the wait is going to be.

One of our local restaurants in Umhlanga South Africa, obviously wants to make their customers feel like royalty if they have to wait for a table.

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In Costa Rica we had these two beautifully-carved wooden benches to choose from whilst waiting for our river cruise.

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I prefer hard suitcases rather than the canvas ones. Not only are they stronger to withstand the harsh manhandling they have to endure, but they also make a good seat whilst waiting for the taxi to the airport. We were embarking on a two month round-the-world trip and as you can see, I haven’t yet mastered the art of travelling light.

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Happy weekend to you all.

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Pull Up A Seat At The Garden Centre

XingfuMama’s ‘Pull Up A Seat’ challenge showcases many places one can sit and rest one’s self either comfortably or sometimes not so comfortably, as is the case with this one I found at my sister’s local garden centre in South Africa.

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Just around the corner, was this cute couple all snuggled up on a tiny bench in the shade.

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If you have any photos of seats of any description which you’ve found on your travels, just click the link to be taken to XingfuMama’s challenge.

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Pull Up A Seat: Icy and Warm

For XingfuMama’s “Pull Up A Seat Challenge” this week, I thought I show you two extremes of  seating options. This icy ‘bench’ in Antarctica was absolutely the coolest seat I ever sat upon.

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After our trip, we flew home via Palm Beach airport, where I found these hot-pink seats welcoming us back home again.

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Have a great week, and don’t forget that If you wish to showcase some of the different kinds of seating you’ve encountered at home or on your travels, you just click this link

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Pull Up A Seat In Chile

In  December 2016, before joining our Seabourn Antarctic cruise to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary, we spent a couple of days in Santiago the capital city of Chile,

Parque Forestal, the city’s green lung, extends for approximately 1.5 km and is a really beautiful space to stroll around, cycle, or to just sit for a while away from the hustle and bustle. There are many trees affording much needed shade and the park is very popular with locals and tourists alike. One thing I noticed was the inordinate number of benches everywhere I looked. I’d never before been in a park with so much seating.

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Some of the benches were quite short, not quite wide enough for two people to sit side by side, probably trying to avoid this sort of thing.

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Although Santiago is the largest and most economically thriving city in Latin America, it does have a big homeless problem. Of the estimated 12,000 homeless people in Chile,  over half of that number are in Santiago and although many of them do have a job of some description, the minimum wage is so low that they can’t afford the high cost of accommodation.

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Some of these unfortunate people save money by living rough in the summer in order to be able to afford to rent somewhere for the winter when the nights can get very cold.

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So that’s my somewhat sad tale for XingfuMama’s ‘Pull Up A Seat Challenge’. If you wish to showcase some of the seating you’ve encountered at home or on your travels, just click the link.

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Pull Up A Seat, Mrs. Edison

Four years ago we visited the Edison Heritage garden in Fort Myers. Thomas Edison’s second wife, Mina Miller had a great love for the tranquility of formal gardens and created many beautiful ones in the grounds of their extensive winter estate.

This sculpture shows her sitting on a bench, peacefully admiring the plants around her.

 

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This couple are resting a while to admire the ocean scene from a well-placed bench in my home town of Umhlanga Rocks. I really miss that view, and hope to be back there for a visit very soon.

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