‘Debbie’s One Word Sunday’ is ‘Mobile’. I remember as a child that my dad would often tell us that we’d have to use ‘Shanks’s Pony’ to get from one place to another. This term which meant using one’s own legs, seems to derive from the Scottish ‘Shanks’ Nag’ mentioned in one of Robert Fergusson’s poems written in the late 18th Century.
In the 1950’s, being mobile meant that we walked to school, walked to the shops and walked to church. My mom and dad both walked to work even after dad got his first car, a tiny Austin A30. Since that time as various forms of transport have become commonplace, everyone just rides from place to place and consequently our legs get much less exercise. We are more mobile, but less active.
My photos for Debbie’s theme ‘Mobile’ were taken in Morocco, where donkeys are the most common form of transportation. These animals not only transport people,
but are also often loaded up to their ears with goods destined for the market, where they and their owners navigate the narrow streets of the souks which are often crowded with tourists. These four-legged taxis and haulage animals are born to work and have a really hard life as an integral part of Moroccan daily life.
Wishing you a relaxing Sunday and hoping we can all become more mobile soon as travel restrictions are gradually lifted.
Debbie’s ‘One Word’ this Sunday is ‘Vertiginous’. I found several photos which fitted the bill perfectly, but decided on this view of The Alps, taken on our flight from Venice to London in 2011. We all haven’t been looking out of airplane windows for quite some time, so I thought this might bring back some fond memories of once upon a time when we travelled with impunity.
I hope your weekend is going well. We are grateful to have received our second Moderna shot last Wednesday, so just say the word and we’ll be off on our travels. Nothing’s ever simple though, is it?
Debbie’s ‘One Word Sunday-Gaggle’ reminded me of our Antarctic trip for our 50th Anniversary four years ago. The sheer number of penguins to be seen as our ship neared the shore was quite mind-boggling and I think certainly qualifies as a ‘Gaggle’.
A little closer and we got a better perspective.
Actually the collective noun for a group of penguins is really ‘a waddle’ for obvious reasons.
The subject of Debbie’s ‘One Word Sunday’ is Spiral. I immediately thought of this spiral staircase leading up to the Cabiria Restaurant at the Marriott Grand Hotel Flora in Rome. We were whisked up to the roof deck by elevator, but after dinner, even after a few glasses of wine, hubby and I decided that this was a far more exciting way to get back down to ground level. On my winding descent, I counted 186 steps.
Wishing you all a splendid Sunday and new week ahead. It seems impossible that we’re almost into September and with not a skerrick of travelling done this year.
Here are some bridge travel memories from our visit to London last year. The photos were taken from London Bridge, one of the many bridges which span the River Thames. The original bridge was a wooden construction, built by the Roman founders of London in 50AD. I wonder what they would think of it now.
The iconic Tower Bridge, officially opened in 1894 is one of London’s most famous landmarks.
In the other direction is Cannon Street Railway Bridge, which was opened in 1866. This bridge carries trains on the Southeastern line over the River Thames to Cannon Street Station.
Looking at these photos makes me long to be able to travel again. We were just chatting on the phone to our daughter in South Africa and to Chris’s mom in England, and saying how we can’t wait to be able to see and hug one another.