Travel theme: Playing

Life’s been far too serious of late, so I’m lightening things up by celebrating the simple joys of playing. Playing the piano…

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or the kamancha

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playing in the ocean in Ireland

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or in the lake in Guatemala

Local children splashing around in Lago de Atitlán near Santiago

playing dress up for Hallowe’en

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… or for Wren Day

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or playing a little footie.

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Play ball!

xxx Ailsa

When was the last time you spent a quiet moment just doing nothing – just sitting and looking at the sea, or watching the wind blowing the tree limbs, or waves rippling on a pond, a flickering candle or children playing in the park?  – Ralph Marston

There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. – Nelson Mandela

I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me. – Isaac Newton


About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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33 Responses to Travel theme: Playing

  1. 76sanfermo says:

    Spectacular!(as always)

  2. Miriam says:

    Love it! Can’t wait to play along. 🙂

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  4. viveka says:

    Great theme …. fantastic gallery.

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  6. aj vosse says:

    We’re gonna be playing a lot more in your neck of the woods… down Wicklow way… the town with an A on the river with an A!! FUN!!!

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  9. Thanks for the fun!


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  12. Sallyann says:

    Now there’s a blast from the past… Where did you find your piano man? 😀
    I spotted him a while ago in Oxford…

  13. Mae says:

    Here’s mine:
    Thanks for an interesting idea!

    mae at

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  21. Pickleope says:

    What is that on the first picture’s seat? Did dude put his hat down on his chair or is that his seat? Also, big kudos to the Spy vs. Spy costumes, well done.

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  25. Leya says:

    A great theme again – so many interpretations possible. Love the bathing scenes especially!

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  28. Gorgeous and light photos, Ailsa. Thank you for bringing a smile to my face.
    Here’s my playful photo, shot at Highcliffe beach in the UK:

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