Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Watching from the sidelines.....

There aren't many times times when I wish I was a kid again, this may be one of them!  I love real horses but they scare me with their big 'gnashy' teeth, riding on a carousel horse is a whole different love story, unrequited in this case as the carousel at Perth Zoo (excellent little tour of the zoo) is for children only..ah well! it's possible.. maybe, that I might look a wee bit silly sitting atop one of the 'heritage horses' of this 65 year old carousel! When it went up in 1947 there were 20 horses and two boats, in 1968 the boats were removed and four more horses added making it a 'true' carousel, it seems if there is a variety of rides it is no longer a carousel but instead a merry-go-round, you really do discover the most interesting things when you write a blog, did you know that there are fewer than 200 true carousels surviving worldwide, most of them in the USA, fascinating oui! I hope your week has started well, thoughts go out to anyone feeling the consequences of Hurricane Sandy, take care and stay safe....

35 comments:

  1. It truely is amazing what you learn when searching for blog-fodder.
    Nice photos Gracie. SueC xx

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  2. Una maravillosas imágenes que hacen que retrocedamos a un pasado lleno de color y fantasía.
    Un abrazo.

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  3. superbe photos, et envie de redevenir enfant pour faire un tour dans ce carrousel

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  4. Moi aussi, j'aimais le carousel quand j'étais enfant. Attraper la queue à Mickey pour gagner un tour gratuit, quel bonheur!

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  5. love carousels ... especially vintage ones like that .. such wonderful photo ops ..

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  6. This is a beauty. I learned something about carousels too!

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  7. Oh, yes! I love the vintage carousels, too, and this one is such a beauty!! Was always my favorite and frequently only ride when I was a child!! Great memories! Hope your week is off to a great start, Grace!! Enjoy!

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  8. The designs are wonderful, and you've reminded me that the lights are all part of the overall effect.
    As for the difference between a carousel and a merry-go-round, my reaction to this news is "Aaaahhhh - so that's the difference!" Well, horses are the only thing worth riding around in circles, so vive la difference!

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  9. That really is a beautiful carousel. I'd want to ride on it too. Such gorgeous colors.

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  10. Wonderful composition on top!

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  11. I reckon you are never to old to ride on a Merry-Go-Round.

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  12. Carousel was not a word that was around when I grew up. They were all merry-go-rounds, large or small. This one is a beaut.

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  13. We don't see carousels like this anymore!

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  14. It is great to see your sunny and happy images!
    Have fun!

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  15. great photo of this carousel. there is a vintage one not far from me that I keep meaning to check out. perhaps next summer.
    tonight is a bit windy and rainy (with more to come!)

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  16. Nice shots!

    I think the last time I've seen one of these was in a waterfront parkland in a northern Ontario town...

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  17. SMASHING! I can hear a wheezing calliope, children, animals. . . smell the roasted peanuts!

    Aloha from Honolulu
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  18. Wonderful pictures indeed ! Can't remember seeing one over here. Please have a good Tuesday.

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  19. Good looking carousel and good looking pictures, Grace. Funny that we both were doing carousel photos.

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  20. Yes, one ride that goes slow enough that if they let me, I might actually go on it.

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  21. Oui! It is very fascinating Grace. Your research that there only 200 true carousels left in the world is intriguing. It makes me think of an old dusty Carousel Register with copper plate writing listing the specifications and location of authentic carousels. An pale, bespectacled elderly gentlemen maintains the register and slowly crosses one of the list at it falls into disrepair. Let's hope they build some more soon.

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  22. Grace, les photos sont magnifiques, j'aime les carrousels !!!!

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  23. Oh my gosh Grace, this is glorious! I once saw the most amazing ornate steam driven one in Tasmania several years ago. I have no photos or information, but it was just mind boggling.

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  24. Blow the protocol - if I was anywhere near that carousel I'd be riding it like a shot! Unless they kicked me off ...

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  25. Makes me wish I were a kid again...oh, wait a minute. Most of my friends say I never really grew up, so....

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  26. There are several places in the US where wooden carousel horses are hand carved. They are always holding workshops and looking for more volunteers to learn. Most are in big cities where there are still existing carousels. It looks like something interesting to do, but evidently it takes quite a few months of work to make one horse.

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  27. There's something magical about carrousels. Sometimes I'd like to get on one.....but I remember that they're just for kids...or parents with kids.

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  28. Such a pretty carousel! I need some "alibi" kids to go visit one around here. ;)

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