Jake’s Sunday Post: Concept

Jake has come up with a bit of a teaser for his theme this week. A concept is defined as “an abstract idea; a general notion; a plan or intention.”

Earl Nightingale, renowned U.S. motivational speaker and author, once said, “Everything begins with an idea.”

Even getting my toenails painted, was because I had a notion to do it. Did you know that the concept of nail painting dates back to the Chinese?Β  As early as 3000 B.C. royals used a variety of substances including flower petals, beeswax, egg whites, and silver and gold to tint their nails. In Egypt, both men and women embellished their nails with different colours indicating social status. The royals used darker colurs, while the lower classes used paler tones. I decided to go for the Christmas tinsel look. My finger nails are always pale though, so what does that make me? πŸ˜€


Are any of you old enough to remember the old fashioned laundry mangle? This concept originated in the 18th century, and I remember my mom had one with rubber rollers. Turning that handle was quite an effort, and I wonder if the worldwide problem of obesity would be solved if we all had to go back to the old methods of doing the laundry? πŸ™‚ This pic was taken whilst out walking in Umhlanga. Someone had used it as a garden feature.


The concept of underfloor heating is not new. When we visited a 3rd century Roman villa in Bignor, England, we saw the excavation of the Hypocaust heating system employed by ancient Roman Engineers. The original villa had 65 rooms which were all heated by this method. We were shown the furnace outside which had to be continuously stoked with fuel, by hapless workers, who also had to clear away the ashes.


The idea of cooking and eating meat is not new to us, but the concept ofΒ  breeding Guinea Pigs, for the eating thereof, as we saw in Peru, was very foreign to me.



The very idea of cutting off the head of someone you don’t like and then shrinking it in a process which you probably don’t want to know about, is really shocking.This concept originally had religious significance. Shrinking the head of an enemy was believed to harness the spirit of that person, and compel him to serve the ‘shrinker’, and was believed to prevent the soul from avenging his death. We were ‘privileged’ to see these examples at a museum in Ecuador. I decided to make them small to spare you some of the horror. Did you ever watch that movie “Honey, I shrunk the kids?” πŸ˜†


The concept of takeaway food is very popular in the Western world. I’m sure that your favourite take-out doesn’t look anything like this one seen in a rural market in Peru.


The concept that illness and bad luck can be cured by witch doctors is found all over the world. In La Paz, Bolivia, we came across this Witches Market, which sold all kinds ofΒ  horrid looking cures for every ailment imaginable. The most awful of all were dried Llama fetuses, which apparently are buried in the foundations of new houses, to bring good luck.


Well there you have a few illustrated concepts, some pleasant and some terrifying. If you want to see what other bloggers have come up with for Jake’s theme, click here.

74 comments on “Jake’s Sunday Post: Concept

  1. When we come to think of it, it’s remarkable how many concepts are out there in the world… Some make sense and some don’t. Interesting post… πŸ™‚

  2. Quite terrifying AD!!
    Fascinating though – humans are the oddest creatures. Looks like, with the use of vocal chords and opposable thumbs came a brain that’s not quite 10/4 πŸ˜‰

  3. I didn’t know that about nail polish!!! Thanks for the interesting fact! I LOVE peruvian food! There is NOTHING like it on the face of the earth!! I think I am going to find some recipes!

  4. As a child I managed to feed my arm through the electric mangle on my Mum’s washing machine, I was wringing out my dolls clothes! I remember my mother’s panic and the mad dash to hospital.

  5. Some brilliant concepts! and you’ve reminded me of the shrunken head I used to see as a child in my local museum. It fascinated but terrified me but I went to look for it recently but it wasn’t on display

  6. Love your toenail ad, hope the others are also painted the same πŸ˜‰ since you only showed us the one. I like Jake’s theme this week, I think I’m also gonna do one πŸ™‚

  7. I loved it all til we got to the guinea pigs…that made me sad. I have a soft spot for those wee guys. And shrunken heads…where do you get all these things ???

    • Sorry about the guinea pigs, Jo. I guess some people feel the same way about cows, pigs and sheep. At least the guinea pigs looked very well fed. πŸ™‚

  8. I see we’re back on the guinea pigs, hey? Tell you what, when I’m done shrinking these heads (damn neighbours, didn’t know I had so many! use them their heads ward off the new ones?) we can use that laundry press and really get those muscles working?

  9. What an array of concepts, Sylvia, from the sparkly nail polish to the shrunken heads and guinea pigs for dinner! What eyes you have to see the world in all its quirkiness. πŸ™‚

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  11. Laundry mangle! My mom’s landlady back in the 50’s had one of those. We had a new-fangled washer so I thought, even then, that that mangle thingy was ‘old fashioned’. (But it was pretty cool looking). I wanted to run my silly putty through it, but I was – ah – discouraged. Go figure.

  12. Somehow I was first directed to your former blog and read the story of the very talented young artist in Africa. How sad he has abandoned his talent! Any further word on that?

    • Hi, Patricia. I’m afraid no further news, other than what you read. When I get back, I’ll try to find out more. His art teacher is so disappointed. 😦

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  14. Great concept images for this week theme my friend , Thanks for sharing your stunning photography once again πŸ™‚

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