Boats for Sue’s challenge

Sue ofΒ  ‘A Word in Your Ear’ blog, has given us the word ‘Boat’ for this week’s challenge. I’ve been on many boats in my life, from little kayaks, to cruise ships, and once on the ‘RMS Windsor Castle’, which carried us from England to South Africa in 1970 when we started our adventure here as new immigrants. This ship was the last Union Castle passenger liner, and was taken out of commission in 1976. We had a lovely voyage, with lots of entertainment, including a disco every night. There was a party for all the children, and here is our sweet little 2-year-old daughter Mandy with her balloon.


Every day I see container ships from my bedroom window, and I often wonder what goods they’re carrying and how often their crew members get to see their families back home. It must be a very tough life.


I have a few lovely boat photos, so thought I’d put these into a gallery. Click on any pic to view.

To see more entries for Sue’s challenge, just click here.

94 comments on “Boats for Sue’s challenge

  1. Fabulous pictures as ever Sylvia and thank you so much for your comment on Facebook. Wasn’t sure how to reply.. Bit of a novice with all of that. πŸ™‚

  2. Given your travels and locations near the water, oh boy … you probably had many photos from which to chose. Great set!

  3. You not only met the challenge with your excellent gallery of boats, but exceeded and excelled with your photos. WOW. Thanks for all your likes and comments on my blog, too.

  4. Love the Li River boats especially AD . Something timeless about them .
    Your felucca boats bring back a lovely sunset trip we enjoyed in Luxor floating along that iconic River Nile .

    • Oh yes, Dianne; we could never have guessed how our life here would turn out, as the three of us sailed across the ocean all those years ago. πŸ™‚

  5. Nice variety of boats pictures you have. I do not see boat often but see trains near by. I am wondering the same thing for people who work on the train. The different is the time away from their home is probably much shorter than those on the big cargo boats.

  6. I’m loving Venice. Duuuuuuuuuuuuude. It looks so awesome and I bet the food is even better, especially if you’re having it on a boat πŸ™‚ But I my favorite would probably be your first picture … the black and white one of your two-year old at the party.

  7. Ah the Windsor Castle, I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to SA in 1975, 10 days of absolute fun! Never understood why some people went for the flying option when the government were paying?!

  8. Funny how I’m drawn to the natural world more than the boats or buildings. Those hills in the two China shots are fascinating. I can only imagine all the wonders you’ve seen.

  9. I am fascinated by how you organize your photos! WOW!!!

    β€œThere’s nothing––absolutely nothing––half so much worth doing as messing about in boats.” Kenneth Grahame, The Wind In The Willows

  10. What a fabulous series! My favourite is definitely the first two from China. They are just stunning. And I love the one of your daughter too. πŸ™‚

  11. I loved the Castle ships. When I was young we went to Cape Town and back to Durban a few times – just like living in another country. Very nice assortment, AD.

  12. I enjoyed your beautiful selection of boats…now I’m heading for dry land!

  13. Such a serie of boats ! I understand that you must have experienced a lot in your life, not least during all your trips around the world !
    I love the photo from Venice lagoon // Maria πŸ™‚

  14. I’ve only been on a few boats in my life, but the worst one was a power boat on the Vaal, in the middle of a storm. Just as well it was a short trip – otherwise I might have been as sick as a dog!!!
    Lovely pics AD πŸ˜‰

    • Many years ago, we had friends who had a power boat on the Vaal. It was a great day out, until they’d had too much to drink and then it got a bit scary. One of these guys actually wrote himself off in his car, a few years later. 😦

      • As they say, don’t drink and drive, rather smoke and fly.
        Alcohol and motorised equipment should never be mixed, yet so many people do it so often. Until that one time…

  15. Always wanted to sail on the Nile… now that photo has me itching to go…. but probably not in a felucca….

  16. Lovely boats AD! Make me long for summer.. πŸ˜€
    Thanks for sharing hon. *big hugs*

  17. Beautiful pictures especially the water colour in Phuket Thailand. The photo’s of the Li River in China look almost as though they are paintings! Lovely post and pictures AD

    Take care

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