W is for Wheels, Water and a Wedding

Can I complete the whole of Round 9 of ABC Wednesday based on our four week stay in South Africa in February? Click on the photos to enlarge.

Wheel of EnergyI have two wheels to show you for the letter W, although the first is a bit of a cheat because we saw it in Holland en route to Cape Town.

We flew with KLM and our connecting flight at Amsterdam Airport was delayed, so we had a wander outside which is where we came across the Wheel of Energy on the left.

It is basically a huge hamster wheel and runners as individuals and in groups pound away to keep it turning and raise funds in the fight against cancer.

Wheel of ExcellenceBut my second wheel was to be found in Cape Town – the Wheel of Excellence located at the waterfront.

The 40 metre high wheel turns at one revolution every two and a half minutes and offers views of the harbour and Table Mountain.

I not sure why, but it isn’t something we got round to trying – there was usually a queue – and it gives us something to look forward to next time!

Save Water SignMy next W is water, quite a precious commodity as you can see from the sign on the left, a not uncommon sight.

We found that South Africans generally take a responsible attitude over the environment – recycling, conserving energy etc – and water conservation is part of that, so much so that there is a new breed of ecopreneurs.

We saw the sign above on our way down to the beach at Knysna Heads. It had been a hot day and we wanted to cool down with a dip in the Indian Ocean.

Wedding BandIt was there that we came across a wedding on the beach. The family and friends were gathered by a small arch when the bride arrived, complete with her long, white wedding gown, although she had to remove her court shoes to negotiate the sand.

Waiting to welcome her with a song was the trio of jah drummers above.

My daughter recognised the Xhosa song that greeted her. It is one sung by a woman to her husband that translates roughly as: ‘I’ve given you my hands, I’ve given you my arms etc, what more can you take from me?’ But not in a lovey-dovey way.

I’m not sure if that was quite the sentiment the happy couple were looking for, but the bride was happy enough, even if the long white gown made her trip in the soft sand.

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

7 comments… Add yours
  • Denise 21st December 2011

    Wooooooooooooooooh what a thought – next round approaching! Hmmmmm now what could be my theme?
    Loved this xxxx

  • Roger Green 21st December 2011

    That’s one bodacious wheel!
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  • Meryl 21st December 2011

    GREAT post. I actually think the first wonderwheel is an awesome idea!

    Your trip sounds lovely and I look forward to reading more. In the meantime, I wish you a happy holiday!

  • Elizabeth 21st December 2011

    What a brilliant concept the Wheel of Energy is! x

  • Helen Mac 21st December 2011

    Love the wheel of energy! And the Xhosa song sounds American country-western!
    ABC Wednesday Team

  • Roly 22nd December 2011

    I’m going to London just after the christmas holiday and have promised myself a ride on the London Eye wheel which i believe is 135m high and has amazing views over london.

  • Francisca 22nd December 2011

    A Wonderful W post. “Report Water Abuse” is not a phrase one often hears. Your shot of the Wheel of Excellence is Wondrous and the song sounds like it might be Wicked! 🙂 Best of the holidays and can’t wait to see your X, Y and Z (although surely we’ll hear about the Zulu Nation…)


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