Sam’s Ses Challenge #4: Hero

Welcome to Sam’s Ses Challenge.

Every weekend, Sam and I will pick a word or phrase as the theme for that week. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to post something Ses-related that you think fits with that week’s challenge. Your contribution can be anything you want, a photograph, a short story… anything. Click here to learn more.

I hope you’ll join in.

This week’s Sam’s Ses Challenge theme is Hero.

Here’s my contribution:

Hero & Machine: The Graceful Mercedes Benz Silver Arrow helped Formula 1 legend Juan Manuel Fangio achieve five World Championships during the 1950s. I found this sculpture in Buenos Aires, the capital of Fangio’s homeland, Argentina.

Hero & Machine: The Graceful Mercedes Benz Silver Arrow helped Formula 1 legend Juan Manuel Fangio achieve five World Championships during the 1950s. I found this sculpture in Buenos Aires, the capital of Fangio’s homeland, Argentina.

The fun will be focused here on my blog, but feel free to play along on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Just be sure to link back to the challenge on whichever media you choose, to be sure Sam and I get to see it.

This week’s Sam’s Ses Challenge was itself partially inspired by the photo themes Graceful from Ben of The Daily Post, Traces of the Past from Paula of Lost In Translation, and Best of 2016 from Dale of Spun With Tears.

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Surfing Goats on Maui

Yes you did read the title correctly… Surfing Goats.

At Surfing Goat Dairy, no less.

Where you can actually see goats – including baby goats, I might add – on surfboards. Look….

Baby goat beside a surfboard

Baby goat beside a surfboard

Baby goat ON a surfboard!!!

Baby goat ON a surfboard!!!

This surfing takes it out of you!

This surfing takes it out of you!

How cool is that?!

OK, so admittedly it’d be even cooler if the surfboard was on the water, but you have to admit, it’s still pretty cool!

Surfing requires a lot of energy

Surfing requires a lot of energy

I’ve been to Surfing Goat Dairy twice now. It’s located in the Up Country area of Maui, at an elevation of around 1300 feet, on the slopes the Haleakala Volcano.

Hi! Will you be my friend?

Hi! Will you be my friend?

Awww!

Awww!

On my most recent visit we did the full-on Grand Dairy Tour, which I highly recommend. Our guide was Thomas, one of the founders of Surfing Goat Dairy, who emigrated here to Hawaii from Germany with his wife, Eva.

Kids will be kids...

Kids will be kids…

...'Butt' always friends!

…’Butt’ always friends!

The tour began with a demonstration of how the goats are milked. The does (female goats) get a snack to keep them happy during the process. And they probably needed it more than ever the day we were there, since we were allowed to try our hand at milking them. Sorry ladies!

Does at the milking station

Does at the milking station

Totally unaware of what's coming next

Totally unaware of what’s coming next

Milking a goat with Sue

Milking a goat with Sue

This is so undignified!

This is so undignified!

Next we headed out with the flock, escorting the adults from the pen near the milking area out to one of their beautiful pastures.

Intern Paige releasing the does from their pen

Intern Paige releasing the does from their pen

Freedom!

Freedom!

Off to the pastures

Off to the pastures

Someone always has to be different!

Someone always has to be different!

Goats in Paradise

Goats in Paradise

On the way back we met one of the Billy goats that lives on the farm.

A curly-horned Billy goat

A curly-horned Billy goat

Next we learned all about how the milk when helped collect will be turned into cheese.

This is where the magic happens

This is where the magic happens

The finished product

The finished product

Finally, we got to taste some of that cheese, which comes in over two dozen flavours and varieties. Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm! Delicious!

How to decided which one to take home? They were all sooo tasty.

How to decided which one to take home? They were all sooo tasty.

Heaven on a cracker!

Heaven on a cracker!

Time to get some take-out

Time to get some take-out

And after we were fed, we chanced to see the kids having their lunch, too. Everyone say, “Awww!”

Me first, me first!

Me first, me first!

Hey! What are you doing on the wrong side of the fence?

Hey! What are you doing on the wrong side of the fence?

Being a kid is exhausting!

Being a kid is exhausting!

This post was inspired by the photo themes of Big and Small from Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge and Good Times from Nancy Merrill Photography.

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Sam’s Ses Challenge #3: Scary

Welcome to this week’s Sam’s Ses Challenge. I hope you’ll join in.

My good friend Sam McRae, one of the main human characters in the Jaspa’s Journey books, loves photography. It was Sam who brought to my attention the relatively common habit among humans of taking photos on their travels of what they think are small plush toys.

I’m here to tell you that most of these people are mistaken, since the majority of them aren’t photographing plush creatures at all, but Ses like me. This makes those particular photographers Seers, whether they realize it or not – people who can see Ses, like Sam’s brother Ben.

Every weekend, Sam and I will pick a word or phrase as the theme for that week. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to post something Ses-related that you think fits with that week’s challenge. Your contribution can be anything you want, a photograph, a short story… anything.

Since yesterday was Friday 13th, Sam’s Ses Challenge this week is Scary.

Here’s my contribution:

Scary Ambiance doesn’t even begin to describe the Labyrinth beneath Buda Castle in Budapest. Perhaps that’s because Vlad III of Wallachia, aka Vlad the Impaler – the probable inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula – was once imprisoned here!

Scary Ambiance doesn’t even begin to describe the Labyrinth beneath Buda Castle in Budapest. Perhaps that’s because Vlad III of Wallachia, aka Vlad the Impaler – the probable inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula – was once imprisoned here!

The fun will be focused here on my blog, but feel free to play along on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Just be sure to link back to the challenge on whichever media you choose, to be sure Sam and I get to see it.

This week’s Sam’s Ses Challenge was itself partially inspired by the photo theme Ambiance from The Daily Post.

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London’s Paternoster Square on a Rainy Day

Paternoster Square in the City of London is a great place to take a stroll, perhaps grab a coffee, and enjoy the old and new buildings that surround it. Not least of these is the neighbouring St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Paternoster Square from the dome of St. Paul's Cathedral

Paternoster Square from the dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral

And on a rainy afternoon in early January, this normally buzzing open space can be quiet and peaceful. A place to take a breath in the heart of the City.

A deserted Paternoster Square on a wet January afternoon The building on the right is the new London Stock Exchange

A deserted Paternoster Square on a wet January afternoon
The building on the right is the new London Stock Exchange

During the Blitz of 1940-41, London was pounded by German bombs. In the City of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral suffered only minor damage, relatively speaking (learn more in Jaspa’s Journey 2: The Pride of London). But the area surrounding Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece was largely destroyed.

Entering Paternoster Square from Paternoster Row through Wrens' Temple Bar, which once marked the western edge of the City of London on Fleet Street

Entering Paternoster Square from Paternoster Row through Wren’s Temple Bar, which once marked the western edge of the City of London on Fleet Street

Detail on the Temple Bar stone arch

Detail on the Temple Bar stone arch

Temple Bar from the Paternoster Square side

Temple Bar from the Paternoster Square side

The ugly 1960s redevelopment of the area north of the cathedral, off Paternoster Row, was hugely criticised, most famously by Prince Charles. This paved the way (no pun intended) for a re-redevelopment of Paternoster Square.

This lovely bronze sculpture by Dame Elisabeth Frink is officially named Paternoster, but many people know it as the Shepherd and Sheep

This lovely bronze sculpture by Dame Elisabeth Frink is officially named Paternoster, but many people know it as the Shepherd and Sheep

The 75 foot tall Paternoster Square Column imitates a Corinthian column I guess it must be hollow because it apparently ventilates the service road beneath

The 75 foot tall Paternoster Square Column imitates a Corinthian column
I guess it must be hollow because it apparently ventilates the service road beneath

I don’t know what Prince Charles thinks of the final result, but I really like it. Paternoster Square today is open and airy, and combines buildings and designs from a variety of periods and styles. And as I said, it provides spectacular views of St. Paul’s!

St Paul's Cathedral looms above the buildings on the south side of Paternoster Square

St Paul’s Cathedral looms above the buildings on the south side of Paternoster Square

The Dome of St. Paul's

The Dome of St. Paul’s

This post was inspired by the photo themes of New and Old from Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge and Quiet from Ailsa of Where’s My Backpack?

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Sam’s Ses Challenge #2: Monument

Welcome to Sam’s Ses Challenge. I hope you’ll join in.

My good friend Sam McRae, one of the main human characters in the Jaspa’s Journey books, loves photography. It was Sam who brought to my attention the relatively common habit among humans of taking photos on their travels of what they think are small plush toys.

I’m here to tell you that most of these people are mistaken, since the majority of them aren’t photographing plush creatures at all, but Ses like me. This makes those particular photographers Seers, whether they realize it or not – people who can see Ses, like Sam’s brother Ben.

Every weekend, Sam and I will pick a word or phrase as the theme for that week. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to post something Ses-related that you think fits with that week’s challenge. Your contribution can be anything you want, a photograph, a short story… anything.

Sam’s Ses Challenge this week is Monument. Here’s my contribution:

The 9/11 Memorial in Manhattan includes the names of all the victims of the September 2001 attacks. It's one of the most moving and impressive monuments I've ever visited.

The 9/11 Memorial in Manhattan includes the names of all the victims of the September 2001 attacks.
It’s one of the most moving and impressive monuments I’ve ever visited.

The fun will be focused here on my blog, but feel free to play along on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Just be sure to link back to the challenge on whichever media you choose, to be sure Sam and I get to see it.

This week’s Sam’s Ses Challenge was itself partially inspired by the photo theme Names from The Daily Post.

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Confederation Bridge, Prince Edward Island

Confederation Bridge spans the narrowest point of the Northumberland Strait, but is still eight miles long. In fact, this resilient structure claims to be the longest bridge crossing ice-covered water in the World.

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Confederation Bridge from Borden-Carleton, PEI

No ice at this time of year (May, 2009)

No ice at this time of year (May, 2009)

It was constructed between 1993 and 1997, to connect Prince Edward Island to mainland Canada. It makes landfall on Cape Jourimain, New Brunswick, close to the Nova Scotia border.

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Confederation Bridge from Cape Jourimain, New Brunswick

Many of the Confederation Bridge’s pieces were actually built on land, close to the bridge site, before being transported to their final locations and hoisted into place.

img_2329The bridge’s 65 pillars raise most of the structure 130 feet above the surface of the sea, although part of the Confederation Bridge is almost 200 feet above the waves, to allow larger ships to pass beneath.

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The higher part of the bridge is clearly visible in the centre of this photo

This post was inspired by the photo themes of Resilient and Crossing from The Daily Post and Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge.

With some friends at Confederation Bridge

With some friends at Confederation Bridge

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Sam’s Ses Challenge #1: Explore

Happy New Year! To celebrate the arrival of 2017, I’m starting a new feature called Sam’s Ses Challenge. I hope you’ll join in.

My good friend Sam McRae, one of the main human characters in the Jaspa’s Journey novels, loves photography. It was Sam who brought to my attention, the relatively common habit among humans of taking photos on their travels of what they think are small plush toys.

I’m here to tell you that these people are mistaken. They’re not toys at all, but Ses like me. And, whether they realize it or not, the photographers are Seers: people who can see Ses, like Sam’s brother Ben.

Every weekend, we will pick a word or phrase as the theme for that week. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to post something Ses-related that you think fits with that week’s challenge. Your contribution can be anything you want, a photograph, a short story… anything.

The fun will be focused here on my blog, but feel free to play along on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Just be sure to link back to the challenge on whichever media you choose, to be sure Sam and I get to see it.

Sam’s Ses Challenge this week is Explore, here’s my contribution:

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Somewhere over Greenland!

the-great-migration-coverthe-pride-of-london-coverThe first two Jaspa’s Journey adventures, The Great Migration and The Pride of London, are now available in both paperback and ebook formats! Click here for more information. The third instalment, Jaspa’s Waterloo, is scheduled to be released by Speaking Volumes early next year.

Jaspa’s Journey: Perfect for Kids 8 – 80!

If you’re the sort of person that loves experiencing the wonders of nature on your travels, why not sign up and follow my continuing Journeys here at Jaspa’s Journal (on WordPress or Bloglovin’), or through my website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr?

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