Walking the line

The marvellous Becky has been running one of her square challenges again in October, and this time it’s lines. Here I am, joining in for the first time on the very last day with three people walking the line with varying degrees of competence. Tail-end Charlie, that’s me, or as we say up here: the coo’s tail.

The first image was taken on a wet Sunday this summer, through the window of the Kinlochleven Climbing Centre. No, we weren’t climbing  – it was the only place open for lunch and we fell into it gratefully. We didn’t know there was going to be entertainment! The figure on the right, a boy of 16, fell off the aerial adventure course and didn’t have the strength to pull himself up again. In the end, it took two instructors to haul him back to the platform while the whole café watched enthralled. We knew he was roped on and thus always safe, if undignified, so didn’t feel too bad for gawping.

The next image is a busker in Buchanan Street, Glasgow, who managed to play the fiddle and walk the tightrope at the same time. He didn’t fall off, or at least not while I was watching. Most impressive!

Finally, we have John walking the line at an adventure playground in Carrick Forest in Ayrshire. He didn’t fall off either, though I don’t think the Olympic gymnastics team is going to be calling him up anytime soon …

Thanks, Becky, for another great challenge.

53 thoughts on “Walking the line

  1. hilarymb November 17, 2019 / 16:33

    Hi Anabel – I might manage John’s … but the others = never! Cheers Hilary


      • the eternal traveller November 5, 2019 / 08:05

        I’m glad he didn’t do that! That’s how I broke two bones in my foot and ended up in a moon boot.


          • the eternal traveller November 5, 2019 / 20:28

            Oh no, how annoying. It’s been so debilitating and so painful. I was very grateful we didn’t have any overseas trips planned.


              • the eternal traveller November 6, 2019 / 05:55

                Yes, it happened in May. It’s been very unpleasant and very painful. I’m finally starting to feel more back to normal now.


                • Anabel @ The Glasgow Gallivanter November 6, 2019 / 08:12

                  Good! When I did mine moon boots were just coming in. Wayne Rooney had one just after I had my accident and that was the first time I’d seen one. I had plaster up to the knee and was told not to walk in it so I hopped round Queensland on crutches for two weeks. The doctor when I got home was very scathing about this and said I should have been given a “walking plaster” which would have been less restricting. Some day, I will blog about that whole trip, but I mentioned it here (complete with crutches pic):



                  • the eternal traveller November 10, 2019 / 01:10

                    The benefit of the moon boot was that I could take it off for showering, sleeping and any time I was sitting. I had to be totally non-weight bearing for eight weeks and it was quite a challenge using crutches for that long.


                    • Anabel @ The Glasgow Gallivanter November 10, 2019 / 09:01

                      That would certainly have been much better. My leg used to ache so much where I was sitting, even with it up on a footstool, and the flight home was … not great.


                    • the eternal traveller November 12, 2019 / 06:32

                      I can’t imagine how you managed to fly that distance. How uncomfortable.


  2. rosemaylily2014 November 3, 2019 / 08:08

    Tightropes worry me!! I certainly couldn’t have watched! Glad all turned out well 😃


      • rosemaylily2014 November 4, 2019 / 07:34

        I saw a tv programme recently where the guy was on a highwire riding a motorbike (it was somewhere in Germany). The tv presenter sat in a basket underneath – there didn’t seem to be any safety net agghh!! Maybe it wasn’t actually as dangerous as it looked!


  3. Susanne November 2, 2019 / 16:27

    Is that fiddler still there! I saw him two-ish years ago when we were going to Islay. Certainly impressive!


  4. Ann Coleman November 1, 2019 / 22:55

    I’m glad to know the boy in the first photo was in a harness…when I first saw that photo, I worried that he was close to falling. As for your husband, I’m impressed even if the Olympic gymnastics team might not be!


    • Anabel @ The Glasgow Gallivanter November 2, 2019 / 08:28

      Yes, the boy was safe at all times and I think he was lucky that they figured out a way to pull him in quite quickly. The line John was walking was much harder than it looks.


  5. restlessjo November 1, 2019 / 19:36

    Thanks for the laughter lines, Anabel 🙂 🙂 And wouldn’t it be great either to be able to play violin or to walk a tightrope? I’ll never know 😦


  6. Jonno November 1, 2019 / 08:50

    Great photos, the Kinlochleven one looks seriously high. Not sure about that at all. And how on earth does that fella play the fiddle whilst walking on a rope? Crazy. Really impressive too.


    • Anabel @ The Glasgow Gallivanter November 1, 2019 / 09:05

      It’s high enough to make it awkward getting him down! If they hadn’t manage to haul him onto the platform I don’t know what they’d have done. Get the fire brigade out maybe. The busker was quite brilliant.

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