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Monday, 23 February 2009

Shank's Pony

The term Shank's Pony, meaning to go somewhere by walking. Seems to have originated in Scotland around the 18th century. Whatever the origins it was the best form of travel on the day London experienced the heavy snowfall.

54 comments:

The Book Gobbler said...

"Shank's Pony". That is brilliant! I heretofore intend to sneak this phrase into conversation. Many thanks!

Cheers!
:)tbg

Laura Grace said...

Gorgeous photo, beautifully framed. My mother called it Shank's Mare.

James said...

Yep that's a cracking shot. During the silence of an office lunchtime your images take the mind right across the other side of the globe. Cheers.

Denise Wong said...

nice shot! cool, and really cold out there... :) enjoy...

CIS said...

thanks so much for your blog! we were in London a few years ago and loved it. we can't wait to return. your photos are great.

Kate said...

Wonderful image, considering what London normally looks like. I, too, like the term "Shank's Pony"...it fits beautifully what I've been doing in Mazatlan; one walks everywhere here!!

makeshiftspaces said...

This is amazing. I have always wanted to visit London, and now I can!

Finnegan said...

Nice picture. I still can`t see how a city can shut down, because of four inches of snow. Did people think it was some sort of toxic material? Perhaps if the Germans had dropped snow instead of bombs during the Blitz, you guys might be speaking German.

Roberta Müller said...

Your blog's really nice, specially for people like me that are planning on going to London! Great!

Sherry Stewart said...

This would be brr!!

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

another great shot but Brrrrrr!

kanmuri said...

Here's a link for the origins of "Shank's pony"

http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/shanks-mare.html

Nice picture:)

Liz said...

I plan to use this phrase as well! I walk tremendously alot around NYC, especially on those heavy snow days! Once again, you have captivated my attention!

Very Clever!
-Liz

Liz said...

I plan to use this phrase as well! I walk tremendously alot around NYC, especially on those heavy snow days! Once again, you have captivated my attention!

Very Clever!
-Liz

Anonymous said...

Wow it's great view

StephanieAnn said...

how would "shank's pony" be used in a sentence?

Silentwhisper said...

I suppose the snow was quite the experience when one hasn't seen it in many,many, years.We here in Canada see our fair share if it.Glad to say springs on its way.

Grand photo by the way.I can't imagine biking in that kind of weather.Ha!

iVaz said...

I wanna I've been to London, once but went during the summer :(, the winter looks so much better.

postcardsfromk said...

Hi Mo
I've just been pointed towards your blog and have really enjoyed checking out the photos - some great shots there! May I add you to my blogroll?

Just to help StephanieAnn out, if someone asked how you were getting somewhere, your response could be 'Taking Shank's pony'.

K

Dan said...

Is "Shank´s Pony" a noun or a verb, don´t know how to use ist - as someone already mentioned before :-)

rong bay phuong mua - linh cong chua said...

very nice, will be there next year!!

Gabriela Coutinho said...

It's amazing, my dream is to live in London!
And your pictures is amazing and your blog isn't different!
I loved it!
Go to my blog, after, please!
Kisses

Kathy said...

Bet it makes it kinda hard to ride with that much snow on the ground. Great photo. =)

stephie. said...

Interesting fact. Wish I could experience that snow, or any snow for that matter.

Love your blog.

lunarossa said...

Great photo, really! Did not know the phrase "Shank's Pony". Thanks for the information. Ciao. A.

TJ Panganiban said...

You have added another fan to your fanlist. That's me. I'm always dazzled by your fotos. They're all so amazing.

Like Stephie said though, I too wish I could experience snow. First thing I'd do is eat it. Just kidding.

LuceBuona said...

Wow!!! I just discovered your blog, and I must say is lovely!!
Great pictures! great city!!
;)

Malyss said...

London under the snow must be something very special..Around here, we're already under the sun. I discovered your blog today, and took some time to visit it. I like the atmosphere of your photos, and the way you look at your town.As the other said, "I"ll be back" :-))

Tanya said...

Oh and I thought I was cold! What a beautiful shot! And thanks for the low down on "shanks pony"!

Karen said...

Wow - LOVE your blog!! I have always wanted to visit London and your pics are excellent. Keep it up!

Peculiar said...

ooh,I have been dreaming of visiting london for many years.So interesting.When it's snowing in our country,people don't mind about it.it's very usual situation.

Jmondazar! said...

wow ! too cold to sit on ! lol
nice shot

Fred Smilek said...

Wow. Look at the bike rack. You know that everyone is planning to stay inside.

Fred Smilek is the acting president of the Society to Save Endangered Species. It was founded two years ago by Fred Smilek along with his two best friends Charles and Jonathan. http://www.fredjsmilek.com

Seeker said...

Excellant Image Dear .Loved it

koala said...

I had a laugh seeing how a bit of snow can paralyze the Brits. All my friends up there posted photos of empty London and snowmen lots and lots of snowmen on their social profiles.

Babooshka said...

There you go I alwaya thoguth it was Irish and it is still a very familiar saying.Gorgeous scene.

The Lone Beader said...

That is a lot of snow on those bikes! :O

Also, thanks for adding my link in your sidebar! I just noticed that! :D

Gypsy at heart said...

Well, my family referred to it as "shank's mare" but it is the same end result. Love your photos!

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i105 said...

love the pictures!

AJ said...

seeing this crazy snow, i still miss london. lol

KB said...

These pictures are amazing and well taken, the snow is gorgeous in this picture.

Jeannette St.G. said...

6 degrees Celcius - brr - have to say, snow in inthe country is more romantic than snow in the city - it quickly turns to slush and mud (I'm from Holland). Great pics of London by the way-cheers.

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Caffienated Cowgirl said...

Oh my goodness...I love this photo! Haven't heard the term 'Shank's Pony' in ages...

Jilly said...

Love this photo. Amazing the amount of snow on those bikes.

George Townboy said...

Great shot!

hmstrjam said...

love the photo!

KP Photography said...

Your pictures are great! They make me wish I was in London even in heavy snowfall! Thank you for sharing. :)

laezzy said...

wow.. so nice.. love ur pics :)

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