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4 May 2021 / leggypeggy

A sleeping baby got me back to blogging

In the market in West Africa

Earlier this afternoon, a young African woman made my day. She was waiting to take money from an ATM at a nearby shopping centre in Canberra. She had her young son tied to her back in a most African way. 

Pumping water with a baby on a hip/back

I couldn’t help myself. I approached—smiling broadly—and said I hadn’t seen anyone carrying a baby like that since I lived and travelled in Africa. Her little boy was contentedly asleep on her back, trussed up with a long length of cloth. I said I wished more people figured out how to do it. She returned my smile and said how efficient it was.

Going to market

She was pleased to know I’d been in Africa. We almost hugged—darn Covid—and then went our separate ways, but I regretted not asking her if I could take a photo. Not to worry, I have these photos from our extensive travels in Africa in 2019. It’s a few of many.

Child minding, African style

Today’s glimpse of my African travels was enough to finally kick me out of my long-term languish. You can read about my Covid-19 languish here. So I am posting here for the first time since 19 July 2020. Fingers crossed that I can stay inspired to keep going. 

Going home after doing laundry

Thanks to the ‘new’ WordPress, I can’t find how to share categories or other useful details. Can anyone help?


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  1. Derrick / May 4 2021 9:37 pm

    Carrying a baby on your back has to be safer than a pushchair, just shove the baby into the traffic when crossing the road (never understood that)

    It’s certainly more efficient, leaves your hands free, just means you have hands free for lugging the shopping home, giving the other kids a slap or belting the ‘old man’ when he is a kip instead of working

    These were nice pictures, we have all seen something similar on our travels in Africa (regardless of which county)

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    • leggypeggy / May 4 2021 10:18 pm

      Thanks Derrick. This technique does keep your hands free. Wish I’d known this when my kids were born.

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      • Derrick / May 4 2021 10:22 pm

        TBH, I’m glad Anne didn’t

        It was easier just having them in a pram (no push chairs back then)

        Still my two made it out alive,

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      • leggypeggy / May 4 2021 10:31 pm

        Oh gosh, you made me laugh. I never carried ours this way, and they made it out alive too. Hahahahaha


    • Selina Stambi / May 29 2021 3:12 am

      I lived in West Africa in the seventies. These pictures bring back memories.

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      • leggypeggy / May 29 2021 9:26 am

        I’ll try to post more West African memories soon.


  2. Sohair / May 4 2021 9:44 pm

    Welcome back.. Great post 😊

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  3. Sheree / May 4 2021 9:46 pm

    Glad you’ve refound your inspiration

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  4. naveenavijayan / May 4 2021 9:52 pm

    Lovely photos! I am glad that they inspired to take to blogging again. Could relate to what you said about hoping that the inspiration stays on – I love that phase when writing, and the motivation to do so, comes ever so easily. No matter how much I try to follow a plan, blogging happens only in spurts. Now I have just learnt to ride with it. Hope your photographs keep your inspired to write! 🙂

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    • leggypeggy / May 4 2021 10:40 pm

      Thanks so much. I have posted very regularly for many years, but the last 18 months have been a challenge. Here’s hoping it improves.


  5. gigglingfattie / May 4 2021 9:54 pm

    Welcome back Peggy! Glad to see your pictures again! I hope you’re right and this helps you to post more!

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    • leggypeggy / May 4 2021 10:19 pm

      Thanks giggling. I’ve been good but languishing. Not sure why. Hope I’ve broken the mould.

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      • CURIOUStotheMAX / May 5 2021 4:37 am

        Languishing is ok. Particularly in these tumultuous times. I think a good languish is well deserved.

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  6. beetleypete / May 4 2021 9:58 pm

    Ron explains where to find categories and tags in his excellent video, Peggy.
    Or you can stick with Classic for now, by following this tip. I use it every day.
    So pleased to see you back. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • leggypeggy / May 4 2021 10:35 pm

      Thanks Pete, I was hoping you could pass on good advice. Thanks to Ron too.

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  7. Carol Taloni / May 4 2021 10:07 pm

    Hi Peggy

    How wonderful to see you in my list of emails again. You have been missed!!!

    Hope you and John are reasonably well.

    It has certainly been a difficult year in 2020. Canberra has done reasonably well, in that mostly we self isolated. Outcomes have reflected the good results.

    I have kept busy, done more reading than normal,researched lots of things. My iPad has been worked 24/7, with lots of enjoyment.

    I had to cancel the Hearing Loss Management -Lip Reading Classes. I was talked into Zoom, and we had lots of talking, laughter, a little lip reading, but good for the hearing impaired to have a social connection.

    How are your daughters and family coping? I know one daughter had been overseas.

    Seeing a sight like you experienced with the mother carrying child, would bring back so many memories, as you have travelled vastly.

    My Thanks to the Unknown Lady, for giving you the incentive to blog again.

    Fondest Regards. Carol

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    • leggypeggy / May 4 2021 10:23 pm

      Many thanks Carol. I wish I had asked her name and taken a picture. You would have loved her smile. But it really did kick me along to post. I have meant to for so long, but managed to avoid. Have done plenty of other stuff—cooked bread, cleaned cupboards etc.
      Petra is home from Vietnam. Mostly we’re great. Hope you are too.

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  8. oldandblessed / May 4 2021 10:07 pm

    Inspiration for blogging comes from the darnedest places. I too have a bit of a challenge staying revved up to write, and to write daily as I like. Sometimes, I just think my observational powers aren’t up to muster.

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    • leggypeggy / May 4 2021 10:26 pm

      Oh wow, I could never write daily. Maybe very second day or so. Hope you find your mojo.


  9. lexbartlem / May 4 2021 10:09 pm

    That’s beautiful Peggy, thanks x. More please …

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    • leggypeggy / May 4 2021 10:24 pm

      Thanks Lex, hope you can find your way to us sometime soon.


  10. fragglerocking / May 4 2021 10:39 pm

    Nice to see you back Peggy, and with some cracking photos!

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  11. Sherry Thomas / May 4 2021 11:03 pm

    Yahoo…did I say YAHOO!

    Sent from my iPad


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  12. gerard oosterman / May 4 2021 11:04 pm

    Nice to read your post, Peggy. Helvi travelled back to Finland once with our youngest on her back in a papoose which was featured in a KLM magazine some 50 years ago. I see sometimes mothers strapping their babies at the front of their bodies.

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    • leggypeggy / May 4 2021 11:08 pm

      So glad you have seen the same—front or back.


  13. ralietravels / May 4 2021 11:12 pm

    Welcome back. It is nice to see you are posting again.
    Like Gerard above, I wonder about the pros and cons of back vs. front. First Americans [a.k.a., Native Americans] also carried their children in a “papoose”, a bag or woven basket on their backs.
    I also have problems with the new WordPress: I miss the way “classic” handled photos and captions.

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    • leggypeggy / May 5 2021 11:04 am

      I miss the classic, but hope I can adjust to the new. I call it the Blockhead.

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  14. Lynette d'Arty-Cross / May 4 2021 11:31 pm

    Great to see you posting again! Yes, this pandemic has had strange effects in many strange ways. You obviously just needed to sit with this until the right push came along. Welcome back!

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  15. Bama / May 4 2021 11:44 pm

    Hi Peggy. This is a beautiful example of how a mundane encounter can bring back fond memories from our travels. Speaking of the new WordPress, I also don’t quite like how it works now. But my suggestion is for you to open your classic dashboard (usually by adding /wp-admin/ at the end of your blog URL). Then when editing a post, you can add &classic-editor at the end of the editing page URL. It works for me, I hope it works for you too.

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  16. Gail’s Snapshotsincursive / May 5 2021 12:12 am

    It’s good to see (and hear) through the blog again. Inspirational. 🌟✨💫

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  17. Bienvenidos!

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  18. Yeah, Another Blogger / May 5 2021 1:47 am

    Welcome back, Peggy.

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  19. SandyL / May 5 2021 3:20 am

    Hi Peggy. Glad to found your blog & great to have you blogging again.
    On how to share categories – I went you your website, selected a category & then copied the url . Is this what you wanted?

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  20. Phyllis Gaetz / May 5 2021 4:33 am

    Yeah! Missed you! Beautiful pictures in time for Mother’s Day..that last picture of the family on the bicycle was scary though!❤️

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    • leggypeggy / May 5 2021 11:14 am

      Oh wow, that’s for mentioning Mother’s Day. That hadn’t occurred to me. Maybe I can go with a theme this week. As for the motorbike—we often saw four or even five on a bike! Once saw a baby in a bucket hanging from the handlebars.

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  21. CURIOUStotheMAX / May 5 2021 4:39 am

    I think we all need to rest in a baby sling. The difficulty is finding one big enough to carry the weight I’ve put on during Covid isolation.

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  22. Chris Riley / May 5 2021 6:54 am

    I read your link to, languishing. Now I have a name for my condition! I didn’t even know I had a condition – how about that. But I am definitely languishing. The inability to focus and concentrate is a real buggar. Perhaps my first step back is actually commented on someone’s blog – I rarely do that these days. In fact I rarely even read blogs anymore. Languishing most definitely….

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    • leggypeggy / May 5 2021 11:16 am

      I didn’t know I had the condition until I came upon the article. Hope you find a way out of your languish.


  23. mistermuse / May 5 2021 7:41 am

    The baby-on-the-back method is undoubtedly the best way for a mother to carry her baby….until they find a way to crossbreed humans and kangaroos.

    P.S Welcome back!

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  24. Gilda Baxter / May 5 2021 7:50 am

    Welcome back Peggy, it is good to take a break, but lovely to have you back 😄

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    • leggypeggy / May 5 2021 11:17 am

      I think I took more than a break. Now to keep going.


  25. Vicki / May 5 2021 10:55 am

    Good to hear you’re back to blogging, Peggy. Welcome back. I’ve missed your wonderful posts.

    I love the way Africans carry their babies and it reminds me so much of my best friend carrying her first baby across her front as she cooked and did the household chores (yes, the baby got a bird’s eye view of cooking (briefly) and light household tasks). Now, I can only wonder if my grown-up Goddaughter, who had HER first baby last December, carried her newborn the way her mother carried her some 30+ years ago.

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    • leggypeggy / May 5 2021 11:19 am

      Oh Vicki, it’s great to hear from you too. I’ve been meaning to send you an email to find out how you are going. But pesky languish got in my way. You should send your Goddaughter a link to this. 🙂

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  26. Dorothy / May 5 2021 2:55 pm

    Nice to see a new blog from you Peggy. I carried my first son like that too. My Mother objected strongly when we were home in Scotland for a holiday. She thought it was bad for my back.

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    • leggypeggy / May 5 2021 3:38 pm

      Great to hear from you Dorothy. I can imagine your mother objected. If only she knew!


  27. Emma Cownie / May 5 2021 4:53 pm

    Hi Peggy, I missed you and your travels. I think we are all suffering from Covid Languish, I know I am. I need to get out more with my camera.

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  28. Sharon Bonin-Pratt / May 5 2021 5:42 pm

    I’ve been off the grid for much of this year as well, so it’s nice to get back to a charming post about mothers and kids.

    As for WordPress’ new format – I hate it. I was barely able to post an article. Used to be so easy.

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    • leggypeggy / May 5 2021 6:21 pm

      I checked your blog recently to see if I had missed something. As for WP’s ‘BlockHead’ editor, scroll up to near the top for Beetley Pete’s comment. It has some very useful links.

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  29. tony / May 5 2021 10:23 pm

    Good to see you’re back and what inspired it!

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    • leggypeggy / May 5 2021 10:43 pm

      Thanks Tony. I can still see that woman with her baby in my mind’s eye.


  30. lexklein / May 6 2021 12:58 am

    I need to look for similar inspiration! Or maybe, like yours, it will randomly pop up someday and push me to resurrect my poor languishing blog!

    On another note, as a new grandmother, I am appreciating all sorts of new and old mothering techniques these days; even here in the U.S., things have changed so much since I was a new mom. I like that in some ways, the current generation of new parents is going back to some basics, and the baby-carrying styles here are a great example of simple and sensible solutions that have sparked the creation of some cool new products.

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    • leggypeggy / May 6 2021 7:42 am

      Congratulations on becoming a new grandmother. Your blog might languish, but you won’t.

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  31. Curt Mekemson / May 6 2021 4:38 am

    Wow, Peggy, welcome back to the world of blogging! I followed your adventures in Africa. It was almost guaranteed since I had lived there. You’ve been missed. Here’s to hoping Covid decides to behave itself so you can get back out having adventures. You’ve been missed. –Curt

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    • leggypeggy / May 6 2021 7:43 am

      Thanks Curt, I’ve missed blogging too, but have had fun watching everyone else do the hard yards. Now for me to maintain the enthusiasm.


      • Curt Mekemson / May 7 2021 9:19 am

        It’s work, that’s for sure! And you have been missed but I have always appreciated your continued support and comments! I am beginning to contemplate taking the summer off to focus on my bear book. –Curt

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      • leggypeggy / May 7 2021 12:56 pm

        Blogging takes a lot of work. Good luck on the book.


  32. Forestwood / May 6 2021 9:46 pm

    So happy you found your Mojo again Peggy. I was wondering why there was nothing new here when I came to visit. It looks like your loyal followers are still keen to read and comment, if the number of comments here indicate anything.
    As for the excellent photos, I love sarong papooses or whatever you call them. Eminently practical! Especially for unsettled babies.
    I would love to know how the little one managed to get the baby in it. Do they place the baby inside after they have wrapped the fabric around their own body or place the baby on the wrap and then attach both to themselves? Clearly it is a technique that is beyond me, though I did try it with my kids. I found things with wheels worked better! My kids loved movement.

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    • leggypeggy / May 6 2021 10:47 pm

      Hope I can keep going. As for the slings, the baby goes on first. I imagine the young girl pictured above had help, but it is fascinating to watch the ease with which a mother can hoist an infant on her back and proceed to wrap it snuggly into place.


  33. Miriam / May 6 2021 10:50 pm

    What a lovely interaction. I used to carry my kids on my front in a baby sling. It was super efficient. Good to see you back blogging again!

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    • leggypeggy / May 6 2021 10:51 pm

      Hi Miriam, it’s great to be back. I carried my girls on my front in a sling. Wish I’d know this way too.

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  34. Yahooey / May 7 2021 4:48 am

    I had to do a lot of scrolling to add my “Welcome Back.”

    There is a woman in the neighbourhood that does the back sling. She is easy to spot because she usually has two or three older children with her. For a while, we also had a woman that would carry her shopping home on her head which was the first time I had seen that done here in France.

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    • leggypeggy / May 7 2021 6:47 am

      Hello Yahooey, I’m glad the baby carrying practice is seen outside Africa. And you’ve inspired me for another post. People carry things on their head. Thank you.

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  35. Alison and Don / May 7 2021 6:53 am

    Welcome back Peggy! Please keep going. I always enjoy your posts, including this one. I long to get back to Africa. I’ve a few more posts about local stuff I want to do and then if I can’t ravel again at that point (most likely) I’m going to finally blog about that overland trip I did through Africa back in 1980!
    Looking forward to your posts again!

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    • leggypeggy / May 7 2021 7:02 am

      Thanks Alison. Not sure why I languished for so long, but hope it’s behind me. Like you I long to return to Africa. I wonder when that might be? Look forward to your African tales. I have enough old material to keep me writing for years. Now to just do it.

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  36. chattykerry / May 7 2021 7:38 am

    Welcome back, Peggy! How I have missed your blogs. The pandemic has taken so much from us. My heavily pregnant hairdresser had to ask me if she could have a hug. Lovely post and pics. I miss the airport with the wonderfully attired travelers from Africa and central America.

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    • leggypeggy / May 7 2021 12:58 pm

      Thanks Kerry. Luckily I have been able to enjoy your posts. Now to keep going on mine. Loads of virtual hugs to you.

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  37. indianeskitchen / May 7 2021 2:23 pm

    Nice to se you back Peggy. I still use the classic editor and I have read next year I have to change. It may be the end of my blogging too as I tried it once and was lost.

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  38. Murray Foote / May 8 2021 3:30 pm

    I still use the Classic Editor, at least until forced otherwise. The Blockhead Editor is not designed for the posts we make with comments on each image. They say the Classic Editor is due to be replaced but they may underestimate the level of complaints that would cause. Here is a WordPress post on how to switch to the Classic Editor:

    However, the easy way is to copy one of your old posts then delete and replace the content. You may need to set the Dashboard Appearance toggle first as per the article though.

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    • leggypeggy / May 8 2021 5:39 pm

      Thank so much for these tips, Murray. I might have a go at a new post tonight.

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  39. Jolandi Steven / May 10 2021 6:57 am

    Fingers crossed, Peggy.

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  40. CarolCooks2 / May 12 2021 10:39 pm

    Welcome back, Peggy.. carrying a baby like that is how it is for many here.. and also muslin sqares are used as nappies.. So diffetent from the western world x

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    • leggypeggy / May 12 2021 10:43 pm

      I wish I’d known the technique years ago. Great way to operate hands-free.

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  41. CarolCooks2 / May 12 2021 11:14 pm

    I have learnt so much here and I thought I was experienced in child-rearing 🙂

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  42. Kally / May 13 2021 12:40 am

    Welcome back. You’ve been sorely missed.

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  43. magarisa / May 13 2021 3:02 am

    Such colorful pictures! They must bring back so many memories for you.

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  44. Sy S. / May 13 2021 11:19 am

    Dear Peggy Mojo,

    Great to see you posting once again! Where did you find your “Mojo?”

    This post is interesting and very creative for third world mothers. I think some where in Asia ((Indonesia) the mothers carry their young on their hip for two years… because they do not want to place the baby on the somewhat dangerous ground… (not sure about this one?)


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    • leggypeggy / May 13 2021 7:22 pm

      Hi Sy, I think that sleeping baby must have transferred some of her mojo to me. I hope I see her again for a booster! I’ll see if I can find out about Indonesia mothers.


  45. Heated Stew / May 14 2021 10:51 am

    I’ve been in several West African countries as well as my years in Ethiopia. I love Africa! Thanks for the memories!

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    • leggypeggy / May 14 2021 8:09 pm

      You are most welcome. We’ve been lucky enough to live in Africa and to visit at least 30 countries on the continent. Still a lot to see.

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  46. sidilbradipo1 / May 14 2021 5:07 pm

    Welcome back, Peggy! Me so happy to read you again ❤️
    Your photos are amazing! A very useful way, must say 😜
    Have a wonderful Friday!

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    • leggypeggy / May 14 2021 8:10 pm

      Thanks Sid. Now I have to keep posting. Wishing you a wonderful Friday too.

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  47. Brenda / May 16 2021 6:56 am

    Aaahh Peggy, it’s so good to see a post from you. I will have to remember when some one asks me how things are going that an appropriate response may be “I’m languishing, thank you.” I will be interested to hear if you savor your travels even more after languishing for so long!

    When my kids were born in the 70s, I carried them in a “Snugli,” which was inspired by baby wraps in Africa and could be used in the front or back. As a weaver now, woven baby wraps are becoming quite popular, which is a good sign. If I’ve learned anything from this pandemic, it’s how important touch is to us. There is nothing quite like the soft weight of a baby cradled snugly against your back or belly.

    Lovely post. Thank you.

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    • leggypeggy / May 16 2021 3:14 pm

      I like the sound of Snuglis and the fact that woven baby wraps are becoming popular. Touch is so important. Grateful to be able to hug my children. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful comment.

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  48. kunstkitchen / May 17 2021 1:17 pm

    So go to have your posts back again. I have been hoping you might begin to write and share your travels once more with you beautiful photos. Thanks, Peggy!

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  49. minametry84 / May 21 2021 10:56 pm

    Wonderful blog, hope we follow each other

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  50. Maria / May 26 2021 7:46 pm

    Carrying a child on the back helps the bonding process.

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  51. The Cheesesellers Wife / May 27 2021 12:45 am

    Twenty years ago I carried my babies in a sling at the front. Mine was Swedish, but a local Doula sold Slings made from swathes of beautifully printed fabric . It was great, but 5Kg babies make for hard work, so a pushchair was also needed for long walks.

    I dont see parents using slings anymore, it’s all designer pushchair for running with. 😦

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    • leggypeggy / May 27 2021 7:32 am

      Yes, 5 kilos of baby on your back or front would be a challenge. That said, here in Australia I do see quite a few mums and dads with babies in slings.

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  52. Sheryl / May 31 2021 1:17 pm

    It looks like such a practical way to carry a baby.

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  53. paolsoren / Jun 2 2021 9:25 pm

    Back in 1974 we carted our baby Daniel around Europe with what was called a Mia Tai which was all the go back then. Got it from “Nursing Mothers” of Australia. I just looked up Baby carriers. Wow. priced anywhere from $100 to $300. Back then it was less than $10. Best fit was on Daddy with baby facing me but easily with him turned around facing forward when he was awake. The Italians loved it and called him Kangaroo.

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 2 2021 10:05 pm

      Kangaroo is the perfect nickname. Surprised no one has mentioned that before.

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  54. jeanleesworld / Jun 6 2021 11:04 am

    I wish I understood WordPress better to help! I don’t recall sharing categories, but I’ve been able to mark the categories so they could pop up in my menus without too much trouble. BUT HELLO! So many hugs for you, Peggy! I’m glad you’re able to at least get out and speak with others, even if you can’t hug. The time for hugs is coming, never fear! xxxxxxxx

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 6 2021 1:55 pm

      Thanks for the hugs. We can hug here in Australia, but best not to hug complete strangers! LOL. I’ll try tackling categories again. I just want to have the string of categories showing, instead of just ‘uncategorized’. I’ll win in the end.

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      • jeanleesworld / Jun 6 2021 8:35 pm

        Understood! I think it’ll be on the righthand side of the screen where all the categories are listed so you can tick them off. Pretty sure that would be the same…

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      • leggypeggy / Jun 6 2021 9:06 pm

        Thanks Jean. That’s the problem. In my world, the categories don’t show up on the right. Oh well. Maybe tomorrow.


    • gabrieluttley1 / Jun 11 2021 7:58 pm

      I struggle finding the categories too! Thought it was just me….

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      • leggypeggy / Jun 11 2021 9:12 pm

        It’s definitely not just you.


  55. gabrieluttley1 / Jun 11 2021 7:55 pm

    great images, and love the fact a sleeping baby got you back to blogging..

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  56. J.D. / Jun 13 2021 9:44 am

    Great to see a new post from you. A little serendipity in that pleasant encounter you had. I hope your inspiration lasts. It has been tough to keep going, for sure. And the new WP editor updates don’t help. I swear if they take away the option to use the classic editor I’m done.

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 13 2021 10:02 am

      The classic editor is just so straightforward. What were they thinking?

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  57. Americaoncoffee / Jun 16 2021 8:47 am

    You are safe and sound is good news Peggy. I couldn’t imagine traveling these days. Scary for me. A nice share! ♥️

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 16 2021 9:45 am

      Thanks. I’m armchair travelling these days. We have to apply for permission to leave Australia.

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      • Americaoncoffee / Jun 16 2021 11:02 am

        LOL! Armchair traveling is the way to go. Glad your resting Peg. ♥️💞

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      • leggypeggy / Jun 16 2021 11:22 am

        Resting! Haha! Spent the last few days chasing after a 4-year-old and a 7-year-old. Not sure who’s winning.

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  58. / Jun 22 2021 7:24 pm

    Freut mich dich wieder zu Kontaktierten. Freundliche Grüße Wolfgang

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 22 2021 10:28 pm

      Thanks so much. Great to have you stop by. Best wishes.


  59. vinneve / Jun 28 2021 7:27 pm

    Glad to see a new blog from you though I didn’t notice this last May as I am not always here on WP but when I do I am visiting other bloggers who happened to visit me too while I am away. I used to put my son in front instead of the back. I loved it but my back wasn’t happy!

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 28 2021 8:41 pm

      Thanks for stopping by. Your back has my sympathy. Hope it’s happy again.

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      • vinneve / Jul 14 2021 7:36 pm

        Sure is! New blog out now pls check if you can TY

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  60. Gauri the Dreamer / Jun 30 2021 7:33 am

    Loved the Africa photos. Very interesting blog.

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  61. Heated Stew / Jul 7 2021 5:11 pm

    I lived with it for years. The kids start doing it so young. I think that they are often behind our kids education-wise but so ahead of ours responsibility-wise. What do you think?

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 7 2021 7:46 pm

      It’s hard to imagine the responsibility these young African kids carry. I’ve seen two-year-olds wielding machetes with ease, cutting bamboo or simply a path through the jungle.


  62. Heated Stew / Jul 7 2021 8:36 pm

    You might like to look at my blog and see some interesting medical cases, many of kids. I think there are about 20 medical blogs. I don’t publish them under heated stew because they are a bit gory sometimes.

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  63. / Jul 8 2021 7:39 am

    Freu mich das wir uns wieder gefunden haben. War lange krank. Freundliche Grüße, Wolfgang

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 8 2021 8:05 am

      Thanks for stopping by. I hope you are feeling much better now.


  64. Forestwood / Jul 11 2021 4:56 pm

    Just realized I didn’t answer your question about categories. Look for the settings icon on the right in the editor. There should be a post or block tab – go to the post tab and scroll down. Categories and tags should be found there. If not sing out.

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  65. maulana baba / Jul 14 2021 6:18 pm

    it is useful

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  66. kunstkitchen / Jul 21 2021 9:48 am

    Peggy, I keep thinking of you and John and Australia. Hope you are well. Catherine

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 21 2021 7:55 pm

      Thanks so much. We’re doing fine. Hope you are too.

      Liked by 1 person

      • kunstkitchen / Jul 23 2021 11:37 am

        Yes. Good enough here. Forest fires are close on the border from Canada. We have had a hazy smoky day just yesterday.

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  67. etravelersclub / Jul 23 2021 12:36 am

    Feel lucky to have come across your blog 🙂 “Where to next” . . . have you travel in Pakistan?
    Welcome to visit my travel tales. Thanks and Bliss.

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 23 2021 7:38 am

      I haven’t been able to get to Pakistan yet, but it is on the list. Who knows when we will be able to travel freely?


      • etravelersclub / Jul 26 2021 4:32 am

        Welcome 🙂 Actually do you know that Pakistan and Maldives are tourist friendly countries amidst COVID-19 travel restrictions. But yes – wise to travel after the present rise in cases as entry rules change on daily basis.

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      • leggypeggy / Jul 26 2021 8:52 am

        At the moment, Australians have to apply to leave the country. The application is about 80 pages long.


  68. Sharon Bonin-Pratt / Jul 23 2021 2:52 pm

    How wonderful that you’re back blogging, Peggy. I was out of the area for several months early this year as I moved to Northern California to help care for my younger grandchildren. No time there for being on the laptop, so I just let everything go. Carrying your baby on your back looks like it make your back ache terribly but I guess it works well. And if it’s one’s culture, then it probably seems natural. Thank you for great photos and an interesting story.

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 24 2021 8:14 pm

      It’s so wonderful to hear from you and so great to know you have been otherwise occupied. Grandchildren are such an amazing reason to be offline.


  69. Green Global Trek / Jul 30 2021 12:19 am

    Beautiful photos. We look forward to an opportunity to get to Africa sometime soon, hopefully. I can’t wait to go back.


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  70. Gauri the Dreamer / Sep 3 2021 1:46 pm

    Beautiful photos. And loved the writeup. Such rich detail and written with so much warmth.

    Liked by 3 people

    • leggypeggy / Sep 3 2021 2:25 pm

      Thanks so much. I have the most wonderful memories of Africa.


  71. Phil Huston / Sep 9 2021 7:50 am

    How did I miss this? Your’e one of only 3 blogs I get notices about. Everybody else is subject to the reader! As always, great shots, and background!

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  72. rabirius / Oct 31 2021 10:02 pm

    I usually see babies carried front, not on the back.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 31 2021 10:10 pm

      Carrying on the front seems to be most common in the Western world, but not in Africa.


      • rabirius / Oct 31 2021 10:33 pm

        Okay. Interesting. I always thought carrying babies on the front was something we took from African culture.

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  73. Johnny Jones / Nov 3 2021 4:47 am

    Welcome back! Amazing that one instance in our lives can almost become that ‘light bulb’ moment, to spur you on to do something. Love the post with great photos. Cheers JJ

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    • leggypeggy / Nov 3 2021 7:30 am

      Many thanks. I keep hoping I will see her and her baby again.


  74. Sy S. / Nov 24 2021 1:41 pm

    Hello LeggyPeggy,

    In two days once again NYC will have the Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan. A little cold but the kids will love the floats and inflated balloons! And many will be looking forward to a nice hot Turkey meal at Grandma’s/Grandpa’s home… masks might still be a good idea?

    Wishing everyone around the world, a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday!

    Sy S.

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    • leggypeggy / Nov 24 2021 8:19 pm

      Hi Sy,
      Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. It’s a non-event here in Australia. Some friends from Victoria and New South Wales are coming to visit tomorrow (Thursday) so seven of us will go for a Vietnamese feast.


  75. Sy S. / Nov 26 2021 3:11 am

    The Australian exception- Norfolk Island (Australia)
    Hope you enjoyed your upcoming visit and Vietnamese Feast.
    The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is ongoing now, beautifully sunny 45-53+ degrees and no wind.
    I was to lazy to go take photos. Today I will make a Turkey Breast (no big turkey) with Asparagus and Hasselback Potatoes.

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    • leggypeggy / Nov 26 2021 7:17 am

      I wish the Macy’s parade was televised here. Such a joy to watch. Hope you are enjoying your Thanksgiving spread. We loved the Vietnamese dishes.


  76. Wise Hearted / Nov 29 2021 10:25 am

    I have lived in two other countries, Bolivia, and Papua New Guinea and they haul their children the same way…so earthly and easy and requires no expensive equipment.

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  77. / Dec 29 2021 2:51 am

    Hi Peggy, it’s wonderful to see you back here again. You can see how much you’ve been missed – it’s so heartwarming. But I can see how a sleeping baby could coax you back to blogging. Here in Lexington, Kentucky we have a community of Nigerian folks who live up the block from us, and their beautiful clothing and ways of securing babies is always a fond reminder of our time living in Africa.

    Sorry for the late comment, but I’ve been away from the blog, too. I nearly lost my baby sister in February and we’ve been dealing with her illness all year. Here’s wishing you and your family a much better 2022! 🙂 ~Terri

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 29 2021 10:09 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. So sorry to hear about your sister. It seems like life is being lived on the edge these days. Hope she is doing well now.

      Amazing how life interferes with our good intentions. I posted this return to blog more than six months ago and have not mustered the strength/focus to post again since then.

      Here’s hoping 2022 is restorative for us all.

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  78. macalder02 / Jan 11 2022 6:54 am

    Parece que mi comentario se quedó en el tintero porque no lo encontré aquí. Bueno, tu regreso ha sido lo más feliz para tus seguidores que estaban ávidos de tener tus crónicas de tus viajes. En Perú, los indigenas de la serranía (población quechua) también tienen la costumbre de llevar los niños a la espalda. La manta se llama el “aguayo” que se teje a base de lana de llama, oveja o de alpaca y se lo tiñe con tintes naturales y son muy resistentes. Como vez, hay alguna similitud con tus fotos de Africa que por cierto, son muy elocuente de como se desenvuelve la vida en ese país. Bien por tu regreso. Un gran abrazo para ti.

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    • leggypeggy / Jan 11 2022 7:08 am

      So wonderful to see you here. I wonder what happened to your first comment? I’m glad you mentioned how some babies are carried in Peru. Thanks for naming the aguayo fabric. We saw babies carried that way when we were walking the Lares Trek on the way to Macchu Pichu. A big hug back to you.

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  79. Shiva Malekopmath / Jan 31 2022 5:10 am

    Thanks to the Baby, you came back

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  80. milliethom / Apr 4 2022 7:29 am

    It’s interesting to know I’m not the only one who has absences from blogging, Peggy. As for travel, thanks to Covid, we haven’t been anywhere for a couple of years, either. We can only hope for better times ahead. I read several of your Africa posts a while ago and these photos of the women carrying their little ones are, as always, fabulous. Having slings on their backs does keep the women’s hands free for other things, like shopping etc. I should think the motion of them walking would lull young babies to sleep, too. Peace and quiet for a while.

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 4 2022 9:32 am

      I need to kick myself to get blogging again. I’ve written a lot of posts in my mind. Just need to get them typed and posted. Thanks for stopping by.


  81. foxmulderblog / Apr 17 2022 4:16 pm

    Reblogged this on La mentira esta ahí fuera.

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  82. astriusty / May 10 2022 3:46 am

    Reblogged this on astriusty.

    Liked by 1 person

    • leggypeggy / May 10 2022 7:08 am

      Thanks so much for the reblog and the interest in my blog. Wishing you good luck with your new blog.


  83. Anita / Jun 12 2022 5:46 pm

    I hope all is well while waiting for your return to the world of blogging, kisses.

    Liked by 1 person

    • leggypeggy / Jun 12 2022 10:36 pm

      Thanks Anita. I hope to get going again soon.


  84. Landious Travel / Jul 22 2022 12:27 pm

    It is so interesting how they carry their babies 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  85. Henry Chamberlain / Jan 1 2023 3:27 am

    What a nice post to share! Nice to see you back. I’ve always tried to pace myself given the nature of my blog. As for the changes on using WP, I think it’s just a matter of getting used it unless you’re okay with paying to upgrade to the next level. I did it a few years back and that allows you to stay with the old WP format!

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    • leggypeggy / Jan 1 2023 11:08 am

      Thanks for the tip about upgrading. I’ve neglected the blog over the last two years. Hoping that 2023 will get me going again.



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