Bellver Elf Brigade

          “Serves you right”, “Self inflicted”, “No blood, no sympathy”.

          My three girls grew up with phrases like this.  Don’t get me wrong, if ever there was the slightest sign I was needed, I was right there, and they had no doubt that I would be, but we gave them a good deal of responsibility for themselves from a very early age and whether because of this, or in spite of this, they’ve grown into responsible adults,  able to make their own decisions,  and able to foresee and deal with any resulting circumstances their decision might cause.

          In today’s society, the Elf Brigade (Health & Safety) have put in place so many protective rules and regulations that the next generation are in the very real danger of growing up as a bunch of Namby Pambies who are unable to blow their own noses without written permission in triplicate.

          Ok, slight exaggeration there, but you get my drift.

          During our visit to Bellver Castle in Palma, it was a very refreshing change to find ourselves trusted with our own safety.  Just a tiny rope handrail led us up to the top of these steps to admire the view…

23. Handrail.

          And, in any language, this sign simply reads “beware of falling” …

22. Don't fall.

          Again, once on the castle roof, we’re left to admire the view without high railings or barriers around the outside wall…

46. Castle roof.

          And looking down onto the theatre or not, the choice is up to us.

47. Safety rail.

          Since we are up on the roof, let’s take in a little of the view, and smile down at the other visitors, also choosing for themselves to “beware of falling”.

50. Out building.

           More from before: “Mallorca” – Palma in July 2016 and Alcudia way back in June 2004.


8 thoughts on “Bellver Elf Brigade

  1. Wonderful images. Glad you were willing to be responsible for yourself in order to see and get these photos. 😉 I do know what you mean, though. It’s like that here, too. *sigh*

  2. I’m from a generation when Health & Safety didn’t exist >>> we were simply expected to use our common sense. And a psychologist tells me that today’s youngsters are so over protected that they lack many of the basic skills that you and I have for taking care of ourselves. Oh yes, and I lived for years in Africa – about as far from Elf & Safety as you can get – and I’m extremely grateful for that experience!!! A 🙂

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