I don't have any photos of photographers or cartoon style cats, but I do have lots of pictures of people and beaches. Here in Australia we take the glorious golden sand at most of our beaches for granted, and are horrified at much of what the English call the seaside - gravelly, pebbly, rocky grey sand that you couldn't walk on without shoes, let alone lie back and sunbathe on a towel, although somehow the locals seem to do just that. Alternatively they lounge about sunning themselves in deckchairs under a pale sun. At some English beaches I've visited the children were making mud castles, rather than sand castles like this lovely one snapped at St Kilda beach Melbourne earlier this year!
So what to choose for this week's blog topic? I decided to be rather self-indulgent and to display a few more of the photos from pages of the scrapbook my mother made for me as a momento of our year in England from 24 October 1953 to 1 January 1955, when my father was on a research fellowship at Cambridge.
|Jean and Joanna visit Gt Gt Aunty Kitt and her friend Hetty, in August 1954|
|10 Holly Lane Margate, home of Kate Byles, 1954|
I'm not sure which half of this house belonged to Miss Byles, but as this street view below snipped from Google maps shows, it has changed little in almost 60 years.
Just in case you're wondering about the relevance of all this to the topic, here it comes:
After visiting Great Great Aunty Kitt, Mum, Dad and I headed down to the seaside to enjoy the 'leisure and pleasure' offered there.
|Enjoying icecreams at the beach - yum! Note my Dad did not feel any need to remove either his shoes, his jacket or even his tie.|
|Testing the water|
|Mum's caption here reads: "Joanna demands a donkey ride!"|
|I think the donkey looks happy too.|
|Visiting in May 2009, we practically had Margate beach to ourselves|
|Which way to ...?|
|Deckchairs and Sunbeds, For your Leisure and Pleasure, as the sign says|
In the scrapbook Mum also pasted these two postcards together with the snaps, and there's even a piece of seaweed that has been preserved all this time.
|I love those chalky white cliffs|
To finish, here are some views of one of my favourite Australian beaches, at Hawks Nest on the mid north coast of NSW, where we are lucky enough to have a beach unit. There's a 15 km stretch of sandy beach, if you care for a stroll. Margate, eat your heart out!
|Winda Woppa, Hawks Nest NSW|
|View to Cabbage Tree Island from Bennetts Beach Hawks Nest|
|Looking along Bennetts Beach to Yaccaba Headland|
Now for more subjective seaside reflections, just kick off your shoes and socks and head on over to Sepia Saturday