Thursday, 10 January 2013

Beached - Sepia Saturday

I thought I would explore some beaches found in my archives and take you on a tour from the West of Scotland via the Adriatic coast to Egypt and end up in the South West of England, before a friendly warning.

A seaside postcard from Ayr, Scotland
This card was one of several linked to Robbie Burns but apart from the views contains no other information to help you date when it was taken. It looks prewar to me.

I cannot date my second card from Yorkshire either and you need good eyes to see anything on the South Bay beach.

The Spa and South Bay, Scarborough
I can put a rough date on the next shot taken in the 1940s, probably somewhere in Egypt during the war when the Fleet Air Arm crews were on a beach.

Egypt (?) - 1940s
Sorry that there have been no bathing belles to admire so far; we get a bit closer on the Adriatic coast of Montenegro.

Beach on the isthmus to the island of Sveti Stefan - c1986
Coming back to Cornwall all I have to show are empty beaches.

Camel Estuary, Padstow - May 2011
At least you can see some footprints - I wonder where Man Friday went?

Crantock Beach, Cornwall
That sea is waiting for the surfers to appear.

Meanwhile this little girl is counting her collection.

Hope she hasn't lost count
I wonder if "she sells seashells on the seashore?"

Finally here's that friendly warning that all can see.


I just wish I could remember where this was taken, I must ask my wife to jog my memory - on second thoughts, I had better not.

For more sand and sea take a trip or donkey ride to Alan's place.


30 comments:

ScotSue said...

Loved your humourous, quirky touches - title, tour, captions and link to "Alan's Place". My favourite photo - Padstow.

Carole Anne Carr said...

Love the humour too, and those sepia postcards, such a wonderful feeling of nostalgia, brings back memories of loved ones.

Wendy said...

Even though you warned us a warning was coming, I was totally unprepared for a warning about a groyne! Otherwise, I enjoyed visiting the beaches, most of which are totally unfamiliar to me.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

What fascinating pictures sir! I am very glad to have stumbled across your blog this evening.

Peter said...

You have given full credit to the saying "life's a beach". Or did I get the saying wrong somewhere? :)

Postcardy said...

Well, I can see the warning, but I don't know what is prohibited or by whom.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Bob .. great selection of photos/postcards ... fun thoughts too. The Padstow shot is lovely - we had one holiday there when we surfed ... but normally we were in Penwith - the Pz - St Ives area ...

I wonder where your groyne photo was taken?! Cheers Hilary

Helen Bauch McHargue said...

The Cornwall beaches are so beautiful. Who knew a groyne could be dangerous? Nice photos.

Little Nell said...

very enjoyable tour and a reminder of wonderful holidays for me spent on almost deserted Cornish beaches. I rather liked the sepia card of Scarborough too. If that's Mrs Bob I can only congratulate her on her lovely figure (and her tolerance and sense of humour for standing next to such a naughty warning sign!).

Titania said...

Bob; nothing will bet the last photo, I think you know exactly where it was taken. Excellent post from the old to the new.

Rosie said...

I liked the pictures you posted Bob, so interesting to see places from far away. Good looking lady too!

tony said...

A Groyne-Strain can be painful!

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Quite a variety of beaches! Your wife is lovely.

I liked the grass in the Island of Isthmus picture. It looks friendly and lake swimming is usually a warmer and safer form enjoying the water than the ocean is.

Kathy M.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Cornwall beaches are awesome, and that is a great last picture!

P.S. I took your advice.
~

Kathy Morales said...

This was fun!. Thanks for the tour - and the warning.

Cassmob (Pauleen) said...

Love the Cook's Tour of beaches and especially Padstow -nothing I like better than an "empty" beach sans Man Friday or Robinson Crusoe. Classic photo and warning ;-)

Jana Last said...

The Cornwall beaches are beautiful! And the little girl counting her seashells? So sweet!

Alan Burnett said...

Whichever part of the world you may be in, there is something magical about "where the shoreline meets the sea". Great photos - and I recognise that chilly North Sea.

Prenter said...

I enjoyed your tour along beaches. Thanks for sharing.

Karen S. said...

I want to visit South Bay and Cornwall reminds me of Oregon and especially Cannon Beach where we stayed. I like your captions for each one too, and yes those shells would be fun to have as well! I still pick them up too. I guess some things never change.

Brett Payne said...

I think I rather fancy Egypt or Montenegro where, I'm sure, access to groynes is not only permitted but encouraged.

Your second card of Scarborough, by the way, is published by Judges Ltd of Hastings and has a negative number of 14511. As part of my ongoing study of postcards of Derbyshire, I have images of a Buxton card with the negative number 10730 (presumably published a little before yours) which is postmarked 1947, and another 19820 postmarked 1949. I suspect that yours, too, is from this post-Second World War period.

Dakota Boo said...

Lovely pictures, particularly the one of the Camel Estuary. We holidayed there a few years back and one of my favourite memories was cycling down the Camel Trail, which used to be the train line into Padstow, now converted into a cycle way. Breath taking views all the way along. Happy days.

Mike Brubaker said...

Like a well told joke, you've setup the postcards and photos for a well-timed punchline. Made me laugh.

Tattered and Lost said...

I love the structures that used to and perhaps still do exist at British seaside resorts. They're so fanciful.

Kat Mortensen said...

Bwahaha! Now I get your reference on my blog about the glamour puss!

Fascinating photos all round, Bob. I was scrolling down in anticipation of the serious warning and you really put a smile on my face. Ha ha!

Bob Scotney said...

For some reason or another Blogger would not post Kat's comment. Here is what she said:

"Bwahaha! Now I get your reference on my blog about the glamour puss!

Fascinating photos all round, Bob. I was scrolling down in anticipation of the serious warning and you really put a smile on my face. Ha ha!"

Thanks Kat

barbara and nancy said...

Oh what a funny ending. I wonder how many people photograph that spot.
Nancy

Joan said...

My travel is mostly vicariously --- and today I loved my beach tour. I think I will put Cornwall at the top of my wishlist to visit. Thanks.

Kristin said...

My favorite beach is a beach with few people on it.

TICKLEBEAR said...

I think I had provided enough "belles" for everyone that week...
Does the wife knows you've posted this pic?
Great post!!
:)~
HUGZ