Two shades of blue,
Tangled up in you.
Here's my Mum in the Summer of 1926, aged five and a half. The lady perched behind her is my great aunt Maud, who you my remember from my post 'Where was Maud?' back in January. She was my Mum's spinster auntie, with the hobby of photography. At the time of the picture above, Mum had just had her tonsils out; Maud was going to Mablethorpe for a few days to stay in a friend's guest house and she kindly took her niece along to get some sea air and help her recover from her operation. Maud bought the parasol as a present for Mum to help shade her from the sun, but also because it looked pretty and decorative, just the things to please a little girl.
That paper parasol certainly came in handy on the beach too. There was no factor 25 suncream in those days. Apart from anything else there was an ice cream cone to protect! Mum has made an attempt at a sandcastle using her little metal bucket and spade. I'm not sure where this is as Mablethorpe doesn't have a pier, but it's obviously a jetty of some kind. I think the paper parasols were a popuar holidaymaker purchase as I found two more pictures on the internet, of little girls in 1920s Mablethorpe, sporting similar models.
This week's Sepia Saturday prompt is a lady with an umbrella in pouring rain. I don't have any umbrella pictures, so parasols it is. There are bound to be all sorts of shades and shelters from the family albums of our creative contributors though, so do join us there.
Meanwhile, here in Lanzarote, I need all the shade I can get!
I can't tell what colour Mum's 'shade' is, let's hope it was blue like mine!