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Friday, 16 May 2014
It’s in the Bag
There’s quite a lot going on in the above photo, though quite why my father chose to capture this particular moment we will never know. I think it’s a scan of one of his old 35mm slides and records a moment back in May 1987 at Anderby Creek, Lincolnshire.
My daughter is rushing over to show grandma her latest shell and my son appears to be flying a kite. It obviously wasn’t a very warm day - no bikinis or suncream in sight - but that doesn’t spoil the fun for a family determined to enjoy a day at the beach. Mum had put on her summer frock and sandals in expectation of a warm sunny day, but she’s wearing a padded jacket over it so it must have turned chilly. She’s not filling her bag with sand, like the lady in this week’s Sepia Saturday prompt picture below, but she is digging in her plastic carrier bag for something. I wonder what it was.
It may not even have been her bag. It could have contained anything from the children’s 'flip-flops’ to a picnic sandwich; all we can do is speculate. I was probably there on the day, but I have absolutely no memory of it all; let’s hope we all had a great time and then retired to the nearest beach café for fish and chips.
Here’s the same lady in 1952 showing my brother the way to do it. This poor quality print is not worth enlarging, but once again a moment has been captured. She isn’t stealing sand to make sandbags, as the lady in the prompt picture is, and my brother isn’t wearing a sailor-suit, but it’s a mother and son beach moment just the same.
Grab your spade and dig into the past along with other Sepia Saturday contributors.