Paddling, Dipping the Toes In

Sepia's Paddling PhotoHow can we possibly live up to our theme photo of this week.  It is just about perfect  Let’s just look at it.,  A group of four young ladies being very daring and raising their skirts so that they could paddle in the lake.  And the two young boys tagging along.  Can’t you just hear one of the mothers saying You can’t go walking unless you take Billy and Johnny with you.  And there are the boys, not quite a part of the group but on the periphery.

Like most groups of girls there is a range of personalities.  Look at the haughty  expression of the front girl facing the camera,  challenging the photographer to please explain what he thinks he might be doing.  A much more demure but mischievious young lady in the dark dress carrying a  more sensible hat is seeing the funny side of the situation while the other two girls pretend that nothing is going on.

A moment in time but all is not still. The movements of legs in the water has created ripples, expanding out in all directions.  And wouldn’t it be nice if they expanded all the way to author Toni Jordan so that she could create a back and future story for these six characters.

And then from the sublime to something a bit less sublime, the beach at Apollo Bay c 1936.  Have you ever used the phrase a face only a mother could love.  I think some photos fall into that category too.

Apollo  Bay beach  c1936A grandmother doing supervision duty on an empty beach.

Going back further in time, to some time between 1880 and 1900 , at the State Library of Victoria we find an elegantly dressed woman and formally dressed man  at the edge of some water watching the  two older children have a paddle in a little byway of a larger expanse of water.

paddling pre 1900And  closer to home, the sea water Paddling Pool in front of the enclosed swimming area at Eastern Beach in Geelong.This photo from the State Library of Victoria was taken about  1949.

Easter Beach Paddling PoolWater is not the only  medium  which makes for fun  paddling, and hands are good for paddling in mud  too.  – Melbourne 1962Face in hose 1962Back to hose 1962These are the photos which have sprung to my mind when looking at this week’s theme photo for Sepia Saturday. Other people have contributed different photos and they can be found through the links on Sepia Saturday

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11 thoughts on “Paddling, Dipping the Toes In

  1. La Nightingail

    Ooo . . . all that lovely mud. Get out the Tide with bleach! The first photo looks so calm & peaceful with the family & the children sailing boats. I’d much prefer to be there than with the crowd in the second photo. Way too many people!

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  2. jofeath

    That’s a lovely old photograph from the SLV of the children standing in the water, perhaps somewhere near Yarra Bend? By the way, I enjoyed reading Toni Jordan’s “Nine Days”.

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