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The Best of Intentions

I really try to respond to Sepia Saturday’s suggestions for  posts each week.  I really do.  But sometimes it just doesn’t work out.

Chess bTake three weeks ago for example. Chess.   The day this suggestion was posted I walked into our local librrary to pick up a book I’d ordered and right in front of me was a chess board, albeit a rather limp one. Out came the phone and snap, snap, there was a photo which perhaps I could include in a post.

I planned how I could include how my husband made a marble topped chess table – all the meticulous cutting of grey/black and white marble into small blocks and reassembling them, followed by the slow polishing to make a smooth surface and lowering into the lovely dark polished table.  A few shots of the chess set and the books and hey presto a post.  But it never happened.

The next week – a tunnel.  Well, this was the nearest I could come to a tunnel.

Cave at Queenscliff 1950 Norma Barbara DoreenIn 1950 Bendigo Teachers’ College sent its students to Queenslcliff for a one week Physical Education camp.  Plenty of spare time to explore the surrounds.  Does this look like a Tunnel.  Perhaps not.  More like a cave, or is it just an indentation in the cliff.  Is that Poldark’s Aidan Turner I see lurking in the shadows, storing contraband in the cave?  My mistake, this is not Cornwall, it is Australia.  Actually my friends say he is eye candy.  I fail to see it myself.  Oh dear.  Nothing got done.

desk 1963And this week the suggestion is a typewriter.  When I think of the procession of typewriters, word processors  and computers whose keyboards I have pounded you would think there would be a photo somewhere but no such luck.  But a typewriter usually sits on a desk and this 1963  photo shows a small portion of one of the desks we have had.  And no, she never took up smoking.

And coming up for the next three weeks we have hotels, fish and students.

As usual I have the best of intentions.

For others who have no trouble with their intentions consult Sepia Saturday 2015.05W-104

 

 

Sand, Sand and more Sand

Sand is formed by the weathering of rocks into smaller and smaller particles helped by water and wind, heat and cold. No two sand areas are the same as the particles come from so many different sources.  But we associate sand with the ocean,  rivers and deserts,  where it  will often be the backdrop for our recreational activities,

Here are some rocks as they were 112 years ago.  By now erosion will have changed their appearance,  These rocks are down on the beach somewhere on the Bellarine Peninsula near Geelong in Victoria.

Beach 1902Tom Tansey is holding his younger daughter with his wife beside him and his elder daughter at her knee. The year would be 1902 or 3  but I can’t identify the reason for the excursion.  It is possibe that it is something connected to the Geelong Town Band or a church outing. At the time the South Geelong to Queenscliff Railway was still operating so it may have been a day excursion by train, otherwise a slower trip by horse-drawn vehicle.

You could safely build a fire on the sand of a beach when you needed to boil a billy

A 1930 Walking Tour from Apollo Bay to Port Campbell

A 1930 Walking Tour from Apollo Bay to Port Campbell

Here Vera boils the billy in 1930, looking smart in her jodphurs and Charles enjoys his cuppa. If you look closely at the rock in front of Vera you will see  the Kodak camera case which was featured in a previous post.

Charles enjoys his billy tea

Charles enjoys his billy tea

By Christmas 1938/39  they were enjoying a family picnic on the beach  Lovely warm sand to squish with your toes and a sun that was hot enough to make you need an impromptu shelter made from the rug that had probably been brought along to sit on.  Even the pram comes down on the sand after having been brought to the beach strapped onto the luggage rack at the back of the car –  there was no boot in the car.

apollo bay or kennet or wye  skenes picnic 1932I think this beach picnic was at Skenes Creek, just to the east of Apollo Bay.The width of the sand  looks right t and there would have a bit of a river to the left of the picture.  If I’m wrong someone is sure to tell me.

And finally in 1940 the tide comes in and covers the sand at Queenscliff.  Time to take the plunge.

Queenscliff 1950 These photos were posted for this week’s  sand theme for Sepia Saturday

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