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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

Sepia Saturday

Sepia Saturday

Climbing the Mystery Rocks

Did you ever see the movie Picnic at Hanging Rock  where a group of schoolgirls mysteriously disappear ? They were  on a St Valentine’s Day picnic in 1900 and disappeared while climbing the rocky outcrop of Hanging Rock  near Woodend in Central Victoria. It was based on a book written by Joan Lindsay in 1967

We visited the Rock in 1950 and climbed the 105 metres from the surrounding plain to the top of this rock formation but the magical powers of the Rock  played no tricks on us.

Hanging Rock 1 Once the haunt of bushrangers Hanging Rock is now a Public Recreation Reserve. Annual horse races are held at the foot of the geological formation and it is a favorite picnc spot.  But these days there is always the air of mystery in its nooks and crannies  as to how did those fictional girls disappear, never to be seen again.

The Turner family and friends  knew nothing of this when  they visited.in 1950.

Hanging Rock 2Less than an hour’s drive to the north of Melbourne it is close to Woodend  and  near Mount Macedon, a former volcano. Here is Hanging Rock rising from a sea of fog, its rocks mostly hidden by its trees.

hanging rock 3 aJust wondering, but if the Hanging Rock Reservation is so benign, why do they only open it to the public in the daytime ?

2014.02W.36This week’s theme is a collection of rocks which is part of a mountain in Norway being visited by three famous composers.   In my rocky photos I can find three pianists, a saxophonist and a drummer, all of a less famous variety.   You may find more rocks, musicians and perhaps even a telescope in the links on this week’s Sepia Saturday.