As I reflect back on the sparkling moments of the last week or so, its the unexpected that makes me catch my breath and say wow! A couple of moments this week that stand out. One was noticing that the garden was full of butterflies in a way it hasn't been for years (presumably because of the awful summers we have been having) . The second was the realisation again of how much I love the freedom of being by the sea in warm weather, breathing that wonderful air and walking along the beach with my camera.
I love the beach at any time of year but in the school holidays it becomes a fun filled bustling kind of place with the cafes busy and the children in and out of the water and crabbing in the rock pools. It was a very special time for us and our son when he was young and I love seeing other families enjoying the beach.
My discovery this week is that you can scan in very old, small, poor quality photographs run them through Lightroom and end up with something half decent. This was very good news as I am planning to start a new blog documenting my childhood on the Isle of Wight in the nineteen fifties and I want to include some family history in this. To wet your appetite, here are some of my father's family having fun on the beach in the early twenties - I love the top two of my dad and granddad having fun and am amazed by the clothes they consider suitable for beachwear in the bottom one! I think their beach experience may have been a little less comfortable than ours.
We think these photos may have been taken in great Yarmouth, there is a train station in the background almost on the beach - anyone recognise it?
I'd love to hear about your sparking moments of the week so please add a comment - see you soon!