Thursday, 12 December 2013

LIFE'S A BEACH...



...even in December. After early morning treasure-hunting at the lovely Caygill Antiques and Vintage Fair in Hartlepool, County Durham, last Sunday, we motored down the coast a few miles to Seaton Carew for a walk along the sands. I don't suppose many have heard of this little place - originally a fishing village, in the 18th and 19th centuries it grew into a holiday resort for wealthy Quaker families from Darlington. In the 20th Century it was a popular place for a day-trip, a bit of sea air for coal miners and their families.

Here it is today.

Artist Margaret Green (see here) painted Bus Trip from the Pits in 1956.




Brrrr!




It still has a strange beauty, don't you think?

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22 comments:

  1. I love your photos! Wish I were there. Does look a bit chilly for swimming.

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    1. Thank you Judie. I was very interested in your post about Zoological Garden prints recently.

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  2. You and the lobster pot injecting some gorgeous colour on the beach!
    Good to see you on Sunday at the Fair...
    Julie x

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    1. Hope you get up bright and early for the Boxing Day fair - could be difficult with a new baby!

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  3. Wow ~ great photos and love the historical postcard and painting.

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    1. Happy Hot Christmas, Carol!

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  4. I do. It fair blew the cob webs away.

    Jean x

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  5. Some interesting juxtapositions happening here - the figures in the chilly sea remind me of a couple of Anthony Gormley figures. The photo that makes it for me is the one of you where you stand out from the crowd - you are always so stylish looking Nilly.

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    1. Never one of the crowd - a good thing or a bad thing, I wonder!

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    1. Thanks so much for looking!

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  7. I have only been to Seaton Carew once, a friend at college lives there right on the sea front. I love your images so powerful. You look very stylish strolling on the beach. You are getting closer to the north east nilly!!!!!

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    1. My friend, born in Stockton -on-Tees, recommended a visit. There are so many unknown treasures well worth seeking out in the North East.

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  8. This roused all sorts of sensations....you seem to have captured every aspect of this place from the lovely to the rather ugly. However, I loved that splash of colour on the beach that is our Nilly! Axxx

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    1. That's typical of the North isn't it Annie - very well worth getting to know!

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  9. I do like the painting by Margaret green, your eye just keeps on going round and round seeing lots of different things. Wishing you a very happy Christmas. xx

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    1. Hope you followed the link to more about Margaret Green and her husband, the artist Lionel Bulmer. Happy Christmas to you too xx

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  10. Lovely photos ... love the odd 'beauty' of the wind turbines and the gorgeous splash of colour provided by you! M x

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    1. It has a wonderful and strange atmosphere - and so many people out walking too, quite early on a Sunday morning. There's something about walking by the sea that everyone loves.

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