Beside the Seaside…

July 8, 2013

vintage_seaside_travel_postersSo, I have been in bed with flu the last few days, hooray, and just like the Robert Louis Stevenson children’s poem The Land of Counterpane I have been dreaming of the things I’d like to do when I’m well. One of which, given the  glorious weather, is to go to the seaside. Whitstable, Southwold, Saltdean, Broadstairs, Brighton, so many beautiful places close to the city.

So, I have been in bed with flu the last few days, hooray, and just like the Robert Louis Stevenson children’s poem The Land of Counterpane I have been dreaming of the things I’d like to do when I’m well. One of which, given the  glorious weather, is to go to the seaside. Whitstable, Southwold, Saltdean, Broadstairs, Brighton, so many beautiful places close to the city.

Photograph by Marc Hill / 07.06.2004 - Artist Robert Race on Chesil Beach with his Seaside Machine, constructed from driftwood and other debris washed up on the Dorset beach.

I love everything about the British seaside from lighthouses to ice cream, collecting shells to building sand castles and of course watching the tide go out. Best of all I love Punch and Judy shows, actually I am crazy for them, I love all puppets and marionettes and may have even dragged a very despondent husband to the Punch & Judy Festival one year! I love this driftwood sculpture by Robert Race above. Robert Race is a sculptor who makes all of his pieces out of driftwood found on Chesil Beach, this Punch & Judy piece is just brilliant.

Sadly the seaside visit is all in my head but I have contented myself by looking at vintage seaside travel posters, most of which can be purchased here. They are a bit of a middle-class cliche, skirting slightly too near shabby-chic for my liking but I do admit we have the first two framed in our hallway. Here are my favourites:Vintage Travel Posters English Seaside Riviera Saltdean, Broadstairs

Vintage Travel Posters English Seaside RivieraNow the lurgy has almost left my system, I feel I have a date with the seaside beckoning me next weekend, day-tripper bucket and spade at the ready…

 

Quick edit: And one more in homage to the town Dan’s dad has just moved to:

Scarborough, Swimming Pool, Yorkshire. LNER Vintage Travel Poste

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