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A Bank Holiday in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England, the World, the Universe!
That was how we used to write addresses in my childhood, back then Bank Holidays were nicer too, summers longer, sun shone more!
The last day of a Bank Holiday weekend . . .

Most people believe that summers were better in their childhood. Presumably that’s a mixture of rose-tinted nostalgia and, I suggest, the mind remembering the best things and simply forgetting the less interesting - whatever the theory it’s been a somewhat uninspiring Easter Weekend here in the Holy Shire.

Friday and Monday are national holidays, or were before all the shops had to be open thus denying many people the same privileges as others, so it’s been a 4 day break for many in the UK. A lot rides on it as well if you have a business in somewhere like Cleethorpes, it’s weekends like these which pay the bills, or not in this case.

Cleethorpes, Early 1900s, wonderful!

This weekend certainly wasn’t like the wonderful early scene on Cleethorpes beach seen above, a victim of the infamous British Weather.
Brits are often said to be obsessed with the weather and I’d agree, there’s a lot of ‘weather bores’ out there - why?
I think it’s unpredictability which is why so many take breaks abroad at this time of year, they’re almost sure of the weather in other countries.

I can’t really complain as I had a couple of days on the coast last week with glorious sunshine and I am already sporting a tan, I kid you not, but for those bound into the Bank Holiday and the resort traders it must be a real disappointment.

I’m hoping it will dry up a little here today and the grey, heavy scenes may clear allowing the sun to lift the spirits of everybody as it so clearly does.

I hope you’ve enjoyed you Easter Weekend wherever you are or whatever you’re doing.


  1. v said,

    April 21, 2014 @ 11:12 am

    The postcard is a masterpiece of technology and a social history statement in itself.

    I reckon the photographer must have had an excess of yellow paint in his supply to touch it up like this.

    Secondly, look how beautifully dressed and finished off the people were for their day out. They knew how to dress. Their day out was special to them, infrequent and hard earned.

    Thirdly, the perambulators. How magnificent were they. 4 Sturdy wheels AND the child was facing its mother for her to talk to as she pushed. One of the tragedies of modern life for me is when I see young mums with buggies on three tiny wheels, the baby is facing way from them and mum is walking along or crossing a road, TALKING ON A MOBILE holding a buggy with one hand; not talking to the child and ignoring all the dangers. :(

  2. Rod said,

    April 21, 2014 @ 6:15 pm

    it quite literally is another world, certainly much different than what I saw today, though in fairness that was after being there a few hours - the Chavs tend to arrive nearer lunchtime :(

    Pleased you liked the card, I couldn’t let it go unposted, as it were

  3. Karen said,

    April 22, 2014 @ 10:53 am

    V : only yesterday these were exactly my words as I saw another young mother walk past my house totally out of touch with the child.

    Even in the days before MP-players, smart-phones whatever, did I advise daughters, nieces to use a push chair which could be set so that the child would face whoever was taking the baby out. So the child can see you smile and talk, and at the same time learn.
    These children nowadays start school with a very limited active vocabulary and the poor teachers are expected to make up for it. Can these children ever become eloquent enough to compete with others who have been more fortunate in their first early years?

    Your remark: “ I reckon the photographer must have had an excess of yellow paint in his supply to touch it up like this.” had also been my first observation when looking at this splendid photograph.

    I always enjoy your postings tremendously for the way you observe, compose your comments, and all your knowledge. I am still learning :)


  4. V said,

    April 22, 2014 @ 11:41 am

    I never knew I had made an impact on anyone, but ty. I am just a common sense northern gal, mother, grandmother, teacher, historian, business woman, and unfortunately we just “say it how it is “, much to my Southern husband’s dismay and embarrassment. He says I’d be the one person who would shout out that “the emperor had no clothes on ” !

    Regarding the children in forward facing, flimsy buggies, I do think we are storing up problems for the future. In more ways than one.

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