Our Sepia Saturday theme photograph this week features an old pier and a ferry boat. My Sepia Saturday contribution this week features an old pier and a ferry boat. All that separates them is 10,519 miles and the burden of foresight. The theme photograph was taken in the Sydney suburb of Mosman whilst my photograph was taken in Bowness-on-Windermere in the English (Marilyn, please note) Lake District. My photograph comes from a little album of "Snapshots" that contains photographs taken by my father of holidays he and my mother took around Britain in the late 1930s. They would take off on their motorbike, stay at boarding houses and bed and breakfasts and see the sites of the British Isles.
As Europe lumbered towards war and near oblivion, Albert and Gladys - and millions like them - would crowd on board pleasure steamers and saunter along piers in the summer sun. Within a few short years, the pleasure boats became warships and the waterside piers became boarding points for an endless procession of troops. The 1930s were a strange, odd decade : a sentence brought to a premature end without a pleasing metaphor. As my father snapped that peaceful Lakeland scene did he know what the years ahead would hold in store for him and his friends? Of course not: foresight can often be a burdensome thing.
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