Sunday, March 04, 2012

Story Telling Sunday - Swimwear

Today story was sparked off by Sian the other day when she said about having to go home in a borrowed pair of somebody else's big purple pants.

When I was very little I was evacuated to Worthing with my Mother and baby brother. We were made so welcome there that after the war we would go back to the same address for our holidays. I was about 5 and my brother about 2 and because it was just after the war probably 1946 and things were hard to get hold of we didn't have bathing costumes but I remember these plastic pants
I do truly remember them they were bright orange I remember my mother taking off our liberty bodices and telling us if we were cold to come straight out of the water but I was desperate to get into the sea so although it looks as though I am shivering I wasn't going to tell her how cold I felt.
I did a layout with this photo a few years ago

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25 comments:

Amy said...

My two would swim in the ocean in the middle of winter - there is something so enticing about the sea that makes children immune to the cold I am sure!

scrappymo! said...

What lovely memories!

favouriteworkofart said...

I love - so much - how you tell your stories. And, goodness, I remember those plastic pants! My Mum used to use them on top of my brother's cloth nappies. They used to squeak so much, I always knew when he was toddling near me!

Maria Ontiveros said...

What an amazing bit of (personal) history! Thanks for sharing,
Rinda

Ruth said...

I bet it was freezing, look how well wrapped up your mum is ~ nice story!

Ladkyis said...

I just love old photographs, I have some similar to that although I never had the orange pants. I had a woolen bathing costume that stretched...

Kirsty.a said...

Great picture. what a shame they didn't have colour film then so we could see your orange pants in all their glory!

Miriam said...

Oh goodness! I remember those plastic pants on my youngest brother, they started life clear in colour! and yes they made a funny noise when he ran!! Ha Ha what a brilliant memory. Thank you Mary .

Sian said...

Mary, this is wonderful! I am delighted to have been able to spark off your story becasue it is such a good one. What a vivid memory and beautifully illustrated

Jimjams said...

Actually I think it's probably a good thing we can't see how orange they were - great memories Mary wonderfully told.

Scattychick said...

What great photo's Mary :)

Alison said...

Plastic pants and liberty bodices!!...how I had forgotten about both...I love how SS brings back such memories..and your LO is perfect!
Alison xx

heart.hearth.home. said...

Love how you have told this story and have such great photographs too. I remember my mum knitted me a swimsuit. It was so heavy when wet, I struggled to get out of the sea. Thanks for stirring the memory.

debs14 said...

Children definitely don't feel the cold of the sea like us adults do! I have trouble getting in the sea around England past my ankles and yet you see children up to their necks and refusing to get out. Lovely story and fantastic photos.

JO SOWERBY said...

ooh plastic pants. we used to go to worthing alot when i was a teen as we lived in storrington. i took my driving test there, we went to the cinema there and went shopping too,
love the old pics,
jo xxxx

Lynn said...

The plastic orange pants sound delightful! Great memory.

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

LOve the photos & the story behind them

furrypig said...

My grandmother always loved Worthing so we often went on day trips with her. I do not recall anyone wearing plastic orange pants though, how funny!

Jane said...

a liberty bodice, I'm sure I can remember those!!

jennifer said...

How fabulous! We don't put children in embarrassing enough clothes these days! Great story x

Sabrina S. said...

Loved your stories. I love WW2 stories. Thanks for sharing yours.
Cheers from France

Jo said...

That is a lovely story and a really great photo

Gail said...

Love the picture and story - my sister was like that. She wouldn't come out of the water till you practically had to drag her out.

Amy said...

The idea of the plastic pants made me laugh! I was, and still am, a complete water baby so I understand completely.
Thanks for sharing!

Chipper said...

Funny that you remember that they were bright orange. I have a friend who is scrapping photos from this era and she keeps using beige and brown papers so they feel more 'heritage'. I keep telling her to use colour as there would have been lots of colour in the photo if it wasn't B&W. I love that your page incorporated orange and bright colours. It helps tell the story and completely sets the mood.

A place for me to put the pictures of layouts I have done that I am pleased with, to put in the poems I write and to add snippets of things that have caught my eye