29 September 2011

postcards: day three


Wed 8th Aug 1973*: Our very own Festival of Photography and Fun on board the Balmoral - two tickets for £1 for afternoon journey to Porlock and back. Highly recommended along with "Parlour Specials" for jolly days at the seaside - a must for Ilfracombe. Outgoing journey a gay, breezy jaunt - binoculars looking everywhere.  Seaward side journey more interesting than landward.  Turning for home, sun went in, anoraks came out for a cold, choppy steam home.  Cod and chips twice was the shout when in port, home and dry!

(* edited highlights from holiday journal, July/August 1973, pint of guiness at lunchtime may explain fierce bad face)

6 comments:

Mag said...

The date was a surprise - I thought it was one of those 'vintage' iPhone pics! I wonder if they still do those trips...?

I remember that in 1973 I was off to college - but not much more! Perhaps I should have kept a journal too...

ofpinsandneedles said...

Brilliant! Love that this is from an old diary. Great headscarf!

(Um, what is a Parlour Special?)

janerowena said...

I had forgotten that headscarf fashion at that time - I made my own dresses, all with headscarves to match.

Rattling On said...

Love the picture. I thought it was atmospheric rather than fierce.
Re the Brighton postcard, I'd love to see the Bloomsbury exhibition, they have long been favourites of mine. I checked the rail fare and the cheapest return for me is £341, though if I wanted to go first class it would be £472. I hope it comes to somewhere a bit nearer...

colleen said...

Mag - I googled the Balmoral and it is still doing trips in the South West, as is the Waverley up in Scotland!

Philippa - The Parlour Special is not explained in detail in the journal, but if my memory serves me well, it was a massive knickerbocker glory, after which I used to have a Horlicks or Ovaltine.

It was a very long camping holiday, and one does need some home comforts...

RO - How much?

Gerry Snape said...

Love that photo! great outfit and I remember scarves like that ...I loved them!