Summer holidays – a nostalgia-fest

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EB with Winston the Andrewartha’s dog, at Victor Harbor, early 1960s

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Dad holding baby Richard, me in the middle, and Jane, Victor Harbor, 1961

It’s almost the end of the school holidays and kids will be going back to school next week. Folk are drifting back to work after their Christmas breaks, and I have caught up with Richard and Sarah from CHO, and heard about their holidays – variously swimming and at the beach most days, or camping with the family, looking at the sunsets, feeling the beautiful air of summer and being outdoors. I too had an incredibly relaxing break in the country (see the new year post for evidence).

It puts me in mind of the school holidays of my young days – we used to go to Victor Harbor for 2 weeks every year for over 10 years, until the old block of holiday flats we stayed in (called Pipiriki and run by the Andrewartha’s) was demolished in the early 1970’s. It took all day to get there, and we always went either just before or just after Christmas. When it was before, mum and dad (apparently!) took an extra suitcase with our  presents in it, so that we could wake up to find that Father Christmas had been. We never questioned how he knew where we were of course.

We always had a great time there: the beach every day (it was pretty much the only time we saw the sea all year), fish and chips every night (major treat), Granite island, fishing off the breakwater, penguins at night on the Island, the hurdy gurdy after tea, mini golf when we were older, our friends in the other flats – the same families every year. We learnt to swim, met the train at the station behind the flats – we’d run down to ‘ride on the gates’ whenever we heard it coming. Sometimes we’d put small rocks on the line to see them pulverised as the train passed over them.  There was the playground and the old cannon. It was all just fantastic fun.

Jane, Richard and EB on the cannon, with Pipiriki in the background, 1964. This would have been Helen's first time at Victor, but she was way too little to be in the pic

Jane, Richard and EB on the cannon, with Pipiriki in the background, 1964. This would have been Helen’s first time at Victor, but she was way too little to be in the pic

This post is a major nostalgia fest (bit of an indulgence really), but looking back they are very happy memories. It was a long time ago now, and easy to gild experience to make it seem better than it was, but it was wonderful and we all loved it.

Anyone else have good summer holidays to tell us about??

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One Response to Summer holidays – a nostalgia-fest

  1. Mandy says:

    Lovely memories. Wish our families could stay that innocent! !

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