Another beach visit came to light when I found this batch of drawings, done around 1985. Some of these I had mounted, none too accurately, so forgive the occasional outline.
With summer in the southern hemisphere around the corner, these images make me wish I could shake off the decades and head for the beach for a good bodysurf. Barack and I, both. He grew up in the waves of Hawaii. I had to settle for those of Bonza Bay. These drawings, however, were done in Port Elizabeth.
Taking watercolours to drawings is always risky, but I think these work quite well.
Lifesaving is big as a sport in SA, and this is a group of lifies taking out one of those rather lovely long wooden rescue boats they have. I wonder if they still use them today?
Larger than life, but quite happy to be enjoying the sea and sun.
A typical PE beachfront scene, with paddle-skiers and catamarans. Sadly, the beachfront has seen an influx of noisy jetskis in recent years.
PE's wind is often a boon, clearing the sky and facilitating kite-flying and windsurfing. Also, wind power will play an increasingly important role as a turbine farm is established.
Family outing, with Summerstrand behind.
Man, child, baby, dog, boat.
Picking up pebbles ...
Lazy Sunday afternoon ...
The rock behind is a PE landmark, near Pollok Beach.
Apparently listing somewhat, a ship in the roadstead.
Checking out the surf ahead of a swim.
Summer day reflection.
PE's harbour acquired three container cranes in the late-1980s. But there was drama a few years later when a gale blew one of them loose from its moorings and it sped off, before coming to a sudden halt and landing in a tangled heap of metal on the quay.