Saturday, October 26, 2013

Sepia Saturday 200: My favourite Sepia Saturday Post: ...The Sea of Love

Wishing the happiest of anniversaries to the Sepia Saturday blog, and a sincere thank you to those wonderful individuals — Alan and Kat who established it, and Marilyn and Alan (again), who keep it all going along the way — for each week inspiring us to dig up the photographic past and reflect upon it. Thank You!

In honour of this landmark occasion, we have been asked to choose the favourite among our personal posts and repost it. Without a doubt my favourite Sepia Saturday post is #167. The two older images in this post hold a very special place in my heart because they show my mother and my father when they were first courting. Back then, before marriage, children and work responsibilities became the principle occupations of life, they seemed to have not a care in the world.

Both of my parents are gone now — Dad in 2000 and Mom just last year — and they are both very much missed, so it means a lot to me to be able to gaze into these photos from their past, and see Mom and Dad when they still had their whole lives ahead of them.

At the bottom of the original post I have added a recent image of Ireland's Eye. These days the sailboats outnumber the rowboats, and the place is teeming with people on the weekend. Still in all, it is nice to see so many couples and young families out together creating their own memories.

So...Come with me to the Sea of Love...

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For some reason when I was looking at the photograph Alan posted as inspiration for Sepia Saturday #167, Robert Plant's version of 'Sea of Love' started running through my mind. The song is a very old one, an R&B standard from the 1950s, but the version which plays in my head is from the long hot summer of 1984. No matter what the time period, or the version, the lyrics remain the same:

Come with me, my love,
to the sea, the sea of love.
I want to tell you just how much I love you.

This song, and the inspiration photograph, got me thinking about images which feature family members, and boats in water. In particular I was reminded of something Mom told me about the days when Dad was courting her. Of course, back then they were just Mike and Mary.

One of the things Mary loved best was travelling by train with her beau Mike to Howth, North County Dublin, for day trips during the summertimes of their courting years. Once there, Mike would hire a row boat and take his girl Mary out to Ireland's Eye. They would always bring a picnic and spend the better part of the day there. It must have been great fun, and very romantic too, given the sparkle in Mom's eyes anytime she recounted these adventures on the 'sea of love'. Sometimes it was just the two of them, and sometimes they would travel with another couple or a whole group of friends. It's lovely to see these images, and the joy on their faces in those halcyon days.

Mike and Mary on the right hand side of the photo, with an unidentified friend on the left who is being cheeky
and showing a bit of knee. All three are leaning on one of those row boats.
Taken in the summer of 1950, Mike was almost 21 and Mary was 19.
Mom and her friends atop Ireland's Eye. Dad took the photo.
A far away view of Ireland's Eye from Howth Head, Summer 2008.
As the masts of the sailboats attest, these days sailboats far out number the rowboats of bygone days.
Ireland's Eye from Howth, Autumn 2013.
Be sure to visit the Sepia Saturday blog to connect to more posts on this very special Sepia Saturday #200, and perhaps you'll be inspired too.

Copyright©irisheyesjg2013.

36 comments:

  1. Jennifer! Gorgous People:Gorgous Smiles.Thank You for showing us.

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    1. Thanks for your comment Tony!
      Cheers,
      Jennifer

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  2. My parents would go to the same beaches outside Dublin in 1950, the same time as your parents. My mom would have been 20 and Dad 23.
    They married in 1951 and came to Canada in 1957.
    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for your comments Jackie! Perhaps they were at the same beach on the same day sometime. It's fun to imagine things like that.
      Cheers,
      Jennifer

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  3. Aww -- such a good reason to post this one again.

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    1. Thanks for your comment Wendy!
      Cheers,
      Jennifer

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  4. A lovely reminder that parents are people too.. and belonged to a whole different world before we interrupted their lives. A sea of love is a favourite of mine also. Beautiful story and photos... Thank you.

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    1. Thanks for your comments Crissouli! It's nice to be reminded, as you say, that parents are people too.
      Cheers,
      Jennifer

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  5. I am very much a landlubber and would never have dared to row a boat to Ireland's Eye. However I might have tried with a 'smasher' like Mary.

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    1. Thanks for your comments Bob! They brought a big smile to my face, and my mom would have loved being called a 'smasher'.
      Cheers!
      Jennifer

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  6. I love how you posted the newer photos of Ireland's eye. Great post for Sepia Saturday 200!

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    1. Thanks for your comments Doug! Glad you like the newer photos too. I love Howth and Howth Head; it's a wonderful area in which to spend time.
      Cheers,
      Jennifer

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  7. Good to have you back with us again Jennifer. A lovely post and I can see why it’s your favourite and deserves to be in the Sepia Saturday 200 book. Thank you so much for acknowledging my part in Sepia Saturday; you’re very kind.

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    1. Thanks for your comments Little Nell! I really appreciate the work you do to keep Sepia Saturday going.
      Cheers,
      Jennifer

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  8. A nice journey on that sea. I agree this is a great time at our 200th to share our most cherished posts...the color photos really show the beauty.

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    1. Thanks for your comments Patrica! They are much appreciated.
      Cheers,
      Jennifer

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  9. A lovely post to select. More than just light and shadow, a good photo captures the heart. Sometimes the people in the image don't even recognize it, but we can. And you may call them rowboats but those are not some common pond dinghy. They look like real fishermen work boats, and not an easy row.

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    1. Thanks for your comments Mike! The photos here definitely capture my heart. I love any images that show my parents looking very happy. Growing up in Ireland their lives were not easy, so it's nice to see them in moments of joy.
      Cheers,
      Jennifer

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  10. Oh the sea does have many stories to tell, that is true. Great photo of these three. They seem to be enjoying life.

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    1. Thanks for your comments Karen! They do indeed seem to be enjoying life.
      Cheers,
      Jennifer

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  11. Such formal wear for a rowing expedition but it looks like they had a fun day.

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    1. Thanks for your comments Boobook! In all photos of this nature that I have of my parents, they were always 'dressed up'. When I was a child I asked my mom about it. Mom told me there were very strict rules in both her home and my father's home about how they should be dressed. Mom was never allowed to wear trousers. She purchased her first pair of trousers when she was a married woman, a couple of years after moving to Canada.
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      Jennifer

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  12. A lovely post Jennifer revealedsling the joys of youth and young, but lasting love. What a privilege for you to have these photos and the stories ad for us to share them.

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    1. Thanks for your comments Pauleen! I do feel very privileged to have these photos, and viewing them brings me to a place of joy. At those times when I am especially missing my mom and dad, it's great to have these treasures.
      Cheers,
      Jennifer

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  13. A wonderful happy memory of your parents, well posted!

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    1. Thanks very much for your comment Jackie!
      Cheers,
      Jennifer

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  14. I agree that it's great to see them with their whole lives ahead of them.

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    1. Thanks very much for your comment Silver Fox!
      Cheers,
      Jennifer

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  15. They are all such wonderful photos. I like the old ones a lot. The boats make a wonderful pattern with all the masts in view.

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    1. Thanks for your comment L.D.! Glad you like the old photos. They're the best part.
      Cheers,
      Jennifer

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  16. Your parents look so happy, Jennifer. And what a gorgeous place to be happy. It looks beautiful!

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    1. Thanks for your comments Nancy! They do look so very happy, and I agree it is a gorgeous place to be happy.

      Cheers,
      Jennifer

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  17. They all look so happy. That looks like an ideal spot to get away from the city for picnic.

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    1. Thanks for your comments Postcardy! They do look happy, and it is indeed an ideal place. It's always packed on the weekends.

      Cheers,
      Jennifer

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  18. Lovely scenery, perfect for the "sea of love"!!
    Happy days, for sure!!
    :)~
    HUGZ

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    1. Thanks for your comments Ticklebear and hugs right back to you!

      Cheers,
      Jennifer

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