Yesterday was a lovely sunny day, if a bit breezy, as we drove to Worthing to meet with Jenni and Tom. On the way we stopped to take photos of the beach huts at Lancing. Never having stopped there before I didn't know what to expect and was a little saddened by the atmosphere of neglect we found. Obviously the beach huts were boarded up to prevent winter storm damage but most of them looked tired and unloved. There were a few whose felt rooves were torn, and with rotten wood and rusty hinges, they looked as if summer couldn't come soon enough so that their owners would reappear and put right the damage. Perhaps even give them a new coat of paint.
There's a notice at the edge of the beach welcoming people to 'Lancing Bathing Beach', a grand title for a very forlorn, out-of-fashion area, overlooked by tourists on their way to the more popular shoreline at Worthing.
But having taken the photos I wanted to create a scrapbook layout with them and here's the result. The white-painted beach huts look a bit plain so I used K&Co papers with shells and fish in greens and blues to add colour to the page. I attached a folded paper border and cord with staples for an unsophisticated look, and there's a journaling card tucked beneath the top photo. The inspiration for the layout came from a sketch at The Scrappiest
I must say I enjoy taking photos of beach huts. They bring to my mind images of a typical British summer and always cheer me up, even when the wind is blowing straight off the Channel at 30mph!!