Yesterday’s beach walk

My favourite shot of the morning – mum and bub were just having so much fun here (playing Harry by the Sea, where “Harry, a friendly little dog on a visit to the seashore, is mistaken for a sea serpent when a big wave covers him with seaweed”). Apparently this is the beach game that must be played on every beach outing. I hadn’t heard of the book before but it sounds delightful, and hasn’t been out of print for 40 years or so, so the author Gene Zion must have done something right.

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Watch out mum, it’s a seaweed monster!

I set myself a little challenge of taking candid shots of beach users at Coogee (and asking permission for close-shots! eek!) I got a few good ones, and I even saw some Kangaroos on the beach[post] [photo]. The beach-candid photostream starts here.

How about some other photobloggers join in on some candid beach shot action? Blog some new shots, or post a link to some old ones, in the comments.

I am definitely getting a copy of that book for my new niece.

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  1. Becca posted this on the kiwi forgiveness thread in error:
    Harry actually has a whole series, that started in 1956 with _Harry the Dirty Dog_ (Harry, a white dog with black spots, doesn’t want to take a bath, and buries the scrubbing brush in the back yard; gets very dirty and becomes a black dog with white spots; family doesn’t recognize him); continues in _No Roses for Harry_ (any kid who has gotten an atrocious sweater for Christmas from Grandma will appreciate this one); goes to _Harry By the Sea_ (Sea Slug!! Hot dogs!!! Family needs a bigger umbrella); and ends (I think) with _Harry and the Lady Next Door_ (she sings too loudly!)
    I had the first two books when I was kid. When Abigail was still a baby, I got a copy of a one-volume collection of the first three stories. Abigail and Evan love to read it as part of their bed-time routine.

  2. I had Harry the Dirty Dog! my aunt sent it to me when she was living in New York so maybe you never heard of it because it’s american. I loved it but I didn’t know there were more Harry books.

  3. My oldest neph (recently turned 30) loved Harry The Dirty Dog as a child so much that he got to name the family dog: Harry.
    I remember enjoying it at Kinder.
    (didn’t know there were any more Harrys either)

  4. Yeesh. How did I manage to mispost? Your blog, the pretty confuses me!

  5. It added a nice surreal touch to that thread. Maybe Willie Mason can pretend to be a seaweed monster the next time he has to confront the Kiwis.

  6. Here’s a beachy post
    i have a lot of photos of the interesting rock formations (You have to imagine that in Swedish Chef accent) at the same beach which i’m going to do a photo essay on. one day.

  7. I tried to reply to you yesterday Helen, but my own blog thought I was spamming it and wouldn’t let me post!
    Anyway, I love happy beach doggies. It’s one of the sad things about Coogee – dogs on beach is Frowned Upon. tehy do well up on the promenade though.

  8. what? what!
    not heard of Harry?
    ahhhhhhhhh! Tig, get thee to a bookstore!
    I heart Harry. he was an integral part of my childhood. I’ve started collecting the series for the Dinghy now because I get traumatised letting my older books get pummelled (that, and they’re so deep in storage he’ll probably be 20 by the time I find them again). yes, I was one of those neat children who treated their books like precious jewels.
    I gave Harry of ForBattle the Dirty Dog one for his birthday. and have a new copy of No Roses. but I had actually fogotten about the Seamonster one. sigh. so cute!

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