Friday, 8 February 2013

Snow is snow: Sepia Saturday 163


This picture is taken from the begining (or end) of the South Downs overlooking Eastbourne. It was a Sunday afternoon and it shows kids and their parents playing in the snow.



It isn't that old! (You can see the original here). I have just been playing around with it to make it look old, because the truth is, I am not sure that the scene would have been that different 50 years ago. Maybe the town wouldn't have looked quite so big in the background; maybe the jackets and clothes would have looked a bit different, but essentially when the snow comes to Eastbourne everyone goes out to play. They grab whatever they have to hand to use as a sledge and get out there! There's a footpath that goes from the golf course to the base of the downs and after a few people have been down on their sleds it becomes like the cresta run! Walking is more dangerous than sliding!

It doesn't snow very often on the South coast and when it does it makes the news. This was an old postcard I found here. It shows Eastbourne after 'the Great Blizzard of 1908'. The seafront looked much the same after the snow of 2010!



22 comments:

Mike Burnett said...

At first glance it reminded me of Box Hill in the snow, then I noticed the houses.

Was the snow brought in as part of the Town improvement scheme???

Alan Burnett said...

Two fabulous images. With the first one you have done an excellent ageing job - you had me fooled. The 1908 postcard is spectacular.

Lovely's Blot said...

Town improvements and Eastbourne are not concepts I would list together LOL.

Gill Edwards said...

love the way youve given the top photo some age. It does seem strange to think of snow at the seaside thats for sure.
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Helen Bauch McHargue said...

Great photos. Somebody braved the blast to take the 1908 photo!

Peter said...

It surprises me that there is nobody skiing down the Downs. Seems like a nice slope but maybe also dangerous?

Bob Scotney said...

Peter made me realise that slope is made for skiing - but then I remembered it's England we are talking about. I can't imagine Eastbourne in the snow. That's a great ageing job you've done.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

These are great pictures! I think that you did a wonderful job of making the top one sepia.

Kathy M.

Jackie/Jake said...

Great post!
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Karen said...

Great images. We are experiencing a very hot summer in Australia, so all of these snow photos are very refreshing!

Postcardy said...

Snow always looks like snow!

Karen S. said...

I totally love this- I have a feature on my camera that will make photos appear old or other various styles too. Great post!

Brett Payne said...

A blizzard in a seaside holiday town must feel very odd, whether it's in 1908 or 2010.

Prenter said...

This looks like a fantastic slope for sledging. And what a beautiful view!

Little Nell said...

I am full of admiration for your treatment of the first picture. It reminded me immediately of Breughels' painting 'Hunters in the Snow'. The 1908 blizzard pic is a gem.

Kathy Morales said...

Very nice! You've done a great job turning the first one sepia.

Kathy Morales said...

Very nice! You've done a great job turning the first one sepia.

Chairman Bill said...

The first image reminds me of Pieter Bruegel scene - the Elder, naturally.

Tina´s PicStory said...

most i like the second pic! :)

Wendy said...

The buildings in the 2nd picture look so beautiful against the snow.

TICKLEBEAR said...

Winter is timeless!!
:)~
HUGZ

Tattered and Lost said...

That first shot is really lovely. Makes me think of Breugel's Hunters in the Snow painting.