The theme at "Take a Word" challenge this week is "Memories".
The theme at "Mix it Monthly" challenge this month is to take the colours blue, sand and violet, some wood and a bird to make a picture connected to the beach and sea.
Also linking to "Artists in Blogland" for "Show and Tell Saturday".
Happily these themes coincided both thematically and artistically.
In the 1950's, not many people in our area had a car. My father loved to buy a (very) old banger in the autumn and spend all winter playing with it, so we could go to the seaside in the summer in his "new" car.
When we arrived at the seaside, we drove straight on to the beach, because that's what everyone did, and there was a straight line of cars parked along the sand.
Of course we took our pet octopus, who travelled on the roof-rack, to have a little swim in the sea. He was actually a quintopus as he only had five arms.
And naturally our pet eagle came too, flying above the car all the way.
Pet eagles are a different colour from wild eagles.
And so we all arrived safely at the beach. The boat is a wooden "Seiner" which can sometimes be seen at the fishing village of Pittenweem on the East Coast of Fife in Scotland.
The palm tree may be a summer visitor.
Yes, we usually arrived safely. Going back home was occasionally a different story when the "new" car got a little tired and had to be mended by any means possible including, once, the silver paper from my chocolate bar.
And even now, many years later, I am still mildly surprised when we go on a journey and actually come back with no breaking-down incidents.