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Auntie Dolls Shells

posted 17 Mar 2016, 03:38 by Maria Langford

My Great Aunt, who died a few years ago, was quite an amazing person ...


... In 1953 she traveled alone to Australia for 18 months ... a trip of a life time ... it took 4 weeks by ship. While she was there, although visiting family that lived there, she was still incredibly homesick. While walking along the beach crying she found a shell ... then another ... this began her collection and love of shells.

At one point she had more than the Natural History Museum! She used to do exhibitions and raise money for charity.

She had a great love of art too and painted some of her collection in a book.


I just wanted to share some of them with you!

wholesale leaflet

posted 3 Apr 2013, 16:53 by Maria Langford   [ updated 3 Apr 2013, 16:53 ]

Over the past few weeks I have been working on updating my wholesale leaflet and I think it is now pretty much ready to rock-and-roll!!!
I am really pleased with it and the price list and order form too )


If you are interested in stocking Bygone Beach Days goodies, then please just contact me for a leaflet!

FREE - Door Hanger with every order!

posted 13 Mar 2013, 14:17 by Maria Langford   [ updated 13 Mar 2013, 14:17 ]

I am starting to list a few bits again in my Folksy shop ... and I am offering a FREE door hanger with every order (1 per order) while stocks last.


All 8 designs are available, and one will be sent at random, unless you specify if you have a preference :) They measure 9cm x 10cm.


Please pop by my shop in the next few weeks and I will be including this offer with my other shops too, once I start re-stocking them.

Vintage Calendar

posted 13 Mar 2013, 13:40 by Maria Langford   [ updated 19 Feb 2016, 02:02 ]

I was in W.H. Smiths the other day ... looking at diaries ... and I spotted this lovely calendar ... Vintage Railway Posters


It made me think about what lovely art work was around in the 1920's and 30's ... it really makes going on holiday to an English seaside look idyllic :)


Have you ever been to Bridlington? I haven't ... yet ... but it look very clean and the sun shines there!


How great are these swimming costume great ... I bet that they went very saggy when it got wet!


and a day at the beach is not complete without building a sandcastle while being watched by a random man walking down the beach with a lovely yellow towel.


I think I need a holiday!

An Idea ....

posted 27 Sep 2011, 10:41 by Maria Langford   [ updated 13 Mar 2013, 13:23 ]

I have had an idea, its something I have done before, years ago, when Bygone Beach Days was At The Beach Collection. Its to make these beautiful paintings into a calendar ... the only problem I have is that there are 8 designs and 12 months in a year! .... I think I have a solution so watch this space :)
Maria x

Welcome To Bygone Beach Days New Site

posted 15 Sep 2011, 07:09 by Maria Langford   [ updated 13 Mar 2013, 13:29 ]

hello and welcome to Bygone Beach Days new website ... I would just like to say how great I think the google apps program/system thing is ... I would recommend it to anyone!
These beautiful watercolours were painted in the 1920's by my Great Grandfather Joseph W. Fletcher R.B.A. Each scene has captured the essence and beauty of the South Coast of England, giving an authentic flavour of life in the early 20th Century and they manage to convey the innocent joy experienced by children at the beach that remains constant throughout the ages.
The children in 'Paddling' include my Grandmother and her little sister.

I am currently setting a shop so you can buy my Great Grandfathers beautiful paintings as greeting cards, prints and magnets, so watch this space.
I hope you enjoy following my blog like the memories that these beautiful pictures bring to mind.

Anyway I just wanted to say 'hi' and hope you will pop back soon
Maria x

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