Darren Stones wrote:
Thanks for posting your photos of the Tathra Wharf and for commenting on my photograph.
Ozcloggie, you mention you attended the Bermagui Seaside Fair, and I was fortunate enough to attend this year. Had an absolute ball, and I have an article relating to this year’s fair in my RedBubble journal.
I was there, last year, with some friends, including a guest, from the Netherlands.
The theme of one of the highlights, the parade, seemed to be ‘seaside’.
I had not given my guest time to get over his jet-lag. Arrived in Sydney in the evening. He had a few hours sleep and early, the next morning, I drove him, down the coast to Bermagui.
Wasn’t long before he could see something, from the Netherlands!
Although barrel-organ music is still something very common in the streets of Holland, my guest was not all that impressed. A bit kitsch, he thought.
Camels are a bit less common there.
And bikes are very common, in the Netherlands but you don’t see many riders, like this. For that you have to travel around the world and down the coast, to Bermagui.
Possibly the body-language (The folded arms, the sceptical look) may tell the story. But, still, later before leaving, the three of us sang – uit volle borst, (at full volume) is the Dutch expression: “Daar bij die molen. Die mooie molen”. (There by the mill. The beautiful mill.) Or was it: Kleine Greetje, uit de polder ?
Well, one of those sentimental golden oldies, anyway.
During those first few days of my guest’s visit, he had a tendency to comment that they have these kind of fairs in Dutch cities and villages too.
I have no doubt about it. But they all have their individual atmosphere ( or, in Dutch: sfeer / gezelligheid = ambience)