Eleanor Gairdner on Holiday in Ayrshire
Eleanor celebrating her sixteenth birthday in August 1924 by standing on a rock in the sea on the Ayshire coast. The rock could be in the sea near to Danure Castle.
This image was selected from the Gairdner family album and is a mirror of the original.
Summer holidays were memorable because my mother’s birthday was always celebrated as a family occasion, and especially relished if their Church Mission Society parents, working in Cairo, were both there.
The holiday on the Ayrshire coast included a picnic at Danure; climbing the Castle; and bathing at the Heads of Ayr and at Danure and making Stirling Castle out of Sand
The photos catch the spirit of a happy outdoor holiday with both parents , their father bathing with his children, sitting on the rocks with them.
The photo of Eleanor standing on a rock with swirling seas and rugged rocks behind conjures up a world of a wild ocean coast.
This page is part of Coastal Knowledge, an online exhibition mapping some of the amazing places on the coast of Scotland. It includes pictures, memories, artworks, stories and videos submitted by a variety of people including scientists, artists, coastal dwellers, tourists, and community organisations. We want to share the beauty of the Scottish coast, but also its vital role in the day-to-day lives of people in Scotland- for example, its many industrial roles.
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