SWIMMING : WATER : STANDING AROUND : HANGING AROUND
Growing up living near the river on a farm, there is lots of space and plenty to do:-
A child could make cubbies and get dirty and nobody minded so long as you stayed outside and out from under feet. Together with the cousins, you could build huge cubby houses out of the debris left behind after the land clearing.
|Photographer unknown, building a cubby hut on Uncle Norm’s farm, circa 1939, Brucknell Victoria Australia Myrtle Sharp's Private Photo Collection currently held by Sandra Williamson [b067] From the left – Warwick Todman, Jeff Carter & Judith Todman.|
Or destroy cubbies ... never a dull moment.
On hot days there was nothing better than spending the afternoon at the nearest water hole, for Judy and Warwick that involved swimming in the nearby river.
|Photographer unknown, sitting on the banks of Curdies river; From the Left: - Judy Todman (2nd from the left), Warwick Todman (fourth from the left), with Norm Crump standing behind the children, circa 1939, near Brucknell Victoria Australia [b086]|
To keep the children safe a big thick rope was tied around each child’s waist in turn while they ventured into the deeper water. Judy remembers the rope being large, heavy and prickly.
Whether it was bridge building or swimming there was always much to do.
This post is part of SEPIA SATURDAY 406 : Saturday 17 February 2018