In previous years on holidays I have taken a lot of photos of our children jumping and diving into the pool, performing various comedy falls into the pool, synchronised swimming routines, and balancing piles of inflatables and trying to climb on top.
This year, there was a lot more serious swimming going on. Perhaps because they are reaching an age where they see the benefits of exercise. Perhaps because the pool wasn’t deep enough to dive into, and there weren’t so many inflatables.
I love the sound of children messing about in a pool. It is one of my favourite sounds. I don’t really like swimming myself. Last year I managed to string a couple of days together where I might have swum twenty lengths. This year I barely managed two.
Most of my poolside activity involved reading, and enjoying the sounds coming from the children.
As you can see, I didn’t really move from my sun-lounger! These photos are all taken from the same reclined position. But they do capture the feel of the poolside from my perspective.
The shimmery, wavy light from the pool. The sound of a big breath being taken, and then silence.
That lovely hot smell of cotton and beach-towel that has been baking in the sun, with a touch of sun-cream and pool water.
Abandoned flip-flops, fading from being constantly slipped on and off. Their rubbery smell, and their squeak.
Gasps and barely-heard snatches of conversations as the children come up for air.
Holiday reading, with perhaps a few crinkled pages where a child has dripped.
And when you’ve screwed your eyes up too much to read in the sunlight, looking out across the pool into the garden beyond, and the blue blue sky.
Maybe the pool is just calling for a little dip.
Will I look back on these photos in the depths of winter and feel a little of the sunshine and warmth?
It is so hard to imagine weather that is different from that we are experiencing right now. Perhaps a reminder of the specific sights, smells and sounds will take me right back?
What are your favourite sights, smells and sounds from holidays?
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