Sepia Saturday 243 – The Beach


August 29, 2014 by auntkatefirmin

The American Kate was fortunate to have a little place in Carmel, California, where she could retire after her library career. When her brother also retired, he and his wife joined her and lived next door in “the little white house.”

The "little white house" in Carmel, California (date unknown).

The “little white house” in Carmel, California (date unknown).

I loved visiting Carmel, Aunt Kate, and my grandparents in the little white house. The house was a few blocks from the beach but if you stood in just the right spot on the settle in one corner you could see the ocean.

Alfred Fouracre Firmin and his wife Wilhelmina; otherwise know as Fred and Minnie in 1948.

Alfred Fouracre Firmin and his wife Wilhelmina; otherwise know as Fred and Minnie in 1948.

That far south of Carmel’s business center was very quiet in the early years.  I can’t be certain but I strongly suspect that Fred and Minnie are standing on what would shortly become the site of a house by Frank Lloyd Wright (featured in the 1959 movie A Summer Place).

Lots of kelp used to wash up on the beach in front of the house and the smell could be pretty strong – but I still loved it!

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12 thoughts on “Sepia Saturday 243 – The Beach

  1. genepenn says:

    The little white house looks to be a lovely retreat. Our young family have a similar cottage here in Australia, by the beach, where they do not need a car for days on end, and they escape there whenever possible..

  2. jofeath says:

    Great photos! interesting that you mention the smell, considering the meaning of the name Coogee, the beach in the prompt picture, is ‘smelly place’, because of the seaweed.

  3. La Nightingail says:

    Carmel, Monterey, Pacific Grove – all lovely places and each with much to offer. The only real drawback is the summer fog. But it usually lifts by afternoon leaving a glorious view of the ocean.

  4. boundforoz says:

    Such formal dress for down on the beach. I love the little white house.

  5. Lorraine says:

    The little white house is very cute. Does it still exist?

  6. postcardy says:

    That was a lovely place to retire, and I would have enjoyed visiting there too.

  7. Sharon says:

    We lived close to the beach and it was great after a storm, searching the beach and rock pools to see what had washed up.

  8. jmcguin7 says:

    Great photo to have. People did get dressed up for most occasions back then.

  9. Karen S. says:

    What a lovely story, and wonderful memories for you, and beautiful photos to compliment it!

  10. Little Nell says:

    How lovely to have the siblings next door to each other and the little white house is charming.

  11. Wendy says:

    I’d love to see more of that house — it looks full of character.

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