There was quite a bit of interest in the beach huts in my last post, so, here are a few more for your enjoyment. The beach huts are also known as boat sheds or bathing boxes. They are incredibly expensive to buy, probably as no more are allowed to be built. I like to walk along the beach, fantasizing about which one I would buy. Apparently when blocks of land were originally sold, many came with a beach hut as well, enabling you to protect your modesty whilst changing. The Shire of Mornington in 1896, appointed an Inspector of Nuisance (don’t you love that title?), who was appalled at the anti-social behaviour he viewed at the beach. Mixed bathing was not permitted and signs were erected to allocate separate male and female bathing sections.
Times have changed now, boats and other watercraft are stored in some, whilst others are decorated inside as beautifully as a home. I love how they express their owners different tastes in colour. Some are quite conservative and plain, or rustically simple, the boards left to weather naturally, whilst others dazzle with ice cream pastels or eye popping brights. I hope to use some of these colour combinations in my next paintings.