My name is Ria Booth and this is my blog – Beach Notes.

I like to stay in touch with family, old friends, new friends, and people I’ve never met
who have shared interests. Writing and photos seem a good way of communicating, and blogging a way to do it.

I was born in London and was a London ‘evacuee’ in the second World War, living in a Hertfordshire village, High Wych, for three years. I’ve written a short account of that time, ‘Pied Piper Child’, published this week by Poble Sec, a Barcelona based publisher.

I live in Auckland, New Zealand now, close to the sea, and several beaches and parks bordering the Hauraki Gulf. Beaches anywhere are such inspirational places, open to every mood. My children and grandchildren were born here.

I play music – guitar and piano; splash around with water based paints and inks;
grow herbs and citrus trees, and cook – sometimes really well though sometimes badly burnt. I collect cookery books as a solace. I watch TV chefs in the hope I’ll learn something good and simple to offer family and friends.

My photos are mostly my own, taken on my trusty old 4S iPhone which is always with me when I need it. I did start out in the old days with an SLR and various lenses, but by the time I’d got the lot sorted the subject had fled or fallen asleep, or it had started to rain. An iPhone in my pocket is ideal for me.

I feel strongly that children learn best by using their precious imaginations, and that there should still be a beautiful planet, clear, clean water and good nourishing food for them as they grow and for their children too.