BEACH NOTES is my first blog and I’m Ria Booth.
I live close to the sea in Auckland, New Zealand, (Tamaki Makaurau, Aotearoa). Sheltered by the Hauraki Gulf, our beaches still have ancient pohutukawa trees stretching to the water’s edge, scattering crimson flowers on the sand in summer, with bays not yet disfigured by knife-edged skyscrapers. My children and grandchildren were born here before any tall structures were built, and learned to swim and sail in the sea.
I enjoy music, play a bit on guitar and piano, splash around with water based paints and inks, grow herbs and citrus trees, and cook – sometimes good enough to eat, sometimes not, turning to books and TV chefs for inspiration.
Born in London, I was a London ‘evacuee’ in the second World War, living in a Hertfordshire village, High Wych, for three years. (I was Pat Willis then – Ria is from Patricia, Booth from marriage). I’ve written a short account of that time, Pied Piper Child, published in 2018 by Kevin Booth of Poble Sec Publishing, a Barcelona based publisher.
Writing and photos seem a good way of staying in touch with family, friends, and people who have shared interests. My photos are taken on my phone or a pocket-handy camera. In earlier days I used 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. A camera or phone in my pocket is ideal for me.
I hope to leave a beautiful planet, clear, clean water and nourishing food for our children so they can have wonderful and varied places to live, learn and use their precious imaginations.