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Pastel Beach Huts

November 18, 2009

Living in England has forced me to appreciate beaches out of season…in fact I don’t like beaches here in the summer because they are usually packed, and yet the water is still too cold! Nowadays I’ll take a good old gray beach on a winter or autumnal morning anyday. Last weekend we were visiting family out of town, and went for a brisk stroll along the beach on Mersea Island. I’d never been there before despite its close proximity to Colchester (where I lived for 2 years), and was excited to see the beach was lined with these fabulously quaint pastel beach huts which are perfectly maintained. David’s Uncle owns one (it’s pink!) and was there to show us the full benefits of having a little room on the beach, with a hot steaming cup of tea.

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  1. November 18, 2009 12:40 pm

    Wow. What a collection of lovely beach huts. Great photos and I like the idea of this post.

  2. November 18, 2009 1:21 pm

    I’m with you–beaches off-season without the crowds are the best.

  3. Tim Norgay permalink
    November 18, 2009 2:49 pm

    Fantastic images. You definately have an eye for light and composition. Did you ever consider generating income from your photography? Read article Integrated Approach on I think

    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Pretty Project permalink
    November 18, 2009 3:07 pm

    BEAUTIFUL pics. I also love the little huts themselves! 🙂

  5. November 18, 2009 3:23 pm

    Really lovely, quieting photos. I remember being in Blackpool, years ago, on business. Not exactly a chic spot. Nonetheless, the boardwalk (for all its rambunctious carnival atmosphere) still gave me the sense of calm from the beach and waters, as well as the hustle-bustle of life, from the amusements and arcades alongside. Thanks for touching on this memory.

  6. November 18, 2009 3:26 pm

    Beautiful and quaint – full of silent stories.

  7. 0205megank permalink
    November 18, 2009 4:33 pm

    nice colurs. they go together very well 🙂

  8. November 18, 2009 4:36 pm

    Fantastic images. You definately have an eye for light and composition. Did you ever consider generating income from your photography? Read article Integrated Approach on I think for sharing.

  9. November 18, 2009 4:41 pm

    Im with youbeaches off-season without the crowds are the best.

  10. Frances Bean permalink
    November 18, 2009 4:53 pm

    This reminds me of the cabana my grandmother used to own in Rockaway Beach, here in the states.

  11. November 18, 2009 5:00 pm

    I noticed a tighter crop of your image on the Freshly Pressed wordpress page. Those shots are amazing. The repetitiveness and seemingly infinite progression of huts really draws me to the pictures. Awesome job!

  12. November 18, 2009 5:13 pm

    Fantastic photos!!! Great shot! Two thumbs up says me.

  13. November 18, 2009 5:37 pm

    The dogs are banned in the summer, and there is nothing better than taking the dogs for a walk on an english winters day

  14. SallyK permalink
    November 18, 2009 5:49 pm

    I rarely go to the beach here in the summer, but I have lots of photos of Lake Erie in the winter. Your photos are lovely, thanks for sharing. North Coast Muse @

  15. November 18, 2009 5:52 pm

    Greetings from Ocean City, Maryland, USA. You are so right! I live here year-round and love the peacefulness of the offseason. Those pastel beach huts are wonderful. A triumph of simplicity!

  16. Karen permalink
    November 18, 2009 6:55 pm

    I agree, winter on the beach is the best! Oregon has fabulous storms, eventful beachcoming, refreshing weather. No pastel beach huts, but some vintage cabins for sure

    • Pillar Box Post permalink*
      November 19, 2009 8:52 pm

      I’ve never been to Oregon, but it’s on my to do list as it seems like so many creative people live there…must be something in the water–or the vintage cabins!

  17. November 18, 2009 7:45 pm

    That’s amazing! I really like the colour of the huts., and seems there are sooooo much of them along the coast.

  18. adiblogger permalink
    November 18, 2009 9:05 pm

    is there a website or any other way to book such little huts?

    • Pillar Box Post permalink*
      November 19, 2009 9:09 pm

      I had a good search around and it doesn’t seem like they are for rental, just for owning sadly (or happily if you are the person owning one!) You can check out this website for the island which has local news

      I’ve seen little huts around various parts of the English coastline, and I’m sure somewhere they are for rental…but having said that the mersea island ones are the most well manicured and prettily coloured I think I’ve seen.

  19. November 18, 2009 9:45 pm

    I LOVE these photos! Beautiful job. I had no idea little beach huts even existed in today’s modern world. How fun that a person can even own their own. Also, congrats for being featured on the WP homepage.

    • Pillar Box Post permalink*
      November 19, 2009 9:10 pm

      I think it’s a lovely little treat for the modern world, like a wendy house all grown up!

  20. November 18, 2009 9:51 pm

    These pictures are amazing. I love the color and the way they are all lined up so closely. Picturesque.

  21. Cathy permalink
    November 18, 2009 11:33 pm

    I’ve been at beaches during the winter in various places. Northern and Southern California, Cape Cod, the Devon coast, the San Francisco Bay area. It’s the best time of year for beaches. Quiet. Busy birds and gulls. Rough tides.

  22. November 19, 2009 1:24 am

    pleasing colours.. can imagine strolling down the beach with the wind in my hair and the crunch of shingle beneath my feet..

    • Pillar Box Post permalink*
      November 19, 2009 11:12 pm

      Am I seeing things… Or is your icon my cuppa tea?! How lovely!

  23. ektachrome permalink
    November 19, 2009 1:40 am

    Amazing — the colors remind me of the beach houses near my home in Seaside, Florida, USA.

    Beautiful – thanks for the pic.

  24. November 19, 2009 1:54 am

    Wonderful shots. Love the color, love the angles, love the sky.

  25. November 19, 2009 2:39 am

    How cute are these? I want one for my own! Thanks for the great photos and the little story about the huts. I love England and am thrilled to discover something wonderful and new about it.

    • Pillar Box Post permalink*
      November 19, 2009 9:11 pm

      Do you live in England, or have you visited? I’m glad to hear others appreciate it for the great place it truly is (despite what the news has you believe!)

      • November 20, 2009 1:42 am

        I live in the wild western town of Taos, New Mexico (after having spent 30 years in Los Angeles). But I have visited England numerous times and was an Anglophile from childhood, when I used to cut out pictures of Big Ben and bobbies and such and paste them in a scrapbook. The first time I went to London (in the ’80s) I came into Victoria Station from the airport, and sat on my suitcase and cried because I couldn’t believe I was finally there. And, I’m sure not coincidentally, I’ve had a number of British boyfriends.

        Anyway, I also appreciated your post because it is true that beach towns in the off-season can be beautiful and haunting and peaceful. The last ten years I was in L.A. I lived in Venice, five blocks from the beach. I loved taking walks down there when the tourists were all gone. Your photos of the little huts wonderfully capture that lovely feeling of an empty beachside.

  26. Sophite permalink
    November 19, 2009 2:57 am

    Just like a storybook. Perfect photo shoot material! 🙂

  27. November 19, 2009 3:59 am

    oh how lovely!

  28. November 19, 2009 4:00 am

    …reminds me of December Boys

  29. November 19, 2009 4:57 am

    very beautiful and creative

  30. linhnay permalink
    November 19, 2009 5:01 am

    sooo pretty!
    they look like little sheds though

    • Pillar Box Post permalink*
      November 19, 2009 9:11 pm

      Yep, they are glorified sheds…this is true. In fact you could go down to B& Q or Lowes and buy a regular garden shed and paint it pastel and there you go…but getting about 99 lined up is probably more dramatic. Is your yard that big?

  31. November 19, 2009 9:38 am

    a very good take!

  32. November 19, 2009 10:30 am

    Very pretty

  33. sunshinelollipop permalink
    November 19, 2009 11:07 am

    nice pictures. I think beach huts are interesting to picture to, with a line of them in all different colours and with all different names but I like these as I have never seen such a long row with them all being pastel coloured.

    • Pillar Box Post permalink*
      November 19, 2009 9:12 pm

      I think my favorite thing about getting a beach hut would be naming it…what would you name yours?

      • sunshinelollipop permalink
        November 20, 2009 10:52 am

        ermm thats a hard one!! something nice and fun. Maybe ‘Sunshine’, would go with my blog name lol. what would you name yours? I’ll have to have a think of some more ideas..

  34. Lindsey permalink
    November 19, 2009 12:21 pm

    I love the first photo there! The composition and the colors pop nicely! Wonderful!

  35. November 19, 2009 12:57 pm

    Utterly otherworldly. Splash in some more theatrical hues and maybe an out-of-place cactus or magnolia tree and you’d have Tarsem Singh’s next dreamscape.

  36. warlock6 permalink
    November 19, 2009 2:01 pm

    they look like candies. Lol1 or like Barbi’s houses. interesting idea indeed. such an impression taht you live in a cartoon.

  37. deky permalink
    November 19, 2009 2:17 pm

    Bad idea. Next 20 years it will be dangerous thing for habit of animal suround the beach.

  38. November 19, 2009 2:54 pm

    you’ve got some really good pictures.

    i got a photography blog, check it

  39. November 19, 2009 2:58 pm

    relaxing. thanks for this beautiful post and wonderful photography. appropriate for today’s rainy charlottesville day.

  40. Pillar Box Post permalink*
    November 19, 2009 8:49 pm

    Sorry for the mass reply but otherwise it’ll never get done! Thank you all very much for your generous compliments! I really appreciate it and hope that a few (or all of you) will visit again!


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