THE FAMILY HOLIDAY

Away from prying lenses

I left my West Australian shore one more time this year...
I left my West Australian shore one more time this year...
heading towards the sun to the exotic Eastern part of the world
heading towards the sun to the exotic Eastern part of the world
I met Fred, his wife and Olivia in one of the Bangkok's beautiful parks under the heavily scented tree...
I met Fred, his wife and Olivia in one of the Bangkok's beautiful parks under the heavily scented tree...
While Fred has already started to admire the local beauties
While Fred has already started to admire the local beauties
his wife  found it difficult to breathe in crowded places...
his wife found it difficult to breathe in crowded places...
overhelmed by coulours, noise, smell and heat...
overhelmed by coulours, noise, smell and heat...
Olivia took my hand excitedly so eager to see and explore the far away places...
Olivia took my hand excitedly so eager to see and explore the far away places...
She has already found a friend in a hotel to muck around...
She has already found a friend in a hotel to muck around...
when mum called on her to put the shoes on and settle down, we are all going to visit a Buddhist temple...I invited them to see the ordinary families....
when mum called on her to put the shoes on and settle down, we are all going to visit a Buddhist temple...I invited them to see the ordinary families....
We were waiting in a queue to go into a temple, nto a qeue of tourists but mostly of the Buddhist faithful...
We were waiting in a queue to go into a temple, nto a qeue of tourists but mostly of the Buddhist faithful...
there to make their prayers and practise their beliefs in private, with just us mingled in.
there to make their prayers and practise their beliefs in private, with just us mingled in.
Among the hundreds of them was a mother and a little girl. She was very pretty.
Among the hundreds of them was a mother and a little girl. She was very pretty.
Fred, two big digital SLR cameras hung around his neck came up close to the little girl and started photographing her.
Fred, two big digital SLR cameras hung around his neck came up close to the little girl and started photographing her.
Her mother waved her hand at him, politely, signalling "no", the girl looked away.
Her mother waved her hand at him, politely, signalling "no", the girl looked away.
He ignored this and carried on, the little girl trying to bury her face in the crook of her mother's arm.
He ignored this and carried on, the little girl trying to bury her face in the crook of her mother's arm.
Fred reached forward, took her under the chin and turned her to look out again, at him. At which the mother covered her daughter's face.
Fred reached forward, took her under the chin and turned her to look out again, at him. At which the mother covered her daughter's face.
Fred pulled the mother's hand out of the way and tried to carry on. His wife took another camera and joined him.
Fred pulled the mother's hand out of the way and tried to carry on. His wife took another camera and joined him.
Suddenly I couldn't stand it any more and hid them behind my back. Olivia followed me and took the little girl by her hand.
Suddenly I couldn't stand it any more and hid them behind my back. Olivia followed me and took the little girl by her hand.
Fred and his wife turned away dissapointed: "We just wanted to take a picture, what's wrong with that?"
Fred and his wife turned away dissapointed: "We just wanted to take a picture, what's wrong with that?"

Photography can be intrusive

are we acutely aware of this?

While spending our hard earn money

to enjoy the sea and the sun

of far away exotic lands.




"It is so good to be home,"

I sqeezed the leathery hand

of my sea-faring uncle,

over 60 years old captain Tom.

He eased his 33 m

350-tonne vessel from the wharf

and we watched from his cabin

a big crowd waving

to the passengers on board.




As we headed from the harbour

at Makarska

leaving

the bustling popular tourist town

dwarfed by the mighty Biokovo mountains

behind

Tom smiled broadly at me:

"Do you remember our fishing trip together

when you have been seven or eight

coming to spend with us your summer holiday?"




"Of course, I do, my best times ever,

but no more fishing for you now,"

I laughed pointing around the decks

where relaxed passengers

were sipping the complementary drink of rakija.




"We still fish the open seas in winter,"

Tom winked at me:

"You don't have to plough the ocean,

You only have to take care of it

and it always give."




"But tourists give more,"

His son in law from Germany

entered the cabin and shook my hand:

"Welcome, I heard so much about you,

you are just like daughter to him,

so we are officially family,

Fred is my name."




Tom spent 20 years working in Germany

to raise capital to go into business

had paid off

His boat can take 280 passengers

on this day

there were 260 on board

on its return to harbour

it became a nightly seafood

restaurant

serving up many of the 10 species

caught in the winter

including squid and prawns.




It was party disco time,

the sparkling night

at the rear of the vessel

chefs busy grilling fish

its delicious smell drifting

over the dark waters

of pristine Adriatic.




"This was my idea,"

Fred proudly

lifted his glass of white wine,

"To Tom and his successful 2012 tourist year."




"One day it will be yours,"

Tom proudly lifted up

his five year old grandaughter Olivia

who joined us with her mother

for family dinner.




Suddenly someone waved at me

from the noisy and crowded tables

further at the deck.

My friend Lisa from Perth

ran to me and gave me a big hug:

"What are you doing here?"

I asked surprised.

"My hubby comes from Korcula,

didn't you know that island

is the spiritual home

of thousands of West Australians?"




She laughed and then turned to Tom,

"Do you mind, captain if I take a picture of you

and your beautiful girl?"

Tom stood up proudly

while Olivia snatched his captain's hat

and made a cute pose

but Fred rushed to Lisa

and took the camera from her hand:

"Hang on, this is my daughter

you want to take a picture of,

I don't even know you, what for?"




"Just for a keepsake to remember

this great boat and this holiday,"

Lisa suddently turned red

and backed off

full of appologies

when Fred handed the camera back,

"It's okey Lisa, we just prefer for tourists

to respect our privacy."




Tom patted my hand

when I came back from Lisa's table:

"Fred is a good bloke, just too German,

they are very proud of who they are,

do not take it personally."


When Dalmatian folk music

I have known from childhood

filled our ears

and brought Tom and me

to emotional tears

I hugged him tightly:

"I would love you to come

to visit me."




He smiled through his tears:

"Captains do not take holidays,

I just catch sleep on board

when I can,

but Olivia with her parents

go to Thailand in two weeks

maybe you could all meet there."




On my last day

Tom sailed very close

to parts of Brac

where the harsh,

rugged

rocky hilly

shoreline

reminded me of the place

where I live now.



"Many of them went to Australia as well,"

Tom said pointing at the crumbling buildings

among the small pockets

of fertile soils

created by moving rocks by hand.

I looked at the extremely difficult terrain

from which local people

for centuries

desperately tried to make a living.



"Do you remember when we helped

to build a stone cottage up there

for my brother, Ivan,

he is long dead, poor fellow,"

Tom suddently said

watching a man on a small boat

carrying the building material

the only access is still

only by sea.



I had tears in my eyes

when I said goodbye

to the captain of my heart

and the man

of old fashioned values

and integrity.



We pay so much

for the comfortable life we live in

we expect so much

and we are so ready

to take and take and take...

but how much

are we ready to give away?


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Bettyoverstreet10 3 years ago from Vacaville, Ca.

The photography is so beautiful! Thanks again for following my hubs!


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Beata Stasak 3 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, my dear fellow hubber for stopping by and all the best:) B


Mackyi 3 years ago

Thanks for sharing your sailing experience and those beautiful pictures.


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Beata Stasak 3 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thanks for stopping by, Mackyl and all the best:)


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mperrottet 3 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

Photography can be intrusive, and tourists should be aware of privacy issues when they photograph people. I can understand the Captain's point - not everyone wants pictures of their daughter perhaps being posted on the internet. Your photography as usual is superb. Voted up, interesting, beautiful and awesome.


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hawaiianodysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

Fantastic excerpt of your life with delightful photography. A literary and visual feast!


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flashmakeit 3 years ago from usa

Thanks for taking me on the boat journey through this written story and the photographs are simply beautiful.


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writinglover 3 years ago from Lost...In Poetry

This was amazing! I loved the pictures. They were so bright and colorful. Also, I think you're right about pictures being intrusive. I never really thought about that until I read this hub. I'll definitely be reading some more of your hubs! Later!


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

This was a fantastic journey. I loved it. Thank you. The pics were beautiful..


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Beata Stasak 3 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, my dear fellow hubbers, I rushed it as I had no time, so I am very grateful you excused my mistakes:) Happy that ' my little trip back in time and a boat full of memories' found a place in your heart:) B


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Kulsum Mehmood 3 years ago from Nagpur, India

Beautiful hub and very nice photography. Thanks for becoming my fan.


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Beata Stasak 3 years ago from Western Australia Author

thank you for accepting my friendship and thanks for your kind comment, all the best with hubbing and hope to hear from you again:)


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

The words and photos are beautiful.. I found one I want to paint so I am bookmarking. Thanks for sharing all this beauty.


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Beata Stasak 3 years ago from Western Australia Author

Very happy Carol that the 'scattered images in my mind' inspired you to create even more beauty, the world around us is such a magical place, we just need to open not only our eyes but 'our mind to it', but artists know how to do it...so I know you know how to do it too:) B


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Wehzo 3 years ago from Detroit, MI

Hi Bea ta Stasak,

Thank you for this wonderful hub, and the gracious insight into your world. I love the photos.

God bless you,


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wabash annie 3 years ago from Colorado Front Range

Thanks so much for sharing your experiences and the truly amazing pictures!!


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Beata Stasak 3 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you for taking your time to stop by on my newest hub and happy your time was not wasted, all the best with living,hubbing and commenting...looking forward to hear from you again:)


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DayLeeWriter 3 years ago from Georgia

Such a beautiful hub and photos!!! Really enjoyed the visit and I will be back SOON thanks for sharing!!!!!


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Suhail and my dog 3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

You have a great talent for photography and they look superb. Also, your writing style is very different and draws people like me to it. This is excellent work. I will be on your pages more frequently for both reading and enjoying creative photography.


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Beata Stasak 3 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, my fellow hubbers, happy you enjoyed 'the scattered images in my mind' as I call it, this is my creative outlet after work and I am happy it is also useful for so many 'like minded' hubbers:) Looking forward to hear from you again....see you soon in the magical hubland:)


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MermaidMoney 3 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

This is so poetic and wonderful! Snippets of life as it were. :) I love the photography too! Wow! Thank you for this sweet journey.


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Beata Stasak 3 years ago from Western Australia Author

There are few sweet journey we take in life so happy to share this one little opportunity with you:) All the best my fellow hubber...B


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Wehzo 3 years ago from Detroit, MI

Absolutely wonderful.

Thank you for sharing it.


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Beata Stasak 3 years ago from Western Australia Author

thank you, Wehzo, happy you enjoyed it:) It was good to have a travel companion for a little while...B


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Katharella 3 years ago from Lost in America

Beautiful! -Kat


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Beata Stasak 3 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you Kat, although lost in America I am so happy you have found the way to my hub:)


Adenilze 21 months ago

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Beata Stasak 21 months ago from Western Australia Author

Not the right one to ask this sort of question, sorry:)

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