Wednesday, March 6, 2013

H is for Hastings...

H is for Hastings...
(Continuing my series on the Mornington Peninsula)

Hastings is a seaside town on Westernport Bay.
It is now a town in flux.
It used to be a fishing village, with this little shed by the pier well known for its sales of fresh fish.

Here is a view of the pier and shed with mangroves in the foreground.

These sands used to be crowded with pelicans, but now they seek "bluer waters."

Then came the era of the giants - Esso on Long Island and BlueScope Steel.
Recently, in January, BlueScope announced that 170 jobs were lost.
Many who live in Hastings work there.
(Noticeably, BlueScope was no longer a sponser of the annual Westernport Festival - celebrated two weeks ago.)

But the festival showed that the community spirit is strong.
I probably saw more people celebrating than I have seen in years.

Above, some of the crowds, after the street parade, wandering to the next attractions by the bay.

To keep on living
Is a healthy way to be
New joy could be near

And the parade on the Saturday was, as ever, magical.

Linking to:
ABC Wednesday Round 12 - H is for Hastings


Carver said...

Great shots of Hastings. The street parade looks like fun. Carver, ABC Wed. Team

Anonymous said...

Fantastic photography of a very pretty fishing village ~ ^_^

agnetha said...

Roligt att se bilder från ditt land. Tänk att de också passar så bra in i H-temat

Roger Owen Green said...

looks like a lovely town; sorry it's fallen on HARD timers
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

LOVE the ABC Wednesday meme. So glad you are participating this week. Great photos!

Ann said...

Hastings in New Zealand too.

Lea said...

Glad to see community spirit is still alive!
Have a great day!
Lea's Menagerie

Debra Mauldin said...

Beautiful area!

Carole M. said...

a nice colourful series Gemma; looks like they had good weather on the day for the parade


It's hard to hear of the struggles here, but how heartening that the town spirit continues...your pictures capture that well!

Beverley Baird said...

A lovely spot - lovely photos!

Chubskulit Rose said...

Nice, I wish I could buy fresh fish!

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Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

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