Natural blessings

Natural blessings

A comprehensive – though incomplete – list of nature’s beauty and diversity.  So much to celebrate … The manifold diversity of beauty in sky and earth and sea; the abundance of light, and its miraculous loveliness, in sun and moon and stars;...
Of leaping dolphins

Of leaping dolphins

I found this somehow touching, the way the parent dolphins don’t overstretch their offspring.  Also curious about the fact that the calves always stayed on the right side of the mother and in seeking a photo, it struck me that this appears to be a calf …...
Sand bars like snow drifts

Sand bars like snow drifts

A magical description of ephemeral islands rising and sinking with time and tide.  From Maxwell’s fine account of time spent on a Scottish island, anything but ephemeral. Sand bars as white as snow-drifts and jewelled with bright shells rise between the islands...
Intoxicating Ithaca

Intoxicating Ithaca

Golding took several decades to realize his dream of visiting Ithaca, and a few months to make his own odyssean journey there by way of Troy.  Many of his descriptions of this and other Greek islands are intoxicating in their brightness and warmth, particularly as one...
A maritime spectrum

A maritime spectrum

A wonderful array of colours washing in and out of each other with the sea soughing the shore.  It would have taken a sharp eye to spot this spectrum of subtle hues.  Have you ever studied the sky and actually tried to name the range of colours it can present? The...
I don’t know when I have felt so happy

I don’t know when I have felt so happy

Those spectacular occasions when it all conspires in your favour, when the people, the place and the moment are perfect. And those ‘black, liquid, effortless birds’!  The boat, too, ‘horse-like in her strength’.Send me descriptions of such...
How simple and frugal

How simple and frugal

A ringingly simple statement about happiness needing few props in the right place with the right person. A happy moment between Zorba and his friend and occasional boss. Feel free to complete the sentence, ‘How simple and frugal a thing is...
The joys of this world

The joys of this world

Many indeed and I like the short list, but even more the loving depiction of cleaving to the sea and the islands in a gentle autumnal light. May your masts spring branches and fruits, but not before you are safely in harbour. “Many are the joys of this world – women,...
A confluence of colours

A confluence of colours

What is your idea, experience or dream of a timeless afternoon? A timeless afternoon is in a bottle of rosé on a table by the beach. I picture walking towards a low table in the middle of yellow fine sand, a light breeze in my hair, the ocean waves washing softly onto...
While the breaking waves…

While the breaking waves…

What is your idea, experience or dream of a timeless afternoon? A timeless afternoon is walking on a sunny day by the beach listening to the sea and the seagulls while the breaking waves kiss your feet. Source: Luiz Photo credit: Zack Minor at unsplash.com  ...

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