Monthly Archives: July 2011

All At Sea; A Place to Call Home

 
 

 

This post comes with a philosophical warning label.

Writing about my adventures on the water motivates me to get my children outdoors as much as possible and develop (hopefully) the same love for the briny that I have. In his book Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv talks about how fundamental is the human need for a sense of and connection to place. Indoors alone we can’t arrive at this sense of belonging. We need to get outside and connect our senses beyond sight to encompass the other four. I realise how true this is when I return to where I grew up and the smell of the damp soil and oak trees is suddenly palpably different in comparison to eucaplypt bushland in a way that I wouldn’t have recognised as a child. Perhaps thats just a consequence of travel and not age? I don’t know. A sense of place has been on my mind a lot lately. Recent upheaval in my family home has made more urgent my desire to put down roots and create a home and a sense of place for my children. At times lately I have felt like running away to sea (or at least the non-mother part of me has). Why do people run away to sea? The sea is a constant. Yes, there are tropical seas, icy southern seas and everything inbetween, but they are all salty, changeable, calming, comforting, stormy and menacing all at the same time. The way a boat harnesses the wind is the same wherever you are on the ocean. The wind blows from all the angles of the compass (and there are always 360). Going to sea is one of the last refuges from modern life. Stress is pointless unless it is urging you to put a reef in. Once you’re out of sight of land, whatever troubles plague you there is no point worrying while you’re at sea. A well equipped ship on a well planned voyage has all your basic needs met.

The sailing community has always been a global village. People talk about common interests binding people together but I do believe that the universal bond shared by sailors and seafarers stands alone. When I’m at sea or amongst these people I am in a happy place. This is why I’ll teach my kids to sail and encourage a love of the sea, because wherever they are in the world, if they are near the sea, then they’ll never be far from home.

 

 
 
 
 
 
Do you agree or am I off with the sea fairies? :)

This Moment: Two Brace of Mermaids

{this moment}: A Friday photo tradition with Soulemama. One moment from this week, one that you want to hang onto and not forget. No words. And if you’re a blogger playing along, please leave your link!

Gingerbread mermaids..and a few starfish

 Have a great weekend one and all :)

Skating on Thin Ice…

I always wanted to ice skate as a child but living in temperate Cornwall, “warmed” by the Gulf Stream, we occasionally got a frozen puddle on which to slide but never anything expansive enough for an impersonation of Torville and Dean. So it’s quite ironic that my first outdoor iceskating experiences have been in Australia. Beside the sea.  I left it until the last minute this year to head down to the Winter Festival in Bondi, so of course it was not the bright, sunny, photographic day I was hoping for. But whatever the weather I can’t resist the chance to soak up a bit of midwinter charm. Unless I get to Thredbo it really doesn’t feel like winter for long here, if at all.  As always, my skating skills weren’t as good as I remembered from last year, but we got round and had a bit of fun. Followed by some “apres skate”. Yearnings satisfied.

I’ve been experimenting with a new gallery plugin for displaying my photos. It doesnt seem to show a title so if you want these, just hover your mouse over the photo. You can also view as an image browser or a slideshow. Let me know what you think! Did anyone else get their skates on down to Bondi?

Have a great weekend everyone and a Merry Christmas in July to everyone in the Southern Hemisphere…mince pies and sherry on the menu over here :)

 

This Moment

{this moment}: A Friday photo tradition with Soulemama. One moment from this week, one that you want to hang onto and not forget. No words. And if you’re a blogger playing along, please leave your link!

Skater Spectator

This chap was mostly gazing out to sea, past the ice rink below where his owner was having a skate. Not impressed.

My Creative Space: Boat Shed in the ‘Burbs

At the bottom of our garden is a small tin shed…which is now my new creative space….

Boat Shed in the 'Burbs

Its a bit British Antarctic expedition hut meets shed on the wharf. It used to look like this…..

In need of some paint

Its been a long time in the making and is my new Mummy hidey hole for blogging and making stuff. The skiff sails are still in the roof and there are two more walls to paint but having a whole desk to myself after years of sharing the dining room table is absolute heaven. On sunny weekend afternoons you might find me in here with my three year old virtual assistant (who has moved into the desk next door), drinking tea, dreaming up my latest hairbrain idea and generally pottering. Who said sheds were secret mens business?

Its a bit chilly in there right now but as the weather warms and I find a few spare hours…. I’m hoping to spend some more time in there making these…..

Card table

 

Images inspired by a year on the water...

Which I’m a bit proud to say have made it into the odd shop lately…

Adore Living Display

I love seeing where people do their pottering, bloggers, artists, shed lovers, whatever. Where do you do yours?

 

 

 

This Moment

{this moment}: A Friday photo tradition with Soulemama. One moment from this week, one that you want to hang onto and not forget. No words. And if you’re a blogger playing along, please leave your link!

Godrevy Light, Cornwall

I was sent this lovely photo postcard this week from a dear friend in sunny Cornwall. Her photo, her moment, but shared with me it brought back memories of many happy moments of my own. Have a great weekend one and all.

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