Two in one here, both unfamiliar ways of describing something familiar.  Wood knots, if you live with them, do become known to you – I am getting to know those on our ceiling.  The feeling of your teeth to your tongue is so familiar that I had never even thought about it.

‘… the most familiar two hundred yards of the island, as known to me as the knots on the desk on which I write or the feeling of my teeth to my tongue.’

See also the quote rich mosaic review of this magnificent, entrancing book: a love letter to islands and a paean to the sea. 


Source: Adam Nicolson, Sea Room: An Island Life (London: Harper Collins, 2013 (2002)), p. 63

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