Having a poetic love of the sea and a practical fear of it, the presence and faithfulness of land resonates. Even when I have loved being at sea, on calm bright days, I always feel a primal relief when I touch ‘solid’ ground.
‘An island is loyal in a way that a boat can never be. A boat can go wrong, the gear can fail. The sheer solid stillness of the islands is not like that. An island is a presence, not a motion, and there is faithfulness in rocks.’
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Source: Adam Nicolson, Sea Room: An Island Life (London: Harper Collins, 2013 (2002)), p. 26
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