Skull-like blankness

Skull-like blankness

A blindingly white description of a sun-parched landscape. Elsewhere Leigh Fermor conjures another type of blankness, that of a face, by describing it as tundra-blank. Seeing ‘blankness’ repeated in this post, I conclude it is onomatopoeic, which is a good...
Ebbs and flows of the soul

Ebbs and flows of the soul

A journal as a beach gathering shells, seaweed and pearls washed up by the soul in the course of a day. ‘Let the daily tide leave some deposit on these pages, as it leaves sand and shells on the shore. So much increase of terra firma. This may be a calendar of...
Barnacle-encrusted boulders

Barnacle-encrusted boulders

The clingon power of the barnacle is astonishing, as anyone who ever tried to prise them off the rocks in childhood acts of discovery will know.  My memory of summer holidays by the English sea, or day trips to the seaside, includes endless coasts of weed-slithered...
Weed-slithered rocks

Weed-slithered rocks

This evokes a few childhood seaside holidays in England, hopping over seaweed-slippery rocks, to play and paddle in rock pools.  One such holiday was in a caravan near Hunstanton with our grandparents.  I don’t remember seeing much of the sun, but I was happy to...
The sea wants to be visited

The sea wants to be visited

A memorable Gaelic proverb, ‘dh’iarr am muir a thadhal’, given that the sea is sometimes welcoming and at other times rebuffing.   Source: Adam Nicolson, Sea Room: An Island Life (London: Harper Collins, 2013 (2002)), p. 46 Photo credit:...
Crossing the long-haired sea

Crossing the long-haired sea

This poem by the seventh century Irish poet-monk Beccán mac Luigdech captures the ruggedness and exhilaration of crossing rampant seas in small boats to create new settlements or monasteries.  I love the ‘long-haired sea’ and its portrayal as ‘wild...
Sea-battered island

Sea-battered island

A perfect spot for a hermit, even more so in the seventh century. ‘… a hermit living on a sea-battered island in the Hebrides in the seventh century.’   Source: Adam Nicolson, Sea Room: An Island Life (London: Harper Collins, 2013 (2002)), p....
Dredger-bucket mouth

Dredger-bucket mouth

You can see this gaping maw hoovering up all in its path. ‘Its dredger-bucket mouth agape for the food-rich water streaming through it…’   Source: Adam Nicolson, Sea Room: An Island Life (London: Harper Collins, 2013 (2002)), p....
Food-rich water

Food-rich water

Here’s to hoping the future will see the ocean still full of food-rich water. ‘Its dredger-bucket mouth agape for the food-rich water streaming through it…’   Source: Adam Nicolson, Sea Room: An Island Life (London: Harper Collins, 2013...

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