Monday, 5 February 2018

Down to the sea


I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life.


To the gull's way and the whale's way where the wind is like a whetted knife;


  I must go down the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that can not be denied.







 And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover
And a quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick is over.



It's been another busy week and my head is full of facts and stories of the past from this place, as we learn more about the characters living and gone who have called this home, the feelings we have for this place deepen.

As I read again some of the lines of Sea Fever from John Masefield  (mentioned above) they almost reflect descriptions of the past week. The wind has been so bitingly cold and we have learnt more about rare visits from magnificent wildlife, excluding Tavi who seems to have a habit of appearing in so many of the pictures!

Wishing you a happy and healthy week.

Sarah x




25 comments:

  1. Love that poem and the photos are beautiful! The wind “like a whetted knife,” speaks to me too.

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  2. Sigh, so beautiful... Have a lovely week Sarah xo

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  3. Yes, I saw Tavi. I've been watching Broadchurch and getting a good look around the countryside. It is so beautiful.

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  4. We lived in Weymouth from March '98 to October '03, with my husband's job ( we were then moved to Taunton ) I loved it there and would love to live there again. The coast was soooo beautiful and we took every opportunity to explore it all over the years we lived there. One of my favourite views was coming over The Ridgeway ( from Dorchester ) and seeing the whole of Weymouth and Portland spread out below. I believe the Brown Route has since been finished and the road no longer goes over The Ridgeway :(

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    1. I have spent most of my life in Weymouth and only moved along the coast to West Bay in September 2015, so the majority of the posts pre-dating this are more Weymouth focused. I agree reaching the top of Ridgeway the view always welcomed you home .It is still a similar view until where the old road went under the railway bridge at Upwey. Sarah x

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  5. I have always loved that poem, and your gorgeous pictures do it justice!

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  6. Such a beautiful poem to go with your beautiful photos!

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  7. Beautiful shots and I've always loved that poem. Just lovely, Sarah!

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  8. Particularly fitting images to John Masefield's haunting Sea Fever. His words always to to mind whenever I am in a coastal spot. You would imagine that he grew up living close by the sea, but he actually never even saw the sea until he was an adult having grown up in Herefordshire.

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    1. I have a book about the Dorset Coast which includes a personal letter from John Masefield that mentions how he had many happy memories of Dorset,and although he had seen all the stretches of the Dorset coast he wishes he had explored it all. I didn't realise his childhood was land locked. Sarah x

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  9. We have had roadworks forever, but on Sunday we walked on the new broad and inviting pavement. With time to enjoy the view, the sea and the upmarket houses and their renovations.

    Thinking about the 'long trick'?

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  10. I remember learning and chanting that beautiful poem at school...in the middle of Africa! So it is extra special to see the landscape that goes so appropriately with the poem. I love the long beaches and the wide skies...enjoy, despite those nasty winds at the moment.

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  11. A wonderful poem that I wrote about a couple of weeks ago, too. The sea is most alluring. Beautiful photos.

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  12. Love the poem and the pictures...so dreamy...
    Have a great day! Here in Sweden we have snow and its really cold.
    Hug from Titti

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  13. Gorgeous photos and gorgeous words (and gorgeous Tavi!).

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  14. Love that poem. It takes me straight back to school days:). I too love finding out about the history of your home area, it brings it to life in so many ways. B x

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  15. Dearest Sarah, thank you for this breath of fresh sea air. We are having the COLDEST winter in a long time, and I just want to stay inside and do something else other than drive to work! Enjoy your day!

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  16. I love the photograph of the rocks (above the one with the piercing evening light). And of course dear Tavi, too. Hope you're both well. All good here xx

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  17. You capture the spirit of this part of Dorset so well, Sarah.

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  18. Just lovely. The photos give the feeling of cool and crisp weather.

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  19. Hi Sarah,

    Something so wonderful about visiting the seaside and loved seeing your great photographs and even more special seeing dear Tavi enjoying the beach too.
    Have a great weekend
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  20. Beautiful - and so good words! It is cold in the moment, to cold for me. Do you go dayly ad the waterside to walk with the dog?

    Sigrun

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  21. Yes we usually walk the dog twice a day and on one of those we end up on the beach! Sarah x

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  22. Just a lovely post and photos. Can't ever be too many photos of Tavi! xo kim

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