Wednesday, 20 March 2013

"I must go down to the seas again..."

I have always loved the beach, enjoying the slight saltiness of the breeze, walking on the sand and the rhythmic "chant" of the waves upon the shore. 

So I took advantage of an afternoon low tide to stroll along Spanish banks. Fair weather had brought out many others and a brisk breeze had attracted a few kite fliers. 

As I walked I thought of my Dad, who died this month in 2006, and how he would have loved this walk and was reminded of a favorite poem of his:

Sea Fever
by John Masefield (from Salt-Water Ballads, 1902)

 I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to sail her by,
And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,
And the gray mist on the sea's face, and a grey dawn breaking.

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

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's like a whetted knife;
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's over.

So come along with me I go down to the sea.

Many ships were at anchor in the English bay and many a few sailing boats were taking advantage of the wind for a brisk sail.

I found lots of things to interest me and occupy my camera.


And of course there were quite a variety of birds interested in what the low tide had uncovered.


I think I mentioned last week that I had started on a new series of paintings with a sea shore theme.

Here is the first in that series, a watercolour, called "Shell Colour 1":

For more information on this and to see more of my original art follow this link: GillianOlsonArt

Thank you for dropping by, Happy Whimsy Wednesday, until next week .................