Monday, September 6, 2010

Still Sand In My Pockets

Sea Fever

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 steer her by,
And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,
And a gray mist on the sea's face, and a gray 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 quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick's over. 

John Masefield 

I am home, but there is still sand in my pockets.
Crystal clear sparkling rockpools, bone white shells, sea glass, seaweed tresses of mermaid hair, tiny fairy fishes, selkies, seals, castles Kings,wizards, turquoise and Tintagel have been let into my wooden house of dreams. They have joined the dance inside of moonstone, hares, velvet winter coats, hearts,words,spirals and midnight cats. Seashells decorate the houses garden now and salty waves lap gently into the mossy moat. The little passages of my minds house are never ending with wonderings and wanderings.  Right now I can see a small window and moonlight shines through its leaded diamond panes. A door is ajar and whispers of words are escaping and creeping into the smallest places. They hide in matchboxes, jam jars, teacups, mirrors and the shadows and sparkles behind a curtain.
A door has opened and words have returned.

Happy September everyone!


  1. What an incredibly beautiful place! I can see how that would recharge all your creativity. Wonderful!

  2. Welcome back...lovely photos of enchanting places. Tintagel!!!! have a splendid September

  3. Thank you for that its a while since have been down to Cornwall 5 years to be precise I am glad the inspiration has returned and I look forward to your "magical" creations to come they are so empowering so magical - as is Cornwall full of myth, magic and legends.



  4. Tintagel.
    A most bewitching place. It will stay with you a long, long time. Maybe forever.

  5. Tintagel.
    A most bewitching place. It will stay with you a long, long time. Maybe forever.

  6. Oh Karen. It looks and sounds as though you had a wonderful holiday! And there is nothing like the sea to sweep away all the stagnant old ruts and shake things up a bit, is there? Delighted you come home feeling recharged.
    Best autumnal, September blessings to you. C x

  7. The poem, those photos, your words, that background music...ahhh the most lovely start to the day,I feel so much more relaxed now and i haven't even been anywhere, thank you!!

  8. Inspiring... and beautiful seas and caves, and I love the images painted with your words.

  9. Beautiful photographs and word pictures! I love that speaks what I so often feel.

  10. So wonderful.This post will make my day. I too am addicted to the sea.

  11. Beautiful post. Those words are just wonderful and so inspiring. Last time I saw this place was at Christmas many years ago and it wasn't the beautiful tranquil turquoise your photos show but a magnificent wild place with huge waves thundering onto those rocks - the sea is so wonderful isn't it?


  12. Wonderful, vibrant images Karen, thanks so much for sharing!

  13. What can I say....
    Touching, energizing...
    Words and photoos so beautiful!

  14. 'Sea Fever' is entwined into my childhood's memories... from my earliest memories my Dad used to sing his own arrangement of this with his lovely ringing harptone guitar, and still does from time to time...
    Lovely pictures, I must visit Tintagel one day...

  15. Hi Karen, I am so thrilled for you that you found your muse tucked away by the sea. Hiding in some foam perhaps? :) Sounds like a wonderful trip.

  16. Isn't the Sea magically invigorating! I think you should keep a little of that sand in your pocket for it is the fairy dust of the Sea Gods.

  17. Tintagel and Boscastle are such special places, always magical. I'm so lucky that they are just an hours drive away.I go there to recharge my spirit and to get inspiration! Glad your break has filled up your soul with magical inspiration so that you can amaze us with your lovely creations again! x x

  18. I'm glad you enjoyed your time away. This was a beautifully serene post. Thank you for sharing those beautiful photos. Theresa

  19. welcome back karen- I'm glad the magic of the land, of the sea, has refreshed and renewed you. A lovely post. that poem reminds me so much of my late dad.

    Leanne x

  20. Love the first photo of yu welcoming the sea. Sea air always invigorates, and Boscastle just up the coast does it for me

  21. Fantastic pictures Karen! You bring extra magic to them wih your lovely words :) I look forward to this new season of beauty and joy. xx

  22. That is one of my favorite poems. I have loved it since childhood.

    Thanks for the lovely pictures. I can imagine what it must be like to be there. Wonderful.

  23. what a gorgeous picture
    of facing the sea...
    it drew me in HERE.
    love all your rabbits.
    every single one.
    your art & your blog
    are magic to be sure.

  24. Karen!

    I'm so very jealous!

    What a stunning place to be at!

    Was the carving in the fourth picture yours or did you find that on one of the rocks?

    Do you need a roommate?



  25. Ah, Karen, so very beautiful !
    Like you, I followed the call to sea yesterday - and now I feel as if I've been given a new spirit for life :-)
    Thank you for such a beautifully written post and glorious photos - I'm going to link to my sea post too. Wishing you happy dreamful days,
    Denise x

  26. Oh, beautiful photos - a bit of sea magic carried back to show us...thank you.

  27. Beautiful photographs, it's many,many years since I visited Tintagel. It really is a magical place.

  28. Thankyou kind folk for lovely comments once again :)
    It's good to be back and feeling excited to get on with things.
    Cornwall is indeed a magical place filled with myths and legends. It isn't the first time I have visited Tintagel, but as @Pamela said it would, it did indeed stay with me forever and I wanted to share it with my daughter and son. Incidently..
    @The Wessex Reiver The picture conducting the sea is my daughter, not I. :)
    Dean ... The carving was something I came across on a walking trail near St Ives.It caught my eye. :)

  29. Oh what a wonderful post - both words and images. It looks as though you had a truly magical time. Goodness though, it does make me want to go back to the sea - so much!

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