Nairn Beach in Autumn

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I love being at the beach at any time of the year, even in the damp grey drizzle of a blustery autumn day in the Scottish Highlands.

I initially thought an excessive level of seawood had been churned up and dumped on the sand, but actually on closer inspection there’s as copious an amount of fallen leaves as seaweed – oh, and a huge tree trunk has been washed up too, roots and all! 🙂

Nairn Beach, on the North-East coast of Scotland

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Rise and Fall

Rise and Fall…

A sonnet brings a rhythmic lilt to rhyme

Creating cadence with each rise and fall

Each word flows from the other keeping time

And simple syllables convey their all

There’s something soothing in its structured form

Like watching waves wash up along the shore

Hypnotic as it fluidly transforms

And pulls us inwards, passionate for more

Just like the ocean, poetry enthrals

As feeling builds through every onward surge

Until with great crescendo each wave falls

Internal tension powerfully purged…

So cleverly that surface ebb and flow

Stirs up emotion roiling deep below

Share Your World: 2016 Wk 37

Have you ever owned a rock, pet rock, or gem that is not jewellery?

I have a blue glass bowl of pebbles I’ve collected over the years, and I also have a few pieces of smooth polished quartz  ❤

What is your greatest strength or weakness?

I suppose I’m a survivor, which feels like a strength – but at times I can behave more like a victim, which feels like a definite weakness…

What makes you feel grounded?

I love being in nature, but in particular I love spending time on a beach. There’s something so soothing and meditative in the gentle rhythmic ebb and flow of the tide, I could sit and listen to it all day…

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Would you rather never be able to eat warm food or never be able to eat cold food?

Well I suppose as cold food is easier to come by, I’d probably rather be able to eat only cold food – a picnic lunch of fresh crusty bread and good cheese and smoked ham, a piece of fruit and a glass of wine partaken alfresco is pretty hard to beat on a summer’s day 🙂

What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

My husband and I enjoyed a lovely three day break in Brighton last week, and I’m looking forward to spending 10 days with my family in Scotland  very soon ❤

Share Your World

Daily Prompt: Sandwich

If you’re ever in Brighton, and you want a simple but tasty freshly-made fish-filled sandwich, you could always think about visiting Jack and Linda Mills in their small family-run Brighton Smokehouse shop down on the beachfront, in King’s Road Arches.

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The menu includes fresh dressed crab, smoked salmon, smoked mackerel, kippers, anchovies, whitebait – oh, and they also make fish soup.

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The fish is smoked daily in their own smokehouse, a small black shed that sits directly opposite the shop, right on the edge of the beautiful pebble beach.

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What more could you want at the seaside than locally-sourced freshly smoked seafood sandwiches to enjoy on the beach, sitting in the fresh sea air  🙂

Daily Prompt: Sandwich

Weekly Photo Challenge: Edge

Weekly Photo Challenge: Edge

I’ve been experimenting with different styles of composition of the same subject – in this case the rusted ruins of Brighton’s West Pier, which first opened in 1866, was closed to the public in 1975, and was sadly burned down due to arson in 2003.

The skeletal remains are always a popular subject for photographers and tourists alike, but due to its location (in the sea!) it seems that there are only so many angles to take a shot from.

However, here are three of my images of the pier for this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge: Edge showing three different kinds of edge that can be found in a photograph…

The edge of the subject on the edge of the shot… brighton-west-pier-1

The edge of the foreground at the bottom of the shot… brighton-west-pier-3

The edge of the frame filled edge to edge… brighton-west-pier-2

I hope you like them… 🙂

Inelegant

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Sitting on a deckchair at the seaside is a bit of traditional British institution – wooden frames and stripey fabric and simple notches to adjust the height. They have pretty low-slung laid-back seats to get down into, but are surprisingly comfortable to slouch in lazily for the duration once you’re settled in – bliss!

It’s only when the time comes to get up again you realise you have absolutely no idea how best to extricate yourself elegantly from your semi-recumbent position. You have to lean yourself forward as best you can, get as good a grip as possible on each side of the frame, and basically heave yourself upright… oh dear!  🙂

Daily Prompt: Elegant