To the Sea

By the sea

Lately I’ve been feeling out of sorts, and I’m not sure of the cause. Perhaps it’s the unseasonably warm start to spring. Or maybe the sight of blooming Jacaranda trees shedding purple throughout Queensland streets. Possibly it’s due to the swooping birds which attack from above, or the fact that the back fence is in desperate need of replacement. Very likely it’s simply sensing that the end of another year is fast approaching (and that I think too much).

At times like these I feel like escaping the out-of-sorted-ness and moving closer to the coast.

By the sea

Of course it’s a cliché to crave greater proximity to the cleansing beauty of the ocean, but that doesn’t make the idea any less appealing. And it’s not just a summertime wish either … I particularly love the blustery chill and melancholic charm of the beach in winter.

A recent visit to the seaside reminded me of one of my favourite books – To The Lighthouse – and this quote in particular seemed like the perfect fit:

“So fine was the morning except for a streak of wind here and there that the sea and sky looked all one fabric, as if sails were stuck high up in the sky, or the clouds had dropped down into the sea.”  – Virginia Woolf

That special combination offered by sand and sea never fails to invigorate the mind and body, but perhaps most of all it’s that feeling of openness and delicious possibility which I find so inspiring. A wonderful antidote to my current out-of-sort feelings.

So what do you think? Shall I see you there?


  1. Teresa

    Oh, yes please! It’s been so cold and windy here lately, I would love to see you there.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Teresa – I know you won’t be surprised to learn that Brisbane has got off to an incredibly hot and humid spring … I’m so worried about what summer will hold. Still, I shouldn’t complain … we all need a little sunshine. 🙂

  2. krystal/village

    that reminds me of a lykke li song (unchained melody)..talks about the sea 🙂

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Krystal – Oh yes! I love that song … her voice is amazing. 🙂

  3. Debby

    Love that book Tracey. One of my sisters brought it to me when I was in hospital after having my daughter. I picked up The Wave a couple of day ago and the opening lines also described the sea.

    “The sun had not yet risen. The sea was indistinguishable from the sky, except that the sea was slightly creased as if a cloth had wrinkles in it. Gradually as the sky whitened a dark line lay on the horizon dividing the sea from the sky and the grey cloth became barred with thick strokes moving, one after another, beneath the surface, following each other, pursuing each other, perpetually.’

    Hope you managed to get there…

    lovely metaphor.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Debby – To the Lighthouse is such a wonderful book … and it’s one that I often turn to for a bit of seaside inspiration. Oh The Wave sounds perfect – such a fantastically beautiful opening.

      I did indeed spend some time by the sea … just an hour or so is all that is needed for a bit of restoration. xx

  4. tinyWOOLF

    well. wow.
    i’ll be in east kent, UK, in a fortnight.
    i’ll clip this quote to my travel notebook.
    i’ll think of you, gazing over the north sea; quite in the opposite direction, but seas connect to oceans connect to everywhere, don’t they? ;)))
    hope you’re feeling better, love.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi tinyWOOLF – My, oh my … you have been lovely to spend time visiting my posts. I do hope your break in East Kent will provide you with a wonderful refresh and recharge … and thank you for thinking of me. 🙂

      Yes indeed, these oceans and seas do all link together and connect us all across this big crazy old world. xx

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