Her love of the sea and of life…

We are on the road again…  We dropped our key in with our landlady and chatted awhile with her and her husband before we left… ‘You are the talk of the town in your bare feet’ they laughed… I forget that communities are small, and they talk, and that a woman running about in the rain in her bare feet might cause a bit of stir!

And now we are on our way to Sussex… As we drove over the Dorset hills, the sun shone and Anadi said ‘England is so beautiful, when it has this golden light on it, I suppose it needs all the rain to make it this verdant and luscious…’

England is beautiful and I love being here, but I also love not being here…. I love being on the road…

We dropped in on my cousin Carol and her husband Ian in Bournmouth for carrot cake and more plates of deliciousness laden with love  – our breakfast… !

We sat  in their African cabin in the garden, watching the rain start to fall again outside, with the  sun still filtering through, watery rays….

Carol and I have seen more of one another since our nomadic lifestyle, as we often pass through Bournmouth to see my sister Rosy, and so we drop in… As children we spent lots of happy time together, and Carol reminded me today that I taught her to ride a bike… ?

Growing up together created a bond that has always stayed alive, even with sometimes many years between meetings. When we get together it is genuinely as if no time has passed… True relationship allows for spaces if spaces happen, true relationship demonstrates that there is no time, it also is free of expectation and projection… It is light. It is love…

there is a quote I like and I have forgotten who said it, but it goes like this…

‘Love is light,
it carries no weight.
Anything that burdens you
is not Love…’

On Friday night Anadi, my sister Rosy, my niece Jess and I went to the Marine theatre in Lyme Regis to see ‘Voices of the Sea’ – Song and narrative devised by Gail McGarva, a traditional wooden boatbuilder from Lyme Regis… She said her show was inspired by her love of the sea… It was a wonderful creative expressive born Gail’s passion, and before the ‘show proper’ began she gave us a talk about her journey to becoming the builder of what she calls ‘daughter boats’, fashioned in the same image as the original fishing boats from many years ago…

Listening to her was an absolute delight; her love of her art, and of the sea and of adventure was tangible. The words she spoke that struck me most were the ones describing the knowing deep within her, in the year 2000, that she must now make boats central to the core of her life… She had lived on them and always loved them, but her life had been focused in other areas… She knew now that it was vital that she follow a ‘nagging feeling’ within, that she make them central to her core…

She didn’t know how this would happen, so she went on a journey on her boat to the source of the Thames, and as she journeyed the knowing became stronger and more insistent…

As serendipity would have it, she then happened to see that there was an original boat building course starting the following September in Lyme Regis… She travelled there and as she walked into the building she felt that she had arrived where she was supposed to be…

The rest of her life to date, which has been full of adventure and creativity, connection, beauty, joy – courage and hard work; has unfolded from there… She spoke to us about listening to her heart, to her inner knowing and following them to the place they have lead her to now…

It was an evening of inspiration and a bringing together of the people in Lyme Regis and along the coast. And for one evening Anadi and I were part of the throng, celebrating and connecting to the memories of the fishermen she spoke of, who she met recently.

They launched one of her daughter boats, men in their 80’s now, and rowed the boat out to sea in the same way they had as teenagers rowed the original…

We all sat entranced by her tales, her energy, her love of the sea, of the people she has met and of life…