Never mind an existential vacuum (per yesterday’s blog) – today I feel like I have been rowing in a meteorological vacuum. The weather just didn’t turn up. Maybe it’s been cut off. Did somebody forget to pay the bill?
I suppose there was some weather. The sun shone. Clouds came and went, and very prettily too. But there was not a breath of wind all day. The ocean had no wind waves, just a long, slow, rolling swell. The ocean seemed simply vast and endless.
I slogged along, sympathising with sailors who have gone stark raving mad in the doldrums, craving for the weather to just do something, anything, to alleviate the nothingness of it all. I keep scanning the water, and the horizon, and the sky, vaguely hoping to see something new. But there is just more endless blue.
At least I have one advantage over the sailors of old. I’ve got Keith Richards to keep me entertained.
A special hello to Pippa in Perth (nicely alliterative). I continue to silently thank you every time I lay my weary head on the pillow you bought to replace the rather solid old ones in the Purple Palace. This one continues plump and bouncy and very, very comfortable. Thank you!
Also a shout-out to Col. I was thinking back to the creative pictures you took of our evening event at the UWA boat shed. I am sure that if you were here you would find a lot more interesting angles and subjects to photograph than I am managing to think of. I will try asking myself “what would Col photograph here?” and see if that helps!
Margaret – loved the quote so much I will reproduce it here. Thank you. “He who postpones the hour of living rightly is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out before he crosses.”~ Horace
Julie (Tim Ray’s mother) – thank you so much for getting in touch, and for your kind invitation. I will definitely let you know the next time I am in southern California. I think of Tim daily, and my thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of his family.
Anna Farmery – grand to hear from you! Congrats on surviving law finals. I still occasionally have nightmares that I am about to take mine, and am woefully underprepared. Oh hang on, that’s what actually happened! Anyway, well done, and very much looking forward to a celebratory beer next time I am in Yorkshire.
Marks the Spot – there was a really good TED talk, too, on using gamers to solve real world problems. Elizabeth McGonagal, I think, was the name of the speaker, although I may not have the spelling 100% correct.
As mentioned in today’s podcast, there are these lovely birds that have been keeping me company out here. They have white bellies and grey backs, and skim low over the waves, almost touching the water with their wingtips. I have tried to get pictures of them, but they move too fast, and my camera is very slow. Does anybody have any suggestions what they might be?
Photo: the pinnacle of today’s excitement – mares tails overhead.
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