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Going back to the sea

My friend at work has the following quote from John F Kennedy pinned up behind his desk.  I remember the first time I read it feeling something stir within me because it is just so poetic and so true.  It has stayed with me ever since.

"It is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it we are going back from whence we came."

Having lived no further than 10 minutes from the sea all of my life, and now, having worked for many years in a job linked to the sea and coastline, this feeling of 'going back to the sea' really resonates with me.  Those of you who read my post last Saturday will know that I was in a slightly maudlin mood and in need of some quiet reflection.  For me, there is no better place to get perspective and wash away the worries of the day than by the sea.  I love this time of year when the tourists and holidaymakers have packed up, the beach hut doors are all closed and there is no-one on the promenade except for afternoon strollers, dog walkers and the occasional runner.  It makes it so much more serene and calm to see the beach outstretched in front of you with only the occasional silhouette dotting the landscape.  Looking out to the setting sun on the horizon certainly puts things into perspective.


It was exactly the sort of afternoon I needed.  Seeing Bodhi make tiny pawprints in the sand, chasing seagulls and watching Tom throw stones always warms my heart, as well as listening to the sound of the sea breaking on the shore and watching the light slowly fade in its iridescent glory - just, perfection.

hat: primark mens {old}// jacket: peter storm at millets £75*
jeggings: missguided £14.99* // boots: new look {out of stock}

It has been so much colder over the last few days and only a few of the coats I've rather naughtily picked up over the last few months are fit for freezing temperatures.  Millets have kindly equipped me with one of their amazing Peter Storm jackets however, which definitely are more than up to the challenge of ensuring a cosy Rosie through the winter.  Not only is it waterproof, it has a (detachable) inner fleece which is so incredibly comfy I never want to take my coat off when I get back home - I may resort to sleeping in it when it gets really cold! I find that waterproof jackets can be a bit unfeminine, bulky and downright un-trendy so I really love that this one is so fitted and has a proper shape to it.

Have you found the perfect cold weather coat yet? I need to invest in some more gloves if it's going to carry on getting colder (especially if we're going to get all of the snow that's being predicted for the new few months!) On second thoughts I might just hibernate, can someone buy me an alarm clock or wake me up when it's Christmas? (I say that with the calm confidence of someone who has nearly all their Christmas shopping done, I am ready for a December full of avoiding the shops and staying home with mulled wine and mince pies now!)

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12 comments

  1. There's nothing like a walk along the beach is there? I don't even mind if its raining (well not heavy rain!)
    http://vodkaandarose.blogspot.co.uk Jess. x

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  2. The beach in Winter is one of my fave places to go - such a tranquil and reflective destination.
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    Love liv xXx

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  3. Oh Rosie I know exactly how you feel, growing up so close to the sea has meant I go a bit mad if I'm not near water for too long, and this time of year is definitely my favourite. Your quote reminds me of one I read a few years back - I can't remember the exact wording, but the sentiment was we are water, so bring the ones you love to water as much as you can. So glad that it did the trick for you!

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  4. I have never herd that quote or fact before. Really gives one alot to think about.

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  5. I definitely agree about being by the sea to clear your head - if I ever get stressed or anxious, it calms me that I am just a few minutes walk from the seafront. Looks like Bodhi had a great time too!

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  6. Oh these photos are just lovely! So pretty <3 x

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  7. That's a very thought provoking quote, he was a fascinating character. The Peter Storm jacket is cracking, it's what you need there.

    Buckets & Spades

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  8. Bodhi is adorable, some beautiful photos.

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  9. Such beautiful photos and I'm glad you had a nice afternoon. I love that quote, even more so because my blog name is ocean related! x

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  10. I love that feeling too. I didn't grow up near the sea (Weston Super Mare is my closest... say no more) but I have so many happy memories on the coastline, and am sort of mesmerised by the waves.

    Love that coat - I seriously need a warm coat!
    Rosie x | Every Word Handwritten

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  11. The beach looks so beautiful! I`ve been living by Lake Onntario,which is kinda like a sea :P, for the last 3 years and I really love it in the summer. Winters, on the other hand, are quite cold

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  12. Beautiful photos to compliment that lovely quote!

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