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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