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Oceans and seas

Post by Stardust on Sun 21 May 2017, 9:44 pm

13 Feb 2008, 17:56

Atlantic Ocean, my beloved !
How many long passionate days did we spend together, telling one another tall tales of adventure in far off lands ?
How I miss you now that I am gone, the wrong side of Heaven, caught in a time warp, a prisoner in space.
Your song continues eternally in my mind, like a record spinning on the turntable of life, the sound of your waves crashing against the rocks - holding me fast in your arms, whispering of our never-ending bond of love and life.
Myself and another, two as one, climbing up up up, high above the beach where mortals lay bathed in sunshine, finding our special place alone with the rock pools full of algae, crabs and tiny fish, and you our friend, our mentor and protector, witness to our love and ever an essential part of us, two as one, and with you, three as one.
Atlantic Ocean, bearer and guardian of our secret, you flow in my veins, my heart-beat calls your name with every pulse echoing the crashing waves, and my heart aches for a past that will not come again, that is lost forever, a past with you, with me, with him : three as one.


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Post by Feather on Sun 21 May 2017, 9:46 pm

13 Feb 2008, 18:41

Stardust, that is magical. I shall read it over and over again. The imagery is vivid and conveys
all the emotion of such an experience. Wonderful.



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Post by Stardust on Sun 21 May 2017, 9:48 pm

13 Feb 2008, 19:27

It is the glass bubble of my past where hope and blissful joy walked hand-in-hand, my Atlantis, beyond my reach and touch now, locked in memory.
When you stand on the seashore and look out to sea, watch boats and even big ships getting smaller in the distance, others appearing on the horizon and coming ever closer, sea birds swooping to kiss the waves in the hope of a fresh fish for dinner, you lose yourself in contemplation - visions of the past and future pass before your eyes like a film at the cinema. The soft waves tickle your feet, the salty air livens your senses, you feel at one with nature and particularly with the element of water.

Sailing sung by Rod Stewart
I am sailing, I am sailing, home again 'cross the sea.
I am sailing, stormy waters, to be near you, to be free.
I am flying, I am flying, like a bird 'cross the sky.
I am flying, passing high clouds, to be with you, to be free.
Can you hear me, can you hear me, through the dark night, far away,
I am dying, forever trying, to be with you, who can say.
We are sailing, we are sailing, home again 'cross the sea.
We are sailing stormy waters, to be near you, to be free.


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Post by Stardust on Sun 21 May 2017, 9:49 pm

18 Feb 2008, 11:43



Gone From My Sight by Henry Van Dyke
I am standing upon the seashore.
A ship, at my side, spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts for the blue ocean.
She is an object of beauty and strength.
I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.
Then, someone at my side says, "There, she is gone"
Gone where? Gone from my sight. That is all.
She is just as large in mast, hull and spar as she was when she left my side.
And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.
Her diminished size is in me, not in her.
And, just at the moment when someone says, "There, she is gone,"
there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, "Here she comes!"
And that is dying.


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Post by Stardust on Sun 21 May 2017, 9:50 pm

19 Feb 2008, 11:10


Somewhere over the Rainbow’ (extract) lyrics by EH Harburg
Somewhere over the rainbow way up high
There's a land that I've heard of once in a lullaby
Somewhere over the rainbow skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true


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Post by Stardust on Sun 21 May 2017, 9:51 pm

22 Feb 2008, 17:34

I was greatly touched by the drama of the submarine Kursk – it was so dreadful to think of the crew all slowly dying and nobody to help them. I found the following verse on Uri Dotan’s site : http://www.dotan.net/prayer/
"And when at length her course is run, Her work for home and country done,
Of all the souls that in her sailed, Let not one life in Thee have failed;
But hear from heaven our sailor's cry, And grant eternal life on high!"


A candle remains forever lit in my heart for each and every soul that passed over on the Kursk. May they rest in peace, love and light.


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Post by Stardust on Sun 21 May 2017, 9:52 pm

25 Feb 2008, 09:22


The ocean is our home and playground.  very happy


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Post by Stardust on Sun 21 May 2017, 9:53 pm

26 Feb 2008, 15:43

Raining, pouring, coming down in torrents today, but never mind.
The rain seeps into the ground, makes its way into the streams and rivers, thence to the seas and oceans of the world which bear it to sunnier climes where it evaporates into clouds that float away in the sky. They peek down until they find a place they like then open up all their windows so the life-giving water can start the cycle all over again.
When you walk in the woods listening to the pitter patter of the raindrops falling on the tree tops and leaves while you stroll safely and protected underneath the branches, it is like music from the heavens.


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Post by lar-lar on Sun 21 May 2017, 9:56 pm

27 Feb 2008, 00:37

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Post by lar-lar on Sun 21 May 2017, 9:57 pm

27 Feb 2008, 00:41

one day,i will go down in the ocean..

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Post by Stardust on Sun 21 May 2017, 10:01 pm

27 Feb 2008, 08:49

Have you seen that series of photos "creatures of the abyss" taken by divers in the depths of seas and oceans ?
I think they may even have made a film documentary.  Fascinating creatures, some we'd never seen before.
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Post by lar-lar on Sun 21 May 2017, 10:03 pm

28 Feb 2008, 23:01

This pic is dedicated to David Attenborough-love him!

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Post by Stardust on Sun 21 May 2017, 10:05 pm

04 Mar 2008, 18:02

The sea! the sea! the open sea!
The blue, the fresh, the ever free!
Without a mark, without a bound,
It runneth the earth's wide regions round;
It plays with the clouds; it mocks the skies;
Or like a cradled creature lies.

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Post by Stardust on Sun 21 May 2017, 10:07 pm

06 Mar 2008, 11:00

Seas on our beautiful planet are slowly disappearing and nobody seems to be doing much about it.
Fishermen are forced to move, following the diminishing seashore in the hope of finding sustenance …
in the end they live from hand to mouth or sometimes end up begging …

The Aral Sea in the Soviet Union (Uzbekistan - Kazakhstan) is an example.
You will find  the odd rusty relic of a fishing boat aground in the middle of a desert where it used to be.

Attempts are apparently being made, however, to restore it. Time will tell ...
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Post by Stardust on Sun 21 May 2017, 10:10 pm

06 Mar 2008, 11:00

Though inland far we be,
Our souls have sight of that immortal sea
Which brought us hither.

(William Wordsworth: Intimations of Immortality)
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Post by Candlelight.kk on Sun 21 May 2017, 10:12 pm

07 Mar 2008, 02:27

em .... just had to get this one in here - Brendan Behan's words, a slightly satirical slant on a wee bit of our history
(later put to song by the Dubliners et al)

Surrounded By Water
by Dominic Behan


They say that the lakes of Killarney are fair
No stream like the Liffey could ever compare
If it's water you want you'll find nothing more rare
Than the stuff they make down by the ocean
The sea, oh the sea, is gradh geal mo chroi
Long may it roll between England and me
It's a sure guarantee that some hour we'll be free
Thank God we're surrounded by water

Tom Moore made his waters meet fame and renown
A great lover of anything dressed in a crown
In brandy the bandy old Saxon he'd drown
But throw ne'er a one into the ocean
The sea, oh the sea, is gradh geal mo chroi
Long may it stay between England and me
It's a sure guarantee that some hour we'll be free
Thank God we're surrounded by water

The Scots have their whisky, the Welsh have their leeks
Their poets are paid about ten pence a week
Provided no harsh words of England they speak
Oh Lord! What a price for devotion!
The sea, oh the sea, is gradh geal mo chroi
Long may it roll between England and me
It's a sure guarantee that some hour we'll be free
Thank God we're surrounded by water

The Danes came to Ireland with nothing to do
But dream of the plundered old Irish they'd slew
"Well Yeh will in your Vikings", said Brian Boru
And he threw them back int the ocean
The sea, oh the sea, is gradh geal mo chroi
Long may it roll between England and me
It's a sure guarantee that some hour we'll be free
Thank God we're surrounded by water

Two foreign old monarchs in battle did join
Each wanting his head on the back of a coin
If the Irish had sense they'd drown both in the Boyne
And Partition throw into the ocean
The sea, oh the sea, is gradh geal mo chroi
Long may it roll between England and me
It's a sure guarantee that some hour we'll be free
Thank God we're surrounded by water.
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Post by Stardust on Sun 21 May 2017, 10:18 pm

07 Mar 2008, 09:03

It's a grand poem, Candlelight. What does "gradh geal mo chroi " mean ?

Do you think Dominic Behan was influenced by childhood reading ?
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Post by Candlelight.kk on Sun 21 May 2017, 10:20 pm

07 Mar 2008, 12:13

"is gradh geal mo chroi " literally translated means "bright love of my heart"
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Post by Stardust on Sun 21 May 2017, 10:25 pm

07 Mar 2008, 12:51

I think that's so beautiful, the ocean inspires that sentiment in me, although it is so much more too.


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Post by Stardust on Sun 21 May 2017, 10:26 pm

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Post by Stardust on Sun 21 May 2017, 10:27 pm

10 Mar 2008, 13:08

I would like to pay hommage to all those men and women volunteers who, at the drop of a hat, 24 hours a day, risk their own lives to brave rough and stormy seas in order to rush to the aid of those in peril of drowning.

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Statistics available in January 2008 showed that during 2007, the 233 lifeboat station crews of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) launched 8,052 times rescuing 7,715 people. RNLI lifeguards, who were operational on 71 beaches in the South West of England and East Anglia, were equally busy rescuing 1,350 people, aiding a further 8,533 people and responding to 8,201 incidents.
The wet Summer weather meant that the RNLIs Flood Rescue Team and volunteer lifeboat crews were particularly active inland, rescuing another 200 people in flood hit areas across the UK during the summer months.
RNLI crews were also called upon to rescue various animals, including dogs, horses and cows, with figures increasing by approximately a third (from 75 in 2004 to 108 in 2007) - the busiest year to date for animal rescues. This work ensures that animal owners are not tempted to try and rescue the animals themselves, which can often result in loss of life.
Of all beach incidents attended to by RNLI lifeguards where environmental factors played a part, nearly 45% were caused by rip currents. Prevention is a major aspect of the RNLI lifeguarding role, with over half a million safety warnings and advice on local hazards being provided to help stop people getting into trouble. Since 2004 the number of people rescued by RNLI lifeguards has more than doubled. During this period the RNLI service has expanded and will continue to do so during 2008, when it is anticipated that RNLI lifeguards will be patrolling over 100 beaches in England and Wales.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to the RNLI charity can log on to http://www.rnli.org.uk/sosday/home or call 0845 121 4999 (if calling from the Republic of Ireland, please call 1800 789 589 or log on to http://www.rnli.ie/sos) or write to RNLI, West Quay Road, Poole, BH15 1HZ, Dorset, UK.

Remember, one day an RNLI crew may save your life, or that of a loved one.


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Post by Stardust on Sun 21 May 2017, 10:29 pm

12 Mar 2008, 13:08

We all encounter storms and rough seas as we sail through life.
But we learn to ride the waves and roll with the motion.
Calm seas do not make skilful sailors.


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Post by lar-lar on Sun 21 May 2017, 10:30 pm

12 Mar 2008, 15:27

hmmm,imagine...

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Post by Stardust on Sun 21 May 2017, 10:32 pm

19 Mar 2008, 12:57

I can imagine all the newly hatched baby turtles making a desperate dash to reach the waves on your beach, lar-lar, and swim away to freedom before they get gobbled up by the birds.


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Post by lar-lar on Sun 21 May 2017, 10:34 pm

21 Mar 2008, 01:14

yes..just like this!

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Post by Stardust on Sun 21 May 2017, 10:37 pm

27 Mar 2008, 12:23

The least movement is of importance to all nature.
The entire ocean is affected by a pebble.

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Post by Stardust on Sun 21 May 2017, 10:39 pm

31 Mar 2008, 10:52

As you all know, I love the Care2 website.
Please visit and give a free click to help preserve and save the oceans :
http://oceans.care2.com/
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Post by liz on Sun 21 May 2017, 10:41 pm

31 Mar 2008, 11:09

done it Stardust.x
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Post by Feather on Sun 21 May 2017, 10:44 pm

31 Mar 2008, 11:45

Me too, Stardust.  very happy xxx.


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Post by Candlelight.kk on Sun 21 May 2017, 10:46 pm

31 Mar 2008, 13:01

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Post by Stardust on Sun 21 May 2017, 10:49 pm

04 Apr 2008, 10:48

Thank you everyone. Please go click as many as you can and as often as you remember, since you're allowed one click per day in each category.
Thanks again - it all helps to save the planet, little by little.

This is the King Hassan II mosque in Casablanca. It is a magnificent structure with a roof that can slide open when it's not raining. Imagine all the faithful praying in such a beautiful place, an inspiration to lift the heart and soul ...


How wonderful to see the stars glowing through the open roof while you pray and to hear the waves breaking against the foot of the mosque ... pure magic !


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Post by Candlelight.kk on Sun 21 May 2017, 10:53 pm

04 Apr 2008, 23:21

Stardust - How does it go? ... 'of all the places in all the world ....'
How is it you always seem to capture here all the magical places that hold such memories for me. Yes, Casablanca is a truly magical city, as is the beautiful mysterious country of Morocco. I've travelled that country from deep down in the further corner on the edge of the Sahara and the wide Atlantic ocean right up to the Meditteranean in the north, through the reddish/pink walled city of Marrakesh where the heady mixture of aromas fill the air from shishkebabs roasting on skewers over a clay oven, tajin, couscous, oriental perfumes (and hashish), acrobats, snake charmers and kaftans, through the majestic Atlas mountains and every town/city you'd come to so different from the last, the to the kasbahs of Tangier and winding literally above the clouds through the awe-inspiring Rif mountains, sometimes turning a bend to find a cloud right in front of you, headlights, fog lights on, the thrill of actually driving through a cloud (and knowing that one side of that skimpy beaten track road had a sheer drop of thousands of feet!) WHAT IF another vehicle were to be coming the other way, or even a donkey!! But going for hours on end without seeing a single soul or movement of any kind ...
Oh, I could go on and on here ...

Here's looking at you, kid ! KARMA
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Post by Stardust on Sun 21 May 2017, 10:56 pm

07 Apr 2008, 10:21

You and I, Candlelight, have been ships that passed in the night.
Did you ever sit with your beloved on the terrace of a beach cafe in Casablanca, sipping cool fresh orange juice on a Summer's evening and watching the sunset, then the stars coming out and twinkling, reflected in the waves whispering softly at your feet ? Very romantic. No money in the world can purchase anything so precious.
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Post by Stardust on Sun 21 May 2017, 10:57 pm

08 Apr 2008, 14:19

When I was just a wee lass this was one of my favourite songs we sang at school.
Applicable for all sailors even though it was written as a Christian hymn.

Eternal Father Strong To Save

Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who biddest the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard
And hushed their raging at Thy Word,
Who walked on the foaming deep,
And calm amidst its rage didst sleep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

Most Holy Spirit! Who didst brood
Upon the chaos dark and rude,
And bid its angry tumult cease,
And give, for wild confusion, peace;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

O Trinity of love and power!
Our family shield in danger’s hour;
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect us wheresoever we go;
Thus evermore shall rise to Thee
Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.


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Post by Stardust on Sun 21 May 2017, 11:03 pm

08 Apr 2008, 14:27

... and this was my other favourite, best of all :

Hearts of Oak
Words: David Garrick (1759)

Come, cheer up, my lads, 'tis to glory we steer,
To add something more to this wonderful year;
To honour we call you, as freemen not slaves,
For who are as free as the sons of the waves?
CHORUS:
Hearts of oak are our ships,
Jolly tars are our men, we always are ready;
Steady, boys, steady!
We'll fight and we'll conquer again and again.
We ne'er see our foes but we wish them to stay,
They never see us but they wish us away;
If they run, why we follow, and run them ashore,
And if they won't fight us, we cannot do more.
CHORUS
They swear they'll invade us, these terrible foes,
They frighten our women, our children and beaus,
But should their flat bottoms in darkness get o'er,
Still Britons they'll find to receive them on shore.
CHORUS
We'll still make them fear and we'll still make them flee,
And drub them ashore as we've drubbed them at sea,
Then cheer up, my lads, with our hearts let us sing,
Our soldiers, our sailors, our airmen, our Queen.
CHORUS


'Hearts of Oak' is the official march of the Royal Navy.
David Garrick was a famous actor of the day, and is credited with coining the phrase 'break a leg'.


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Post by Stardust on Sun 21 May 2017, 11:06 pm

10 Apr 2008, 11:56


Flying away into the sunset ...


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Post by lar-lar on Sun 21 May 2017, 11:08 pm

21 Apr 2008, 22:15

how lovely is this..

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Post by Candlelight.kk on Sun 21 May 2017, 11:15 pm

21 Apr 2008, 23:17

Stardust wrote:
You and I, Candlelight, have been ships that passed in the night.
Did you ever sit with your beloved on the terrace of a beach cafe in Casablanca, sipping cool fresh orange juice on a Summer's evening and watching the sunset, then the stars coming out and twinkling, reflected in the waves whispering softly at your feet ? Very romantic. No money in the world can purchase anything so precious.
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How strange... I've just noticed that the Google ads on the site change with the subject of the page. On this page now they all seem to be ads about Morocco and Casablanca! No, Stardust, I can't identify your wonderful experience to my particular memories of Casablanca. My main memory from there is that of a dark stranger in long flowing robes stopping and speaking urgently to one of our friends (there were 4 of us - myself and my then husband, another friend and his girlfriend, a very beautiful Welsh girl). The mysterious dark stranger apparently offered our friend 2 camels in exchange for his girlfriend!!!!!

But I can certainly relate the beautiful romantic occasion you describe above, but in another place, another time - on the beautiful Greek island of Skiathos, a perfect paradise. A small secluded beach, where at the far end stood one small taverna run solely by someone with the very apt name of Akiss. Many's the evening we spent sitting outside that little taverna watching the sunet over the calm water till the twinkling lights of the one town on the island could be seen across the bay. Akiss told us he was originally from the mainland of Greece, had travelled the world and had found his very own paradise there in Skiathos. Not aged this guy (all of 34) he was in the midst of writing a book telling of his travels, and what better place to inspire the creative writer. A small jut of wood served as jetty for the little old-fashioned wooden covered water taxi, run by two very ancient characters, both called Andreas, who had been ferrying people to and fro across the bay all their lives, calling at our little beach and one other which we could also see from where we were. Every once in a while a local fisherman or two would hitch their little boat up to deliver fresh fish to the taverna. Once while we were there they arrived with two octuposses (octupii?) literally just caught and still alive.
The only other visitors to the beach were the holidaymakers who once having found this little piece of heaven, came year after year after year. Akiss knew and greeted them all by name each year and even remembered what their favourite meals were. Many others we met had come for a holiday and never left! Just a tiny island with one road that went all around the island, and those who had chosen to come and live there in the odd little secluded villa were mostly writers and artists. Aah bliss, Skiathos will always be my paradise.
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Post by lar-lar on Sun 21 May 2017, 11:17 pm

21 Apr 2008, 23:25

sounds beautiful..so they didnt want to exchange you for 2 camels kk? what do they know! lol
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Post by lar-lar on Sun 21 May 2017, 11:18 pm

20 May 2008, 00:55

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Post by Candlelight.kk on Sun 21 May 2017, 11:22 pm

20 May 2008, 21:57

Wonder what all those strange poles are all over the place  confused
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Post by lar-lar on Sun 21 May 2017, 11:27 pm

12 Aug 2008, 23:52

i dont know but they have what looks like a tap at the bottom.

blue whales



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[yes,it really is a fish!]
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Re: Oceans and seas

Post by Stardust on Sun 21 May 2017, 11:31 pm

19 Aug 2008, 16:40

Sea Fever
by John Masefield (1878-1967)

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea's face, and a grey dawn breaking.

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull's way and the whale's way where the wind's like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick's over.

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Re: Oceans and seas

Post by Feather on Sun 21 May 2017, 11:46 pm

07 Dec 2008, 20:08

My goodness, lar-lar, what a lovely lot of pics you've posted there. Fair cheered me up they did.
Btw I'm just going to pm you.xxx.


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Post by lar-lar on Sun 21 May 2017, 11:49 pm

08 Dec 2008, 22:55

That elephant pic , i adore it, not the ocean i know but its water -hey-lets not get picky, i couldnt resist ! have replied to pm .
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RNLI

Post by Stardust on Sun 21 May 2017, 11:53 pm

22 Oct 2009, 11:09

Now that the end of year festivities are fast approaching,
it's time to start thinking about what gifts to buy.
Please remember the various charities, so you will not only
offer pleasure with your gift but also help fund whichever
charity you choose.
One of my favourites is the Royal National Lifeboat Institution,
who save many lives each year at the peril of their own.
You can visit their main site here: http://www.rnli.org.uk/
and their online shop directly here: http://www.rnlishop.org.uk/



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Dreaming...

Post by Stardust on Sun 21 May 2017, 11:59 pm

09 Nov 2009, 12:37


...of far away and long ago...



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Post by Feather on Mon 22 May 2017, 8:17 am

09 Nov 2009, 14:15

OVERSHADOWED BY THE POWER OF NATURE.




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