concerto for the elements

February 15, 2014

gull 1

After yesterday’s big weather, slightly calmer this Saturday. Down at Rock- a- Nore (very delicious oyster, thank you, Sonny), the gulls are oblivious to the traffic problems of closed off car parks due to pot holes in the tarmac and the layers of pebbles washed over the interface of beach promenade as they  sway overhead enjoying the rhythm of the bands of the westerlies – all elemental. Us humans just trudge around talking about it all.

gull 2

Cones of strong sun landed on the fore shore within this episodic concerto . . .

sun

rock a nore

cliffs

. . the old pier stands its ground for one last storm before the renovations change its appearance and perhaps its use. How many storms has it witnessed? I find it more beautiful at each sighting and try to absorb the vision so that it’s not forgotten.

Back in St Leonards, the sky to the west grew thrillingly ominous making me rush in to listen to Martha Argerich (most marvellous and Argentinian to boot – the queen of pianists) playing Prokofiev. Oh, can I get to Aix and the Festival de Pacques to hear her live. No, sold out – stupid me as I saw the poster advertising it way back at the start of January. Imbécile. . . .

pier

st l's

last

Now this big westerly’s
blown itself out,
let’s drive to the storm beach.

A few brave souls
will be there already,
eyeing the driftwood,

the heaps of frayed
blue polyprop rope,
cut loose, thrown back at us—

What a species—
still working the same
curved bay, all of us

hoping for the marvellous,
all hankering for a changed life.  Kathleen Jamie  The Beach

7 Responses to “concerto for the elements”


  1. great photos, sums up the crazy weather everywhere, here in italy the potholes are more numerous, my poor car, great poem as well!

  2. Sinclair 3168 Says:

    Yes you can make the festival and should move to the vicinity as once planned

  3. Seb Says:

    Wow moved to speechlessness on reading this
    So beautiful

  4. julia fogg Says:

    much respect here for the elements even if the cause of functional difficulties – what does the human race know?

  5. Elizabeth Says:

    Such astounding waves!
    Weather perfectly batty worldwide it seems. We are back in NY after a wonderful break in Barbados – yes, the vegetation was very splendid indeed. A great deal of snow here.

  6. julia fogg Says:

    and coming this way i understand


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