The Sacred Call of the Sea

NB: There is a picture below the post.

It was the English poet John Keats who wrote:

On the Sea

It keeps eternal whisperings around
Desolate shores ….
….
Oh ye! whose ears are dinned with uproar rude,
Or fed too much with cloying melody—
Sit ye near some old Cavern’s Mouth and brood,
Until ye start, as if the sea nymphs quired!

Keats suggests that if we have had enough of this noisy world, we should go to a quiet place by the sea and sit “near some old Cavern’s mouth and brood”. Suddenly, out of the silence we may be startled to hear choirs of sea nymphs singing.

We are being called to go back to nature and to allow her to gently embrace us in her healing arms.

This sacred call of the sea is exquisitely captured in the beautiful photograph below. Be still. Can you hear the call?

Photpgraph: Mariska Spoormaker

A big thank you to Mariska Spoormaker for permission to use her beautiful photograph. Mariska took the picture on the Sacramento Trail near Port Elizabeth in South Africa.

Can we learn from a humble mouse?

Yes we can! Read this story about a mouse. My son in London wrote it.

Lets all listen up and learn!

What the mouse treading milk in the bucket is really about

It’s about two things. The first is the obvious one that everyone knows about. The second is the less obvious but the most important.

The first is about not giving up when in a difficult situation. It’s about keeping going because you never know what might happen. And while this is good advice it is also self-evident. The second is about doing work you don’t want to do. No mouse wants to be stuck in a bucket treading milk. But look what happens when he keeps going. The milk turns to butter. Not only does this change provide salvation for the mouse but it turns the milk into something very useful. And a whole bucket of it.

Work is like this. No matter what work you do, if you keep at it, it turns into something very useful. Things start to happen as if by magic. Take a janitor cleaning a floor. Nobody wants to do that. But if he keeps at it then he begins to notice how to do it in the most efficient way, which chemicals work best, when to do the work and so on. How many million-dollar cleaning businesses started this way? And yet they began with work that nobody wanted to do.

Whenever you do anything hard you are treading milk. Like with treading milk you may not see any progress for a long time. The quality of your output (whatever that might be) won’t change at first it and it may seem like it never will. But then… slowly, the milk begins to turn into butter. The output becomes valuable and sought after and you, its creator, will begin to love it. And all this happens through nothing more than persistence. You don’t need to learn. You need to keep going.

“Naughty, naughty, go and stand on the Chiddingstone!” What!

Read about the stone below the picture.

The Chiddingstone is in the village of Chiddingstone in Kent, England. My friend Anna told me one of the legends about the Chiddingstone.

“This is the Chiddingstone itself. So named because naughty ones had to stand on it and be “chided” by the other people of the village! “

Perhaps this is where the word “chide”comes from?

The picture is of Anna and her dear companion Kiera.

Read Kiera’s amazing story here – Over 100 views

A Memory Bench at Schoonmakers Kop near Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Beautiful areas have memory benches. A memory bench has a plaque on it. The plaque has a name on it – the name of a person who loved and appreciated the area. It is a fine way to pay tribute to a loved one who has passed on.

Skaneateles – A must for your bucket list

Skeneateles is a beautiful town in Onondaga, County New York., USA. It is next to the Skaneateles Lake which in the Iroquios language means “Long Lake”. One of the beautiful places there is a Church beside the lake. We attended an outdoor Communion Service there. Here is why Skeneateles is a must for your bucket list! Four pictures.

Church Service

The Change of Seasons In Baltimore – Fly Fishing

Late March fly fishing in the Gunpowder river near Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Spring is slowly showing herself. And yet, snow is expected. The change of seasons is full of surprises!

A message of hope from the Canopy: Learn from the changing seasons

The forest has spoken. This weekend, this leaf, dressed in gentle shades of autumn, drifted down from the forest canopy in the Island Nature Reserve near Port Elizabeth in South Africa. The leaf’s message was clear: “Autumn is here. Winter for all of us is not far off. But remember. After the winter will come the spring and then the warmth of another summer. Learn from me, a humble leaf. Learn the lesson of the seasons. The winter of this Covid will pass too. Have faith in the passage of time. Rest assured. A new day is coming for us all.”

See picture below.

Picture: Mariska Spoormaker. Thank you.

The Seasons are Changing in England and South Africa

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

Ecclesiastes 3:1 KJV

March 2021

Change is in the air.

In England spring is beginning to shyly show her beautiful face.

In South Africa the autumn chill is starting to call for jerseys

Below are two pictures taken a few days ago. The first is of early spring daffodils in England. The second is of the South African “blood flower” now blooming in early autumn.

Read Mariska’s comment about the “blood flower” below the second picture.

Below: English spring daffodils – March 2021

Photo: Our relative in England

Below: South African autumn blood flowers – March 2021

Photo: Mariska Spoormaker

“When this bulb plant pushes out her red powder brush, you can know the time of summer is over. Some people call the Powderbrush / blood flower also the April Fool – why?” – Mariska Spoormaker on Facebook. (Behind the flowers is “Tiekie”, Mariska’s good friend and companion.

The importance of today

Something to think about

Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift.

That’s why it’s called the present.

Bil Keane

Click here for the same message expressed in timeless poetry: “The Salutation of the Dawn”. It is a poem treasured for generations.It is a poem to be remembered forever. Keep safe.