Tuesday, 15 January 2013

A walk on the beach



A walk on the beach is never dull. 






You never know what is going to show up. 




 This was a bit different. 
A coastguard helicopter
close enough to blow your hat off.


It was the annual training exercise 
Even on a calm day
you could see how perilous this was
as they lowered crew members into the tiny lifeboat
and winched them back up again.
And in the bitter cold,
I felt profoundly grateful to the volunteers
who gave up their Sunday
to train to save lives at sea.

7 comments:

  1. I really like the picture of the shed alone, for some reason. I think it must be that it looks so unreal . . . on one level it's a flat featureless, abstract object in an almost lunar landscape. It's so much out of the world that I normally inhabit.

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  2. Love those pix, I could almost smell the fresh ozone.

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  3. Those rescue crews are so brave, we owe them a lot.

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  4. Yes indeed. It makes one feel very feeble. (Me, I mean. I always think of you as being rather resolute.)

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  5. I love the hut too and the shingle. They speak coast. Glad to read that you too have been engaged in a variety of non tax return activities. I have done mine now but it took a lot of knitting.

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  6. The beach is such a gift because it always gives us something new to love and appreciate, doesn't it?

    I felt a similar gratitude for our utility workers who spent hours restoring our power a few weeks ago.

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