Sunday, July 15, 2007

Did you miss me?

I missed you all! I really did. I had a wonderful - yet hectic, pandemonic, slightly chaotic - time at the ocean and miss it so much already. I love the ocean. It's like coming home. It's when you remember without thinking how to climb cliffs, go rockpooling and be the perfect paddler. It's when you can see the shore in your mind's eye, smell the pungent salty air of the seaside and feel the crunch of glistening wet sand crystals beneath your feet even when you are 100 miles inland. That's why it feels like home to me, although I have never lived near the sea.
I love the seaside~
There is something, some invisible force, that draws me to the ocean....that vast, huge body of water that nobody can ever hope to see the whole of. The uncountable drops of brine, the life it holds and the power it has over life and death and our land enchant me. I think it all began when I went on a trip to the beach with school, a beautiful beach with white sands and smooth pebbles, gleaming azure waters and green sand dunes as far as the eye could see. We had a booklet with some information about the beach itself and the ocean in general but one quotation, printed in small Times New Roman on the back of the leaflet, still stays with me.
“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” ~ Mother Teresa
So I think the ocean kind of signifies the world to me...but each drop of water represents a human being, someone so tiny and diminutive in the whole scheme of living, but someone so brilliantly important in their own way. The ocean's special and ever since I first visited, many yonders ago when the sun shone in summer (!) and I could wear glittery mauve jelly shoes without feeling self-conscious, I have vowed that one day I will live in a house right by the sea so I can be breathless every minute of the day - astounded by its beauty and sheer mass and blueness.
Did you miss me?
So now that's over and done with, I just had to write it somewhere, I'll share some nice little details about my lovely holiday. And, if you haven't yet realised, this post will probably be a long one, so leave now unless you're in it for the long run...! My parents, little sister (who's actually not so little anymore) and I stayed in North Devon, one of the most beautiful and serene places on the English coastline. Many of the beaches are deserted, with only a few souls wandering their sand even in summer, and some days we had the sea to ourselves. The water was absolutely freezing, cold enough to give you frostbite I'm sure, but since when did that ever stop me?! I guess I'm just too used to the English Channel which is significantly warmer than the Atlantic Ocean, naturally. Still, here's some proof that I did actually go in [my feet in the water as you may not be able to decipher thanks to such limited DOF]...
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It was sunny and warm most days, although rain plagued us on the last couple of afternoons in true English style. My mother and I drove to a deserted little cove and shore named Putsborough Sands together, just to see it. It was absolutely stunning. There really are no words to describe it. Seriously. You'd have to see it to believe it, and my photographs do not do it justice by a long way. The sun shone high in the bright blue sky illuminating puffy marshmallow cloud formations as Atlantic waves lapped the shore, and clouds reflected onto the sands. My heart just skipped a beat. It was that beautiful. The tide was out and my mum had my camera bag safe and sound round her neck so I just ran. I ran like I have never run before...wind blowing in my hair, wet sand at my feet, the crunchy pebbles between my toes and the absolutely blue sea waiting for me...almost calling my name. And as I ran, blue sweater round my waist and sandals long discarded, I felt truly happy. A different kind of happiness, a place of absolute sweetness and joy. I almost didn't write this for fear I could not even hope to emulate such beauty and such joy but I am glad I did, for I have tried. This is the view I was met with.
And...other stuff...we played a game of Boggle every evening (I always won, unapologetically, it's the only game I am good at), we ate ice-cream until we were bursting, we painted sugar dishes in a shop, my sister and I made up songs, wrote stories, cooked pasta and garlic bread, stayed up late, woke up late, went out to dinner in typical English pubs and had fun. Here's just a few more pictures from my stay....
Love Heart
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And, a rare one of my little sister who recently turned thirteen. The sea is in the background, which I love, of course.
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Thanks for reading. If you got this far, well done! From the bottom of my heart!! =) Have a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful day...and thanks for the lovely comments you left me whilst I was away.
Love, miss Lulu =)


Blogger Lola said...

So i think you would love live on a island :P i'm so glad that you had a great time

3:29 pm, July 15, 2007  
Blogger Jennifer said...

oh these are amazing Lulu, I'm glad you had a great time! Your photos are amazing I love every last one of them, the colors are wow!!! That last one is so fun and I love the style!

4:06 pm, July 15, 2007  
Blogger Donita said...

I had forgotten you were gone and was wondering..."what happened to her"? I am glad you had a great time . Your shots are just...awe inspiring! I want to go to the ocean, now! Too bad I live in the middle of the flatlands in Illinois, USA. The nearest lake to me is next to a chemical plant. : )

4:14 pm, July 15, 2007  
Blogger Lottie said...

Beautiful stuff Lulu, glad you enjoyed yourself in North Devon, I've only ever been to the southern parts of Devon and Cornwall, so it's lovely to see what the rest of it looks like.

I'm a total water baby too... really couldn't live too far from the sea - we're lucky in that respect living in England, what is it? Something like 'never more than 70 miles from the coast'... something like that... anywyay, love that pic of your sister too!

6:15 pm, July 15, 2007  
Blogger Rebekah said...

Oh, I love them all!! My very favourite is the first one, though. The water looks so pure and inviting. I did miss reading your blog; your words and photographs are always so inspiring. This post was too. I love the photos you captured and the imagery in the words you left us with. Thanks for sharing! :)

9:01 pm, July 15, 2007  
Blogger Plane Jayne said...

I am enamored with your photography and your ablility to express yourself. You are quite a poised young person. I look forward to reading your blog. You make the days a lot brighter! Thank you!

3:15 am, July 16, 2007  
Blogger Tiffany said...

I miss you too!!!! I'm going to read later bec. I know that this is going to be a fun post. The pictures are captured the shadows and highlights and everything...Your Still Life, Miss Lulu is just TDF!!!!

can't wait to read what is going on with you later.

Miss you so much.

12:40 pm, July 16, 2007  
Blogger Photographs By Tiffany said...

Wow~ These are such great and really unique photographs~ You have such a great way to capture feeling in your photos! I love them all and it seems like you had a really amazing time!

3:34 pm, July 16, 2007  
Blogger mindy~ree said...

truly beautiful images!! I wish I could have seen that ocean in real life...but your photographs are definitely like being there!! beautiful work!!! Missed you! :)

4:51 pm, July 16, 2007  
Blogger Ellen said...

Luluuu, you know I love these! Every single one. You caught the water so well, I love being near water and these really make me feel like I'm there. Love the one of your sister too, you take what you can get, right? Very cool. I'm glad you're back, you definitely were missed. Are you still coming to Canada? If so, when? I know you answered that before, but I can't find the comment you left it on... :)

8:14 pm, July 16, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You captured so much beauty! I loved reading your words and seeing the photos. You have a true gift!

9:54 pm, July 16, 2007  
Blogger Sherry B said...

I'm glad you had such a wonderful time....Looks like fun! Beautiful images!

4:31 am, July 17, 2007  
Blogger Jinksee said...

Love these girl! I adore the beach and seeing your photos..made me wish I was right there in the surf. Beautiful. :D Just beautiful.

3:25 am, July 18, 2007  
Blogger Lulu said...

Thank you. =)

6:29 pm, July 18, 2007  

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