I love the ocean.
I love the crash of waves, and the music of pebbles washing up on the sand. I love the sun bursting out of the ocean in the morning and lighting it red in the evening. I love the breeze as I walk down the pier and the salt smell in the air by the beach.
I suppose, to be completely technical, I’m an inland girl. Hamilton Ontario is pretty landlocked (no—the great lakes don’t count). But, for as long as I can properly remember, I’ve lived by the sea.
On PEI, you’re never more than half an hour from the ocean, and we lived much closer. I loved growing up on a tidal river, watching the water flow in an out. We were also five minutes from one of PEI’s lovely red sand beaches, a favourite summer destination.
Now, in St. Andrew’s, the ocean is a reminder of home. When I look out over the North Sea, I know that it’s connected to the Northumberland Straight back in Canada. Maybe, over the years, some of the waves have made the same journey that I did, all the way across the ocean.
(Alright, I’m overly romanizing this a little. Waves probably don’t travel quite that far. But, it’s a nice thought)
The ocean has been a constant in my life. And now, there’s nothing that de-stresses me more than a short (or, to be honest, a really-not-short-at-all) walk down the beach. On a gorgeous day like today, I could have spent hours just sitting on the rocks, watching the waves, or collecting sea glass.
Now, just in case you’re not quite convinced about how gorgeous the ocean is… photographic evidence shall be supplied. The first half of these photos are from an impromptu post-prayer-meeting photoshoot with a few friends at West Sands, and the second half are from my study-break walk late yesterday afternoon at East Sands. Because, of course, the only thing better than the ocean is the ocean at sunrise or sunset.
|The pier, with the lovely crashing waves.|
|The shoreline going south|
|The town! Isn't it just sooooo lovely?|
|Scottish flag above the town. So patriotic. :)|
|Pier and the edge of the town with the harbour and cathedral.|
|Scottish flag against the clouds|
|Rocks! They're fantastic for rock scrambling, and amazing for sea glass collecting!|
(n.b. the random thing in the top of the picture is a windsurfing kite, or something of that sort...)
|Sunrise near West Sands as we head off to early morning prayer meeting.|
|After the meeting-- all bundled up!|
|"The sun comes up, it's a new day dawning..."|
|More rocks! There're rocks basically everywhere here. ALL the rock scrambling!|
|One of my friends had the idea to stand on the rocks and take sunrise silhouettes.|
|Just slightly edited... :P|
(but it's purple, so it's justified)
After showing you all these pictures, I am now going to present the gracious offer of a couch in my living room for you to sleep on... Anyone want to take me up on that?