I am still gloating over all the marvellous stuff I got yesterday at a boatyard sail – he is off to sail the world and needed to unload. My haul included two battered West Point trunks, an amazingly solid caged work light, four life rings, two copper ventilators, an old wooden wood plane, two solid brass cleats, a bronze hawser guard, ship’s bell – is that all? It feels like so much!

I had to leave the beautiful scroll saw as I have nowhere to put it, but I rang a friend who could use it so it’s no loss what a friend gets, as my grandmother used to say, (said when my brother’s ice cream toppled from the cone and a dog ate it in two gulps).

I have been sitting with a cup of strong tea contemplating the light off the water to steady myself after paying for my first large order of commissioned fabric, and maybe it’s the number of noughts involved which make the light unbearably clear, the colours so sharp and subtle: sun-bleached fluorescent pink on the fender swaying in the wind, bright olive in one of my favorite pieces of driftwood hanging on the wall, and the colours picked up and echoed by hats and books and art I normally don’t notice. I am alone, though the cat is sitting in her basket beside me with one paw draped elegantly over the side, and the raccoon and her kittens are just inches away under the kitchen floor, what a strange thought. Everything feels so solid and tangible, a very robust sort of happiness grounded in ticking clocks and passing traffic. Ordinary happiness is so sturdy if I take the time to settle into it.

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8 Responses to Booty!

  1. Your post sounds soooo lovely to me tonight. We have had an unbelievable snow storm… least unbelievable for Atlanta!!! The six inches of snow was so romantic and beautiful at first. Then the half inch of ice on top made it a bit less wonderful. The city is entirely shut down, so the lazy day was fabulous at first, but then I realized that some events I was looking forward to tomorrow won’t be happening. In fact, I’m OVER this weather! So to think about water lapping and birds flying overhead and such sounds like paradise to me. Your projects sound exciting. Be fearless!!!
    Linda @ A Toile Tale

  2. Seraphimsp says:

    Your writing is just so incredibly beautiful. I loved the photos too. “Ordinary happiness is so sturdy if I take the time to settle into it.” I am making this my motto for today. Thank you.

  3. kerrie says:

    Yes, the floods are troubling…I will be praying specifically for your family members. I am so sorry they are in the midst of this suffering. My heart goes out to them.

  4. I’m sooo loving the life rings!!!!

  5. I had precisely the same reaction to your sentence about ordinary happiness being sturdy – you’re a very talented writer as well as creator with your hands!
    But then, I noticed I liked what your grandmother said too, about friends getting things not being a loss… so perhaps wise and concise words run in your family.
    Hope you’re enjoying the (beautiful?) weekend.

  6. gaia says:

    I couldn’t find you anymore….!

    How are you darling?

    Happy belated new years!

  7. Ginger says:

    Total score! I love the life rafts. They are just great. I can’t believe you got all that stuff. I’m so jealous!

  8. bree Oliver says:

    I love the colour and wear on the first life ring. I wish I could get my hands on something like that for my new beach shack.

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