I have a love affair with the sea and the ocean. There is no other element that I love more than the open sea.
The open sea is serene, beautiful, mysterious, magical…the list can go on and on.
Here in the DC area, we are fairly far away from the sea and I miss it pretty much all the time. I miss not being close to the big blue.
My love affair with the sea started at an early age during all my vacations on the Baltic Sea in our beloved summer house. It was there I learned how to be a part of nature, how to appreciate everything natural and beautiful.
That is where I learned the names of all the trees, the flowers, the fish and the insects. It is thanks to all my summers out in the true country side that I today know quite a few things about the weather and the wind…
When the swallows fly close to the water it will be rain the next day, when the flies are super aggressive the weather will make a turn for the worse, when the sun sets in the clouds it will be a rainy tomorrow and so forth. Yes, I’ve picked up a thing or two from the country side/archipelago in the far north.
My great grand father was a wise, strong and handy man. He could find water where no one else could find water. He used a so called divining rod (slagruta) and he was a diviner for quite a few people, and he was always right when he said there was water under the ground. Yes, there was indeed water and people could start to drill and dig.
I think I will try to use a divining rod this summer, just to see if I got the gift as well, the gift of finding water. I find this old, mysterious method totally fascinating.
Picture from slagruta.robert.nu
So the sea…
Here in the US, I have a place that I love more than any other place and that is The Outer Banks in North Carolina. I have come to love that place, and I have made it a part of me.
There you have the ocean nearby at all times, it is constantly present; the smells are there, the same smells that you’ll find on any island that is not a tropical island. The island feeling is there.
The best thing with the OBX is that it is remote, and so not commercialized. My daughter loves Myrtle Beach in South Carolina, she thrives on crowded beaches and she loves the sight of high rise condos along the beach. See, we differ a heck of a lot, Karolina and I. I don’t like that scene at all. No, give me the OBX any day over a commercialized beach. Big, commercialized beaches make me a tad bit sad and frustrated.
It is funny in a way since Karolina has spent every summer in a remote summer house in a northern archipelago as well, but she has also spent quite a few weeks of her young life at crowded beaches. I guess my daughter can grasp the best of two worlds, lucky her!!
I can only grasp stillness and calmness.
So, therefore I am so in love with the OBX…
And I also love torn and tattered things. Things that show patina. When at the beach, at our latest beach house in the OBX I fell in love with a sign. YES a SIGN!!!
I think this sign has it all; beauty, serenity, age and love…AND not to mention the most beautiful colors, right Humlan? You and I think alike.
All right, now you know a little bit more about me, and my love for the sea and the nature (I almost think that the nature is my religion). I wish you a good Wednesday whereever you are in the world!