Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Salt Sea




"Do you know a cure for me?"



"Why yes," he said, "I know a cure for everything.  Salt Water."




"Salt water?"  I asked him.



"Yes," he said


"in one way or the other.  Sweat, or tears, or the salt sea."




"I know of a cure for everything:  salt water..."
Karen Blixen 'Out Of Africa'

Even in the wintry cold of  November, the sea is everything to me.  We just spent a week on water's edge at the bird sanctuary, breathing in cold misty air.  We traveled in our white Jeep Wrangler- safari style.  I set up a lovely white washed camp with folding canvas chairs, tiny table, a wicker chair, and vintage cups for tea.   I had my November 2007 issue of Romantic Homes for inspiration and the words of Karen Blixen's Out Of Africa novel.  The peaceful ebb and flow of the changing tide at the sanctuary was a retreat for the soul.   Upon return I found that the  Winter garden needed tending, laundry needed a go, and my clean art studio waited for holiday creating.   I have given my Seawashed Shop a refresh and am adding new items for the Christmas season.  These Rosaries are new...hand-made of wood beads with a metal Benedictine Cross by Catholic monks.  I hand-paint them in many layers to create an ocean worn patina.  They are large at nearly 70 inches and come in white or pacific grey.  I will be using them in my own home for Winter decorating along with shells and driftwood washed by the grey sea of our Northern Coast.  

washed by the salt sea 
Kerrie

Peaceful Tidings

To see more of our vacation visit me on Instagram


22 comments:

  1. Oh- Such a beautiful post, Kerrie. I have missed your sweet posts. I am so glad you had a chance to get away and enjoy a few quiet moments by the water. Love to you, my friend. xo Diana

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    1. Thank you Diana for visiting. It is so nice to hear from you!

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  2. Always a pleasure to visit your blog. Beautiful and calming.
    Hugs from here

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    1. Thank you Bente. It is so lovely to have a visit from you. I am hoping to return to blogging in the new year. I will come. Isit you soon!

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  3. Such lovely words and images. Your beside-the-sea camp sounds beautiful, and is perhaps a takeoff on that wonderful camping-with-Mozart scene in the movie Out of Africa.

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    1. Thank you Lorrie. Yes, I was trying to create the beauty of Out Of Africa in our glampsite. Karen Blixen's writing inspires me so deeply. I used to dream of living in Africa. But our California safari style adventure was wonderful and something that we will continue with our new Jeep. Thank you for your visit. I will come by soon to catch up with you!

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  4. I fixed my problem at the blog. Not sure what I did, because cookies were on, but mostly started from scratch, and it works.

    I saw your instagram Safari, and it was beautiful! I just love your rosaries. I look forward to seeing your decor. xoxo Su

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    1. Thank you Su for your visit! It is so nice to hear from you. Beautiful November to you.

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  5. Kerrie, this was pure magic. Washed ways and ways over the Atlantic to our coast, up east to my city in the mists of November. That´s, what blogging means to me - the connection. I am so glad, there is a Kerrie in this big big world :))
    Let me hug you once again, I wish you waves of inspiration these special days, when it is so cozy inside, your friend Méa

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    1. Méa your words go deep within me. Thank you for your enbrace. I am grateful to reconnect across the oceans and through the forests our spirits dance. Thank you dear friend for visiting me here. I send the salt air to you in a whispered song. Close your eyes and breathe it in. Do you feel it. Oh I hope so!!!! We will remain in the grey deep of Autumn into Winter. Contemplating its rich beauty and all the hidden treasure it brings. calm offerings x Kerrie

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    2. ✴ Kerrie, some people are like sparks, reaching out to bring a bit light in the dark ✴ And together connected we are like little glowworms ;)))

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  6. Hi Kerrie,
    Lovely to see you back. Just like you the sea soothes me, glad your trip to the coast worked it's magic. Sarah x

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    1. Thank you Sarah it is so nice to have you visit. From your shores to mine we will breathe in the sea together.

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  7. I agree wholeheartedly about salt water. I feel it too.

    Love
    Lizer Pearl

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    1. Thank you for visiting Pearl. Salt water is magical.

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  8. Love this and you are so lucky to live so near the sea

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    1. We live in the valley, so we are quite far from the sea. We are able to go often in our vintage travel trailer and camp on the shore. Now we have a new Jeep and are able to sleep in it for weekend getaways. Thank you for visiting.

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  9. Just found your lovely blog. Born and raised in Northern CA I have spend many years in the Bay area and the CA coast. I traded life in CA and the PNW for an old farmhouse in the Appalachian mountains, which I have never regretted. Happy to have found your blog, where I am reminded of the only thing I miss about CA, - the beautiful beaches and coastline. I really like your pictures and style. Lovely.

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    1. Thank you for your lovely visit. I was born and raised in the Bay area. A native of Northern California. We moved once for 18 months to the midwest and I missed the ocean so much. I will never ever leave the California coast again. It sounds like you are in such a beautiful place. The mountains hold their own magic.

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  10. Lovely photos from the sea,
    and I love your beads!

    Ida

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Your words like pearls washed ashore...