Catherine Daniel Ceramics

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Saturday, 17 September 2011

Sea Fever

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship, and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea's face, and a grey dawn breaking.

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the seagulls crying.

I must to down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull's way and the whale's way
where the wind's like a whetted knife;

And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick's over.

(John Masefield)

You can keep your Season of Mists and Mellow la-di-da ......

I'm still in sea-side mood !!

Do I have any 'laughing fellow-rovers' out there??

Don't you agree that the sea is for all seasons,
not just Summer?

Cathy x


  1. How amazing that I should come across this poem here, I have been thinking of this as the words i want to gild on my newly decorated bathroom walls! I agree sea is for all times, I love to go down to the shore on a cold wintery blowy day, it is so wild and beautiful.

  2. Absolutely Cathy. I'm long for a blustery autumnal coastal walk. I love that poem & shall enjoy having it rolling through my head today.

  3. Lovely poem and very nice work. I agree the sea is for all seasons. In fact, there is nothing more exhilarating than walking along the beach on a chilly winters day when the waves are crashing in and the wind is blowing. xx

  4. Absolutely!

    Have you come across a song by Flanders and Swan, called "Sea Fever"?

  5. Oh Cathy, sea is ok but now I can't wait when you find some time for medieval explorations :)

  6. Hi!
    My blog has a HEAP of calligraphy and illumination in it - I did it for 6 years before taking up embroidery. Have a look at the older entries if you are interested - I hope that you enjoy them, and enjoy learning about the art!
    Best Regards

  7. Ooh mystical!!
    I do love the sea!!
    I think you love clay as much as I love fabric?

  8. I love this latest platter, you do such lovely work :)
    Sue Xxx

  9. Love the textures and the colours are a knock out
    Lynn xxx

  10. Love that particular poem. I have it pinned above my desk! Cx

  11. Absolutely - I love nothing better than a stormy sea on a blustery day. Shame I live in landlocked Shropshire.

  12. Love the sea all year round. Lovely work.

  13. Hi Catherine,
    I love the platter it's gorgeous!
    Yes I agree you can't beat a bracing winter walk on the beach with the white horses rolling in. I won't mention white salt covered windows and battered gardens though!:-)
    Sea Fever is abig favourite of mine too.