BEACHCOMBING

I was away staying here …Image result for the shingle house

It was in Dungeness where Derek Jarman lived. Here is his house …

derek jarmans house

While I was there I went for a walk and picked up these…

shells

And I was reminded of this poem by e.e.cummings…

maggie and milly and molly and may

went down to the beach (to play one day)

and maggie discovered a shell that sang

so sweetly she couldn’t remember her troubles, and

milly befriended a stranded star

whose rays five languid fingers were;

and maggie was chased by a horrible thing

which raced sideways while blowing bubbles: and

may came home with a smooth round stone

as small as a world and as large as alone.

For whatever we lose (like a you or a me)

it’s always ourselves we find in the sea.

And then I came home and passing Fortnum’s I remembered it was Christmas …

elephant fortnums

So Happy Christmas, darlings, and many thanks to everyone who has read the blog, commented on the blog and supported my book Titian’s Boatman/The Return of the Courtesan this year.  And my tip for surviving Christmas? If things get too bad take yourself off and watch The Feud on the BBC iPlayer about Bette Davis and Joan Crawford and the filming of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane (1962). It’s wonderful and very, very funny and will make your own family seem well-balanced and rational. This is going to be my holiday reading. Happy Christmas! And here’s hoping no one serves you rat!

bette joan

9 thoughts on “BEACHCOMBING

  1. Happy Christmas and thank you for a year’s worth of lovely and thought provoking peices . I’ve always loved that e. e. cummings poem. And as the winter nights get darker and colder – time to remember –

    “always
    it’s
    Spring)and everyone’s
    in love and flowers pick themselves”

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  2. The actresses who play Bette and Joan make it seem TOO REAL – Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon? I watched a few episodes but then I got too depressed. Yikes. But take me to a coastside village, and my mood always lifts up. Happy New Year.

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