O ye Seas and Floods, bless ye the Lord : praise him, and magnify him for ever.
O ye Whales, and all that move in the Waters, bless ye the Lord : praise him, and magnify him for ever.
One of the nearest places on this earth to God is the sea, through the Benedicite speaks of many other places like the mountains. It is on the sea that one may truly see the sun in its orb setting on the western horizon. Here is the beach at Veules les Roses on the Normandy coast facing England, where I usually go sailing.
Here is the beach facing Saint Valéry en Caux.
This is not the most beautiful part of the beach, which is a resort for many people during the summer. But, it is the place where people take out their boats for earning their living, fishing or simple recreation. The boats are rolled down the launching ramp, often littered with dead and rotting fish, but there is something in the mess and untidiness of a place of work. Most of us like to eat fish, and someone has to catch them!
Here is my battered old boat covered and padlocked.
Here is the boat rigged and ready to go.
I took this photo yesterday after having taken down the boat’s sails and rigging, and put everything away. We look towards Dieppe at low tide. Beaches are so different out of the holiday season! Places are important, and this is my sanctuary.