Sun, sea and sand – almost summer

Robe has a swimming beach – but this is not it!  There are warning signs about dangerous currents and rips along this stretch of beach along the Limestone Coast and only the foolhardy would ignore them.  The beach is still wonderful to stroll along however, and Fred and I had a great time early one morning last week.  So for those who are getting into snow and winter in the northern hemisphere, here’s some almost summer for you to enjoy 🙂

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The Fisherman’s prayer

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The Fisherman’s Prayer, by Thomas Keats

A Fisherman’s Prayer, speaks of life and the danger one encounters while at sea.

The Fisherman’s Prayer
by Thomas Keats

When far from land on the stormy sea
There are times when my boat seems frail to me
Where the rising wind and the monstrous waves
Have sent many souls to their watery graves

When the fog shuts down and blacks out the shore
And the heavy seas on the rocks do roar
Where the hidden shoal and the tricky tide
Could mean my doom without a guide

In times like this our hearts sometime fail
And we fear we’ll be lost in the stormy gale
Our thoughts go back to our friends on shore
And loved ones whom we’ll probably see no more

But then at last there is a light
Shining through the gloom like a beacon bright
It is our faith in Our Lord we see
Who rules the raging of the sea

Our thoughts go back to the story true
Of Our Lord who protects His disciples crew
Who were fishermen just like me
And we follow their tradition of the sea

So now all fishermen be of good cheer
And always remember Your Lord is near
The word of a hymn which can give courage to thee
Are “Jesus Saviour, Pilot Me”.

Pixel the model

When the spring weather turns back to winter, what better way to pass the time, than to admire a cat?

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Who among us hasn’t envied a cat’s ability to ignore the cares of daily life and to relax completely?

~Karen Brademeyer

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYou cannot look at a sleeping cat and feel tense.  ~Jane Pauley
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“Happy is the home with at least one cat” – Italian Proverb
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“I gave an order to a cat, and the cat gave it to its tail” – Chinese Proverb
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If the claws didn’t retract, cats would be like Velcro.  ~Bruce Fogle
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAShe clawed her way into my heart and wouldn’t let go.  ~Missy Altijd
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The cat is the animal to whom the Creator gave the biggest eye, the softest fur, the most supremely delicate nostrils, a mobile ear, an unrivaled paw and a curved claw borrowed from the rose-tree.  ~Colette