Category: Musings

Thoughts, memorable moments, and other stuff I’d like to share

Weighing Anchor

The excitement is always the same; that sense of anticipation, of adventure, of setting out on the next leg of a voyage. It starts perhaps in darkness, with the boat snubbing at its anchor chain, making irregular swoops under the conflicting pressures of wind…

A Test of Friendship

I fear I’ve tested an old and good friendship. It began when a friend I’ve known since university days asked me to crew for him when he sailed his yacht from Portsmouth to La Rochelle. But, I pointed out, I haven’t sailed since I…

Tinkling the Ivories

Has anyone ever noticed how evocative music can be?   The way it takes the mind back to a particular time and place? I was at a very elderly relative’s house recently, helping her to clear out old cupboards.  Among the debris was a stack of old…