it’s always ourselves we find in the sea

Roughseas via her Everypic blog recently posted re Islay which she notes is one of the most beautiful places she’s ever visited (yes, it is worthy of the rap) and a couple of the photos intriguingly reminded me of the beaches north of Broome WA, Australia. Thinking maybe I was hallucinating and in need of a holiday, preferably back there, I consulted with the G.O. who concurred there was an interesting similarity in some of the photos and landscape.

As well as being one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited, this stretch of coast is also similar to the Islay post yet again, although we don’t have the photos, in that the northern beaches of Broome are a popular location for casual campers, and we envied a couple who were set in front of their caravan with books and cool drinks.

I commented on the Islay post “No matter how lost I am I can always find myself on a beach.” Beaches have been salve for my soul and joy for my spirit ever since I was a little kid tagging along with my Dad while he fished. At various life crossroads I’ve spent many hours walking off my troubles barefoot along the sand. I’ve wandered beaches in good times too; the day trip to Columb Point was one of those for the G.O. and me.

We’d been in Broome for a few days and done as many of the town sights as we could, so decided to go on an adventure that wasn’t strictly allowable for our hire car but we exercised our own judgment on the matter and set off with a mud map from our B&B host:

Head north out of Broome on to Broome Road, turn left onto Beagle Bay-Broome Road, turn right onto Manari Road. Follow Manari Road for about 40 or so kms.

In total the drive is about 70 kms north from Broome. We drove it in a little red Daihatsu Terios AWD. I would recommend a 4WD but all was well. All three of us returned intact, safe and in time, at least for the G.O. and I, to watch another sunset over Cable Beach while sipping glasses of wine.

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“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me)
it’s always ourselves we find in the sea.”
“maggie and millie and molly and may”
E.E. Cummings (American poet 1894-1962)


18 thoughts on “it’s always ourselves we find in the sea

  1. Thank you. It was the curve of the bay that struck me straight off when I saw your photos. It is just the most amazing landscape, and as well as the post, I’ve accomplished wanting to be there all over again. Emigrating might not be so bad…

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  2. Ohhh ED Thank You!!, you’ve brightened a miserable rainy morning in the UK, for a brief moment I was totally lost in those beautiful photos 🙂
    Like you, whatever mood I’m in, a walk on a deserted beach will always lift my spirits, there is something totally magical about it.
    Your photos of Broome are certainly reminiscent of Islay.
    I visited Islay a few years ago, though very bittersweet memories for me of such a beautiful place.
    I have a couple of posts on my blog, with photos if ever you feel the urge to read.

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    1. I did go and look at your Islay posts, and have tears in my eyes… I could quite see myself there, and know it is a place I would like… I know it’s hard being there when they go, it must have been beyond hard being away. I love that you farewelled Harry by imagining him there, and he would have been. Any beach for me is bittersweet, as I spent many hours walking with my dog Bo by my side, and although she’s been gone for almost 10 years… I still think of, and miss her every time I set foot on the sand. I am glad you enjoyed the photos of the northern Broome beaches, they quite brightened my day as Sydney’s Saturday weather was the same as your’s…

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      1. 😦 not too upsetting I hope.
        Deserted beaches and dogs are made for each other, I fully understand your feelings of emptyness without Bo, even after all those years 😦

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    1. You’re welcome 🙂 I was curious to see if my gut reaction to the EveryPic photos was right… and then it was a cool, rainy morning in Sydney… this seemed like a much better place to be, in my head at least 🙂

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    1. Thank you. I feel the same way, for a different reason though as I’m not sure there is any Pisces in my astrological chart at all… I think it’s because from when I was tiny, we went to the beach and even though I come from the country, it’s one of my earliest memories 🙂

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