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A life on the ocean wave revisited…

My friend Jenny, who makes her lovely driftwood boats, invited me to go out on her (real) boat for the day. I had spent a lovely day pootling up and down the Dorset coast with her and her partner, Tom, in their boat, Moonlight Dancer, a few weeks ago and had such a lovely day, I had no hesitation in accepting another invitation. The sun was shining in a cloudless blue sky when I arrived at the marina and I was looking forward to another glorious day.


This is a photo of Durdle Door, a well known rock formation in Dorset, which I took on our last trip. This whole coastline has been awarded World Heritage Site status and is known as the Jurassic coast. I had seen Durdle Door from the beach (indeed, I was there at 6.30am in December a couple of years ago to photograph it at dawn with Ludwig. That is true love I tell you – it was FREEZING!) but I had never seen it from the sea. I think it looks like a dinosaur drinking from the sea – what do you think? This a view of it I took from the beach.


Anyway, today, despite the cloudless blue sky, the sea was very choppy indeed and I am sad to admit I have spent the best part of 5 hours throwing up into a bucket, while the others fished quite happily (and successfully). I am mortified, I sailed with an ex boyfriend regularly for 2 years and was not seasick once. This was an experience I do not want to repeat!

I am now back at home and still feeling a bit weird but I think the quickest way to get back to normal is to start making a book and perhaps trying to have something to eat. Needless to say, it won’t be fish…

5 responses to “A life on the ocean wave revisited…

  1. cotojo September 16, 2007 at 1:48 pm

    Hi Diane,

    Love the pics of Durdle Door, the one taken from the sea look very much like a duck :)

    The Jurassic coast has many wonderful places and rocky outcrops.

    I used to regularly go out deep sea fishing with a friend and he said he loved it, but he was seasick every time and would spend most of the time sat in the corner throwing up…..not my idea of fun at all.


  2. strugglingwriter September 16, 2007 at 2:32 pm

    That sounds like a rough day. I hope you are feeling better. :)

  3. Diane September 16, 2007 at 5:18 pm

    My neck of the woods, Dorset, is a lovely part of the world and I am very lucky to live here I think, I love it.

    I am back to normal (or what passes as normal) today, thanks for asking!

  4. laketrees September 17, 2007 at 2:13 am

    terrific photos !!!
    it does look a bit like a duck….or a lochness monster :)
    that’s odd that you have lost your sea legs Diane……usually you have them or you don’t……….I know I go green just looking at boats….and having a parter who is an ex-fisherman..doesn’t help…
    good to hear that you are back to normal though :)

  5. Diane September 17, 2007 at 6:34 am

    I think that I was better when we kept moving even though the sea was rough. It was every time they stopped to fish and the boat just rolled around. We were in a particularly rough bit of sea too where several currents all meet over a sandbank called the Shambles off Portland Bill (apparently the fish love it there!)

    Ooh, i feel queasy just writing about it!

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