Down by the seaside

Spent two hours on the water
beyond the outer buoy
Half a mile or so from shore
moments of pure joy
A gentle swell from rising tides
bobbed me around a bit
Watching sailors from the club
out there enjoying it

Then later when the sea lay still
to the beach I then repaired
And soaked the sunshine up a while
as many others shared
Bank holidays are made for this
for times of idle pleasure
Made perfect by a gleaming sun
for all our seaside leisure

©Jemverse

Photo – my kayak and converse, Lancing beach, August bank holiday 2017 – Jempics

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Sixteen hundred

Part 20 of 20 in ‘The Aegean Shores’ series

And of the sixteen hundred
just one-thirty occupied
Five this week we’ve been to
many more of which we’ve spied

Corfu, Kefalonia
Crete, Santorini, Rhodes
Five islands we’ve just been to
Though Greece, of course, has loads

It’s been a superb holiday
and though we’re homeward bound
we’re far from disappointed
with the joy there that we found

©Jemverse

Photo – the Thomson ‘Dream’ cruise liner – Jempics

[This is part 20 of a 20-part series charting a seven-day cruise with Tui from 11-18 August 2017, travelling from London to Corfu, then Kalamata (Greece), Santorini, Rhodes, Crete, Piraeus (Greece), Kefalonia, Corfu and London, some 3,870 nautical miles]

Perfect Day

Part 13 of 20 in ‘The Aegean Shores’ series

Today has been just perfect
with walks beside the sea
Here upon the isle of Crete
in the sunshine, Sal and me

And the clarity of the water
as it captures glinting light
Ever present as we sail
makes everything just right

©Jemverse

Photo – the Vamos headland in Souda Bay, Crete, Greece, Tuesday 15th August 2017 – Jempics

[This is part 13 of a 20-part series charting a seven-day cruise with Tui from 11-18 August 2017, travelling from London to Corfu, then Kalamata (Greece), Santorini, Rhodes, Crete, Piraeus (Greece), Kefalonia, Corfu and London, some 3,870 nautical miles]

Fridays

Fridays come and Fridays go
and most of them are great
But today’s an extra special one
Now here, well worth the wait

For it means the start of stopping
and resting for a while
For I’m now on my holidays
Relax. Deep breath. Big smile.

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics (NB – there’s no particular relevance to the words; it’s just a nice field of daisies)

Counting the days II

I’m not past my prime
yet sometimes I feel
it takes longer these days
to recover and heal

And I know that the sun
should help me feel well
But sometimes it seems
very much the hard sell

So I think what I need
is a break well away
A bit of a rest and
a nice holiday

And as luck would have it
that’s happening soon
A week’s cruise to Greece
that we booked back in June

Just four weeks away
so we’re counting the days
as we both need a rest
from this pesky malaise

©Jemverse

Photo – The Acropolis, Athens, Greece (where we’ll be again on 16th August) – Jempics

The Fly-past

Gulls above the Metropole
a fly-past just for me
Here in Brighton in the sun
next to the deep blue sea

Their cry is one of happiness
and the joy of being here
With the clarity of summer
at this lovely time of year

©Jemverse

Photo – gulls on the wing above the Metropole Hotel, Brighton, Sussex, UK – Jempics

Beach Hut (aka ‘Our happy place too’)

Took a trip to the beach hut
It’s looking quite good
If you don’t look too close
at the oft patched up wood
The locks opened fine
with some lubricant there
and it doesn’t look like
it needs much repair

Even the paint job
I gave it last year
has weathered well in the winds
that blast around here
And the view of the sea
is (as ever) divine
Particularly now when
the weather is fine

©Jemverse

Photo – hut 101, Lancing Beach Green, West Sussex, UK (with view of the sea insert) – Jempics

 

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