Friday, May 21, 2010

Brighton Beach

Beautiful weather has arrived and today is particularly warm and sunny. We went for a long walk on the beach. Brighton beach is not a lovely expanse of sand, as you might imagine. It's a shingle beach, meaning it is a beach of rounded stones. They make a lovely sound when the waves pull back, but they are not as easy to walk on as damp sand.


peaceable_tate said...

ooh, this is like one of my "looking down on France" photos. I love the shoes, the pebbles, Brighton Beach.

Matthew Arnold comes to mind, inexorably...Dover Beach must be the same kind of pebble beach...

"Listen! you hear the grating roar
Of pebbles which the waves draw back, and fling,
At their return, up the high strand,
Begin, and cease, and then again begin, With tremulous cadence slow, and bring The eternal note of sadness in.

Sophocles long ago Heard it on the Aegean, and it brought Into his mind the turbid ebb and flow Of human misery; we Find also in the sound a thought, Hearing it by this distant northern sea..."

and skipping a bit to the grand finale, all together now...

"Ah, love, let us be true
To one another! for the world, which seems
To lie before us like a land of dreams,
So various, so beautiful, so new,
Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light,
Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain;
And we are here as on a darkling plain
Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
Where ignorant armies clash by night."

Now THERE was an Pessimist on vacation!

Pat said...

I see Naot (or whatever) shoes!

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The Bride said...

Yes, Naots!

And, yes, Peaceable, Dover beach must be shingle - its just down the coast from here, after all.