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01 October 2011
One day out of every 7 could be devoted to appreciating what we have. That's what, I think, the old idea of Keep the sabbath holy really meant.

Today I open my door to the sun, to the air which fills my lungs and stirs the leaves, see the shimmering cobwebs in my window, hear the neighbour's dog and feel - the stillness. Just simply appreciate what I already have.

Readers of my blog will recollect my ecstatic raves; yes, you remember! where I attempt to translate into words the joy I am experiencing, to communicate, to join with the same vibration within you out there (where you are I do not know, but you are real enough to me) sitting here nudging the lettered keys of my computer, seeing the same exultation reflected back from the world to my heart, whence it came in the first place. A long spluttering sentence, but there you are...

Anyway, just that - a day given to appreciating what I have. It has started well, let it so continue ...

Gratitude is such a simple unifying emotion, and it can be savoured like well-made gravy. I'll leave you, my friend, with that thought.

I looked back through the blog and came up with a couple:

Here are three such, these passages written while at sea...

Here is one written more recently - "A Perennial Happiness"

Vessel Name: BLUEBOTTLE (ex-Aura)
Vessel Make/Model: Lidgard 49' steel ketch
Hailing Port: Hobart
Crew: Adrienne Godsmark and Joe Blake
We have completed our trans-Pacific voyage - from Panama to Hobart via Ecuador, Mexico, French Polynesia, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu and Bundaberg, and are now pausing before resuming land life. [...]
When the port authorities here were approached to renew our Panamanian boat registration, they said "You can't call your boat Aura - that's taken" so we decided to call her Bluebottle! If you know the Goons, you know of Bluebottle, that little twit! He was always getting into trouble with his thin [...]
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Who: Adrienne Godsmark and Joe Blake
Port: Hobart