Life, Simply Led

Simple Things – Rainbows, Sailing and Sunshine

The February half term has brought a promise of Spring with snippets of sunshine and carpets of snowdrops. My Simple Things have been sunshine on my face a glorious rainbow of hope and our first whole family sail of 2014.

We climbed Glastonbury Tor so I could show my children the huge swathe of our county which is underwater. As we reached the top the rain came down again but then something magical happened, the sun came out and there was a moment of pure joy.

Glastonbury Rainbow, rainbow over Glastonbury Tor

Our first whole family sail of 2014 brought a broad smile to my face and lifted my heart the way nothing else can. Something shifts when we leave the harbour and the land is left behind. He takes up his pole position and settles in to his sailing persona. He does it instantly, the minute his feet leave the pontoon and land on deck.

heading out of Portland Marina

After the recent storms there was still quite a breeze and we shifted at quite a pace. I love standing braced and trying to capture the angles.

sailing in February

It doesn’t always work, it isn’t always harmonious and we aren’t always all on board together but when we are and when it does it’s fab.

family sailing

He is never bored on board (apologies!) and, as he gets bigger, he is more and more fearless. I caught these pictures as he was descending from on high.

climbing the rigging

climbing the rigging

happy on board

Celebrating the Simple Things in February – what are yours?

I’m linking this post to The Gallery at Sticky Fingers. I haven’t joined in for far too long! Go and have a peep at everyone else’s weathery pictures!

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  1. The picture of the Tor is amazing. I love it.
    It’s also great to hear how you’re all loving the sailing :)

    • I can’t stop looking at the photo, I’m ridiculously pleased with it!

  2. That is an absolute corker Chris. Love reading about your adventures on the water. I live vicariously through you!

    • Thanks Tara Lara, I can’t WAIT for Spring and Summer although we will be a bit curtailed by GCSEs, A Levels and a performing daughter *sighs*

  3. I can just picture you on deck with the wind blowing Chris – must feel like you are so in tune with the world then.
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    • It does, I’m just a happy hippy really aren’t I? ;-)

  4. That picture of the tor needs to be framed
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  5. Stunning shots mrs (as always) x

    • You say the nicest things :-) xxx

  6. They are some stunning shots Chris! That first one – breathtaking! x

    • Thank you Kate! :-)

  7. Beautiful, the pictures and the togetherness. I think we have similar happy places, I’m a happy hippy at heart too!

    • *links arms with Ella and dances around the Maypole*

  8. That sail sounds pretty magical and a lot more than just simple.
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    • It’s the being in touch bit that’s simple. Sea air, sunshine on water, no traffic sounds. Heaven.

  9. Nothing like a rainbow to warm the soul – fab pic!

    • Thank you, and many thanks for visiting :-)

  10. Looks like you had loads of fun, Glastonbury Tor is such a great place to visit.

  11. Looks like lots of your favourite things for a fun half term week
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  12. What a simply stunning photo of the Tor! I totally see why you’re pleased as punch with it. And how wonderful to a)live near the sea and b) have a boat. Like Tara, I could easily live through you vicariously….:-) Sailing is something i’ve rarely done and live far too far from the sea to do. Anyway, lovely simple post. Its not a linky, is it, but you’ve inspired me to write my half term post along similar lines. It was one of enjoyment in simple things….
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  13. That photo of the Tor is simply stunning, can totally see why you’re so proud. And like Tara, i’m ever so slightly living your life via your blog – i’d LOVE to sail. How fantastic. Our half term was rather similar in that it wasn’t spectacular but ordinarily lovely. I’ve written about it here, and given a link to this post in it! Sx
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  14. What an amazing photo of Glastonbury Tor
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  15. I do hope your kids know how lucky they are. And if you are ever in the mindset of adopting another you know where to find me. Glorious!
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