On Boxing Day, at low tide, we walked on the beach.
Empty quay, Bude, Boxing Day, 2008
The weather was one of blue skies and crystal-clear visibility.
The views were amazing, but there is always more to a view than meets the eye – there is a history that rides with it.
This is not a request to focus on the past, but to share it – to acknowledge that the past existed and that those who lived through it were no different from us.
They too saw the world change before their eyes and their old certainties lost to an unknown future.
Low tide, Bude, Boxing Day, 2008
Thus the toast this Christmas is the toast of Christmas’ past – “Absent Friends”.
Ceres, waiting for the tide, Bude