The Wreck of the Edmund FitzJocelyn

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  1. Jazz says:

    Well, I guess that’s another way of looking at it. I envy your composure at the fact of winter hovering around the corner.

    This, I must say, made me laugh out loud – you can see how old I am by the fact that I actually wrote that out…

    Of course, Cannon actor William Conrad died in 1994 of congestive heart failure and has been persistently cold since

  2. furiousBall says:

    holy crap, gordon f’ng lightfoot.

  3. Mother of Invention says:

    Gorgeous picture! I love fall too but I kinda wish we could do that suspeneded animation thing about a week ago at full peak colours and warm sunny days. It is going downhill from here and today I’m shivering as my split pea soup cooketh in the old crock pot! And I swear my husband is eyeing his skis in the corner of the basement! I’m thinking of spinning a cocoon!

    (I was going to say I love that line that jazz just quoted!)

  4. Balou says:

    Great photos. Whenever we go to the north shore, we get much worse gas mileage on the way home for all the rocks in the trunk. Those concrete chunks are cool.

    Feeling achy today – I guess I could say I’m feeling a bit October. 😉

  5. Shania says:

    Ah! A fellow forty one year old with a five year old child. Mah sistah! Have you been mistaken for his grandmother yet? Trust me, I wasn’t feeling at all mellow and autumny when that happened!

    This was beautifully written and evocative, btw.

  6. Chantal says:

    I am with you!

  7. Pam says:

    Your fifties are even better.

  8. chelle says:

    Ooo I am adore Autumn, although this Fall seems cold. I am getting used to it though!

  9. pistols at dawn says:

    Some of us would merely have said, “Goddamn, it’s cold as balls in this water” and headed back inside to watch football, none the richer for our experience.

  10. flutter says:

    I like you too, so there.

  11. lime says:

    oh i do so think i needed this since i have just recently entered my f-f-f-f-forties…there, i said it, shit-damn-holy-hell. (can i have some cocoa now?)

    may i also say you have so many lines in here that just me hardy har the s-d-h-h feeling away (i’d still like the cocoa though, please)

    if you are still reluctant to share the cocoa will i earn points toward cocoa if i tell you i swam in lack ontario in may? the memory alone makes every internal organ shrivel in hypothermic pain.

  12. Bob says:

    oh. my. god. Cannon. I used to watch that show (along with Barnaby Jones, the FBI, Mannix, SWAT and all of the Quinn Martin productions not heretofore mentioned). He used to drive a Ford LTD, I think, and there was always food and a good female friend coming over to eat. ANYWAY.

    The waters of the Pacific off of Carmel beach were always frigid, often requiring a six-pack’s motivation to enter.

    I too love fall.

  13. citizen of the world says:

    That last photo is gorgeous. But the water sounds too feaking cold for me – given me the bath-tub warm ocean water of the southeeast Atlamtic coast.

  14. Mother Theresa says:

    I have a few months of summer left…not too sure I’m ready for the hot cocoa thing just yet. But, what’s a girl, I mean a woman, to do? Love the pictures and admire your way of looking at life. 🙂

  15. Em says:

    I like your one rule of parenting. And any water in the 50 degree range (or 60, for that matter) would force me to call this rule into play.

  16. Kylie w Warszawie says:

    I’ve lived in Europe for most of my adult life, but I grew up in Sydney and Houston, so I still cannot tolerate outdoor pools in Europe.

    You’re a fabulous writer! You really paint a picture!

  17. Casdok says:

    Brrr i can feel the cold water.
    And i am enjoying my autumn 🙂

  18. heartinsanfrancisco says:

    God, what a beautiful post! This resonates with me on so many levels, and even brought back memories from my own evanescent, fugitive youth of swimming in freezing lakes in MN, VT and NH.

    In many ways, I am happier in my skin than I was then, when I thought I had to prove my worth.

    I simply and absolutely love the way you write, and also the way your mind works. You are my blog idol.

  19. Dory says:

    I think all our best moments are based on “Cuz I Can.”


  20. geewits says:

    You are aging far more gracefully than I am. I’m still quite shocked when I suddenly realize (at the worst times) than I am not the young cutie I once was. I still feel like that person and then a mirror sneaks up on me and “Whoa Nellie!”

  21. Glamourpuss says:

    And scones. Mmmmm, scones….

    Out of interest does speaking in the first person plural happen in your forties, too? I hope so – I like its royal connotations.


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