perigee moon & perigean spring tide

‘Moon above the Sea at Daimotsu Bay – Benkei’, original Japanese woodblock print by Yoshitoshi, 1886, from ‘One Hundred Aspects of the Moon‘ … ‘a powerful portrayal of Benkei quelling a storm’ … found here

Aspects of tonight’s unusual full ‘moon illusion’: the rare size & beauty of this ‘perigee moon’ … with very high ‘perigean tides’ in tow, so beware …

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welcome 2011: new dawn, new paradigm …

‘Polar Bear & Cub’, by Niviaksiak, 1959, and a poignant piece about the artist & his art, via Waddington’s …

‘Untitled Chant’: [haiku url=”http://download940.mediafire.com/vjndi1o3l0ug/odkjzjufznz/Untitled+Chant.mp3″ title=”” graphical=”true”]

From the 1974 film {& based on the book by James Houston}, ‘The White Dawn‘, an Arctic tale, featuring the actors/singers, Akshooyooliak {‘Medicine Lady’} & Lou Gossett …

… Found, including fascinating wee backstory to this beautiful, obscure song, via Corduroy Mountain …’Her song simmers with a spectrum of emotions: sadness, hope, desperation, and resolve.’ …

Also, a clue from this extract from the comment by levinsky9, via the NYT review of said movie:

‘Henry Mancini’s music, based on the song created by an Inuit woman who made it up on request …’

Curious to know what Medicine Lady is singing about … could it be a foretelling, a lamenting … ‘warmest year on record‘ … observations from visiting photographer Ron Wassink in Iqaluit, ‘no one has a memory of the bay as we see it today’ … ‘there is no ice on Frobisher Bay’

… Could it be the Gulf Stream has veered northwest, leaving Britain in a rather more Labradorian / ‘White Dawn’ deep freeze these past few winters …?

… Now there is talk of a ‘polar bear refuge‘ …

… Whatever the reason, it’s unnerving & not ‘in season’, that on this day, 01 January 2011, in Toronto, Canada, it’s a soggy, grey +10C …!

shop news: modern tide clocks crossing the atlantic!

classic tide clock

Ahoy hoy! Tide Clocks now crossing the Atlantic ocean, as promised …!

A modern, fresh, minimalist inspired design hatched in a beach shack in Cornwall, England …synchronized with the moon, the quartz movement is set to function with the moon’s gravitational pull on the ocean

Should be in the shop next week … please stay tuned …!

P.S… limited supply in this shipment … if you’d like to be sure to get hold of one, just shoot us an email

{Time & Tide Clock version coming in the new year} …

scottish holiday {iii}: the lodge {the ‘earl’s estate’}

Cruggleton Lodge, in the deep southwest of Scotland by the Irish sea {near ancient Whithorn, in Galloway}, set on a secluded, cliff-top organic dairy farm, with Belfast sink, Aga & wood-burning stove for wild & chilly Scottish nights by the sea … keep an eye out for the Wicker Man …!

shop news: sneak peek … modern tide clocks

At long last … refreshingly simple, modern design Time & Tide clocks …! No-fuss nautical function and form. Stainless steel powder coated white … Made in Cornwall, England …

For sailing, surfing, swimming, canoeing, beachcombing … mariners, seafarers, salty dogs and water loving folks of all stripes …!

Coasting into the shop in due course …

Tide Clock {top}
Time & Tide Clock {bottom}

‘Time and tide wait for no man’ …