|Jessica's boat after the "Silver Yang" ran into it.|
|That's enough to keep you in the doldrums for quite a while.|
"For me to be sailing alone through the doldrums was pretty cool."
But then she went on to explain that the doldrums is a real place on the earth -
Then Jess goes on to say the Pacific doldrums were famously described in
Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner in the following stanzas:
All in a hot and copper sky, The bloody Sun, at noon,
' Right up above the mast did stand, No bigger than the Moon.
Day after day, day after day,
We stuck, no breath no motion;
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean.
Which was funny, because not long ago my blogging friend Mike Perry had written a post on his blog titled -
|Statue of the Ancient Mariner|
Which taught me a few things about Coleridge, too.
The next time someone says that they are in the doldrums I 'll have a picture in my head of a sailing ship stuck in the doldrums making no progress forward on the journey.
When I went to buy a newspaper at the newsagents today there was this blue yacht, so I bought it for my book-self to remind me that life is like sailing a yacht, not that I have ever sailed a yacht mind you.
My idea of being on the water is to catch a ferry across
the Brisbane River;-)
It will be a reminder for me on those days that I feel that I'm in the doldrums, that the winds will pick up again, and for me to be patient.
|I guess we all have to make the best of the cards (click here)we are dealt. ;-)|
I thought it was a bit of a sync that Jess next wrote -
"I love hearing stories about other people's adventures and the way they coped with places like the doldrums."
Surely she could see the irony of writing this to us readers reading along in her wake;-)
Also having read the book and seen the movie of the
'Life of Pi' before reading Jessica's book, I couldn't help but compare her journey with Pi's.
Although the stories are nothing the same, the journey across the ocean is similar, and in a similar time frame as days on water, as well.
There are another two movies I can't help but think of while reading Jess's story either ;-)
Thankfully, I already know how her story ends.
|"Parker, has anyone told you that you are (wind)vain?"|
All I could think of was Richard Parker, the tiger out of 'Life of Pi'.
But it turned out it was named after the pink limo driver Parker out of the TV show 'Thunderbirds'.
Another sync was that Ailsa Piper, another author who wrote a book about a journey through Spain
(highly recommended by me, by the way)
and whose book I bought at the BBWF on the same day as Jess's
I asked Ailsa jokingly in the comments section -
Isn’t there an old saying that goes -
“Red toe-nails at night,
sailor’s delight” ?
‘Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning.
Red sky at night, sailor’s delight.
Then Jess talks about doing an internet search in an effort to find out where the phrase originated from.
I couldn't help but think what a small world it was, but I doubt after a journey like Jess's she would be thinking the same thing;-)