Friday, February 20, 2015

The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn


I wish to spend as much time as possible at or on the sea, sailing, living quietly, independently, and according to a value system in which not economics but Simplicity, Openness, Curiosity, and Time are important. To honour this while being committed to and surrounded by the ones I love is my calling.

7 comments:

Marja said...

Sounds great to me. Good luck!

Alden Smith said...

Thank you Marja. Luck, amongst other things does help!

Alden Smith said...

...... and Grace.

Kate said...

Perfect.

Here's a present for you … what do you think?
http://www.tuvie.com/solar-powered-sailing-yacht-helios-concept-for-young-designer-of-the-year-2015/

Alden Smith said...

Too big and expensive for me Kate, but I applaud any young designer that has the imagination to dream up anything that floats and gets people out on the water.

Also the size of boat has two impediments for me - one, the bigger the boat the further you are physically from the water (I like the wind and spray) and - Two a boat like this requires a small army to man it - I like to slip away just by myself on occassion - Small IS beautiful in many ways.

What I do like is the innovation regarding electric power - this has a diesel / electric engine which is a compromise --- but full electric engines for yachts are well past the development stage and are becoming a real option. There are several yachts moored close to me that have electric engines and I am looking at that option myself as my current engine is pretty stuffed and I have to make some sort of call very soon. - Thanks for the link - interesting.

Ben said...

Is it only possible at sea? What a pity for the seasick prone like me. I share the same feeling in the countryside and high up in the mountains.

Alden Smith said...

Ben, I think the key is keeping things simple and being in touch with the things that matter - in terms of the environment, of course, being close to nature - is - being close to nature, whether that is close by the sea, on the sea, in the mountains, in the countryside. Nature provides that fundamental connection with something that transcends our little egos and concerns of the 'Self'. I know you know this because you have sent me photographs of blossoming apples trees in The Netherlands in Springtime and talk enthusiastically about cycling amongst the highways and byways of your country (and thats not counting the ice skating and the skiing) - so I think you understand the connection well.