Tuesday, April 19, 2011

From sea to shining sea

I am home!! Yes, on March 18th we landed in Barbados after 51 days at sea. It was an amazing trans-formative passage that allowed me to spend many, many hours just staring at the horizon, contemplating the "meaning of life".
clouds that kept unfolding into heavenly patterns
No, I do not have it all figured out. It is still a giant mystery, a complicated web. I do know that I am an incredibly fortunate person to have been able to spend weeks at sea living closely with the natural world, sharing a small boat with three other people, and to have had the unique experience of observing a landless/human-less horizon for  nearly 8 weeks.

There is so much that I want to share about this voyage, that I will have to take a few posts to reveal the stories and images. Please be sure to check out my website and my Macomber Looms blog for other points of view on this same voyage.
The Egg Man in Green Market

 While on this whole trip I was mindful of dispersing the 130 prayer flags that had been so lovingly handwoven prior to my departure. I will share in a series of blogs where those flags landed.

Just to begin, here is the Egg Man a street performer in Cape Town's Green Market. He is an colorful vibrant ambassador for South Africa, even though he hails from Benin. I tied a blue prayer flag to his right shoulder in honor of his work as a community artist. At the Green Market, I also met a Senegalese priest dressed in a brilliant celebratory costume. He was handsome and regal. I gave him a prayer flag also. Sadly, I lost a few photos when I transferred the images from my camera to a thumb drive. The photo of the priest was one of those lost.

Jackass penguins
penguin waddling away from his nest
The boat that I sailed on, Bahati was at a marina in Simonstown, False Bay, just south east of Cape Town. In this village there is a park where the Jackass penguins live. They are adorable, quite tame and rather entertaining. I decided that these penguins should get a prayer flag. So while this guy waddled away from the shrubs where his nest was, I stuck a prayer flag in amongst the shrubbery.

prayer flag in penguin nest-shrubbery

So for today, that is where I will leave you. There are many more images and many more stories. These will get unpacked over time. Thank you to all who have supported this passage, most especially my family and loving husband Ben who held a steady vigil for my safe return.


fiberdance said...

Welcome home from an amazing trip-I happened upon your blog and just love your prayer flags. I've recently started weaving and want to make some too-is it okay for me to use your idea? I want to give small ones to friends and maybe leave a few here and there outdoors. I live in Wisconsin. If its not ok please let me know-I will understand. I look forward to more posts.

saiperson said...

Sarah, so wonderful to still see you doing great things and sharing your journey with all of us. Just returned from India and had fond thoughts of being there with you. I understand as we reflect back on our trips how the stories unfold. Look forward to hearing more about your latest adventure. Lots of love to you.

saiperson said...

Hi Sarah, not use to leaving comments, so i may have messed this up, but was wanting to tell you Welcome Back! Thank you for continuing to share your wonderful journeys and adventures with us. I myself just returned from an event filled trip to India and do understand how the stories we want to share seem to unfold as time goes by. Think of you often and thank you for your posts. Lots of love to you!

Catherine Grace, CHS said...

Welcome back, ocean traveler! Looks like there will be more terrific photos and stories to come. I'm glad you're back, and hope it didn't take long to get those land legs back!

Peter E. said...

Wow, what a trip, c an't wait to read more.Welcome home!