Prose for Thought | First Touch of the Pacific

It’s been just over a week since we landed in L.A. We are settling in, doing all the usual necessities of any new expat; setting up bank accounts, getting ourselves some wheels, getting to know the money, the shops, the food and become accustomed to the climate (which, as we already anticipated, is very favourable).

We’ve only been in Santa Barbara for four days. It will be a few weeks before we move into our rented accommodation for a year. In the meantime we are staying in temporary accommodation. This week we are staying in an incredible home. It feels so much more than a holiday home. The shelves are filled with books. The tables are weighed down with appealing ‘coffee table’, highly illustrative, hardbacks. There are ornate candle holders all over the house, complete with pillar candles and a handy lighter to bath the rooms in a soft light of evening. There is every utensil I could imagine needing in the kitchen, televisions with cable aplenty and a swimming pool and spa in the gorgeous garden (green thanks to irrigation – it is clearly evident here where the land is and isn’t irrigated!).

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This week, without wheels of my own to get around (and hubbie out at work) I have been ‘house bound’. Though this occasionally frustrates me (with three children to attend to), it really is the best place I could imagine spending a week with my children. Their skin is already turning olive in the sun and I practically expect them to grow fins, given the hours they are spending in water. My youngest, at three, isn’t yet safe unsupervised in the pool – so I am spending a large portion of my day in the water too!

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The only time I’ve been out of the house is a brief visit to see the sunset by the beach.

I am used to living within walking distance to the sea and was desperate to hear the waves. This poem is about my love of the ocean and how it connects me to the places and people I love. My thoughts are very much with central New Zealand this weekend, after they have been experiencing yet more earthquakes xx

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13 comments

  1. So nice to see the smile and to now we are not discarded from your thoughts in the hustle of change. This afternoon we have indeed been shaking – fortunately no major drama but another moment where you realise the extent of human frailty in the face of nature. Stay safe.

    1. Of course, I ‘know’ what you meant to say 😉 All that shaking is most definitely an excuse for typos! I hear Courtenay Place is busy with the beer taps pumping too?! Hope you sleep well through any after shocks. Take care and yes, I am always thinking of Wellington – I still have my home there x

      1. Ended a shaky day with a visit to the Oyster Saloon (Welly on a Plate is one fo9r another week or so). One dozen fat Stewart Island beauties and cold beer. Some idle chit chat with strangers then strolled across the carpark to Duke Carvells (a favourite). As always superb food and service – cured kingfish; pork belly; the most delightful chocolate mouse and a fine coffee. Then the slow wander back up Cuba Street to the apartment. Life is good even if the ground beneath us is unstable. I have been reading on Santa Barbara and Montecito – they are ‘trending’ in my thoughts of 2014 travel.

  2. A amazing tale and beautiful poem. I understand the poem. I have written many poem for the sake of the powerful sea. Thank you for sharing the excellent thoughts and poetry.

    1. Thanks so much. The sea is so powerful and deserves so much more protection than it does. I feel happy to be connected to my friends in New Zealand via the Pacific and am very much enjoying the friendly greetings we have received here in California 🙂

  3. Wonderful to have you back Sarah – I always love reading your poems. I love how this one connects you from one far off place to another. All the best with settling in your new area. Thank you so much for linking to Prose for Thought.

  4. Ughhh – just done four days house-bound also, due to no car… not handling it as well as you did *grin*! Have you got your own car yet? I can imagine driving will be another whole story over there!

    1. Thanks Elizabeth, I have been driving this week & it’s good to be able to get out… But nerve wracking driving on the other side of the road, whilst listening to Google Maps navigation instructions and trying to concentrate above the sound of the children! x

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