Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Not Sting's Boat House

Old boat house on Elk River

Just wanted to give you a little break from the sweetgums. Same afternoon hour in time but of a hickory tree blazing above an old boat house. There are boat houses all along our river, its many tributaries and the lake. Some are nice and new while the rest hold a charm all their own. This one clearly has seen better days, but its rustic character compliments the riverbank and leaves, like a nubby weave in a tapestry.

Why "Not Sting's Boat House?" Hm. It's no secret that I'm a huge Sting fan. Well, Sting's palatial estate in Wiltshire, England has a little lake upon which sits a boat house fitted with a little wood burning stove, some throw rugs to keep his feet warm, and a simple wooden table and chair nestled beside a window overlooking the lake. It is in this retreat that Sting wrote some of my favorite songs, such as "I Was Brought to my Senses." Naturally, Sting's boat house is larger and more comfy and not quite as rustic at the one above as he can well afford to keep his boat house in good repair. The one pictured above is NOT Sting's boat house, obviously.

However, observing the local, old boat houses that day I thought of Sting and just how nice it must be to have a retreat like that. Perched atop the water, listening to waves lapping the pilings, various water birds making their calls, geese calling overhead, winds gently rustling your paper, I could get used to having a little boat house of my own within which to create, or simply to meditate and journal. When I saw this little boat house I thought of Sting sitting in his and was then hoping he would soon be brought to HIS senses and start writing some new tunes.

I'm STILL WAITING, Sting.

Ahem.

7 comments:

Kathy at Stingfield.com said...

Amen! I am anxiously awaiting a new sting album too! What I wouldn't give to be a fly on the wall of Sting's boathouse as he writes his new songs! I also love "Brought To My Senses", a beautiful and very poetic song.

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

Kathy!!! A "voice" from the not-too-distant past! How are you doing and how's the campaign coming along?! Guess I need to get back to Sting.com and do some posting, eh? I'll see you there...

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I am still waiting too.

Carla said...

I love this picture. That Hickory tree is beautiful!

turning leaf said...

From your blog to Himself's eyes, sister! I love your boathouse and the seguay to Sting. No matter what the conversation, a diehard Sting fan can always work him into it. Hehehe....

xoxoxoxoxoxo your deliquent Sting sister

albertaphotography said...

you know, it's partly because of you that I've paid more attention to Sting. I saw him one on Oprah and was so impressed with his presence: quiet, calm, respectable, and ever-present in the moment. You've sold me. I even like his music now that I've checked it out. So I suppose I too will be interested if he finally writes and produces more music for us :)

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

Ah, Diane...my Legacy Membership hasn't gone to waste after all. Sting couldn't have lucked upon a better new fan as you, my dear! Welcome to the Stingdom, as we like to say.

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