Sailing, Seaside and the Lake Country: This is England.

Blow the man down!

 

 

Arthur Ransome and Oscar Wilde had a love of sailing and the sea.

Here are related photos of Glasson Dock, Coniston Lake and Morecambe, the latter related to next week’s post.

Their kite fest, as you see from the pics is amazing!

 

 

Morecambe Bay Brilliance!

Just click the link!

It was great being able to write something about my home town as a guest blogger!

Here are the reasons you should come to Morecambe – and yes the author links are there including a celebrity!

The response to my post has been wonderful so it may as well be included here!

Thanks so much Mr Mohamad Al Karbi and to Morecambe Tourist Service for the pics!

All the best

Poet

Anne Gaelan 3_preview

 

 

 

 

J S Bach: Ransome and Wilde in Moonlight

 

 

 

The news today is that the recording of Bach’s Prelude Number One went like a dream and is there on the new Moonlight page to add a new dimension to this site.

Mr Ray Turner of Lancaster Film Makers’ Co-op kindly filmed this video, had it ready for today and took the photographs, creating a special moonlight effect so a big thank you goes to him.

You will notice if you visit the new page that Bach’s magnificent piece of music  has a ripple effect like running water and seems so appropriate to represent the streams, lakes and rivers of the Lake District that Arthur Ransome loved so much and the life on the ocean wave or river lifestyle that was so central to him as a man.

It is also appropriate to the amazing characters in his novels and their adventures.

Yet we must not forget that Wilde also was a keen sailor.  He visited the Worthing regatta a year before his disastrous trials and enjoyed trips on the water.

Bach’s masterpiece also reflects the mood of the age in which these writers lived, its triumphs and tragedies.

http://www.arthur-ransome.org.uk/

http://oscarwildesociety.co.uk/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boats in Glasson Dock

Glasson Dock is the perfect place for tourists with a true Ransome-esque flavour!

The magnificent marina and fine boats takes your breath away!

It is the perfect place to go on a bright winter day as I did and really lifts the spirits!

This village with a rich history going back to the eighteenth century is clean, small and quaint with some great places to eat or buy food, notably the Dalton Arms and the Smokehouse.

For Arthur Ransome fans who want the A R experience there are also some walks along the canal in which to enjoy and savour the wildlife of Lancashire!

 

The Marina

A January Joy!

On the Slow Boat to China

 

 

 

Arthur Ransome and Oscar Wilde understood how important it is to build bridges between countries and cultures.

China is a country that was significant to their work.

Wilde  talked of the beautiful cups the people of China use with  which to drink tea in one of his American lectures The Decorative Arts which highlighted the importance of art in everyday life.  This lecture is in The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde by Harper Collins.

Arthur Ransome travelled to China as special correspondent to The Manchester Guardian in 1927 and like his amazing auntie made it to Peking!

Ransome in China 1927 by TARS’ publication Amazon gives a detailed account of his experience of the orient.

This episode of his life inspired Ransome’s 1941 novel Missee Lee.

More about his aunt is in a local publication  The Thorns, produced by the Slyne-with-Hest Historical Society located near Morecambe Bay.

For an example of Chinese culture appreciation in the Western world today click the link below to see the work of the local music centre More Music in Morecambe.

The Long Walk Chinese Orchestra