The SidevieW theme is:


 When I go chasing rainbows

The rainbows that I seek,

Are all the little specks of those

View from sitting room, although I wasn't sitting.  Another bonus point for the double?

Caught up into the deep,

And nurtured there by creatures

Until they reach the shore;

The creatures give them features

Not present there before;

They blend in the most subtle ways,

And perfect forms they reach,

Until at last there come the days

They wash up on the beach.

Cowrie bottom view shells 060713 Cowrie top view

My walk with young R on the beach today did not yield the colours and varieties I had hoped for to fit the theme, but the collection is good enough, methinks.  I was particularly pleased with the cowrie – they have been hard to find recently. 

After the chill of last night it was pleasant to come home to find enough warmth had returned for a pleasant swim to get rid of the sea salt.

I will be missing tomorrow (Sunday) on an adventure which involves steam and aloes.

 *An aside: Collectable/collectible.

 There seems to be a great deal of agreement that either is correct, but a great deal of disagreement on whether there is any difference in meaning or when one is preferred above the other.

 I can’t find complete corroboration for my solution, but based on common sense I say something ‘collectable’ is what is capable of being collected (eg whales are not collectable), while ‘collectible’ would mean something worth collecting, either as a noun (eg ‘That whatever is a collectible’); or in adjectival form (eg ‘Those are collectible whatevers’). 

© Colonialist June 2013 (WordPress)

About colonialist

Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies. Recently Indie Publishing has been added to this list.
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  2. This is wonderful, and the steam and aloes sound incredibly interesting….


  3. nrhatch says:

    Searching for shells at the seashore . . . lovely pastime.
    Fun poem to accompany your collectable collectibles.


  4. 68ghia says:

    A lovely shell-haul Col. Those cowries are most impossible to find on beaches!
    Hope today brought all it promised to bring 😉


  5. adinparadise says:

    Lovely rainbow pics, Col. I have yet to find a collectible shell on our beach. 😦 Hope you’re having a great day with your steaming aloes. 🙂


  6. bulldog says:

    This is a great post Col… very impressive and wonderful photos…


  7. SidevieW says:

    I also love cowries.

    You have a great double rainbow there


  8. adeeyoyo says:

    I love shells and I used to collect them. Cowries, I found, the hardest to come by. I also love collecting stones, especially if they have a bit of crystal. Unfortunately most of them were thrown out when I moved (maybe just as well 🙂 )


  9. bits of rainbows washed up on the beach! how lovely. There is something so full of peace about walking the beach, looking for shells or bits of sea glass. The sound of the surf, the smell of the air, the coolness of the early morning breeze all come together in a lovely, healing way.


  10. bluebee says:

    Love your poem, Col, this in particular:
    “Caught up into the deep,

    And nurtured there by creatures

    Until they reach the shore;

    The creatures give them features

    Not present there before;”

    Awfully good rhyme!


  11. The Asian says:

    Nice collection of shells you managed to get there. I’ve searched and searched for a cowrie shell but still have never managed to find one on the beach.
    And I tend to agree with you on the collectable/collectible issue, it just makes logical sense


    • colonialist says:

      I have developed a lot of skill in knowing where to look for them.
      Trouble is I still haven’t made up my mind which of the two versions of meaning I really wanted in my heading! On this occasion, both do fit!


  12. Sonel says:

    Amazing as usual Col and I just love the shells! I am sure you and little R had a fantastic time on the beach today collecting these beauties. Thanks for sharing! 😀 *big hugs*


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