‘I have been walking on this beach for twenty years. In that time, our relationship has grown complex and intimate. It has become, as places can, an inner as well as an outer landscape, one I carry around in my head and explore in my imagination even when I’m far from home ….. I never tire of the coast because it’s never the same twice. The tides and the weather change its physical shape, and they bring different things to look at. There’s always something new.Perhaps if I had settled in a landscape of fells and lakes unchanged for thousands of years, my overriding sense of my environment – my apprehension of the natural world – would be of something solid, immutable, reliable, fixed. But this stretch of coast has an entirely different spirit. It’s all about change, shift and abiguity. It reinvents itself. It has a talent for concealment and revelation. Things turn up here;things go missing.’
From the preface of Strands A Year of Discoveries on the Beach by Jean Sprackland
……. she has taken the words right out of my mouth!