The Woman and The Sea

In civilizations without boats, dreams dry up, espionage takes the place of adventure, and the police take the place of pirates.


Fact: spend a morning with Pierre Bourdieu and you will rediscover infinite love for Michel Foucault (author of the above quote).

Mercifully, my current locale is close to the sea and boats of all sizes are plentiful, though pirates are sadly less so.


Yesterday we pushed further along the beach, away from the seals and World War II bunkers and towards the old fishing village of Footdee/Fittee, by the harbour.

Sea Monster

The beach buzzed with jet-skis, children, dogs, surfers, motorcycles and runners, but Fittie rested quietly, seemingly untouched by time or technology.

Established in 1809 by John Smith for the fishing families of Aberdeen, its foundations as a harbour date back to the medieval period.


More recently, those foundations drew headlines as a mighty September storm submerged the village beneath several inches of sea foam.

Since the houses were transferred to the occupiers in 1880, the ‘tarry sheds’ have been customised by the owners into a burst of colour and creativity.

Tarry Sheds, Fittee

From gnomes to anchors, bright turquoise to vibrant yellow, the tiny doors, low roofs and cobbled pathways render the settlement a veritable hidden jewel.


Returning from the beach I excitedly pointed to a jagged white object resting on the shore.

Convinced it was a jaw-bone of some variety, I hastened towards it.

It was a sock.

Conclusion: books such as Jorn Lier Horst’s Dregs and Mark Douglas-Home’sΒ The Sea Detective make beach walks infinitely more interesting.

Beach Beast

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This entry was posted on March 4, 2013 by in Books, Imagery, Scotland and tagged , , , , , , .
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