As brave as a Hobbit

A tale of there and back again in which Sarah Horton returns to sea kayaking and to Wales after too long away from both. And also compares herself and her ways to a Hobbit. The part of Smaug the Dragon in this particular Hobbit tale being played, as you can see, by A Very Big …

Gratitude: A letter from Sarah

A rare, in this year of years, letter from Sarah. About her life and the things she loves. “Herring gulls eating starfish” are involved. Elemental, like hope. * All the normal things I usually do in my life have, this year, been harder. The pandemic arrived like a whirlwind in my life, like all of …

A day on the salt marsh, at last: A letter from Sarah

Often during the lockdown I’ve come into our back room where we share a table for writing and talking together, and found Sarah gazing longingly at the photographs in her beloved “Welsh Sea Kayaking” book. Clearly aching for the day when it might be safe and possible for her to go back there and once …

This Woman’s Work

It’s more than a bit of an honour this, you know. Sarah asking me to write these introductions to her glorious sea kayaking articles. Particularly this one, summing up all of her learning and courageous adventuring over these last several years. Careful, detailed, technical bravery. Done in her own time and her own way. With …

A moment of sheer joy: It is done

In which sea kayaker and marine biologist Sarah tells the story of completing a mighty and joyous task.*There is a longer story to be told and soon of sea kayaking all the way round Anglesey, but for now this is a moment of sheer joy that I would like to share. Joy, pleasure and – …

Sarah’s Odyssey: ‘It was a great day.’

Sarah Horton returns to the blog for the first time this year to continue her sea kayaking and meaning of life reflections. Most of what’s here being, in fact, her second weekend out on the waters of Wales this year. Yes, dear reader, she sea kayaks in January. Because she loves the doing of it so much. As you’ll …