The Looe River and tidal moods

Looe RiverAt the age of five we moved to a house on the edge of a wood. It was an old, deciduous woodland with a rich mix of Oak, Chestnut, Ash, Holy, Yew and Silver Birch.

Needless to say I absolutely loved it. We’d build camps, climb trees, make fires and camp out from time to time. It was our very own playground  and a paradise for the imagination and free spirit. It was a cosseting place too, a safe environment in which to express ourselves. I felt safe there and I believe it helped shape me and my understanding of my place in the world. As an adult, living in Looe has many parallels.

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The main difference for me is that Looe is a much wilder place. There is plenty of room to roam (woods, coast and moorland) and there is a constant feeling of change and surprise which I think must be brought on by the changing tides.

Now, rather than overlook woodland, we gaze out over the Looe River. My internal clock runs with the times of the tides and my moods adjust accordingly. I wonder, do you ever feel you’re being pulled and pushed by something greater than you?

Tidal moods

Here are the four stages of my mood as it ebbs and flows with the tide.

1. Tide out or going out
Whenever the tide is going out it leaves me feeling down, as though the best of the day has passed or I’ve missed it! If we’ve been away on holiday for a week or more and we come back to Looe when the tide is out I feel deflated and being back is tinged with a slight melancholy!

2. Tide all the way out
If the Looe River is all the way out then things aren’t as bad as above. I think it’s to do with the opportunities that might lie ahead and the anticipation of change that this can bring.

3. Tide on the way in
When the sea is as crystal clear as any ocean and pushes its way up the Looe River everything changes and the power of mother nature lifts my mood making me feel buoyant and enthusiastic. The feeling that no matter what you do, nothing is going to stop what is happening at that moment in time, is a humbling experience.

If you haven’t tried it you might like to some day – standing in the river as the water gushes around your feet that is. I’ve stood there many times as the salty water races around my feet and the sun gently warms my back. It can be a truly serene experience and one that is full of wonder.

It might sound slightly odd if you’ve never tried it before but for me, watching millions of shrimps flow up stream with the current, seeing hundreds of grey mullet swim all around me, spying baby flat fish scoot from their sandy hiding places or catching sight of dozens of crabs scuttling around between clumps of seaweed on the sandy river bottom, reaffirms to me that everything will be all right.

No matter what we do to this planet or ourselves for that matter, the tide will continue to rise and fall and the bounty and beauty that it brings will carry on.

4. High tide
When the tide has reached its zenith, as the sun does at midday, there is a brief moment of calm and stillness. It doesn’t last long and is shorter on some days than others, but when the surface of the river stops moving, everything for those brief minutes can stop and fill me with a sense of inner peace. I love it Looe River when the tide is on the up!

What do you think?

How does living by the sea effect you?

Do you feel the rhythm of the tides?

Am I just some aged hippy slowly loosing my marbles?

I’d love to know…

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Cornwall was always one of our dream places to live, so we upped sticks in 2007 and moved to Looe. I now run iLoveLooe.co.uk and various social media locations for Looe on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. Say 'Hi' sometime.