Tuesday, 17 May 2016

The ancient Mariner

Hi Everybody!

Today we are beginning a new challenge at 
As always, projects of all formats are allowed, and the challenge runs for 2 weeks.

I made a Layout showing the story of the Ancient Mariner,
an epic poem from Samuel Taylor Coleridge, an
English poet who lived from 1772 - 1834.
The poem tells the story of a long sea journey, where a sailor shoots down an albatross and brings bad luck on the ship....
One of the most famous quotes from the poem is the
sentence, 'Water, water everywhere, and all the boards did shrink; water, water everywhere, and not a drop to drink' . It is a loooong poem, not just the
2 verses shown here! The verse which inspired my project is:
'All in a hot and copper sky, the bloody sun, at noon, Right up above the mast did stand, No bigger than the moon.'

I made a hybrid piece, using a photo as background. The illustration of
the ancient mariner is from Mary Shelley, courtesy of Wikipedia.
I am also linking to AJJ, Journeys

Yesterday evening the clouds looked rather threatening.

The flowers are from a neighbour's hedge:

I had to wait for the tram to cross the road, so had time to take
a photo of it:

The  horses were happy, as always.

And fitting to our theme, plenty of water:

Have a great day you all, take care, 
and thanks a lot for coming by:


  1. Lovely piece, I remember having to learn chunks of the AM at school, rather ghastly! Love the photos, too. Hugs Sarah

  2. Gorgeous photos today, Valerie. I like the one of the tram and the flower blossoms. Your water, water page is tremendous and the colors so vivid. Hope warm weather finds you soon.

  3. A great page Valerie, love your AM theme against the lovely background.
    Lovely spring photos.
    Avril xx

  4. Brilliant page from you Valerie.
    Isn't it a pity that I was never taught this at school, only know a few lines from hearing them over the years.

  5. beautiful page and so educational...I remember the irony of that line as a child, water everywhere not a drop to drink! Lovely photos.

  6. I just finished my post for tomorrow, and then saw yours, and once again we have the same thing on our brains. Hmmm. I love your sunset on the water page. Makes me want to be out on the boat. And those duck photos! Love them. Have a great day. Hugs-Erika

  7. Eine ganz tolle Idee das Gedicht in Erinnerung zu bringen - sieht super aus und wunderschöne Fotoimpressionen.
    Einen schönen Tag und liebe Grüße von

  8. I've heard the last two lines of that poem often, but I haven't read that poem for YEARS. It was good to read a small bit of it and see your gorgeous artistic interpretation of it.

    The horses looked like they were having a bit of fun, and now I know what a tram looks like. I'm "guessing" it's electric.

    Have a super Wednesday. I'm hoping it will be less wet today.

    1. The trams are electric, you can see the overhead rails. They are very convenient for getting here and there quickly.

  9. The page today is stunning and what a great choice of poem. The line that sticks in my mind is 'He stoppeth one of three' It often springs to mind when the same people tell the same story so many times and you realised how important the incident must have been in their lives.

    Wonderful photographs,the one catching my eye today is the tram. It looks amazing and better than out trains!

    Have a great day

    Love Chrissie xx

  10. LOVE that poem and your fabulous page, fabby photos again.xx

  11. Beautiful photos and lovely artwork incorporating a photo as the backdrop, clever idea. Tracy x

  12. And the moral of this story is be kind to animals:)
    Ahhh, there's the horses. And those ducks look like they are having so much fun.
    Have a great one, Val.

  13. Ooh I really like this Valerie, all your elements go so well together. Fab photographs too xx

  14. Die Möwe in deinem Bild finde ich so süß, wie sie ihre Beinchen streckt, bestimmt ist sie im Landeanflug! LG Ulrike

  15. Two great verse of that epic poem to go with your fantastic page, love the colours and the glorious sunset.
    It looks like you had another lovely walk today. super photos.
    Yvonne xx

  16. Hi Valerie, WOW your design is stunning. Love the snippet of the poem. Your walking pics are awesome too. Have a great mid week. xo

  17. Love The colors !! The sunset photo is perfect for this page! The horses do always look so contented but those ducks look they in Bliss!!! Great photos ♥

  18. What a great piece Valerie! I actually got chills when I read the verses, remembering the poem and thinking about the fate of the ship-

  19. Your creation struck a cord with me - I really must go back and read this poem. I studied it in school oh so very long ago. It is beautifully written and you did it justice.
    As always I walk with you in my heart.
    sandy xx

  20. I used to love this poem so of course I love your journal page! Your photos are brilliant - love that stormy looking sky! Chrisx


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